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Invite your friends! All are welcome to participate in field trips. Carpooling for out-of-town trips is arranged at the meeting place. There are no fees unless indicated; however, participants are expected to share gasoline costs and should make arrangements with the driver to do so. Phone the trip leader if you have any questions. Participants can return early if they wish. Members with CB or FRS radios should bring them on out-of-town trips. For information on city buses, phone 306-975-3100.

Many of our trip destinations are described in the 3rd edition of Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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Saturday, 2. June 2018
Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary

We will drive the roads south of the city towards Last Mountain Lake while looking for shorebirds with a brief stop at the Gingrich farm. Wear warm clothes and bring a lunch.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - late evening
Place: Meet in Centre Mall parking lot south of Burger King BETWEEN Acadia and Moss on south side of 8th St. We will try to arrange car pools sharing gas cost. https://goo.gl/maps/rrb68Pa8zxN2 Bus: Route 81 Centre Mall departs university terminal at 8:38 AM and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 8:53 a.m. Route 8 (84) 8th St departs downtown terminal at 8:16 AM and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 8:35 a.m. Walk to meeting location on north side of mall.
Leader: Alice Hiller (306-381-7271).

 

June 8–10, 2018
Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet at Big Muddy

For more information and to register, visit www.naturesask.ca

 

Wednesday, 13. June 2018
Richard St Barbe Baker Park

We will walk through this afforestation area next to Chappell Marsh to search for native plants and songbirds.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the Grain Elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 6:31 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Ave adjacent to museum about 6:50 p.m.
Leaders: Sara Bryson (306) 261-6156 and Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 122

 

Saturday, 16. June 2018
Sask Breeding Bird Atlas point counts

We plan to conduct point counts for birds and then visit a wetland. Go to http://sk.birdatlas.ca/ for information about this atlas project. Phone the leader if you want to do your own surveys.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Place: meet in Centre Mall parking lot south of Burger King BETWEEN Acadia and Moss on south side of 8th St. We will try to arrange car pools sharing gas cost. Bus: Route 8 (8th St) departs downtown at 6:31 a.m. and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 6:50 a.m. Route 50 departs U of S at 6:23 a.m. and arrives on 8th at mall about 6:35 AM.
Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)

Sunday, 17. June 2018
Butterfly walk

We plan to drive to the Stuglin acreage near Pike Lake and walk the property in search of butterflies. This trip provides an opportunity for novices to learn their butterflies.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the Grain Elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 12:31 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Ave adjacent to museum about 12:50 p.m.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

 

Saturday, 23. June 2018
Dundurn NCC property visit

We will drive to this site west of Dundurn near the military reserve boundary and then hike the quarter section property looking for birds and wildflowers.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 7:31 a.m. and arrives at museum stop on Lorne Ave about 7:55 a.m.
Leader: Bob Godwin (306-343-8590)

 

Sunday, 24. June 2018
May Haga memorial bird walk - Lakewood and Heritage parks

We will walk the trails in these parks that were some of May Haga's favourite areas to explore.

Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Place: meet at the north end of the gravel parking on the east side of the Lakewood civic centre buildings off Heritage Crescent. https://goo.gl/maps/dVeaWAQ3qd62 Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs U of S terminal at 7:23 a.m. and arrives at McKercher Avenue and Heritage Cres about 7:40 a.m.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610)

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites pages 72 & 84

 

Sunday, 1. July 2018
Wild Orchids field trip

We will drive to the Nisbet forest (north of Duck Lake) and look for lady-slippers and other wild orchids. Bring lunch, mosquito repellent and rubber boots.

Time: 9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: meet at south-west corner of the Lawson Heights' Mall parking lot Bus: Route 30 Lawson Heights departs downtown terminal at 8:46 a.m. and arrives at Lawson terminal at 9:05 a.m. Walk to SW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Bob Godwin (306-343-8590)

 

Young Naturalists

Nature activities for 5-11 year olds

The Young Naturalists is all about nature activities for kids and their families. Each program offers interesting activities geared for children aged 5 to 11 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrolment is limited on most programs, so register early. You can register by calling 306-975-3395 or by e-mail at: saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Visit the Young Naturalists' website for more information: www.saskatoonzoosociety.ca/programs/young-naturalists

Program schedule:

Birdhouse workshop
Saturday, 14. April 2018

Crocus hike
Saturday, 22. April 2018

Pike Lake field trip
Saturday, 5. May 2018

Great horned owl field trip
May 2018 TBA

Bluebird trail
May 30 - July 7, 2018


Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles, is a sub-group of Saskatoon Nature Society. Most of us are 'seniors' but we invite anyone interested in birds and the many aspects of our natural, cultural and historic heritage to join our field trips. Participants should be members of the Saskatoon Nature Society and consider membership in Nature Saskatchewan, our provincial affiliate.

Bring lunch, drinks and chairs, unless otherwise noted. Members with CB or FRS radios should bring them on out-of-town trips.

Carpooling for out-of-town trips is usually arranged at the meeting place. Participants are expected to share gasoline costs and should make arrangements with the driver to do so. Unless indicated, there is no other charge. However, if a trip involves a guided tour of a facility, participants may be asked to make a donation to the facility.

Participants can depart early, if they wish. Phone trip leader if you have any questions. Dress for the weather. Unless otherwise arranged, we meet on Thursdays at Churchill Shopping Center, Taylor St. & Clarence Ave.

Thursday, 19. April 2018 (8:00 a.m.)
Brightwater marsh (Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 30)
Picnic lunch at Blackstrap
Leaders: Michael Williams (306-242-5383) and Yvonne Cuttle (306) 374-5228)

Thursday, 26. April 2018 (8:00 a.m.)
Meachem artists
We will meet artists June Jacobs and Anita Rocamora. June does felting, embroidery and appliqué. Anita is a potter and sculptor. We will check sloughs on the way to Meachem. Picnic lunch at Meachem Park.
Leader: Joan Feather (306-653-3160)

Thursday, 3. May 2018 (8:30 a.m.)
Chorney acreage
Mike Chorney's acreage located just south of Stonebridge. Picnic lunch at Beaver Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Churchill
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Thursday, 10. May 2018 (7:30 a.m.)
Goose Lake
Leaders: John Patterson and Val Martz (306-249-0468)

Thursday, 17. May 2018 (time TBA)
Spring Picnic
We will join SNS members for the annual spring picnic. More info and location TBA

Thursday, 24. May 2018 (8:00 a.m.)
Warblers at the Forestry Farm
Picnic lunch at the park. Leader: Guy Wapple (306-249-3280)

Thursday, 31. May 2018 (7:30 a.m.)
Shorebirds in the Perdue area
Leader: Guy Wapple (306-249-3280)

This program was prepared by Joan Feather (306-653-3160), Hilda Noton (306-374-0674) and Guy Wapple (306-249-3280)

   
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