Summer Field Tours!
Mark your calendars!
The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan is once again gearing up for our exciting field tours. Each of these field tours will offer something unique and give participants a chance to see and do things that they wouldn't otherwise be able to on their own. What they have in common though, is that they are geared for all ages and experience levels, and that they will be interesting and fun!
All tours are free, but please contact Chet Neufeld at email@example.com to register so that we can plan accordingly.
Explore With Us! Native Prairie Appreciation Week – June 17-23, 2018
In celebration of Saskatchewan’s prairie places, the NPSS is offering a series of joint field tours to Nature Conservancy of Canada properties during Native Prairie Appreciation Week.
June 16 - Reed Lake Property - meet at Morse, SK Esso station at 8:45 am. The tour will end around lunchtime. Jacquie Bolton is the NPSS tour leader.
Reed Lake is typical of the larger saline wetlands in the Missouri Coteau. It is a large (13 km long by 3 km wide; 4,100 ha), saline, shallow open water wetland, that periodically goes dry under drought conditions. Reed Lake is recognized as one of five wetlands in Saskatchewan of major importance for the endangered Piping Plover and is designated a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network along with Old Wives and Chaplin Lake. The results of the international survey indicated the presence of eight pairs and five individuals in 2006 and three pairs of Piping Plovers on the lake in 2011. The east half of the Reed Lake Complex Property is identified as Critical Habitat for Piping Plover. The land is gently rolling, sloping towards the lake. The complex consists of 2,329 acres (942 ha) of lake bottom, permanent and seasonal wetlands, tame forage, and modified native uplands.
June 23 - Dundurn Property - meet at the grain elevator in the Saskatoon Western Development Museum parking lot at 8 am. The tour will end at 1 pm. Chet Neufeld is the NPSS tour leader.
The Dundurn Property is located in the Moist Mixed Prairie Ecoregion within the Moose Wood Sand Hills ecodistrict of the Saskatoon Prairie Natural Area. It consists of a total of 120 acres (48.5 ha) of rolling stabilized sand dunes covered by 53 acres (21.4 ha) of hardwood forest, 13 acres (5.3 ha) of shrubs and wet meadows, and the remaining 54 acres (21.8 ha) is native prairie. Dundurn has high conservation value due to the pristine nature of the habitat and its connectivity to surrounding native habitat and consists of a variety of other habitats including rolling stabilized sand dunes, forest and meadows. There are several species listed under the Species at Risk Act that are known to occur in the area including Hairy Prairie Clover (Dalea villosa var. villosa) and the Olive-backed Pocket Mouse. The property also provides excellent habitat for mammals such as White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Moose, and Elk. The property is directly adjacent to the large Dundurn military base which is native habitat.
June 24 - Fairy Hill - meet at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum parking lot (Regina) at 8:30 am. Gary Seib is the tour leader.
Fairy Hill is just a 20-minute drive north of Regina on Highway #6. Totalling 1,642 acres (665 hectares), this expanse of native grasslands, woodlands, river and flood plains serve as a home for aquatic and terrestrial species and a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy this area. Rare species found at Fairy Hill include loggerhead shrike, northern leopard frog, bigmouth buffalo fish and Sprague's pipit. This area is also well used as a staging area for ducks and geese and serves as a stopover for many and varied shorebird species.