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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome to all new and returning members!

We are looking forward to another great year!   As you can see by our calendar, we have an exciting event planned for each month, and busy weeknight meetings in between.

Our year starts off with a bang - our Regional Family Camp is coming up next weekend!  We hope that most of our families are able to attend, even though it will be short notice for new members.  This is an opportunity to get to know JFW members from other clubs in our region, and is sure to be a fun way to end the summer and start the JFW year.  Read more about it here:

See you all soon!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What to Take Along

What to take along - Personal kits

 At last week's AC meeting, the group members each displayed the contents of their personal daypacks, and shared ideas.

Here is their list, and it's a good one!

Type of pack

Comfortable rucksack with several pockets are practical, can require some rummaging to get at items.  Having items assembled in small kits makes it easier to stay organized
Multi-pocket vests make it easy to organize & access items; beware of things falling out.
Dry bags are waterproof and versatile but do add weight


  • Gloves
  • Socks (wool, especially Merino wool)
  • Rain gear
  • Extra layers
  • Sunglasses (UV & Polarized is best)


  • 1 litre bottle or soft flask
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Water purifier (life straw, Katadyne, etc)


  • High-energy bars
  • Nuts, g.o.r.p.
  • Smarties and other tasty stuff
  • Lightweight stove & fuel & pot
  • One-dish meal kits (dehydrated)
  • Gum & other personal preferences
  • Utensils (compact)


  • Knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Hatchet
  • Tape (hockey, electrical, duct, medical...)
  • Fishing hooks, line, sinkers
  • Cordage  (paracord is excellent)
  • Leatherman-type tool
  • Sewing kit
  • Hand saw
  • Digging tool

Fire starting

  • Ignition (matches, flint & steel, matches, etc - have several options)
  • Tinder (lint, cotton balls, shaved birchbark, etc)
  • Prepared firestarters
  • Candles

First Aid


  • Reflective space blanket
  • Tent fly
  • Orange garbage bags


  • Toilet paper
  • Soap (various kinds available: biodegradable, waterless, etc)


  • Map
  • Compass (also has a mirror)
  • GPS option
  • Flashlight/headlamp


  • Mirror (also good for first aid)
  • Flares (same launcher also works with bear bangers)
  • Gun (only if permitted and competent)  (Also handy in case of bear, cougar or moose attack)
  • Cellphone
  • Pencil & paper


  • Hand warmers
  • Reference books

We also discussed varying the contents of one's pack according to:

  • Season - Availability of water, caloric needs, extra clothing, shelter
  • Group size - can minimize some supplies (e.g. one or two cold packs may be sufficient for first aid for the entire group)
  • Expected timeframe - take what's needed, plus enough for an unexpected extra day
  • Purpose of outing
As a general principle, every ounce counts, and every item should have more than one use if at all possible. 

Here's the brainstorm board

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Resources and Ideas from Nature Sask

Here are some tidbits from the pages of the latest edition of Nature Saskatchewan's quarterly newsletter NatureViews (copies will be available to club members soon)

Past President Donna Bruce was in Scotland this summer visiting a nature reserve inspired by author Sir John Philip Lister-Kaye.  The Aigas Field Centre works hard at restoring natural habitat and wildlife in the Highlands.  There are many parallels to Saskatchewan, and much inspiration to be found there.  (How about a club field trip?

Dean Cattell, Conservation Director, is a Pierceland resident and a good friend of JFW.  He recommends that we become familiar with the new Environment Code, recently published by Saskatchewan Environment:
A quote shared by Dean: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold

The 2015 Spring Meet is June 19-21 in Saltcoats.   It sure would be great to send a Meadow Lake JFW delegate!

A Winter Birding Contest runs Dec 1 - Feb 28.  This is a bird watching activity accessible to everyone.  Contact for more information.

Christmas Gift Idea!  Saskatchewan Birds 2015 is a beautiful calendar, and proceeds support the work of Nature Sask   Available from   ($20 ea plus postage)

Citizen Science!   Participate in various projects that are enjoyable learning experiences and benefit science and conservation efforts.   Some possibilities:

A must-see
Have you heard the phrase, "Canary in a coal mine"?  In days gone by, miners would take a caged bird underground with them.  A dead "canary" would warn the miners that conditions were quickly becoming hostile to life.   Well, think of the world as one big coal mine, and Watch This Video!   Visit the website too.  The implications are stunning.

Then, have a look at the video on this website:   How many birds on this list do you recognize?

How many ways can you think of that climate change is affecting birds and other wildlife?   Perhaps more than you might realize - read more here!

Did you know - wildlife populations are in trouble worldwide.  Read this recent report, summarizing 30 years of research:

Nature Saskatchewan has a new video out - have a look.

Consider buying your family a NS membership - it's a great Christmas present!

The Woodlanders Junior Forest Wardens are Nature Saskatchewan's affiliated club in Meadow Lake.   Nature Sask is the provincial natural history society, and a strong voice for conservation and education.