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Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Posted by on 23. May 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

I will be leading a nature photography field trip to Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. We will explore a beautiful natural prairie landscape at the north edge of town and focus out lenses on wild critters and close-up details. This field trip is part of the Wild about Saskatoon NatureCity Festival and there is no charge to join. The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the Prairie Birds, Flowers and Butterflies trip led by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society (2 – 4 p.m.). Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later in a warm afternoon light. Bring your camera, snacks and drinking water. Optional but recommended: tripod and a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks). We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. How to get there: we will meet at the entrance to Northeast Swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Agra Road, turn left onto Lowe Road –  NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road. Look for the NatureCity Festival sign. If you reach the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation building, you have gone too far. Follow this link to see a map showing the meeting place at Northeast Swale.   About the 2014 Saskatoon NatureCity Festival   Wild about Saskatoon’s second annual NatureCity Festival starts on Saturday, May 24 with a warm-up event at the Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., and runs for a full week until Saturday, May 31 with a varied program of (mostly free) mini-adventures and urban nature events for all ages. In addition to the general calendar of events, the Festival also includes special programming designed for school groups, and two workshops for urban conservation practitioners. Saskatoon City Council has declared May 25 – 31 as the  NatureCity Festival Week. The Festival program includes riverboat runs, adventure hikes, forums of urban agriculture, bird-watching sessions, wetland dips (to look for small critters), face painting for kids, art exhibits and music events, and much, much more. About 80 organizations and businesses are involved in coordinating the events. There will be 3 special presentations at the Roxy Theatre (invited keynote speakers): Cam Collyer from the Evergreen Foundation (Toronto) will talk about how communities across the country are connecting kids with nature. Cam will be joined on stage by students from the Outdoor School and Earthkeepers Program, and there will be on-screen display of nature art from Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School. Grant Pearsell, an internationally recognized leader in the urban biodiversity movement will come from Edmonton to talk about the efforts in cities around the world to protect plant and animal species in urban environments. Michelle Molnar, and Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation will come from Vancouver to talk about the economic value of urban wetlands and explore the benefits that wetlands provide to Saskatoon residents. The goal of the NatureCity Festival is to change how people who live in Saskatoon see their city, and especially, how they live in the city. On a lighter note, here are two videos created by Cole Anderson and Dani Henderson, grade 8 students from the EcoQuest Program at Buena Vista School in Saskatoon. They were assisted by Shauna Solloway and their teacher, Jana Miller. Make sure that the sound on your computer is turned on. Cole and Dani used a few of my...

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Nature photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Posted by on 14. May 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | 4 comments

Nature photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Last weekend I led a nature photography field trip as part of the 2014 Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon. In spite of the cold and breezy weather, an enthusiastic crow of about 20 people joined me for a photo walk along the Meewasin Trail in downtown Saskatoon. We captured the intricate details of budding trees, patterns & shapes in vegetation not yet hidden behind the leaf cover, and enjoyed the view of Saskatoon skyline across the South Saskatchewan River. Here are a few images captured during the photo walk. Many thanks to everyone for supporting the event, and to my friend Ian Preston who documented some of the social aspects of the photo walk. I will be leading a similar photo walk in a natural area on the outskirts of Saskatoon during the Wild about Saskatoon NatureCity Festival at the end of May. Join us for a nature walk & photography at Northeast Swale on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4 pm. More details are listed on the Festival Events page. Update – I received a lengthy feedback from one of the photo walk participants and decided to post a portion of it here (with permission): “Branimir … You provided knowledge & experience( yours & enhancing that of the participants) on a chilly Sunday morning. Your advice, demonstration and good humour was appreciated by the participants who were very enthusiastic about their morning learning experience. All the photos of the walk itself show a group of people smiling but obviously intent on learning! Thank you so much!”          ...

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Jane’s Walk – explore nature in the city through a photo walk

Posted by on 26. April 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane’s Walk – explore nature in the city through a photo walk

Jane’s Walk – explore nature in the city through a photo walk

Next Sunday (May 4th, 2014) I will be leading a nature photography walk as part of the Jane’s Walk festival in Saskatoon. Goal of the festival is for residents to explore their city and connect with neighbours. Theme of the walk that I will be leading is  Nature photography in downtown Saskatoon. We will ‘Meet our City’ by taking a leisurely walk along the Meewasin Trail in downtown Saskatoon. We will focus our cameras on natural subjects found in Cosmopolitan and Kiwanis Memorial Park. This event is completely free to attend and not physically demanding. All you need is your camera and free spirit. And a rain jacket, just in case. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the stone cairn in Cosmopolitan Park (near the corner of Saskatchewan Crescent East and Broadway Avenue, just east of the Broadway Bridge). The walk will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and you can see the route map on the Saskatoon Jane’s Walk web site. Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, locally led walking tours. They are inspired by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city planning. She advocated for cities that include old buildings (to support enterprises that can not afford to set up a shop in overpriced new constructions), cities that are not destroyed by the omnipresence of automobiles, and cities which are based on diversity. The Walks are a global movement: first held in 2007, over 200 cities take part in the program held annually during the first weekend in May to coincide with her birthday. More than 20 walks are planned for Saskatoon from May 2 – May 4, 2014. Check out the list of tours planned for Saskatoon. There will be an information session at the Frances Morrison Library on Thursday, May 1st from 7 to 9 p.m. The kick-off for Jane’s Walk weekend includes an evening of film, poetry, discussion, and snacks. We will see two short films: Jack Sures: A Sensual Touch and Mama Earth: Her Destiny – Our Hands....

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SaskTel Phone Book cover – city of Saskatoon

Posted by on 11. November 2013 in Blog / Journal | Comments Off on SaskTel Phone Book cover – city of Saskatoon

SaskTel Phone Book cover – city of Saskatoon

Fifth in the series of SaskTel phone books with my image on the cover has been released for circulation. A Saskatoon city skyline with Delta Bessborough hotel reflecting in South Saskatchewan river is gracing the cover of this issue. Phone books for Prince Albert and North Battleford will be released later this fall (the last one will come out in late November). Here is a list of the 2013 SaskTel regional phone books with my images on the cover page: Moose Jaw – published Estevan/Weyburn – published Swift Current – published Regina District – published Saskatoon City and Saskatoon District (two books) Prince Albert North Battleford And here is the original...

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News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

Posted by on 6. September 2013 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

Hot off the press, this community announcement arrived this morning. It is for a good (and important) cause so I am posting it here for your information. The City of Saskatoon (City) is seeking input on a new planning initiative that will establish a framework for the identification, preservation, and management of wetlands in the City’s future growth areas.  The Wetland Policy will ensure that impacts to wetlands are an important consideration in any future development decisions within Saskatoon. Saskatoon is growing and with that comes pressure on the natural environment. Saskatoon and the surrounding areas contain a significant number of wetlands that when preserved can provide many social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community.  The benefits of integrating wetlands into the urban landscape include: replenishing ground water supply; reduced flooding; less reliance on traditional storm water infrastructure; habitat preservation; improved water and air quality; and recreational and educational opportunities. The Wetland Policy will require developers to account for and address impacts to wetlands as part of the development of new neighbourhoods so that the effects can be minimized and important wetlands can be preserved and integrated into the city. The preservation of important wetlands supports many of the strategic goals identified in the City’s Strategic Plan 2012-2022.  Specifically, the Wetland Policy furthers the strategic goals of Quality of Life and Environmental Leadership by preserving natural areas for citizens to enjoy, reducing damage to property from flooding, improving water quality, and providing habitat for plant and animal life. To provide feedback on the draft Wetland Policy or to learn more about wetlands in Saskatoon, please visit the City’s wetlands policy project website at...

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