About the Saskatoon Nature Society
The Saskatoon Nature Society, a charitable organization founded in
1955, 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.The SNS is affiliated with Nature Saskatchewan and Nature Canada
We hold monthly meetings from September to April with talks, films and slide presentations on topics related to nature. Meetings are held at the University of Saskatchewan (Room 106 in Biology Department) at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (the second Thursday in December). Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Admission is free. Evening parking charges on campus apply.
We provide opportunities to observe birds, mammals, insects and plants
in the company of other naturalists. Three or more guided field trips are
held each month in spring, summer and fall with occasional trips in winter.
Rides and gas expenses are shared.
Counts and Surveys
We organize the Saskatoon Christmas Bird Count, part of Bird Studies Canada and the Audubon Society's
continent-wide census with tens of thousands of participants each year.
We also conduct bird counts in December/January, May and August/September.
Anyone interested is encouraged to participate. Some members also take
part in organized plant, frog and butterfly counts and surveys of endangered
species. These counts provide valuable data for scientific use.
Saskatoon Natural Grasslands
We are stewards of the Saskatoon Natural Grasslands and Peturrson's Ravine, areas under the jurisdiction of the Meewasin Valley Authority.
Young Naturalists Program
We collaborate with the Saskatoon Zoo Society to offer workshops and field
trips for young people aged five to eleven. Programs include building and
installing birdhouses, banding birds and exploring ponds.
Newsletter and Nature Notes
We produce ten newsletters each year with notices of meetings, field trips
and other activities, along with news and information relating to conservation
and natural history. We also contribute the weekly Nature Notes column to the Saskatoon Sun, covering a wide variety of topics.
- we promote projects for the conservation of natural areas
- we hold workshops and mount displays in shows and exhibitions
- we produce special publications, including A Guide to Nature Viewing
Sites in and around Saskatoon, Birds of the Saskatoon Area, and Thanks to the Sun, available for purchase from the society and local book stores
- we support and promote youth education including the Ecology Camp for Kids at the University of Saskatchewan