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.

Qu’Appelle Dam – Elbow Christmas Bird Count

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 9 AM – 5 PM


Watch birds in your yard or join a team surveying winter bird populations in the Elbow – Douglas Provincial Park region.

You are invited to participate in the annual Qu’Appelle Dam – Elbow Christmas Bird Count. At this time every winter, birders across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations. Such data are valuable for bird conservation initiatives. Results from this count will be printed in the Blue Jay magazine published by Nature Saskatchewan (www.naturesask.ca), an organization of people interested in observing and protecting nature in Saskatchewan.

Option 1: Feeder watchers. If you live within the circle shown in the image, you may keep a list of birds seen on December 15, 2019 in your yard. Only list birds you can identify. After registering, you will be given instructions for submitting your observations.

Option 2: Bird Count Team Participants. You may join a team of other birdwatchers who will survey a district within the count circle. Novice birders are welcome. Each team will be led by an experienced birder.

To register for this event, please click the link below to go to our Eventbrite page and then click Register on that page.

Please answer all questions on the ticket registration form. We need this information to contact you with forms and any other information.

This count is organized by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. Check out saskatoonnature.org for information about their birding trips and speakers at their meetings. This count is organized and compiled by Michael Williams.

If you have questions about this count, phone Michael at 306-242-5383 or email: trips@saskatoonnature.org

Sharp-tailed Grouse
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com
Bird Count Survey Area

Gardiner Dam Christmas Bird Count

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 9 AM – 5 PM


Watch birds in your yard or join a team surveying winter bird populations in the Danielson Provincial Park region.

You are invited to participate in the annual Gardiner Dam Christmas Bird Count. At this time every winter, birders across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations. Such data are valuable for bird conservation initiatives. Results from this count will be printed in the Blue Jay magazine published by Nature Saskatchewan (www.naturesask.ca), an organization of people interested in observing and protecting nature in Saskatchewan.

Option 1: Feeder watchers. If you live within the circle shown in the image, you may keep a list of birds seen on December 16, 2019 in your yard. Only list birds you can identify. After registering, you will be given instructions for submitting your observations.

Option 2: Bird Count Team Participants. You may join a team of other birdwatchers who will survey a district within the count circle. Novice birders are welcome. Each team will be led by an experienced birder.

To register for this event, please click the link below to go to our Eventbrite page and then click Register on that page.

Please answer all questions on the ticket registration form.
We need this information to contact you with forms and any other information.

This count is organized by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. Check out saskatoonnature.org for information about their birding trips and speakers at their meetings. The results will be compiled by Guy Wapple.

If you have questions about this count, phone Guy at 306-249-3280.

Bald Eagle
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com
Bird Count Survey Area

Borden – Radisson Christmas Bird Count

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 9 AM – 5 PM


Watch birds in your yard or join a team surveying winter bird populations in the Borden – Radisson regions.

You are invited to participate in the annual Borden – Radisson Christmas Bird Count. At this time every winter, birders across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations. Such data are valuable for bird conservation initiatives. Results from this count will be printed in the Blue Jay magazine published by Nature Saskatchewan (www.naturesask.ca), an organization of people interested in observing and protecting nature in Saskatchewan.

Option 1: Feeder watchers. If you live within the circle shown in the image, you may keep a list of birds seen on December 21, 2019 in your yard. Only list birds you can identify. After registering, you will be given instructions for submitting your observations.

Option 2: Bird Count Team Participants. You may join a team of other birdwatchers who will survey a district within the count circle. Novice birders are welcome. Each team will be led by an experienced birder.

To register for this event, please click the link below to go to our Eventbrite page and then click Register on that page.

Please answer all questions on the ticket registration form. We need this information to contact you with forms and any other information.

This count is organized by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. Check out saskatoonnature.org for information about their birding trips and speakers at their meetings. Kyron Giroux will compile the results.

If you have any questions about the count, text Kyron at 306-281-6996.

Common Redpoll
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com

Saskatoon Boxing Day Bird Count

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 9 AM – 5 PM


Watch birds in your yard or join a team surveying winter bird populations in the Saskatoon, Grasswood, Beaver Creek, Moon Lake regions.

You are invited to participate in the annual Saskatoon Boxing Day Bird Count. At this time every winter, birders across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations. Such data are valuable for bird conservation initiatives.

Results from this count will be printed in the Blue Jay magazine published by Nature Saskatchewan (www.naturesask.ca), an organization of people interested in observing and protecting nature in Saskatchewan.

Option 1: Feeder watchers. If you live within the circle shown in the image, you may keep a list of birds seen on December 26, 2019 in your yard. Only list birds you can identify. After registering, you will be given instructions for submitting your observations.

Option 2: Bird Count Team Participants. You may join a team of other birdwatchers who will survey a district within the count circle. Novice birders are welcome. Each team will be led by an experienced birder.

To register for this event, please click the link below to go to our Eventbrite page and then click Register on that page.

Please answer all questions on the ticket registration form. We need this information to contact you with forms and any other information.

This count is organized by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. The results will be compiled by John Patterson.

Questions about this count – Phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975.

Blue Jay
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com
Bird Count Survey Area

Pike Lake – Whitecap Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, January 4, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


You are invited to participate in the annual Pike Lake – Whitecap Christmas Bird Count. Every winter, birders across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations. Such data are valuable for bird conservation initiatives. Results from this count will be printed in the Blue Jay magazine published by Nature Saskatchewan (www.naturesask.ca). Nature Saskatchewan is an organization of people interested in observing and protecting nature in Saskatchewan.

Option 1: Feeder watchers. If you live within the circle shown in the image, keep a list of birds seen on January 4, 2020 in your yard. Only list birds you can identify. After registering, you will be given instructions for submitting your observations.

Option 2: Bird Count Team Participants. Join a team of other birdwatchers who will survey a district within the count circle. Novice birders are welcome. Each team will be led by an experienced birder.

To register for this event, please click the link below to go to our Eventbrite page and then click Register on that page.
Please answer all questions on the ticket registration form. We need this information to contact you with forms and any other information.


This count is organized by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. Check out saskatoonnature.org for information about their birding trips and speakers at their meetings. Count results are compiled by John Patterson.

If you have questions about this count, please phone Donna Bruce at 306-956-3437.

White-breasted Nuthatch
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com
Bird Count Survey Area

Sanatorium Site Bird Walk

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

We will walk through the former Sanatorium site portion of Holiday Park to look for arriving winter songbirds. This park is one of five naturalized parks in the city which is managed to promote a diversity of wild birds and mammals.


Meet at the south end of Avenue K, adjacent to Bowerman House. https://goo.gl/maps/wniy6XzhVkA2

Bus: Route 9 Riversdale departs downtown terminal at 1:31 PM and arrives at Avenue K and Schuyler about 1:45 PM. Walk south one block along Avenue K.

Leader: Kyron Giroux (306-281-6996)

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 126.

Red-breasted Nuthatch
by Nick Saunders nicksaundersnature.com
Meet at south end of Avenue K

Chorney acreage Bird Feeders

Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Members Only Event.
Saskatoon Nature Society members are invited to visit this private Grasswood acreage south of the city which has had the highest concentration of birds found during recent Boxing Day bird counts.

Non-members are welcome to participate after paying their 2020 membership
($20 single; $30 family).

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


Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 1:31 PM and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 1:50 PM.

Leader: Marten Stoffel
(text: 306-230-9291).

Eurasian Collared-Dove
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com

Winter Twigs and Buds

Saturday, February 1, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The cold winter months provide an unique opportunity for people to identify trees and shrubs without leaves.  Winter buds, twigs and bark are unique for each tree and shrub species.  The field trip will be a hike through the Beaver Creek valley looking at the different tree species and identifying them without their leaves.

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

Bus: Route 1 Exhibition departs downtown terminal at 12:31 PM and arrives on Lorne Avenue next to museum about 12:50 PM.

Leader: Renny Grilz
(text: 306-262-4970)

A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites In and Around Saskatoon: Page 20.

Sharp-tailed Grouse in a tree
by Meghan Mickelson

Forestry Farm Bird Walk

Saturday, February 8, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

We will walk through this park watching for winter finches and other songbirds.


Meet at south end of “overflow” parking lot next to the main hall.


Leader: Bob Godwin
(306-343-8590).

Black-capped Chickadee
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com
Meet at red star on map.

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

Download checklists here.

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Box 27013 Grosvenor Park
Saskatoon, SK S7H 5N9

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Saskatoon Nature Society
Box 27013 Grosvenor Park
Saskatoon, SK S7H 5N9