Field Tour - Spring Wildflower Walk
May 26, 2019
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!
Spring Wildflower Walk
Date and time: May 26, 2019 at 9 – 11 am
Cost: FREE. Registration not necessary.
Location: Beaver Creek Conservation Area, approximately 20 km south of Saskatoon on highway 219. Meet at the interpretive centre (there are signs for the conservation area on highway 219).
Description: The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is managed by the Meewasin Valley Authority and is a diverse mix of habitats including open and stabilized sand dunes, grassland, shrub thickets and aspen forest, and riparian areas. The Beaver Creek winds its way through the property, and the west edge of the conservation area ends at the shore of the South Saskatchewan River, so water is a strong feature despite the dry uplands. The views of the river are also amazing! Beaver Creek Conservation area is home to more than a hundred native plant species, including provincially and federally-rare species, and is teeming with wildlife. We will walk a loop trail which will lead us through many different types of habitat, giving us the chance to find a greater diversity of plants. Some of the spring wildflowers we will find include Smooth Blue Beardtongue (Penstemon nitidus), Three-flowered Avens (Geum triflorum) and Goldenbean (Thermopsis rhombifolia). Along the way, we will learn about local ecology and management of the area. This field tour is our event in Wild About Saskatoon’s NatureCity Festival being held from May 21-26, 2019.