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Field trips


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, 13. January 2019
Chorney acreage bird feeders

We plan to visit this acreage south of the city which had the highest concentration of birds found during Saskatoon's Boxing Day bird count.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place: meet on the west side of the parking lot west of the Sports on Tap bar north of Western Development Museum. https://goo.gl/maps/MyshGfcWzey Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 a.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291

 

Sunday 20. January 2018
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility visit

A chance to see the recently constructed aviaries and squirrel cage and learn how this charity looked after over 900 injured and orphaned birds and wild animals during this past year with a goal of releasing them back to the wild.

Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Place: meet at 100 Rayner Avenue in Sutherland, 1 block west of Central Avenue at 115th St. Bus: Route 26 Forest Grove departs University terminal at 2:08 pm and arrives at 115th St and Rayner Avenue (just past the RR crossing) about 2:15 pm. Walk 2 houses north on Rayner Avenue to the white 2-storey house.
Leader: Jan Shadick (306) 281-0554

 

Sunday, 27. January 2019
Snowy Owl census

We plan to drive a 60 km census route to count Snowy Owls from Milden to Elrose. Most years, there is a high concentration of Snowys along this route. Total distance travelled will be about 300 km. Car pools will be arranged. Bring lunch or buy lunch in Elrose. In case weather prediction is poor, phone leader the previous evening to check if trip will be affected.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Place: meet at Esso gas station parking lot at highway 7 and 11th St W
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 231-9291

February 9 and 10, 2019
Winter Owling expedition

We plan to explore some backroads near Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan to search for Great Gray, Barred or Hawk Owls. To apply to participate in this members-only field trip, send an email to trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca prior to Monday, January 28. Space is limited. You will be sent more details including requirements needed to participate in this trip.

 

Sunday, 24. February 2019
Forestry Farm park birding

We will walk through the park looking for winter songbirds.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the south end of Zoo parking lot.
Leader: Andrew Elgin (text: 306-250-2243)

 

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.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610)

 

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)

 

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:

Tracks and Scats
Saturday, 19. January 2019

Chickadee Pishing
Saturday, 2. February 2019

Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, 16. March 2019

Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, 13. April 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.

Thursday, 10. January 2019 (10:30 a.m.)
Cosmopolitan Industries, 1302 Alberta Avenue
Please meet at the site. Lunch at Sask Polytechnic Cafeteria, 1130 Idylwyld Drive. If you plan to do lunch, please contact leaders by Jan. 7.
Leaders: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198, hvoth [at] sasktel.net) or Mary Toews (306-653-1534).

Thursday, 7. February 2019 (10:00 a.m.)
Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility 101 East Road, U of S Campus
Please meet at the site. Lunch at Cora Restaurant, Preston Crossing. If you plan to do lunch, please contact leaders by Feb.4.
Leaders: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198, hvoth [at] sasktel.net) or Mary Toews (306-653-1534).

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).

   
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