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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, 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, 22. September 2018
Goose and crane trip and picnic south of Outlook

We will explore Broderick Reservoir in the afternoon and then visit an isolated riverbank coulee south of Outlook to watch for any geese or cranes that fly in while we consume our picnic supper. Bring your own food and a lawn chair.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.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/m79Q7DMEXxD2 Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 12:31 p.m. and arrives on Lorne Avenue near meeting spot about 12:50 p.m.
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291)

 

Saturday, 29. September 2018
Gabriel Dumont Park bird walk

We will walk the MVA trail towards Diefenbaker park. Bring your binoculars and suitable clothing for the weather.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Place: meet at the Gabriel Dumont parking lot off Saskatchewan Crescent. https://goo.gl/maps/qEnnCiVv7Yo Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 am and arrives at Taylor and Herman Avenue about 8:45 am. Walk north to park along Saskatchewan Crescent.
Leader: Robert Johanson (306-653-2610)

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites pages 56 & 68

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. Non-members may obtain a Saskatoon Nature Society membership good through 2019 from the trip leader for just $20 ($30 family).

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)

 

Monday 8. October 2018
Woodlawn Cemetery bird walk

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by strolling through Woodlawn Cemetery and visiting the weir. We'll look for late fall migrants and early-returning winter residents.

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place: meet at the Cemetery's gate, just off 33rd St, on Memorial Ave, west of Warman Road. https://goo.gl/maps/kfKqtfF8yUN2 Bus: Route 14 North Industrial departs downtown terminal at 9:01 a.m. and arrives at 33rd St and 1st Ave about 9:10 a.m. Walk east 2 short blocks to Memorial Avenue.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383).

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 154

 

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. https://goo.gl/maps/CxNX35unii12
Leader: Renny Grilz (306-262-4970)

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites page 134

 

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:

Sandhill Crane field trip
Saturday, 22. September 2018

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

Bird feeder workshop
Saturday, 3. November 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, 30. August 2018 (8:00 am)
Stuglin's acreage at Pike Lake
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Thursday, 6. September 2018 (8:00 a.m.)
Rosthern Museum
Please meet at the south-west corner of Lawson Mall. Lunch at Station Arts Center in Rosthern.
Leader at Rosthern: Dianne Murphy (1-306-212-0005). Leader from Saskatoon: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674).
If you plan to do lunch, please contact Hilda by Monday Sept. 3rd.

Thursday. 13. September 2018 (9:00 a.m.)
MVA trail walk from Diefenbaker parking lot to Cartwright St.
Please meet at Diefenbaker park, near the railway bridge. Lunch at Western Development Museum cafeteria.
Leaders: Dave & Louise Cook (306-955-4764).
If you plan to do lunch, please contact Dave or Louise by Monday, Sept. 10.

September 14-16, 2018
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet in Swift Current
More information: www.naturesask.ca/get-involved/fall-meet

Thursday. 20. September 2018 (9:30 a.m.)
Railway Museum on the Pike Lake highway
Leader: Guy Wapple (306-249-3280).
Admission: $5.00 cash.

Thursday, 27. September 2018 (9:00 a.m.)
Cranberry Flats trails
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674).
Lunch at Dakota Dunes golf club. If you plan to do lunch, please contact Hilda by Monday, Sept. 24th

Thursday, 4. October 2018 (9:00 a.m.)
Whooping Cranes
Location TBA
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Thursday, 11. October 2018 (9:00 a.m.)
Fall migration (details to follow)
Leaders: Audrey & Bill MacKenzie (306-373-2872).

Thursday, 18. October 2018 (9:00 a.m.)
Goose migration south of Delisle
Leader: Bob Girvan (306-493-2686).

Thursday, 25. October 2018 (5:00 p.m.)
Turkey supper at Queen's House
Address: 601 Taylor St. West. Cost $20 (cash please) includes dessert, beverage, tax and use of AV equipment. A tip is welcome. Share interesting sightings and photos. Please put photos on a thumb drive. RSVP to Bill or Audrey MacKenzie (306-373-2872) by Monday, Oct. 22. More information to follow.

   
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