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Field trips

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 Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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Thursday, 10. August 2017
Botany walk along the MVA trail

We will walk the trail looking for wildflowers in bloom.

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: meet at the north parking lot for the Diefenbaker Centre on campus. Bus: Route 4 Willowgrove departs downtown terminal at 6:16 pm and arrives on campus drive across from Diefenbaker centre about 6:25 pm. Walk past Diefenbaker centre to north parking lot.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 146


Sunday, 20. August 2017
Bird walk through Gabriel Dumont Park

We will walk through this park watching for songbirds.

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: meet at the north end of parking lot Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 1:31 p.m. and arrives at Herman Avenue and Taylor about 1:45 p.m. Walk north along Saskatchewan Crescent to park.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 68


Saturday, 26. August 2017
Warbler Walk at the Forestry Farm Zoo

We will walk about the park watching for fall warblers. There is a $2 fee / car to enter if you don't have a seasonal pass.

Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Place: meet at south end of main parking lot at the Saskatoon Zoo.
Leader: Bob Godwin (306-343-8590)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 130

Monday, 4. September 2017
Trip to Stuglin acreage near Pike Lake

We will drive to this bird-rich private acreage on the Pike Lake highway and walk the property.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon
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 next to WDM entrance about 8:50 a.m. Walk to the old grain elevator.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)


Saturday, 9. September 2017
Fall Bird Count

Help us survey the fall migrants in the Saskatoon area. Please contact Kyron before September 7 for assignment to a group. Survey times are flexible. Novices are welcome and will be assigned to an experienced leader.
Organizer: Kyron Giroux. E-mail: kyrongiroux [at] Text: 306-281-6996 Phone: 306-955-2473.


Sunday, 10. September 2017
Birding trip to Buzz Lake

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: meet at NW corner of coop grocery star grocery store parking lot on Centennial Boulevard in Warman.
Leader: Gail Diakuw (306-239-2281)


Saturday, 7. October 2017
Whooping Crane field trip

We will drive in search of any reported Whoopers within 100 km of the city. Bring a lunch, drinking water and warm clothing.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th Mall. Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs U of S campus at 7:25 a.m. and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 7:35 a.m. Route 8/84 departs downtown terminal at 7:16 a.m. and arrives on 8th at mall about 7:30 a.m. Walk to NW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)


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 975–3042 or by e-mail at:

Visit the Young Naturalists' website for more information:

Program schedule:

Great Horned Owl Field Trip
(Sold out)

Bluebird Trail starts
Wednesday, 31. May 2017

NEW: Lee Valley/CHEP butterfly
house workshop

Thursday, 1. June 2017 - Sold out

June (all month) Bluebird Trail continues

Butterfly field trip
14. July 2017

Peregrine Falcon Field Trip
1. August 2017

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles, a sub-group of Saskatoon Nature Society, invites retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world 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.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
Vision Quest and Bents

An experience of a lifetime: we have obtained special permission to visit a Vision Quest in the Bear Hills, and the noted ghost town of Bents, both now closed to the public. Entrance to Vision Quest depends on road condition, now often flooded.
Leaders: Doug and Irene Schmeiser (306-374-4360)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:00 am
Saskatoon's Historic Trees

An SOS Elms representative will take us on a tour of Saskatoon's historic trees. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Please contact Hilda Noton (306-374-0674), by June 18, if you plan to do lunch. Leader: Hilda Noton

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:00 am
Donna Birkmaier Park

Page 60 in Nature Viewing Sites. Picnic lunch at the park.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Breeding Bird Atlas square bashing

Maps and sheets will be distributed to record all birds seen in short sections of roads in a 10 km x10km square SE of Saskatoon. We will then continue to Blackstrap park for general birding and lunch.
Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Search for Prairie Lilies

Leaders: Joan Weber (306-668-8270) and Hilda Voth (306-242-0198)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
MVA trail walk

Some of us will walk along the new portion of the trail along the river between Cartwright St. and Diefenbaker park. Others may prefer to explore a shorter section of the trail within the park.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
The Quill Lakes

A two-hour drive to Wynyard to see an amazing concentration of water birds in the area flooded by the increased water level of the Quill Lakes. Up to 6 species of herons and egrets might be seen. Morning stop at Lanigan park. Bring lawn chairs. Lunch on the closed portion of the grid road 640 beyond the barrier. Return about 4:00 p.m.
Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)


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