NOTE Information on the four City of Saskatoon meetings (including site plan) and the follow up Meewasin meeting regarding the Richard St. Barbe Baker Site Enhancements

City Nature Challenge 2024

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! Did you know you can observe organisms and record them on the free iNaturalist app anywhere in Saskatoon and area? The bus stop, at a soccer game, along a sidewalk hike, on a dog walk, or even at one of the scheduled events.

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! Where are these forests in Saskatoon? Come discover them!

  1. City Nature Challenge - City Wide Event for Saskatoon and Area! Fri, Apr 26, 2024 to Sun. Apr. 29 2024 FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  2. NatureQuest: Unveiling Biodiversity at Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area Fri, Apr 26, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  3. Saskatoon Safari: Genereux Park Exploration Sat, Apr 27, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  4. Nature Unveiled: Richard St. Barbe Revelry Sun, Apr 28, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST FB Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  5. Nature Unveiled: Biodiversity Quest at George Genereux Park Mon, Apr 29, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
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.

Jane's Walk Festival

Three exciting evening events this spring! Inspired by Jane Jacobs, we'll discuss mindful city development and citizen advocacy. This dialogue invites community engagement, honoring Jacobs' legacy and envisioning the area's future.

Exploring Urban Green Spaces: A Jane's Walk Conversation At Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Friday, 3 May 2024 from 6:30 PM (CST) to 8:00 PM (CST)

Discovering George Genereux Urban Regional Park: A Jane's Walk Conversation On Urban Planning And Community Legacy Saturday, 4 May 2024 from 6:30 PM (CST) to 8:00 PM (CST)

Unveiling Saskatoon's Hidden Gem: Richard St. Barbe Baker Walk Sunday, 5 May 2024 from 6:30 PM (CST) to 8:00 PM (CST)

Arbor Week

Explore these events in honour of Arbor Week. Arbor Week holds special significance in the spring as it aligns with the optimal time for tree planting, allowing saplings to establish strong roots and flourish in the warm months ahead. Historically, Arbor Week has been celebrated worldwide to promote tree planting and environmental conservation, dating back to its inception in Nebraska, USA, in 1872.

Branching Out: A Tree-Centric Celebration for Arbor Week Friday May 31 6:30 pm

Tree-athlon at George Genereux Urban Regional Park Wednesday May 29 6:30 pm

Promote Equity, Conservation, and Community Engagement in Saskatoon's Hidden Gems

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 Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

As you enter the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park is it easy to see that nature is everywhere. Through iNaturalist BioBlitzes taking place at different times of the year, it is great to engage in community science and citizen science endeavours to document a flora and fauna inventory. This inventory supports environmental protection, environmental health and environmental sustainability. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are a registered Saskatchewan non profit incorporation and also a Canadian registered environmental charity. The afforestation areas are a good choice for opting outside in The Great Outdoors to explore our urban forest in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Friends are seeking a
"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

Remember, Request a tour or speaker today!

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