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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 Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon.

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Wednesday, 12. April 2017
Gull identification

A chance to learn gulls. There should be at least four species present and maybe a rarity. We will carpool and drive to a variety of gull hangouts along the river in the city.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: meet in the riverside parking lot south of the Mendel Art Gallery.
Leader: Kyron Giroux (306-281-6996)

 

Sunday, 23. April 2017
Crocus Hike to Cranberry Flats

We will hike the prairie looking for crocus blooms.

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 1:31 p.m. and arrives at meeting place about 1:50 p. Return bus leaves hourly.
Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 48

 

Saturday 22. April 2017 - CANCELLED
Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance to NE Swale

The April 22nd event is CANCELLED due to a poor weather forecast. Please email trips@saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca if you wish to join any possible future trips.

Leaders: Renny Grilz (306-262-4970) and Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291).
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 92 (includes map)

Saturday, 6. May 2017
Waterfowl Outing to Dundurn area

We will drive to either Brightwater marsh or Blackstrap Lake near Dundurn to look for ducks and geese.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre mall at Circle and 8th. Bus: Route 50 Lakeview departs downtown at 8:31 a.m, U of S campus at 8:38 a.m. and arrives on 8th St adjacent to mall about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: John Patterson (306-249-0468)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Pages 24 & 30

 

Sundays in May - MVA Trail Bird Walk
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

This weekly walk is ideal for beginners to learn some common birds.
Meet at the Diefenbaker Centre parking lot on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Sunday, 7. May
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Sunday, 14. May
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Sunday, 21. May
Leader: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198)

Sunday, 28. May
Leader: Heather Wagg (306-652-7351)

 

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 975–3042 or by e-mail at: saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Visit the Young Naturalists' website for more information: www.saskatoonzoosociety.ca/programs/young-naturalists

Program schedule:

Birdhouse workshop
Saturday, 8. April 2017

Crocus hike
Tuesday, 18. April 2017

Pike Lake field Trip
Saturday, 6. May 2017

Great Horned Owl Field Trip
Date in May - TBA

Bluebird Trail starts
Wednesday, 31. May 2017

NEW: Lee Valley/CHEP butterfly
house workshop

Thursday, 1. June 2017


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.

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, April 13th at 8:00 a.m.
Crocuses and Bluebirds

We will visit Lilian & Doug Thorpe's acreage in the Beaver Creek area. Lunch at Beaver Creek.
Leader: Hilda Noton (306-374-0674)

Thursday, April 20th at 8:00 a.m.
Brightwater Marsh (Nature Viewing Sites, p. 30)

Lunch at Blackstrap Lake. Leaders: John Patterson and Val Martz (306-249-0468)

Thursday, April 27th at 8:00 a.m.
Osler area, including Neuhorst sloughs

Please meet at the southwest corner of the Mall at Lawson Heights. Lunch at Osler town park.
Leaders: From Saskatoon to Osler - Hilda Noton (306- 374-0674). At Osler - Gale Diakuw (306-239-2281)

   
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Last updated: 21 April, 2017