Diario del proyecto City Nature Challenge 2024: Saskatoon, SK

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16 de febrero de 2024

Thank you to the Saskatoon Nature Society for sponsorship!

Celebrating Nature's Diversity: A Partnership for Youth Nature Exploration

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas express our deepest gratitude to the Saskatoon Nature Society for their generous support and sponsorship, which enables youth and classrooms to experience the wonders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. This semi-wilderness green space is a unique habitat, featuring an ecotone that merges the boreal forest ecosystem with the moist mixed prairie grasslands native to the Saskatoon area. Through this partnership, we are thrilled to offer a guided nature walk that immerses participants in the beauty and biodiversity of this natural sanctuary. The attached overview provides a glimpse into the educational opportunities and hands-on experiences that await those who journey through this remarkable ecosystem. Together, with the Saskatoon Nature Society, we strive to foster a deeper appreciation for nature and inspire stewardship of our precious natural resources.

The Saskatoon Nature Society (SNS) is a revered charitable organization established in 1955, dedicated to fostering a deep appreciation of nature. Their objectives include promoting nature appreciation, sharing experiences, and encouraging a deeper knowledge of the natural world through observation and education. The Society is a leading advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats, regularly engaging in conservation efforts. Monthly indoor programs featuring guest speakers, alongside birding, botany, and butterfly field trips, and identification classes are organized by the SNS.

Their partnership with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, a collaboration which extends their mission to support nature conservation projects further. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas' primary focus is on the conservation, protection, and promotion of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. These semi-wilderness green spaces is a unique blend of boreal forest and moist mixed prairie grasslands, offering an unparalleled setting for educational experiences. Through this partnership, the SNS helps enable youth and classrooms to explore this rich biodiversity.

The collaboration with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas is realized through a guided nature walk. This walk serves as an interactive and educational experience, providing insights into the interconnectedness of ecosystems and inspiring participants to become stewards of the planet. The SNS's sponsorship and support play a pivotal role in making these experiences accessible, helping to instill a sense of environmental responsibility and appreciation among participants.

The Saskatoon Nature Society (SNS) has demonstrated a profound commitment to environmental education and conservation through its sponsorship of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area. In addition to sponsorship, the SNS has contributed to the awareness and understanding of the efforts of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area by publishing an article ion "Nature Notes" detailing the history and accomplishments of FSAAI.

In conclusion, the Saskatoon Nature Society's support and collaboration with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area exemplify their shared commitment to environmental education and conservation. Their partnership underscores the importance of community involvement and collaboration in protecting our natural resources for future generations.

Thank you to the Saskatoon Nature Society for their dedication and support of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area. Your partnership has made a significant impact on the preservation of this natural gem and has furthered environmental education and conservation efforts in our community. We are grateful for your continued commitment to the environment and for helping us make a difference for future generations.

Saskatoon Nature Society: Leading the Way in Environmental Education and Appreciation

City Nature Challenge Nature Walk

Species of concern A listing of 62 species found in the afforestation areas, including three of high likelihood to be found.

Tree Species in the afforestation areas A listing of Tree Species in the Afforestation Areas. Did you know that Ten tree species were afforested (Planted)? Did you know that there are 40 tree species in total?

Publicado el febrero 16, 2024 06:48 TARDE por saskatoonafforestationareas saskatoonafforestationareas | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de febrero de 2024

In Appreciation of Montgomery Place for support

Montgomery Place: Where Remembrance and Environmentalism Meet

The Montgomery Place Community Association has been a steadfast ally in the preservation of history and the promotion of community engagement. In a gesture of kindness and support, they have offered to help spread awareness about the Saskatoon City Nature Challenge CNC YXE 2024 through their Facebook page, website, and a poster in their newsletter!

The Montgomery Place neighborhood, situated near the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, has a rich history. Founded post-World War II, it serves as a poignant example of the Veterans Land Act subdivision, showcasing the benefits provided to veterans through government assistance. This community has adopted these greenspaces into their Local Area Plan, emphasizing their commitment to the preservation of natural environments.

Montgomery Place's designation as a National Historic Site is a testament to its significance in illustrating the Veterans Land Act communities established after the Second World War. The community remains deeply connected to its origins, with street names, signage, memorials, and Remembrance Day services honoring the sacrifices made by veterans.

The Montgomery Place Community Association's support for the City Nature Challenge reflects their dedication to the environment and community engagement. Their commitment to preserving history and fostering a sense of community underscores their pivotal role in honoring Canada's military heritage and contributing to the local community's vitality and identity.

The City Nature Challenge is an annual event that encourages people around the world to explore and document the biodiversity in their cities. By participating, individuals contribute valuable data to the global scientific community, helping researchers better understand and protect urban ecosystems.

Montgomery Place's willingness to assist in promoting the City Nature Challenge underscores their dedication to fostering community engagement and environmental awareness. Their support is a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of local institutions in driving positive change.

Thank you, Montgomery Place Community Association, for your ongoing support of community initiatives like the City Nature Challenge. Your generosity in sharing information about this event demonstrates your commitment to environmental awareness and community engagement. We are grateful for your efforts to make a positive impact on our community and the world.

Montgomery Place: Where Every Step is a Tribute to the Past and a Promise to the Future

Publicado el febrero 25, 2024 01:17 MAÑANA por saskatoonafforestationareas saskatoonafforestationareas | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Natoona pimatshihk dans la vil

Natoona pimatshihk dans la vil

Cultural Inclusion: Celebrating Michif Translation of the City Nature Challenge logo

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an annual event that mobilizes thousands of people around the world to document nature in urban areas. This year, the CNC logo underwent a special translation into Michif, the language of the Métis people, by James, a young Métis board member of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. James's contribution, alongside the efforts of organizers Lila Higgins at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) and Alison Young and Rebecca Johnson at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), resulted in a logo that reads "Natoon pimatshihk dans la vil," translating to "Search for Life in the City" in English.

It's essential to acknowledge the land on which this collaboration and celebration take place. Saskatoon and the surrounding area are situated in Treaty 6 Territory and Homeland of the Métis. Treaty 6 was entered into by the nêhiyawak (Cree), nakawē (Saulteaux), and yankton and yanktonai (Nakota) people. This acknowledgment is a vital step in recognizing the historical and ongoing relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the land. It also sets the tone for the spirit of the CNC and the broader environmental conservation movement, rooted in respect and understanding.

The translation of the CNC slogan into Michif serves as a powerful symbol of cultural inclusion and appreciation. It reflects the importance of recognizing and celebrating diverse perspectives and languages in our shared efforts to protect and appreciate nature. As we embark on the City Nature Challenge and other collaborative initiatives, let us remember the lessons from the past, the importance of respecting the land and its inhabitants, and the value of coming together as friends to create a better future for all. Thank you to James, Lila Higgins, Alison Young, Rebecca Johnson, and everyone involved in this meaningful collaboration.

Natoon Pimatshihk Dans La Vil: Honoring Michif, the Métis Language in the CNC

Publicado el febrero 25, 2024 01:49 MAÑANA por saskatoonafforestationareas saskatoonafforestationareas | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de febrero de 2024

Honoring Varsity View Community Association: A Beacon of Support for the City Nature Challenge

A Legacy of Environmental Championship Introduction:

In the heart of Saskatoon lies the vibrant neighborhood of Varsity View, where community spirit thrives amidst lush greenspaces and a rich history of environmental stewardship. At the forefront of this community stands the Varsity View Community Association, a beacon of support and collaboration in championing initiatives that celebrate and protect our natural heritage. Among these endeavors, their partnership with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas in promoting the City Nature Challenge shines brightly as a testament to their dedication to environmental education and community engagement.

A Legacy of Environmental Championship

The roots of Varsity View run deep with a legacy of environmental championship, as evidenced by the planting of 1500 spruce trees in President Murray Park under the supervision of Wyndham Winkler Ashley, a pioneer in Saskatoon's Parks Board. Ashley's tireless efforts in tree planting and community service have left an indelible mark on the neighborhood, shaping its landscape and fostering a culture of environmental consciousness that endures to this day.

Greenspaces and Community Centers

Varsity View boasts four breathtaking greenspaces—Raoul Wallenberg Park, Cumberland Park, Albert Park, and President Murray Park—each offering residents a serene escape into nature's embrace. These oases of greenery serve as invaluable sanctuaries for both wildlife and community gatherings, reflecting Varsity View's commitment to enjoying and celebrating its natural surroundings.

Additionally, the community's rich tapestry is woven with essential amenities, including the municipal heritage site the Albert Community Centre, Kinsmen Children's Centre, and Luthercare Communities, which provide vital support and services to residents of all ages.

Historical Significance and Urban Development

The historical significance of Varsity View is palpable, with landmarks like the iconic Bottomley House—a municipal heritage property—and the revered Albert School, which played a pivotal role in city sports and education for decades. The neighborhood's evolution, spurred by the establishment of the University of Saskatchewan in 1907, reflects a harmonious blend of tradition and progress, with each street and structure bearing witness to the passage of time.

A Thank You to Varsity View Community Association:

In light of their unwavering support and collaboration with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Varsity View Community Association. Your commitment to networking and spreading the word about the City Nature Challenge has been instrumental in inspiring residents to connect with and appreciate the natural wonders of our city. Your tireless efforts in organizing events, coordinating programs, and celebrating outdoor spaces exemplify the true spirit of community stewardship and serve as an inspiration to us all.


As we celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the City Nature Challenge, let us also take a moment to acknowledge and honor the invaluable contributions of the Varsity View Community Association. Together, we can continue to nurture and protect our natural heritage for generations to come, ensuring that Varsity View remains a vibrant and thriving community where nature and community flourish hand in hand.

President Murray

Walter Charles Murray , (1866-1945) the inaugural President of the University of Saskatchewan from 1908 to 1937, was a visionary leader and educator who shaped the institution's educational policies and ethos, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to influence the university's trajectory. Known for his resourcefulness and skills in negotiation, Murray was actively involved in local, provincial, and national organizations, contributing to a greater understanding between native-born Canadians and settlers of European origin. His legacy lives on as a driving force in shaping the educational policies and community spirit of the University of Saskatchewan.

W.W. Ashley

Wyndham Winkler Ashley (1882-1967), a passionate environmentalist, member of the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Horticultural societies and charter member of the Saskatoon Parks Board for 45 years, dedicated his life to planting trees, beautifying the city's streets, and promoting community service. Did you know? W.W. Ashley sent out approximately 2,000 packages of seeds each year for 12 years, helping to establish shelter belts across the province and contributing to the greening of Saskatchewan's landscape. Ashley's efforts not only beautified our cities but also played a crucial role in environmental conservation.

Publicado el febrero 26, 2024 06:53 TARDE por saskatoonafforestationareas saskatoonafforestationareas | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario