Meewasin is hosting 4 Citizen Science Eco-Scavenger Hunts (also known as Bioblitzes) in 2019 to help with documenting active species in the river valley for future conservation efforts.

People of all experience and backgrounds are welcome to join!
Register Here: https://forms.gle/FGvjVJ4t1o41MknL9

These Bioblitzes are made possible by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. We'd also like to thank our partner organizations including: Saskatoon Nature Society, Northeast Swale Watchers, Saskatoon Wildlife Federation, & Wild About Saskatoon: NatureCity Festival.
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Events - (Long descriptions of each at bottom)

August 17: Looks Lek a Sharp-tailed Grouse's Habitat @ the Northeast Swale from 9:00am - 4:00pm (come & go)

August 24: Small but Mighty - Discovering the Small Swale Pt. 1 from 9:00am - 4:00pm (come & go)

August 31: Explore the Return of the Warblers from their Summer Holidays @ Green Ash Forest (Riverbank) from 8:00am - 10:00am

September 7: Small but Mighty - Discovering the Small Swale Pt. 2 from 9:00am - 4:00pm (come & go)
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Event Details:

August 17: Looks Lek a Sharp-tailed Grouse's Habitat:
Saskatchewan’s provincial bird, the Sharp-tailed Grouse, has a courtship ritual where the males congregate on a dancing ground called a “Lek”, each spring. The males dance on this lek while the females watch from the outside. In 2016, Meewasin discovered a lek in the Northeast Swale, & in spring 2019, there were 23 males dancing. Check out this video of the Northeast Swale lek: https://www.facebook.com/Meewasin/videos/332694384101843/

This BioBlitz event is to collect citizen science data on the flora, fauna & vegetation communities in the area around the Sharp-tailed grouse lek. The information collected will be used to guide conservation & resource management efforts to enhance the habitat for the Sharp-tailed Grouse & other wildlife using the Swale. The event is a come and go event throughout the day, with a special guest planned to attend at 2 PM (details in future updates)

Meet at the Northeast Swale main parking lot (range road 3050 - link to maps below) https://www.google.com/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5304f501…

Knowledge keeper, elder, and storyteller, Joseph Naytowhow, will be in attendance at 2pm to share some history!

Thank you TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for the opportunity to host these conservation activities!



August 24 & September 7: Small but Mighty - Discovering the Small Swale (Parts 1 & 2)
The Small Swale is a post-channel glacial scar of the South SK River that runs parallel to the Northeast Swale. It crosses McOrmond Drive between Central Ave & the river, with outlets to the river at Meewasin’s Peggy McKercher Conservation Area & an area south and east of Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

This BioBlitz event is to collect citizen science data on the flora, fauna and vegetation communities of the Small Swale to learn more about this gem within Saskatoon. The information collected will be used to guide conservation and resource management efforts of the Small Swale in the future.


August 31: Explore the Return of the Warblers from their Summer Holidays
The Saskatoon Nature Society will be leading a hike to document the migrating boreal forest birds, including numerous warbler species, through the South SK River valley. The terraced green ash forest, along the west bank of the South SK River, located north of the Chief Mistawasis Bridge & south of Wanuskewin Heritage Park is an unique remnant forest of Green Ash.

Join Stan Shadick, birding extraordinaire & other members of the Saskatoon Nature Society to discover the use of this forest by migrating boreal forest birds.

For more information, see https://saskatoonnature.org/warbler-walk-2/

After the BioBlitz, head to the Meewasin Trail & participate in the world-record breaking Chalk Mural to celebrate Meewasin’s 40th Anniversary. https://www.facebook.com/events/472182106904450/

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Meewasin is encouraging participants to use the citizen science app called iNaturalist to collect data of the flora and fauna of the Swale. You can start your profile from iNaturalist.ca and download the app to your smartphone found in your App Store prior to the event. Additional information on iNaturalist.ca can be found at https://inaturalist.ca/pages/help-inaturalist-canada-en

Meewasin would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their continued support of Meewasin’s ecological monitoring and BioBlitz events in the Northeast Swale and the Meewasin Valley.

Register here: https://forms.gle/FGvjVJ4t1o41MknL9

Contact us at (306) 665-6887 or rgrilz@meewasin.com for questions or concerns.