Get ready to get outdoors in Saltcoats

There are a wide range of subjects that can be covered in nature, and an upcoming event in Saltcoats is focused on finding something for everyone to learn about. The event, which takes place at the Saltcoats Community Hall, starts at 1:00 p.m.

What’s on the agenda?

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Everything about ticks.

They’re small, they’re nasty, they cause some people to recoil in horror and douse their spouses in tea tree oil in order to prevent them from getting more. But they are also worth understanding.

“Ticks are my life.” said Dr. L. Robbin Lindsay, presenter at the event.

Lindsay is a research scientist at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Brandon. He’s going to be covering the different ticks that are present in Saskatchewan, from the deer tick – the one everyone worries about, which carries Lyme Disease, but is still uncommon in the province, with only 65 found in Saskatchewan and eight testing positive for the disease since 2009 – to the more irritating than dangerous dog tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the winter tick.

“Still,” Lindsay added, “it is wise to know how to dress for tick season and how to remove a tick if it becomes embedded. It’s all about prevention and control.”

Everything about The Great Trail.

“My hope is that people get out and experience what The Great Trail has to offer,” said Kristen Gabora, Trail Development Manager for Central Canada for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

At the event Gabora will tell the story of the trail, which connects Canada through 24,000 kms of pathways, the longest recreational trail in the world. She will also touch on the boardwalk at the Ravine Ecological Preserve, one of the most recent projects for the trail.

Everything about Saskatchewan birds.

Joan Feather will facilitate a Q and A about Birds of Saskatchewan, a book describing 437 bird species that can be found in the province.

Created with a bequest to Nature Saskatchewan from Manley Callin, which paid for layout, editing and printing, the book was created by over 100 volunteers, submitting their best photographs and research.

Yorkton area birders made contributions to the text. They include Bill Anaka, Rob Wilson, and Frank Switzer.

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