Saskatoon Nature Society

The Saskatoon Nature Society brings together those interested in the natural world. Our objective is to promote the appreciation of nature and encourage a deeper knowledge of it through observation and sharing of experience. Our society supports nature conservation projects and is an active advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats.

PLEASE NOTE: Our website has been down over the last few days due to persistent server crashes. Our service provider is working hard to solve the problem and we are hoping to be on-line with our regular web content soon.

We have been posting updates about the events and field trips on the Sasktoon Nature Society Facebook page.  Even if you are not on Facebook you can see our events at 

If anyone has immediate questions about the field trips, please contact our field trips co-ordinator at 306-652-5975 (by e-mail at stan.shadick [at] or the society President at 306-249-0468 (by e-mail at vmartz [at]


Field trips and events during the 2018 NatureCity Festival

Saskatoon Nature Society is organizing a variety of field trip during the NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon, from May 22 - May 27, 2018. Everyone is welcome to participate in any field trip. Bring your friends. Phone the trip leader if you have any questions. Participants are free to depart early if they wish.

Tuesday, 22. May 2018
Mendel Riverbank bird walk

We will look for water birds on the river and songbirds in the bushes on shore. Bring your lunch. You will have a chance to explore the habitat that could be flooded by the proposed hydro-electric project at the weir.

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Place: meet at Prairie Lily boat dock below Mendel gallery.
Leader: Michael Williams (306) 242-5383

Tuesday, 22. May 2018
Lakewood pop-up naturalist event

Bring your scope and help us show birds to passersby on the park trails. Dress for the weather.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm
Place: meet at the north end of the gravel parking on the east side of the Lakewood Civic Centre buildings off Heritage Crescent. Map at
Leader: Andrew Elgin (306) 250-2243

Wednesday, 23. May 2018
Riverbank pop-up naturalist event

Bring your scope and help us show birds to passersby on the park trails. Dress for the weather.

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place: meet us on riverbank behind Lutheran Seminary on campus. Map:
Leaders: Stan Shadick, John Patterson, Sara Bryson and Alice Hiller.

Wednesday, 23. May 2018
Wildflower identification: lilies, irises and violets

‎Learn about the native violets, lilies, and irises; key identification features, habitat requirements and where to find them in the Saskatoon Region. During the following Wednesday evening, there will be a field trip to NE Swale for class registrants. Fee: free for Saskatoon Nature Society members; $20 per person (non-members). To register, send e-mail to trips [at]

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Place: meet at Meewasin Valley Authority building, 402 3rd Avenue South
Instructors: Renny Grilz (306) 262-4970 and Sara Bryson.

Saturday, 26. May 2018 - all day
Spring 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 May 23rd or state your time availability and contact phone number in an email to trips [at] to be assigned to a group.
Organizers: Stan Shadick (306) 652-5975, Bob Godwin and Marten Stoffel
Bird count compiler: John Patterson

Sunday, 27. May 2018
MVA trail bird walk

E-bird global big day! We plan to walk the trail adjacent to campus and look for birds along the riverbank. Dress warmly.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Place: meet at the parking lot north of the Diefenbaker Centre on campus.
Leader: Heather Wagg (306) 652-7351

Sunday, 27. May 2018
Firefly night walk at NE Swale

Experience Sunset and Nightfall at the swale. We will listen for the calls of any night birds and watch for fireflies (weather permitting).

Time: 9:00 p.m,. 10:30 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.
To register:
Leader: Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291 and Renny Grilz (306) 262-4970.


Check out the Saskatoon NatureCity Festival web site at for the full program.

Last updated: 20 May, 2018