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Top 3 Reasons to Feed Birds this Spring
Spring is an amazing time to invite birds to your backyard. Providing high-quality foods with the right ingredients will provide a benefit to the birds and to you.
- Limited Time Beauty:Attract the beauty, color and harmonics of migrating songbirds as they pass through your neighborhoods. Offer them a place to rest and refuel with our variety of Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® products, mealworms, seed blends, nectar and more. You'll be amazed at who may stop in your yard for a few days.
- Better Survival Rates:Parent birds with access to abundant, quality foods spend less time searching for food and more time selecting better nesting sites, constructing higher quality nests and protecting eggs and young from predators.
- Baby's First Steps:Abundant, quality food sources allow more baby birds to survive and thrive, allowing you to enjoy watching them grow, leave the nest and learn use your feeders. They will seek out foods full of protein and calcium.
We have all the calcium-enriched foods, such as Bark Butter, Bark Butter Bits and No-Mess Plus Blend, and products you need to experience the wonder of spring bird feeding.
May 24th - 29th
Wild About Saskatoon is an informal collective dedicated to the conservation and enrichment of wild lives and wild places in and around Saskatoon. Please check the website for <<>>http://www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org
Web. May 25th ( 5:30-6:30pm):
The Wonderful World of Critters in Your Backyard.
During the Saskatoon Nature City Festival you're invited to learn what critters may be living near you. Jeff Boone is an Entomologist with the City of Saskatoon. All around the world urban dwellers are starting to co-exist with wildlife and encouraging their presence. Jeff will talk about the myths of urban wildlife species and the enjoyment we can find watching our wild neighbours. He will be presenting on the variety of insects, birds & mammals that you can observe in your backyard or city green spaces along with how you can co-exist with them. There will be a Q&A session along with some door prizes. A FREE EVENT for all ages at Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop.
DARK SKIES AT THE SWALE - Wed. May 25th (7-11pm): Silverspring Schools & Meewasin NE Swale
7pm: Head to the Silversprings School gym to meet some nocturnal salamanders up close.
7:30: Hear Elder Wilfred Buck speak about the night sky and Ininewuk stories of the stars.
9:00: Head out on a hike with members of the Saskatoon Nature Society as they look for night birds at the Meewasin Northeast Swale.
9:30 -11: Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society as they view the night sky with telescopes at the Meewasin Northeast Swale.
Drive north on Central Avenue, turn right on Agra Road and turn left onto Lowe Road. Turn right at the Meewasin Northeast Swale sign.
Young Naturalists' Bluebird Trail
Starts May 31 and runs through to mid-July on Weekday evenings and some afternoons.Cost is Free but SPACE IS LIMITED. Advanced Registration is required.
Did you know the Young Naturalists' have be monitoring bluebird populations around Saskatoon since 1968? Join naturalist Greg Fenty as he works with bluebirds and Tree Swallows along the Bluebird Trail. This activity takes place over the whole month of June. Space is limited each evening, but there are lots of evenings. Pre-registration is required. This year we have two meeting locations. One on the west end of Saskatoon (heading out highway 14) and one on the south-east end (heading out highway 11). Greg will send out more information including dates and meeting location when you register. Call 306-975-3042 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.
MVA Trail Bird Walk - Sundays in May (7-9:30am): This weekly walk is ideal for beginners to learn some common birds. Meet at the Diefenbaker Centre parking lot on the University of Saskatchewan campus. May 15th
Leader: Hilda Voth (306-242-0198) May 22th
Leader: May Haga (306-955-3954) May 29th
Leader: Heather Wagg (306-652-7351)
Enjoy the beauty of nature close to home! The Saskatoon Nature Society invites you to explore 36 hot-spots for finding wild plants, birds, animals and other creatures in parks and natural areas in and around our prairie city. Members Donna Bruce, Joan Feather and Anna Leighton, with the help of many others who know and love these places, explain how to find them and what natural wonders await you in all seasons. This third and much expanded edition of the Society's popular Guide features clear directions and maps, GPS coordinates, full-colour photographs of landscapes and species, and fascinating nature facts that may surprise you. Whether you are a long-time resident or a newcomer, looking for an outdoor break from work or a good place for a stroll, this Guide is for you. Pick up your copy at Wild Birds Unlimited for $20.
Spring bird migration is in full swing. Besides suffering effects from cat attacks, habitat loss and climate change, barrier effects are causing mortality in the millions. Every year, millions of migratory birds struggle with the massive expansion of infrastructure and built urban environments. FLAP Canada estimates the number of migrating birds killed in North America annually in collisions with buildings range from 100 million to 1 billion birds. You can help by using window clings or other methods to break up the reflective surface of your windows. Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada works to safeguard migratory birds in built environments through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.
To learn more, visit www.flap.org and @FLAPCanada.
NOTE: If you'd like to share your photos of birds please do so on our Facebook or bring them into the store for our bulletin board.