January 14, 2022

Spruce identification notes Picea Pungens / Picea engelmannii

Note to remember

Read these comments, and go out again with tape measure and make some more determinations to help resolve Spruce Picea id's with more pictures.



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December 15, 2021

November 09, 2021

November 08, 2021

Pigweed Amaranth Identification Key Summary

Amaranthus albus "leaf edges wavy" S4 Tumbleweed.

Amaranthus blitoides Leaves have a little spikey part at the tip sticking out. SNA Prostrate Amaranth

Amaranthus californicus Hard to tell apart from Amaranthus albus, some hints at this webpage. A. Californicus tends to have one obvious tepal (sepal) and two others reduced or missing where A. albus has three. S2

Amaranthus powellii Leaf. "The underside is smooth with whitish veins."SNA Green Amaranth

Amaranthus retroflexus Rough Pigweed. "alternate leaves are up to 6" long and 4" across" Wedge shaped leaf. SNA Red Root Pigweed.

There is another pigweed..Axyris amaranthoides (Russian Pigweed) in another family not Amaranthus, but in family Chenopodiaceae

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Anemone Key for Identification

Saskatchewan Anemone Key
drawings of anemone spp

Anemone canadensis Canada Anemone 2 nd source<-- Saskatchewan Anemone Keywhite or cream, and often 2 or more flowers. Stem leaves (bracts) sessile

Anemone cylindrica Long-fruited Anemone<--leaflets more or less serrate. Long cylindrical fruiting head. Saskatchewan Anemone KeyBracts stalked. 2nd source

Anemone multifida var. multifida Cut-leaved Anemone can be pinkish, reddish or whitish sepals.2 quite branching and low looking plant.

Anemone parviflora var. parviflora Small-flowered Anemone Bright shiny leaves. 2 needs acidic soil i.e. spruce.Saskatchewan Anemone Keycreeping plant. Stem leaves (bracts)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia Wood Anemone Very different leaves not nearly as lobed. Saskatchewan Anemone Key Stem leaves (bracts) are stalked.

Anemone richardsonii Yellow Anemone Very cute really really is yellow. Stems several flowered.

Anemone virginiana var. cylindroidea Tall Anemone Basal leaf ; lobes have one side that is about 1/2 serrate. Saskatchewan Anemone Key Stem leaves (bracts) are stalked.

There is also anemone sylvestris

SCDC lists only
Anemone canadensis Canada Anemone
Anemone cylindrica Long-fruited Anemone
Anemone multifida var. multifida Cut-leaved Anemone
Anemone parviflora var. parviflora Small-flowered Anemone
Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia Wood Anemone
Anemone richardsonii Yellow Anemone

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October 07, 2021

Global Conservationist's Roots and Shoots

Hi there
Letting you know about the upcoming International Online Premiere: The Legacy of Saskatoon's Secret Forest Saturday November 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST (UTC-6) (Free community service event media release) Could you help spread the word please?

Many people have heard of David Suzuki, David Attenborough, or Greta Thunberg. Richard St. Barbe Baker was the first global conservationist and humanitarian. This is our way to remember his international legacy. International Online Premiere: The Legacy of Saskatoon's Secret Forest Saturday November 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST (UTC-6)

For more information or to register:
https://kvisit.com/8wE/jO0G Pamphlet has the speaker roster

Friends of the Trees

Inspiring Environmental Action: Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary

Notable Global ecologists and conservationists from Switzerland, Scotland, Hawaii, New York, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, what do these people from around the world have to say about their love of the earth and of trees, and how they first heard of Richard St. Barbe Baker? These are truly heart warming stories that they want to share. Their lives changed to follow the words they heard from Richard St. Barbe Baker. How could this one man encourage large groups of people around the world to plant trees? Then how could this man inspire others to create more and more large groups of people to also take care of the earth? What kind of magic did Richard St. Barbe Baker possess that people would stop whatever they were doing to connect with nature and take care of the world? These people, environmental conservationists all, are now, and they have their own story tell about how they began to look after the world from a seed planted by Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Why would forests, streets and avenues around the world be named after Richard St. Barbe Baker? Statues, monuments and plaques were built to remember the story of Richard St. Barbe Baker.

There is a forest in Saskatoon. It is a secret forest which no one had ever heard about. This forest is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker because he planted trees, and here in this park hundreds upon thousands of trees were planted. It was a perfect match. Forest visitors hearing the story of Richard St. Barbe Baker fall in love with the Saskatoon forest and want to protect it. They want to make the forest as special and magnificent as this great man was special and magnificent.

Friends of the Trees Speaker Roster


His Worship, Charlie Clark, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, SK, CA
David Kirton, City Councillor, Saskatoon
Hilary Gough, City Councillor, Saskatoon,
Andrea Lafond, CEO, Meewasin
Traditional Land Treaty Acknowledgements

Kevin Wesaquate Poet, painter, welder, spoken word artist and founder of the Indigenous Poet’s Society. Originally from Piapot First Nation
Special Thanks To:

-Forest History Society, Durham, NC
-West End Local History Society, UK
-University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections

Robert White, Saskatoon
BSA, MES (Env. St.) Recipient of the first Men of the Trees Prize at the University of Saskatchewan

Paul Hanley, Hawaii
Author of the biography Man of the Trees: Richard St. Barbe Baker; The First Global Conservationist and four other books, and more than 1500 articles on the environment, agriculture, and the future of civilization.

Alan Watson-Featherstone, Scotland
BA Honours Inspirational speaker and the founder of the conservation charity Trees for Life, recipient Schumacher Award, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and RSPB Outstanding Contribution Award.

Leona Graham, Scotland
BA/MA Findhorn Community. World Wilderness congresses, and Director CCF/Cheetah Conservation International Conservation Program Director associated with WILD

Vance Martin, Colorado, USA
BA English/forestry wildlife management. President WILD Foundation, co-founder and President of Wilderness Foundation Global (based in South Africa), & Founder Co-chair of the Wilderness Specialist Group (part of the World Commission on Protected Areas, within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

Scott Poynton, Switzerland
MSc Forestry. Founded The Forest Trust, through which major global wood supply companies made historic commitments to zero deforestation. Founder and leader of The Pond Foundation, offering a Carbon Zero program aimed at changing how the world acts on climate change.

Dr. Alan Grainger, England
BSc, DPhil. Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Global Environmental Change and Policy, University of Leeds, U.K

Hugh Locke, New York
B.EnvST. President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti and President of the U.S.-based Impact Farming Foundation

David VanVliet, Manitoba, CA
BA, MEDes, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba, CA

Tony Rinaudo AM Australia.
BSc AM. Agronomist. Senior Climate Advisor World Vision, Forest Maker, Famine Fighter. Co-developer Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (or FMNR)

Richard St. Barbe Baker fell in love with trees as a child. He had a bonding experience which filled him with love. He shared this feeling with everyone so that they could feel a oneness and a love for trees like he did. His stories about tree planting were published in books, and on radio shows. Other people heard his stories and decided then and there, that they, too would find this love for trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker went on to create a large global group dedicated to the love of trees, and tree planting. So many people were happy to help him, they loved to be friends with Richard St. Barbe Baker and his ideas. These people who joined with Richard to plant trees and protect trees had a special name – Watu Wa Miti -because the first place Richard St. Barbe Baker started was in Africa. Watu Wa Miti are Forest Scouts or Forest Guardians because of the promise they took to help out. Richard St. Barbe Baker saved their lives.

These trees planted created forests habitats and homes for wildlife. Another global wildlife society Canadian Wildlife Federation- saw the importance of Richard St. Barbe Baker’s work, and gave him an award. The Queen of England and the University of Saskatchewan also gave Richard St. Barbe Baker awards for Richard’s worldwide travels to save the planet to protect and plant trees. So it was that Richard St. Barbe Baker received the order of the British Empire, and 50 years ago was bestowed the honourary Doctorate of Laws by John G. Diefenbaker. At this time Diefenbaker was chancellor of the university and went on to become Prime Minister of Canada.

Richard St. Barbe Baker OBE, Hon. LL.D. F.I.A.L., For.Dip.Cantab., ACF (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English biologist and botanist, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organisation, Men of the Trees, still active today as the International Tree Foundation, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally.

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September 04, 2021

When and Where did you see What?

Friday September 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm ZOOM intro to iNaturalist CST Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas will be presenting an " Introduction to iNaturalist" workshop virtually online. If you are interested in signing up for this virtual webinar use this eventbrite link https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/saskatoonafforestationareas/56080-when-and-where-did-you-see-what
This workshop builds on the iNaturalist presentation to Master Naturalists - entitled "When and Where did you See What?" by Sam Kieschnick iNaturalist curator and Urban Wildlife Biologist, "An intro to iNaturalist" by cassi saari a field biologist, ecological restoration practitioner and iNaturalist curator and Patrick McCrea a wildlife ecologist along with "A brief orientation to iNaturalist" by Carrie Seltzer, PhD in ecology staff member for the iNaturalist communication network. The workshop assists with getting involved with identifications on iNaturalist, taking observations to the next level and not to worry about being self conscious or anxious about your observations, and welcoming users. We would really like to impress the group with the community aspect of how iNaturalist comes together.
It is great fun to use iNaturalist, and get engaged with an amazing group of naturalists online, and meet some of them in-person! This is a great social network connection for anyone who enjoys and appreciates nature. iNaturalist is a great way to create field guides, and have a readily available calendar to refer to. As you wander and explore the great out of doors, often times you may have stopped to wonder what that was? The iNaturalist is a tool that can assist you to learn and answer this very question and discover the answer to "What is that, anyways?"

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