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All are welcome to participate in field trips. Invite your friends! 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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Sunday, 3. March 2019
Montgomery Place birding

We will walk through this neighbourhood with mature trees looking for winter songbirds.

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street in Montgomery Place. Bus: Check Route 9 schedule.
Leaders: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610) and Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)

 

Saturday, 9. March 2019
Gardiner Dam field trip

We will drive to Gardiner Dam (roundtrip distance about 250 km) to look for waterfowl near the weir as well as to look for eagles and other birds of prey. Dress warmly and bring a lunch.

Time: 9:00 a.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 8:31 a.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue near museum about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: Andrew Elgin (text: 306-250-2243)

 

Saturday, 16. March 2019
Saw-whet Owling near Pike Lake

We will listen for owls calling after dark. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear, and bring a flashlight and a hot drink.

Time: 7:15 - 10:00 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 at meeting place about 6:50 p.m. Return bus leaves hourly.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites, page 108

 

Late March / Early April 2019
Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance Trip

Members Only field trip. If interested, register in advance before March 21, 2019 via the grouse-dance.eventbrite.ca website. Space is limited. Phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 if you have any questions.

Saturday, 30. March 2019
Bluebird trip

We will drive along a few roads where bluebirds frequently visit. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear. Bring a lunch if you wish to stay past noon.

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 2:00 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 8:31 a.m. and arrives at museum stop on Lorne Ave about 8:51 a.m. Return bus leaves hourly.
Leader: John Patterson (306-249-0468).

 

Wednesday, 3. April 2019
Gull Identification

A chance to learn gull identification. There should be at least four species present and maybe a rarity. We will carpool and drive to a variety of gull hangouts along the river in the city. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: meet in the riverside parking lot south of the Mendel Art Gallery.
Leaders: Kyron Giroux (306-281-6996) and Robert Johanson (306-653-2610).

 

Saturday – Sunday, April 6 - 7, 2109
Prince Albert National Park birding weekend

Members Only field trip. We will drive to the boreal forest looking for any late winter or early spring songbirds. On Saturday night, we will listen for any northern owls. Bring a lunch. Members who have renewed their 2019 SNS membership may register for the trip before March 16 by emailing the leader at asio.otus [at] sasktel.net Accommodation and other trip planning details will be sent to registered participants. Space is limited. Participants may leave early if they wish.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (asio.otus [at] sasktel.net)

 

Wednesday, 10. April 2019
Crocus evening hike to Cranberry Flats

We will hike the prairie looking for crocus blooms. Check the website or with the leader in case this trip is postponed due to a late flowering season. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Time: 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 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 6:01 p.m. and arrives at museum stop on Lorne Ave about 6:21 p.m. Return bus leaves hourly.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156).|

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites, page 4

 

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:

Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, 16. March 2019

Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, 6. April 2019 (new date)

Crocus Hike
Sunday, 21. April 2019

Pike Lake Field Trip
Saturday, 4. May 2019


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 7. March 2019 (10:00 a.m.)
Ukraine Travelogue - Adele Wagner
Wildwood Mennonite Church, 1502 Acadia Drive. Please meet at the site. Lunch (tentative) Coachman Restaurant, Market Mall, Preston Avenue and Louise Street. If you plan to do lunch, please contact leaders by March 4, 2019
Leaders: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198, hvoth [at] sasktel.net) or Mary Toews (306-653-1534).

Thursday, April 4 No trip, due to questionable road conditions.

Thursday, 11. April 2019 (9:00 a.m.)
Crocuses at Beaver Creek and possible bluebirds in the area.
Picnic lunch at Beaver Creek. Leader: Lorne Sperling (306-978-4316).

   
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