Are you someone who loves spending time outdoors, observing the beauty of nature? Are you always intrigued by the diverse range of flora and fauna that surrounds us, but don’t know where to begin your journey to explore and document them? Look no further! The City Nature Challenge Saskatoon and area is the perfect opportunity for you to unleash your inner naturalist, and connect with the world around you in a meaningful way.
The City Nature Challenge is an annual international event where cities compete to see who can document the most species over a four-day period. This year, Saskatoon and area is participating in the challenge from April 28 to May 1, and you can be a part of it! You can join in as an individual, or as part of a group, and make observations of any plants, animals, fungi, or other organisms you see in your backyard, on your walks, or during your outdoor activities.
So far, the challenge has been off to an incredible start, with 136 species documented, including an American Mink, wolf spiders, zebra spiders, crab spiders, paradise jumping spiders, ducks, geese, robins, mourning cloak butterflies, blue jays, compton tortoiseshell butterfly, grebes, and pelicans, to name a few. With 46 identifiers and 20 observers already contributing, there’s no better time to get involved. Just use the explore feature in iNaturalist to see what has been discovered in Saskatoon already.
But why should you participate in the City Nature Challenge? For starters, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors, explore new areas, and connect with nature in a deeper way. Not only that, but by making observations and documenting the species you see, you’re contributing to vital conservation research that can help protect and preserve our planet’s biodiversity. Plus, it’s a fun and engaging way to challenge yourself and learn new things.
So what are you waiting for? Download the iNaturalist app, and join us in taking part in the #CNC #CityNatureChallenge Saskatoon and Area! You can participate on your own, with your family, or as part of a group event, and every observation you make helps contribute to our understanding of the natural world. Let’s work together to document the incredible diversity of species that surround us, and make a difference for our planet’s future. Learn more at FriendsAreas.ca. or at Hints and tips
There are still two great events to join during the challenge, or just document nature on your own with iNaturalist on your smartphone!
Nature Census: Discovering Wildlife Wonders Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, SK Monday 05/01/2023 07:00:00 PM
Wildlife Expedition: Find Your Wild Side George Genereux Urban Regional Park, Saskatoon, SK Sunday 04/30/2023 02:00:00 PM
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′
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
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
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter: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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
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Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“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