Fall Meet 2016
September 30 – October 2, 2016
The Saskatoon Nature Society is pleased to host Nature Saskatchewan’s Fall Meet. Join us in celebration of Whooping Cranes – welcome visitors to our region at this time of year. And if you’ve really seen these amazing large cranes too many times already or want to do something more active, we have some interesting field trip alternatives. Optional field trips are also offered for late Friday evening and for Sunday.
We’ll be meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch, 3021 Louise St. See www.nutanalegion.ca for map and contact information. All field trips will depart from and return to this location.
Driving Directions: From Circle Drive, turn west onto Taylor Street East. Get into the left lane and take the first left turn onto Arlington Avenue. Drive one very long block and turn left onto Louise Street. Follow Louise around the corner to the right, and look for the Legion Hall and parking lot on your right.
Many of our field trips have size limits, so register for the meet early to secure your spot. Note: registration fees increase by $15 after September 1, 2016, except for students. We really want you to register early!
Important Registration Information:
Registration and payment by mail is preferred. In the event of a Canada Post work stoppage, you may complete the registration form online (as a fillable form), save it and submit it by email to Greg Fenty (email@example.com). The registration fee may be paid by Interac e-Transfer to the SNS Treasurer, Yvonne Cuttle, (firstname.lastname@example.org). E-Transfer permits you to move funds directly from your bank account to the SNS account directly using online banking and email: contact your financial institution for details. Note: You will be required to provide a security question that the recipient can answer in order to accept your funds. Please send the answer to your security question in a separate email: do not include it in the body of the Interac e-Transfer.
Resolutions for 2016
1) Resolution on Strychnine Use
WHEREAS strychnine was licensed in 2007 under “emergency” conditions due to favourable weather conditions resulting in an increase of Richardson Ground Squirrels in parts of the prairies; and
WHEREAS since 2010 environmental conditions across the prairie ecosystem have changed, with record rainfalls the populations of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels are drastically reduced from 2007 numbers and emergency conditions no longer exist; and
WHEREAS the emergency registration of Strychnine was intended for only one year, strychnine continues to this day to be licensed and virtually any rural landowner can go to their Rural Municipal office and acquire strychnine with no questions asked or conditions for responsible use; and
WHEREAS strychnine is a deadly and non-selective poison which can cause secondary poisoning in non-target species; and
WHEREAS neither provincial nor federal governments are monitoring or controlling the use or impact of strychnine on wildlife populations;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Nature Saskatchewan urge the Government of Canada to terminate the emergency licensing of strychnine in 2017.
Friday, September 30
6:00 p.m. Registration and Reception. Light refreshments and cash bar, displays to view. (Supper on your own)
7:30 p.m. Program
- Welcome and opening remarks
- Larry Morgotch Images of Nature Event: Any member may show up to 10 images that illustrate natural history interests and activities, and may speak briefly about them (no longer than two minutes, please). Images labelled with your name should be left with the projectionist before the start of the program. Digital images may be individual files, assembled as a Power Point or similar type of presentation, or an executable file if you are using a slideshow editing program. Please be sure your presentation runs on a standard PC. Individual images must be in jpeg format with the longest dimension of no more than 1500 pixels. Name your images so that they display in the correct order. Digital images should be stored in a folder indicating your name and saved on a USB flash drive.
- Overview of field trips
9:00 p.m. Saw-whet Owl Banding Field Trip (limit of 25 people, no fee, carpool)
Join Marten Stoffel at his Saw-whet owl fall migration station just north of Saskatoon. These owls only move after dark so we will leave in a car convoy at 9 pm. Participants should be back in Saskatoon shortly after 11pm. Priority will be given to registered out-of-town participants. This trip may be cancelled if the weather is bad.
Saturday October 1
Breakfast on your own
- 8:00 a.m. Whooping Crane and Peregrine Falcon Field Trips depart from Nutana Legion Whooping Crane Field Trip (limit of 55 participants, fee is $40, travel by bus, lunch provided). We will travel by bus to locations east of Saskatoon where Whooping Cranes have frequently been seen in recent years. There are no guarantees, but in previous years our success rate for finding Whoopers has been high. We also expect to see Sandhill Cranes and migrating waterfowl. We will stop for lunch in Cudworth and, if time permits, we’ll take a walk to look for other migrants. Bring binoculars, a water bottle and appropriate footwear.
- Peregrine Falcon Hunt (limit of 20 people, no fee, carpool, morning only) Watch the world’s fastest animal – the peregrine falcon - catch its prey. We will carpool and drive approximately 30 minutes outside of the city to where the falcon (trained by falconer Dr. Lynn Oliphant) will hunt. This trip will require a fair bit of walking and standing. It may be cancelled if the weather is poor due to limitations on the falcon’s ability to fly and hunt properly.
- 8:30 a.m. Wanuskewin Field Trip departs from Nutana Legion. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Fee is $10, travel by bus, lunch available for purchase on-site) Human history and natural heritage come together in Wanuskewin Heritage Park. This tour will offer the opportunity to learn about 6,000 years of habitation in this rich natural area. It will include activities guided by Wanuskewin interpreters and a chance to ramble and explore over 6 km of trails along the Opimihaw Creek Valley and across the grassy uplands. Lunch can be purchased in the Visitor Centre restaurant, and there are galleries and a gift shop to explore if the weather is bad.
4:00 p.m. Nature Saskatchewan Business Meeting, Nutana Legion
Report from the Board, Resolutions, Member’s Forum
6:00 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Banquet
7:30 p.m. Awards Presentation
8:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Brian Johns “The Secret Life of Whooping Cranes Past, Present and Future”. Brian is President of the Whooping Crane Conservation Association and retired from a distinguished career as coordinator of the Whooping Crane monitoring program for Canadian Wildlife Service.
Sunday October 2
9:00 a.m. Blackstrap Lake Field Trip departs from Nutana Legion
This optional field trip is ideal for folks who are travelling home to points south of Saskatoon. We’ll travel in a vehicle convoy to look for migrating waterfowl that congregate on Blackstrap Lake in the fall, and stop for lunch at a picnic site in the park. You can pick up something to eat during the trip at the Subway at the entrance to Dundurn. Spend an hour with us, or a few; you can leave the trip at any time.
Saskatoon has lots of choices for accommodation, but it can be a little on the expensive side. These are some suggested options.
Bed and Breakfast
- Glacier Park Bed and Breakfast: 46 Harvard Crescent. 306-381-0912, www.glacierparkbb.com
- Inn-Chanted Bed and Breakfast: 210 Laycoe Crescent. 306-651-5006, www.bbcanada.com/13229.html
- Prairie Rose Bed and Breakfast: 526 Guelph Crescent. 306-374-7204, www.bbcanada.com/14424.html
- Wild Rose Bed and Breakfast: 1426 Acadia Drive. 306-979-6640, www.wildrosebb.com
Gordon Howe Campground: 1640 Avenue P South, 135 electrical & water sites plus 12 tent sites, 1-866-855-6655
These hotels are relatively close to our meeting location, of reasonable quality and provide breakfast.
*Note that you can get a better rate if you are willing to prepay.
- Best Western Plus East Side: 3331 8th Street E, 306-986-2400
- Hampton Inn Saskatoon South: 105 Stonebridge Boulevard, 306-665-9898
These slightly less expensive alternatives are near the airport. The drive to our meeting place is relatively easy from there, following Circle Drive across the river to the Taylor Street exit.
- Day’s Inn Saskatoon: 2000 Idylwyld Dr North, 306-242-3297
- Super 8 Saskatoon near Saskatoon Airport: 706 Circle Drive East, 306-384-8989 Note: there is more than one Super 8 in Saskatoon. This one is the better of them.
- Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton 110 Gateway Boulevard, 306-933-1010
Do your research and book early for better deals. For further information, contact Tourism Saskatoon at 1-800-567-2444 or consult their website at www.tourismsaskatoon.com. There are also a number of Saskatoon listing on Airbnb that may be worth checking out.
Important Registration Information: Registration and payment by mail is preferred. In the event of a Canada Post work stoppage, you may complete the registration form online (as a fillable form), save it and submit it by email to Greg Fenty (email@example.com). The registration fee may be paid by Interac e-Transfer to the SNS Treasurer, Yvonne Cuttle, (firstname.lastname@example.org). E-Transfer permits you to move funds directly from your bank account to the SNS account directly using online banking and email: contact your financial institution for details. Note: You will be required to provide a security question that the recipient can answer in order to accept your funds. Please send the answer to your security question in a separate email: do not include it in the body of the Interac e-Transfer.