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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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Saturday, 4. March 2017
Gardiner Dam field trip

We will drive to Gardiner Dam (roundtrip distance about 250 km) to look for waterfowl near the weir as well as to look for eagles and other birds of prey. Dress warmly and bring a lunch.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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 8:31 a.m. and arrives at meeting place about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

 

Sunday, 12. March 2017
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 PM - 5:00 PM
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
More info: Guide to Nature Viewing Sites, Page 108

 

Saturday, March 18th – Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Northern Owling overnight trip

We will drive to northern areas looking and listening for Boreal, Saw-whet, Barred, Great Gray and Northern Hawk Owls plus songbirds. Participants may leave early. Bring a lunch. Book your accommodation at Hawood Inn (1-877-441-5544). Please register for the trip in advance by contacting the trip leader,

Time: leave at 9:00 a.m.
Place: meet near SW corner of Lawson Heights Mall parking
Leader: Martin Stoffel (306-230-9291)

Saturday, 1. April 2017
Bluebird trip to Pike Lake

We will look for bluebirds and other early spring migrants. You may wish to bring a picnic lunch. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for walking the nature trail.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 8:31 a.m. and arrives at meeting place about 8:50 a.m.
Leader: Stan Shadick (306-652-5975)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 108

 

Wednesday, 5. April 2017
Saw-whet owling near Pike Lake

We will listen for owls calling after dark. Wear warm clothes, and bring a flashlight and a hot drink.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Place: meet by the elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave. Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 6:31 p.m. and arrives at meeting place about 6:50 p.m. Return bus leaves hourly.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 108

 

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)

 

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:

Great Horned Owl ecology
Saturday, 18. March 2017

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

Friday, 2. 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 6th at 8:00 a.m.
Bluebirds in Merrill Hills area

Lunch at Pike Lake.
Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

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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