Greetings nature enthusiasts! As the observation stage of the Saskatoon and Area City Nature Challenge comes to an end, yet you can still upload images from your camera which were taken between April 28 to May 1. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the observers who came out to document the incredible biodiversity in our city and surrounding areas. Your contributions have been invaluable in helping us collect important data about the wildlife that call Saskatoon home.
But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there! The next phase of the City Nature Challenge is just around the corner, and we need your help in making identifications on iNaturalist. From May 2 to May 7, 2023, we invite you to participate in the identification phase of the Saskatoon and Area City Nature Challenge, and contribute to the global effort of documenting biodiversity.
You might be thinking, “But I’m not an expert in botany, biology, or entomology, how can I possibly contribute?” Well, fear not! iNaturalist provides tools and resources that make identification easy and accessible to everyone, including citizen scientists like you. To help you get started, we have a YouTube video entitled “Identifications for iNaturalist : prelude to the City Nature CNCYXE Challenge” that outlines the basics of making identifications on iNaturalist.
During the webinar, you will learn about the iNaturalist tree, which provides a basic taxonomy to help you identify observations, and how to best utilize the power of iNaturalist Computer Vision Explorations. The computer vision technology is enhanced with artificial intelligence and machine learning, making it a valuable tool in identifying unknown observations. You will also learn about the iNaturalist Data Quality Assessment (DQA) and how it is used to assess the accuracy of identifications and Frequently used responses for identifications
Making identifications on iNaturalist is a collaborative effort, and your contributions are crucial in enhancing the accuracy and quality of the data. You can provide identifications based on your own knowledge, and also participate in discussions and collaborations with other members of the iNaturalist community. This creates a platform for learning, sharing, and contributing to our understanding of the biodiversity in Saskatoon and Area.
By participating in the identification phase of the City Nature Challenge, you not only contribute to the global biodiversity database, but you also help Saskatoon and Area compete in the challenge. The City Nature Challenge awards cities and areas that make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most people. Let’s put Saskatoon and Area on the world stage and showcase our rich biodiversity to the world!
So mark your calendars for May 2 to May 7, 2023, and join us in the identification phase of the Saskatoon and Area City Nature Challenge. Together, we can make a difference in understanding and conserving the natural world around us. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #CNCYXE and #CNCYXE2023 to share your experiences on social media and contribute to the global City Nature Challenge community. Thank you for your continued support, and let’s make this year’s challenge a success!
Hosted by the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, the Saskatoon and Area City Nature Challenge is a unique opportunity for all nature lovers to come together, learn, and contribute to the conservation of our local biodiversity. Thanks for joining us between April 28 and May 1, 2023, and now the launch is on for the identification phase May 2 to May 7, 2023 as we take part in this international initiative to collect information about the wildlife flourishing in Saskatoon and Area. The winners of the City Nature Challenge will be announced on May 8, 2023, and we can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of our city and area in this exciting challenge!
So, get ready to dive into the world of iNaturalist, make identifications, and be part of Saskatoon and Area’s City Nature Challenge CNCYXE2023!
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
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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.
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