Spring Meet

Join us for the 2017 Spring Meet at the Hannin Creek Educational Facility at Candle Lake June 2-4, 2017.


Friday June 2nd

*Light Supper Provided*

5:30pm – 10:00 pm - Registration at Hannin Creek Education & Research Facility (Map and website included)

7:00pm - Welcome to Hannin Creek & presentation of Saturday Activities

9:00 pm - Bat Vocalization with Jim Bahr (weather Dependant)


Saturday June 3rd

*Breakfast on your own*

8:30 am “The Geology of Central Saskatchewan” Tour

8:30 am “Morning Owl Banding”

8:30 am Hannin Creek Activities

12:00 pm lunch

5:30 pm Cocktails

6:30 pm Supper

7:00 pm Presentation:  Boreal Forest Owls

Speaker: Harold Fisher (B.Sc; Long time NS Member, hunter, fisherman, naturalist and avid birder)


Sunday June 4th

*Breakfast on your own*

9:00am - Annual General Meeting at Hannin Creek

Maps with excellent prairie pothole birding hotspots located immediately south of Prince Albert will be available if you wish to bird on your way home.

(Canoes/PFD’s will be available until day’s end for use after AGM)

The Geology of Central Saskatchewan

Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants, vans will be provided – extra cost $25 per head, bag lunch included

Tour will depart from the townsite of Candle lake at 0830. Will return by 330pm in time for the evening program.

All day Field Trip; led by David Halstead (Author of the Dragonflies of Saskatchewan, and a MSc graduate in geography) and Lorne Renouf (RPF). See the challenges of managing an active sand dune complex near a busy provincial park. Explore the shoreline of ancient Lake Agassiz and visit the scenic Push Moraines of Narrow Hills Provincial Park. History will be brought to life and current issues in forestry will be highlighted along with the natural splendors that this field trip will encounter.


Morning Owl Banding

Enrollment will be limited to 12 participants – No additional cost for this field trip.

Participants will meet at Candle Lake townsite at 8:30 to car pool and return to the HCEARF for Lunch and participate in afternoon choice of activity.

Subject to nest box occupancy and the progress of the nesting efforts, please join Harold as he checks nesting boxes in the Candle lake area. Boreal Owls, Saw Whet Owls and American Kestrels might be encountered along the nest box trail. Depending on the progress of the nesting cycle, participants may have an opportunity to help band owls at the nest boxes.  


Hannin Creek On-Site Activities

Birding and Plant Walks

Enjoy late spring as the boreal comes alive with bird song and flowering plants. Nestled along a creek system, The Hannin Creek facility has walking trails that move from mature jack pine, into Black Spruce, mixed forest and riparian habitats. Join our local birders and botanists to explore the biodiversity of this patch of the southern boreal forest. The group will be led by Jim Bahr (wildlife biologist) and Joanne Marchand (botanist) . The tour will move along reasonably level ground with short forays into more densely vegetated plots.

GPS and Smart Phones as field tools

Join Teal Fisher and Ryan Galbraith of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Geographic Information Science program for a hands-on experience using GPS units or your smarty phones directed linked to satellite imagery of the landscape you are exploring. Learn how to use your smart phone as a navigational device to guide you on your natural history outings. Teal and Ryan have a knack for making the complexities of modern technology easy and fun to employ on a day to day basis.

Canoe and interpretive trip

Paddle the still waters of scenic Hannin Creek with Hamilton Greenwood and explore the riparian habitat, hydrology, and the beach ridge where the Creek meets Candle Lake. Canoes, PFDs and paddles will be provided along with an experienced canoe guide and instructor. Novice to expert canoeists may find this a relaxing an enjoyable trip. Work collaboratively to prepare a shore “snack” of fresh walleye and other wild edibles .


Youth Programming

Go on an adventure amongst the trees! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for what you might encounter as we explore the sights and sounds of Saskatchewan’s boreal birds. Use what you’ve learned to attract birds in your own backyard by being creative and making a bird feeder from recycled materials (provided). Keep cool next to the water as we pond dip and explore what lurks beneath the surface and complete the afternoon by hunting for treasure.


*Until May 1st, all available bunkhouse space will be held for families with children/youth wishing to attend the meet. After May 1st, all available bunkhouse space will be open to anyone wishing to reserve. Please see Registration form.*




Candle Lake Junction   306-929-3133 

Ponderosa Pine Lodge  306-929-2488

Candle Lake Golf Resort  (306) 929-2211



Saskatchewan Provincial Sandy Bay Campground

Minowukaw Campground

To register please mail or e-mail the below form or call the Nature Saskatchewan office:

Spring Meet Registration Form 2017

(please make cheque payable to Nature Saskatchewan).


Nature Saskatchewan
206-1860 Lorne Street
Regina, SK   S4P 2L7