The Secret Held by Richard St. Barbe Baker

WHAT The International Film Premiere named The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest brings education and awareness about Richard St. Barbe Baker namesake for the Saskatoon urban regional park named in his honour – The 326 acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The film features notable global ecologists and conservationists from around the world. Though this afforestation area was once Saskatoon’s best kept secret, citizens of Saskatoon are starting to discover this forest and enjoy the semi-wilderness habitat of a mixed woodlands such as usually only found in northern Saskatchewan.

WHERE AND WHEN Name of event:The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest , date: November 6, 221, time: 1:00 pm CST and location: inaugural airing via ZOOM, Tickets: are on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/184304960097 Website: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/the-legacy-of-saskatoons-secret-forest/ This is a free event for the public, and there are also under development heritage booklets for youth groups, members of the public, teachers and student classrooms to work with alongside the film

WHY Over the years the Friends charity has organized community volunteer cleanups and removed over 38,300 kilograms (84,439 pounds) of toxic and hazardous waste from both the afforestation areas to make these urban regional parks safe greenspaces for health and wellness, nature watching and also safe for the flora and fauna natural homes and habitats. [There are two afforestation areas -the other being George Genereux Urban Regional Park.] As people become aware that the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area parkspace is named after the amazing global conservationist and humanitarian Richard St. Barbe Baker, the illegal trespass and illegal dumping decline, and there is a community pride in our rich heritage of Saskatoon.

Especially during COVID protocols there is no reason for these expansive urban regional parks to be under-utilized or used as a secondary trash dump for those too lazy or too cheap to go to the landfill. It is for this reason we are creating this heritage documentary – to increase stewardship, guardianship and pride in our rich cultural heritage.

HOW The legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker and the profound effect St. Barbe had on their lives embarking on worldwide stewardship, is also why global conservationists and ecologists worldwide have offered to speak in our film. All the speakers were inspired, and influenced deeply by Richard St. Barbe Baker in their path in some way. All remember the first time St. Barbe came into their lives – such was the overwhelming presence of St. Barbe upon their lives and career paths. Because of the huge global support from notable conservationists around the world, this film is of interest not only locally in Saskatoon, but promotes environmental education world-wide about this Global Conservationist, Richard St. Barbe Baker.

ANOTHER WHY The park space users, also, are all impressed and inspired by the legacy that is Richard St. Barbe Baker’s. The timing of the film commemorates the date when John G. Diefenbaker, Chancellor of the University at the time, bestowed the honourary Doctorate of Laws upon Richard St. Barbe Baker from the University of Saskatchewan, Nov. 6, 1971 – 50 years ago. Therefore the film is truly a Golden Celebration honouring St. Barbe’s extraordinary conservation and humanitarian efforts around the world. Richard St. Barbe Baker not only saved lives through the development of planting schemes which today would be called agro-forestry and social forestry, St. Barbe initiated the recovery of the Sahara deserts and deserts worldwide with tree planting continued on by his dear friend Nobel Laureate Wangarri Maathai, he contributed greatly to saving the Redwood Forests in California and he also is responsible for the planting of billions and trillions of trees worldwide.

Golden Celebration Portion adapted from King Country Te Kuiti Saturday March 1, 1930 Vol. XXIV No.3123 Forest Keepers Conserving the Trees

WHO Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. a non profit registered charity 777143876RR0001 and non profit entity number 102084283.

friendsafforestation@gmail.com

Poster https://kvisit.com/8wE/l-0G Brochure / Pamphlet https://kvisit.com/8wE/mO0G Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/184304960097 Website https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/the-legacy-of-saskatoons-secret-forest/

We live less than five minutes without air and the trees give us air we breath. We live less than five days without water, and trees are absolutely essential in the water cycle. We live less than five weeks without food, and without the trees we could not grow food.”

Richard St. Barbe Baker


For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

  1. Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

NEW P4G District Official Community Plan

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′

Addresses:

Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A

Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A

S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A

NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063

Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot

Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com

Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map

Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map

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Facebook: South West OLRA

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

Donate your old vehicle, here’s how!  

Support using Canada Helps

Support via a recycling bottle donation

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

CTV News Sunday

CTV News aired the Press Release for the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas are very grateful. There is also a webpage online “Two Saskatoon afforestation areas receive $100K to build barriers to stop illegal garbage dumping”.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

NEW P4G District Official Community Plan

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′

Addresses:

Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A

Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A

S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A

NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063

Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot

Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com

Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map

Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map

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Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Reddit: FriendsAfforestation

Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

Donate your old vehicle, here’s how!  

Support using Canada Helps

Support via a recycling bottle donation

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

A springtime winter adventure

A Wild About Saskatoon NatureCity Experience Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area winter experience posted online. As we meet up with June roses, here is a posting reminding us that the afforestation areas are great to explore in all seasons for a complete phenological experience. While out at the afforestation areas the three winter adventurers recounted; “We had fun testing our wildlife tracking skills to see how many species we could add to our list. “

Go to the winter woods: listen there, look, watch, and “the dead months” will give you a subtler secret than any you have yet found in the forest.

William Sharp

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

John Steinbeck

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

NEW P4G District Official Community Plan

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′

Addresses:

Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A

Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A

S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A

NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063

Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot

Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com

Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map

Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Blogger: FriendsAfforestation

Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.comFacebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area

Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Reddit: FriendsAfforestation

Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas

Mix: friendsareas

YouTube

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

Donate your old vehicle, here’s how!  

Support using Canada Helps

Support via a recycling bottle donation

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

Alarming Facts ! Endangered Species Day

Alarming Facts | Endangered Species Day The YouTube Video

The Third Friday of May is Endangered Species Day. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies the status of organisms and compiles the IUCN Red List. During this era of growing human settlement, take action for Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2021. Discover more about nature. Learn facts, become a part of #restorationgeneration and engage in habitat clean ups and restoration projects. Participate on iNaturalist to discover more at the 326 acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 147.8 acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

We have entered an unprecedented period in human history. By the vigor of our consumption and procreation, the human species has modified our global environment at wide regional and global scales.

Peter Leigh The ecological crisis, the human condition,
and community-based restoration as an instrument
for its cure

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.comFacebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
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YouTube

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

“The continuing challenge of restoration. …”reconstruction,” ”restocking,” and “rebuilding,” of “doctoring sick land.”…Habitat restoration is both desirable and feasible.
-Aldo Leopold ed. Joy B. Zedler Author

World Habitat Awareness Month

Since the beginnings of the formation of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. we have grown to appreciate that we are part of a project much bigger than us. The vision of the afforestation areas, climate action, taking action on the United Nations SDGs Life on Land and Life Below Water, becoming a part of #GenerationRestoration during the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and having the vision to care for the earth, and all life. We share our vision with others and we give to you some ideas of ways you can become part of the family. April is World Habitat Awareness Month, become aware of Saskatoon’s hidden forest, and its habitat.

1. Help us network information about the afforestation areas with others.

*–Send to us information about the namesakes Richard St. Barbe Baker, Dr. George Genereux or Benjamin Thomas Chappell, help us connect with their friends and family.
*–Send us photographs, projects, videos, social media which involve the afforestation areas as the local habitat is part of the world habitat to celebrate on world habitat day.
*–Share with us your experiences in the afforestation areas, with the trees, or with the environment.
*– Do you know of anyone who would like a newsletter, or whom would like to be part of our mailing list?
*– Do you know of anyone who would like to be involved with the Friends of the Afforestation Areas Inc, and share its goals and missions as a member?

2.  Learn more about afforestation, environmental protection and climate action.

*–Reach out to your school, youth or church group, newcomer or senior organisation to see if they want to be involved in any of the afforestation area programs.
*– Explore the many trees in the afforestation area, and take Richard St. Barbe Baker’s forest guardian pledge; I promise before Ngaire to plant ten trees every year, protect trees everywhere, and do a good deed every day.
*– Find an interested group or school who would like to initiate a program, and let us know so we can provide more literature, a virtual webinar, or a tour for more ideas to get started.

3.  Sponsor a Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area program.

*–Invite us to present to your community group.
*– “Virtual Fireside” Chat: We can spend an evening or afternoon with an interested group who wants to know more about the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc, and our vision with an amazing zoom webinar.
*–Introductory workshop: We can take you on an afforestation area tour, or a workshop in becoming a  citizen scientist to learn more about these trees, and the habitat they create and to appreciate the wonder and beauty of trees.
*–Become involved with our upcoming arbor week activities and virtual presentations.

4.  Make a contribution as we enter into a time where we celebrate resplendent anniversary celebrations

*–You can sponsor the silver jubilee commemorating the amazing humanitarian work achieved by Richard St. Barbe Baker, LL.D, OBE
*– Make a commitment to help celebrate the 50th birthday of the afforestation areas and what ideas you would like to see happen. The award winning Green Survival Program is the banner under which the afforestation areas began and the legacy of the Green Survival Program has been preserved as National Historic Sites in other areas.
*– If you have an idea how to celebrate the 100th centenary of the International Tree Foundation, and the amazing works of tree planting established by the founder Richard St. Barbe Baker world wide, your contribution could be the start of a special funding project.
*– What would you do to celebrate the final tree planting ceremony 40 years ago by Richard St. Barbe Baker? By some estimates, organisations he founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees, internationally during his lifetime. ( source) You can contribute to to this commemorative anniversary, and bring forward a suggestion.
*– Perhaps you would like to support classrooms coming out to the afforestation areas which need $130 sponsorship for the school bus. Perhaps you would like to donate towards the newsletter, festivals, or to sponsor a school.

*–Donate to the restoration programs, and ask how you can be a supporter.  Be a part of #GenerationRestoration during the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

These are a few suggestions about how to help the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. grow. Richard St. Barbe Baker once said, “The amount of love you give to the tree as you plant, will come back to you as strength and inspiration as the tree grows.”

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.comFacebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas

YouTube

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott

Open to the outdoors

Saskatoon Morning with Leisha Grebinski – March 22, 2021: Open to the Outdoors: Julia Adamson

There was an excellent opportunity for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. to meet with Leisha and her amazing team at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

If you would like to hear the radio show, it is online

“During the lockdown those that can, have been flocking into green spaces and urban forests for physical exercise and mental calming.  ..

Isolation and prevention measures are putting the critical importance to society of urban green spaces in a completely new light, intensifying existing dynamics and creating new ones. ” (From stories on trees: urban forests and green space during COVID-19 pandemic)

Forests and greenspaces are amazing places to destress from COVID protocols in a low risk activity. However, when you walk, cycle, snowshoe on the trails, remember they are dirt trails, and not urban city asphalt trails. Walking around puddles and off the trails, may mean you are squishing species at risk. Getting a large urban footprint on trails when they are mud-puddly means that the trails are much harder to use when the wet spring season has passed, and people want to enjoy trails when it is dry again. The Fatlanders Fat Bike Brigade volunteers put many hours of grooming into the trails over the long winter months. So, long story short, no matter how you are persuing active transportation in any of the city parks, be aware of the ground and if it is soaking wet and how we can all do our part to take care of the forest and the trails now that spring is around the corner.

“Even when trails are mostly dry, and ok to ride [walk or jog], there can still be lingering puddles and muddy sections. If it’s not a bad enough puddle that it will cause lasting trail damage and you are going to ride [walk] through, make sure you ride [walk] through the middle of the puddle. Going around puddles widens trails, and will only make puddles worse.”(Source)

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven. And learn tranquility.”

— Richard St. Barbe Baker

Planting and growing increasing quantities of trees is the scientific solution to Earth’s environmental dilemna

Richard St. Barbe Baker

An early Easter

March 20 World Sparrow Day brings us back to the Winter Staycation challenges. For World Sparrow Day, keep your iNaturalist fingers ready, and also report your sparrow sightings on eBird. These are both excellent smart phone apps which you can also access from your home computer. Taking the time to make contributions helps the greater science community world wide.

Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet! 

Easter is April 4 in 2021 , which means this is when the crocus, or Easter Pasque flower will make its appearance. This will also mean that the spring phenology is also early this year. So keep an eye peeled for our spring migratory birds.

The house sparrow can be seen year round in the afforestation areas. There are a number of other sparrows in these green space parks such as

Grasshopper Sparrow a very rare species spotted at the end of June
Chipping Sparrow seen May to October
Clay-colored Sparrow seen May to October
Lark Sparrow spotted in June
American Tree Sparrow migratory sparrow making apperances in the spring months of April-May and October
White-crowned Sparrow migratory sparrow making apperances in the spring months of May and September – October
Harris’s Sparrow migratory sparrow making apperances in the spring months of May and September – October
White-throated Sparrow migratory sparrow making apperances in the spring months of May and September – October
Vesper Sparrow Seen April to September
LeConte’s Sparrow seen only between May to August
Nelson’s Sparrow seen between June to August
Savannah Sparrow seen May to September
Song Sparrow may make an appearance April to October
Lincoln’s Sparrow has only been seen in May to date
Swamp Sparrow has only been seen in September so far.

Try your luck at spotting a sparrow, and email your results for a chance to win a Winter Staycation prize!

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be alive.” – 

Marty Rubin

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” – 

William Blake

Added to Global Map

Our International Day of Action for Rivers challenge has been added to the Global Map The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. challenge is very proud to take action for rivers and to be added to the International River org global map

Please will you sign the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Rivers here? The InternationalRivers.org global movement is becoming the backbone of efforts to protect rivers worldwide!

  1. This challenge throws down a gauntlet for you to overcome!  It is without a doubt a formidable task!  March 14 is International Day to Take Action For Rivers.  With a theme, the Rights of Rivers, can you imagine now what the challenge is set before you?

For our Winter Staycation challenge today, we would like you to email to us at friendsafforestation@gmail.com what you think would belong in a list for the Rights of Rivers????

Finally, the folks over at International Rivers is having their our own Day of Action event called “Life of a River: From Restoration to Protection and Rights“. This is a virtual online celebration (co-hosted with American Rivers) we will be hearing from movement representatives just like you to share and discuss emerging tactics and themes in global river protection and Indigenous rights work! For more information and click here to register if you are interested.

Download our International Day of Action for Rivers Pamphlet

As a further challenge, record on iNaturalist or the eBird hotspot for Chappell Marsh the wetlands birds which you have sighted. The International Day of Action for Rivers Pamphlet contains a water birds checklist as an indicator of what might be sighted. The Geese and some ducks are back already (March 11)

We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.

David Brower

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.

Emma Smith

Dr George Genereux: SDG 3

International Development Week – February 7 to 13, 2021 Go For the Goals the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Today is the first day of International Development Week February 7-13 2021 theme Go for the Goals – the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Get involved! Check our also the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation SCIC.

Dr. George Genereux who was he?

George Patrick Genereux born March 1, 1935, passed April 10 1989 first came to public attention in 1952 when he won Canada’s only Gold Medal at the Helsinki Olympics.

An all-round athlete, Genereux suffered from crippling from Rheumatoid Arthritis which forced him to give up his sports career. With a bachelor of arts from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Surgery CM along with a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University, Genereux persued radiology. He soon became a professor, author of some 20 papers, and contributed to book publications. Notably he illustrated and co-authored the Diagnosis of Disease of the Chest four volume work. Genereux, visiting professor and speaker was in demand across Canada at Universities, and delivered the 1987 Fleischner lecture.

“If you can’t help yourself, you should use your Godgiven talents to help others,’

George Genereux

The third sustainable development goal of the United Nations is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Dr George Genereux is indeed a role model for all!


For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky, marvelling at birds and revelling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle. And I wondered why we were so rarely able to appreciate it.”

Lynn Thomson

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott

Mysteries of psithurism

Today there is a new word for you! In the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, it may be a better autumnal word. However, today, this marvellous winter day, this word is shared especially for you.

From The Red Forest the word is psithurism.

Psithurism!

Have you ever heard of psithurism before? Well perhaps not the word, but, and however, you probably did enjoy sitting in a forest listening and marvelling at the wind rustling through the leaves. And it is a glorious feeling to hear the wind moving through the branches of the trees. That experience is psithurism.

So next time you marvel at the shimmer of the trembling aspen leaves when the slightest breeze rustles those amazing leafy “coins” of the “money tree,” think of psithurism. As you walk through the forest in the winter and a silverberry or snowberry bush still remains with leaves, remember psithurism and rejoice.

So today, the challenge is passive and quiet. The challenge is to set yourself still and quiet in the forest, and experience psithurism. So please do Take It Outside, and celebrate this WinterCity YXE opportunity to have a Winter Staycation in Saskatoon.


For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky, marvelling at birds and revelling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle. And I wondered why we were so rarely able to appreciate it.”

Lynn Thomson

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott