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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 3rd edition of Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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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)

 

Saturday, 7. July 2018
North American butterfly count

Download the checklist from SNS resource page. If it rains, count will be postponed until July 8, 2018

Time: 8:45 AM - ?
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 8:23 AM and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 8:35 AM. Route 8/84 departs downtown terminal at 8:16 AM and arrives on 8th at mall about 8:30 AM. Contact leader for details.
Leader: Juhachi Asai (306-373-1969)

 

Wednesday, 11. July 2018
Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre and Garden Patch bioblitz

We will help this group search their property for insects and plants.

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: meet at 3rd Ave North at Duchess St. Bus: Route 12 Airport departs downtown terminal at 5:46 p.m. and arrives at Princess St at 5:52 p.m. Walk 2 blocks north to Duchess St.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)

Saturday, 14, July 2018
Botany trip to Beaver Creek Conservation Area

We will drive to Beaver Creek and then go for a walk looking for native wildflowers. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.

Time: 10:00 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 9:31 a.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to WDM entrance at about 9:50 a.m. Walk to the old grain elevator.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156).

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 20

 

Sunday, 22. July 2018
Dragonfly field trip

We will drive to a location to look for dragonflies. Nets will be provided to help you catch some to examine before releasing them. Wear appropriate clothing.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 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 12:38 p.m. and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 12:53 p.m. Route 8 (81) 8th St departs downtown terminal at 12:46 p.m. and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 1:05 p.m. Walk to meeting location on north side of mall.
Leader: Lorne Duczek (306-249-0305)

 

Saturday, 28. July 2018
Shorebird driving trip

We will drive to areas where we suspect sandpipers and plovers are concentrating during their fall migration. Some birders may wish to continue birding in the afternoon.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 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 at about 8:50 a.m.. Walk to the old grain elevator.
Leader: Andrew Elgin (306-250-2243)

 

Saturday, 11. August 2018
Douglas Park sand dunes hike

We will drive south for 2 hours to Douglas Provincial park and then take an 8 km walk through mixed grasslands and sand dunes. We will look for tiger beetles plus other insects, wildflowers and birds. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, snacks and plenty of water. Following the walk, birders may optionally drive to a slough east of Elbow to search for ibis.

Time: 8:15 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. 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 (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)

 

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, 5. July 2018 - no trip

Thursday, 12. July 2018 (8:00 am)
Honeywood, at Parkside - Lillies and perennials
Leaders: Bill & Audrey MacKenzie, (306-373-2878)

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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