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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, 11. August 2018
Cranberry Flats sand dunes hike

Hike among the sand dunes at Cranberry Flats. We will look for tiger beetles plus other insects, wildflowers and birds. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and water.

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 10:30 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. https://goo.gl/maps/rrb68Pa8zxN2
Bus: Route 81 Centre Mall departs university terminal at 7:38 a.m. and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 7:53 a.m.. Route 8 (81) 8th St departs downtown terminal at 7:46 a.m. and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 8:05 a.m. Walk to meeting location on north side of mall.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)

This trip was originally to the Douglas Park sand dunes near Elbow, but has been changed due to the heat conditions.

 

Saturday, 11. August 2018
Douglas Park sand dunes hike

Cancelled due to hot weather conditions. Replaced with a field trip to Cranberry Flats (see above)

 

Saturday, 18. August 2018
Sheep at NE Swale

Meewasin will have sheep at the swale to graze unwanted invasive species to enhance grassland bird habitat. We will hike the property to look for birds and watch the sheep in action.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Fedoruk Drive (or Agra Road), turn left onto Lowe Road; NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road before reaching the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation building. No Bus service
Leader: Renny Grilz (306-262-4970)

 

Saturday, 25. August 2018
Factoria warbler walk

We will walk the wooded areas of the riverbank in search of migrant warblers and other songbirds. Bring good footwear for walking on slopes and appropriate clothing.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place: meet at the east end of Adilman Drive. Bus: Route 35 Silverwood Heights departs downtown terminal at 8:16 AM and arrives at Adilman Drive and 4 Silverwood Road at 8:45 AM. Walk 3 blocks east to meeting location. Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975).

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 64

Sunday, 2. September 2018
Warbler walk at Forestry Farm

We will walk the wooded areas of this park looking for migrant songbirds. Bring suitable clothing.

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Place: meet at parking lot behind Alice Turner Library at Attridge Drive and Nelson Road. We will carpool from this location to reduce entrance fees. No Bus Service.
Leader: TBA

 

Saturday, 8. September 2018 (all day)
Fall bird count

Participants are needed to help us survey the bird populations in the city and surrounding natural regions during the peak of spring migration. Novices are welcome and will be assigned to an experienced group leader. Duration of count varies for different groups. To register, phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 by September 6th or state your time availability and contact phone number in an email to trips [at] saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca
Organizers: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975) Bob Godwin, Marten Stoffel
Compiler: John Patterson

 

September 14-16, 2018
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet in Swift Current with a trip to Matador Grassland.

See www.naturesask.ca for details

 

Saturday, 6. October 2018
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 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 7:38 AM and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 7:53 a.m.. Route 8 (84) 8th St departs downtown terminal at 7:16 a.m. and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 7:35 a.m.. Walk to meeting location on north side of mall.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

 

Saturday, 13. October 2018
Invasive shrub removal from Saskatoon Natural Grasslands

The Saskatoon Nature Society is a steward of the Saskatoon Natural Grassland. To help meet our obligations, we plan to help remove invasive European Buckthorn and caragana from this grassland preserve. All equipment will be provided. Wear old clothes with long sleeves. We will hike the property at the end of our trip.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the park on Konihowski Road. Turn right off Central Avenue on Somers Road and drive 2 blocks. Leader: Renny Grilz (306-262-4970)

 

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:

Bluebird trail
May 30 - July 7, 2018

Sandhill Crane field trip
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saw-whet Owl field trip
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (Actual date to be determined by the owls)

Bird feeder workshop
Saturday, November 3, 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. July 2018 (8:00 am)
Gabriel Dumont Park
Leader: Joan Weber (306-668-8270)

Thursday, 26. July 2018 (8:00 am)
Petrofka orchard & trails
Leaders: Louise & Dave Cook (306-955-4764)

Thursday, 2. August 2018 - no trip

Thursday, 9. August 2018 (8:00 am)
Shorebirds and early migration
Leader: John Patterson (306-249-0468)

Thursday, 16. August 2018 (8:00 am)
NCC North Saskatchewan River property at Maymont
Leaders: Bob Armstrong (306-343-1269) Audrey & Bill MacKenzie (306-373-2872)

Thursday, 23. August 2018 (8:00 am)
Redberry Lake
Leader: Lorne Sperling (306-978-4316)

Thursday, 30. August 2018 (8:00 am)
Stuglin's acreage at Pike Lake
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

   
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Last updated: 10 August, 2018