Fanfare, please! Go wild for the winners of the NatureCity Awards!
Local “Batwoman” Melanie Elliott is among the winners of this year’s NatureCity Awards. A long-time outdoor educator and mentor to a generation of nature advocates, Elliott is best known for her work as a wildlife rehabilitator with a special love and concern for bats. Together with her furry companions Batrick and Elizabat (two rescued bats that could not be released), she has introduced hundreds of Saskatonians to these fascinating but often misunderstood creatures.
Elliott received her Award in the “individual” category. Awards also went to the Saskatoon Nature Society, as a community initiative, and to Wildernook Fresh Air Learning, as a business.
The NatureCity Awards are offered by Wild about Saskatoon to recognize Saskatoon residents who advocate for the conservation and restoration of natural areas in and around Saskatoon. The Awards also honour people and projects that promote a relationship of belonging, connection and care between local residents and the Nature that surrounds us.
The Awards were presented on Tuesday evening, May 21, at a festive gathering at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, with presenters Joseph Naytowhow and Sheri Benson, MP.
One award is made in each of three categories.
• Community Initiative
• Be a resident of Saskatoon or surrounding area.
• Not currently be a member of the NatureCity/Wild about Saskatoon Steering Committee.
• Not have received this award in the past.
A Round of Applause for Our Previous Winners!
Individual: Louise Jones
Community Initiative: Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation
Business: Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company.