Field Trips

All are welcome to participate in field trips. Invite your friends! 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.

Saw-whet Owling near Pike Lake

Saturday, March 16
Check back for possible rescheduled date.
7:15 – 10:00 PM

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

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

Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance Viewing Trip

Late March / Early April


Members Only field trip.
We plan to drive to a viewing location on a public road within 100 km of Saskatoon on an early morning or late evening weekend in late March or early April with suitable weather.


Saskatoon Nature Society members who have paid their 2019 membership fees should register online before March 21. Space is limited. Trip meeting time and date will be emailed to registered participants.

Phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 with any questions.

Bluebird Hike

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:15 AM – 2:00 PM


We will drive some roads where bluebirds frequently visit. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear. Bring a lunch if you wish to stay past noon.


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 AM and arrives at museum stop on Lorne Ave about 8:51 AM. Return bus leaves hourly.

Leader: John Patterson (306-249-0468).

Mountain Bluebird by May Haga

Gull Identification Field Trip

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:30PM–8:00PM


A chance to learn gull identification. 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. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.


Meet in the riverside parking lot south of the Mendel Art Gallery.


Leaders: Kyron Giroux (306-281-6996) and
Robert Johanson (306-653-2610).

Ring-billed Gull

Prince Albert National Park Birding Weekend

Sat. April 6 – Sun. April 7



Members only trip.
We will drive to the boreal forest looking for any late winter or early spring songbirds. On Saturday night, we will listen for any northern owls. Bring a lunch.

Members who have renewed their 2019 Saskatoon Nature Society membership may register for the trip before March 24 by texting the leader at 306-230-9291.

Accommodation and other trip planning details will be sent to registered participants. Space is limited. Participants may leave early if they wish.
Leader: Marten Stoffel
(306-230-9291)

Canada Jay

Crocus Evening Hike to Meewasin’s Cranberry Flats

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

We will hike the prairie looking for crocus blooms. Check the website or with the leader in case this trip is postponed due to a late flowering season. Wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.


Meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave.



Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 6:01 PM and arrives at museum stop on Lorne Ave about 6:21 PM. Return bus leaves hourly.

Leader: Sara Bryson (306-261-6156).|
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 4

Crocus by Trent Watts

Waterfowl Viewing Trip to Porter Lake

Saturday, May 4

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Waterfowl viewing trip to Porter Lake


Porter Lake is a large lake south of Aberdeen that has been home for large numbers of night-herons, ducks, grebes, cormorants and other water birds in recent years. Due to flooding, the grid road has been closed at the lake making it an excellent bird viewing location. Bring a hat and water to drink.

Meet in Centre Mall parking lot south of Burger King BETWEEN Acadia and Moss on south side of 8th St.

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Bus: Route 81 Centre Mall departs university terminal at 8:38 AM and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 8:53 AM. Route 8 (84) 8th St departs downtown terminal at 8:16 AM and arrives at Centre Mall terminal at 8:35 AM.

Walk to meeting location on north side of mall.

Leader: John Patterson
(306-249-0468)

Black-crowned Night Heron
Nick Saunders
Ruddy Duck – Nick Saunders

Golden Eagles

Get information about this active sub-group of the SNS.

Young Naturalists

Nature activity for 5 – 11 year olds.

Plant and Animal Checklists

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Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8

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Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8