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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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Sunday, 11. February 2018
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: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot, 2610 Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 12:31 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 12:50 p.m.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291

 

Saturday, 17. February 2018
Weir and City Park birding

We will look for waterfowl at the weir and then walk some back alleys looking for songbirds and end with an optional stop for hot beverages at City Perks Coffee Shop on 7th Ave.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the Weir parking lot and wear your binoculars.
Leader: Carol Blenkin (306) 244-1927

Sunday, 4. March 2018
Pike Lake Birding

We will look for winter visitors to the park. Wear warm clothing. The chickadees will gratefully accept donations of sunflower seeds.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 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 12:31 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 12:50 p.m.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306) 374-0674

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 108

 

Sunday, 18. March 2018
Forestry Farm Birding

A birding trip to the Forestry Farm Park to look for winter songbirds.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: meet at the south end of what is now called the overflow parking lot. This is the lot by the former Zoo entrance (no bus service).
Leader: John Patterson (306) 249-0468

 

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:

Chickadee Pishing
Saturday, 3. February 2018

Owl Pellet Dissection
Saturday, 17. March 2018

Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, 14. April 2018

Pike Lake Field Trip
Saturday, 5. May 2018

Great Horned Owl Field Trip
May 2018 TBA

Bluebird Trail
May 30 - July 7, 2018


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, 8. February 2018 (10:00 a.m.)
Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Avenue
We are pleased to have WDM volunteers Dave Cook and Chris Christensen as our guides. Lunch at the Museum Boomtown Café . Group admission $8.50, If you plan to do lunch, please contact leaders by Monday, February 5, 2018.

Thursday, 1. March 2018 (10:00 a.m.)
PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Phil McLoughlin, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, U of S
Topic, TBA
Location: Cliff Wright Library, Lakewood Civic Center 1635 McKercher Drive. Lunch at Mr. Ribs Family Restaurant, 1945 McKercher Drive. If you plan to do lunch, please contact leaders by Monday, February 26, 2018.

Leaders:
Marge Ketilson 306-373-1028, mketilson [at] sasktel.net
Jan Solem 306-374-3981, jmsolem [at] shaw.ca
Hilda Noton 306-374-0674, nottshill [at] sasktel.net

   
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Last updated: 7 February, 2018