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Shekinah Retreat Centre is situated along the banks of the North Saskatchewan river. About 45 minutes north of Saskatoon Shekinah is able to showcase some of the tremendous beauty and diversity contained in the natural world. Look carefully and you will uncover an abundance of life. Plants, flowers, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, birds and fish make this environment their home.

As you enter Shekinah from the prairie plateau the broad river valley becomes evident. Created from flowing water over many thousands of years the scenery that has been left behind is both breathtaking and spectacular. To add to the complexity of the valley a ravine that was created by a spring fed creek runs through the property. This creates a significant diversity of soil types found here and with that the vegetation can change depending on where you are on the grounds.

Near the river and creek the plants are quite different from those on the hill or the plain. Willows, sedges, certain grasses and balsam poplar are commonly found in the wetland area. In the flood plain you are more likely to find aspen poplar, dogwood, chokecherry, grasses and wild raspberries. As you move up in elevation aspen and shrubs become more abundant and near the top of the valley grasses, saskatoon berries, wildflowers and silverberry are often found. There are over 200 different species of wild flowers that can be found at Shekinah.

Mammals here come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The smaller mammals include mice, voles and shrews. These smaller mammals are not limited to the ground and can also include squirrels and chipmunks in the trees and bats in the air. Medium sized mammals are weasels, groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, rabbits, foxes, minks and porcupines. Some of the larger mammals include beavers, coyotes, moose, mule and white-tailed deer. Occasionally there are some more rare but exciting sightings that include black bears, lynx, bobcats, wolves and cougars  as they migrate through the river valley or make Shekinah their home for a season. 2015 saw a couple great lynx sightings that you can see here.

Birds also come in all sizes at Shekinah from the huge white pelicans to the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird. Songbirds inhabit the woodlands along with woodpeckers, hawks and owls. Ducks, geese, herons, pelicans, rails, sandpipers and kingfishers live near the wetlands. Hawks and vultures can be seen soaring high overhead and if you are lucky Shekinah can be home to some rare and incredible sightings.