Not a big fan of Saskatchewan winters? Join us –a Winter Enthusiast, a Winter Sceptic and a Winter Avoider–as we explore one of Saskatoon’s wildest places.
One sunny winter day, two women and one man ventured into the forest at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (RSBBAA): one with a fondness for winter, the other…not so much…. the man not at all. With Winter Enthusiast in the lead, we chose an entry point kitty corner from Chappell Marsh and followed a deer track through a small aspen thicket toward a clearing. From there we were careful to stay on whatever trails we could find in order not to sink knee deep into the snow. Once we reached the row of powerlines, we headed north into the woods.
This originally man-made forest is thick with pine, spruce, poplar, Manitoba maple, and willow trees with caragana and dogwood shrubs, which make it a perfect haven for deer and rabbits. We had fun testing our wildlife tracking skills to see how many species we could add to our list. Based on tracks, scat, and other evidence, our tally included deer, rabbit, coyote, squirrel, mouse, and a small weasel! We also heard a few elusive chickadees and saw a blue jay. Even our Winter Sceptic and Winter Avoider had to agree that it had been a good outing.