Frozen Trails and Wagging Tails: Dog Sledding DelightUnleash the Winter Magic: Frozen Trails and Wagging Tails Event!
SATURDAY March 30, 2024 1:30 - 4:30
What to Do if You Haven't Registered:If you haven't registered but plan to attend you can email us friendsafforestation AT gmail.com with your intent to attend.
In the event that we do not retain the required 3 to 5 inches of snow in the spring for the dog sledding activity, the event may be subject to change to a walking tour, and we can email you.
We look forward to celebrating winter in Saskatoon with you, whether it's by gliding through the trails with the dog sleds or strolling along the forest path with a winter interpretive tour. It may be a day filled with joy, adventure, and the magic of winter.
Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. for City Nature Challenge 2024, CNC YXE 2024, and let's shine a spotlight on the natural wonders of the Saskatoon area! From April 26 to April 29, 2024, use the free smartphone app iNaturalist to capture sound recordings and images of plants, animals, insects, and mushrooms. Saskatoon is vying for the prestigious title of the most biodiverse city, and we need your enthusiastic participation!
The challenge unfolds in two stages:
April 26 to April 29, 2024: Snap pictures of wild plants and animals. (sound recordings too)
April 30 to May 5, 2024: Identify the discovered species.
Results will be unveiled on Monday, May 6, 2024.
Check out the Scheduled Saskatoon Events!
Curious about what it entails?
Check out our YouTube tutorial on finding biodiversity; it could be any plant, animal, or sign of life in your city. Record the audio or Snap a picture with your smartphone and share your observations through iNaturalist or your city's chosen platform.
Signs of life observations are accepted, too — things that were once living or represent something that is living, leaving remnants like feathers, fur tufts, roadkill, bones, skeletons, partial skeletons, snake skins, teeth, insect prey in a spider web, spider webs, owl pellets, castings, turkey vulture or waterfowl regurgitation, insect frass or animal scat (poop), bird or animal tracks, an empty or full chrysalis or cocoon, and more.
Find it, Snap it, Share it.
It will be a time to see which city could get the most people involved, which city finds the highest diversity in types of species, and finally, which city gets the most photographs and sound recordings on iNaturalist.
It's a fun challenge to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Under Water. Documenting species at risk, engaging in early detection and rapid response for invasive species, and to document biodiversity which indicates to scientists species expansions and declines worldwide, and any changes in their habitat range helping to enrich knowledge for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Join us as a board member for our non-profit environmental charity and make a difference for Saskatoon's hidden gems - the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Shape the future of these green spaces, ensuring inclusivity for all equity-deserving groups. Attend meetings - help with proposals such as these; organize events, secure grants, fundraise, develop educational materials, advocate for equality, and share stories about history, heritage and the Old Bone Trail. As a board member, you'll be part of a passionate team, gain valuable skills, expand your network, and make a lasting impact. Contribute to the conservation of endangered species and join our mission to create accessible green spaces. Don't miss our Annual General Meeting in September. Volunteer today and help transform Saskatoon's hidden gems into thriving and sustainable spaces. Together, let's create a greener, more equitable future! Contact now
"The simple act of planting a tree, which is in itself a practical deed, is also the symbol of a far reaching ideal, which is creative in the realm of the Spirit, and in turn reacts upon society, encouraging all to work for the future well being of humanity rather than for immdiate gain." Richard St. Barbe Baker