Tuesday, 15 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 15, 2017

pelicans on the river

Upcoming Events
Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count, Aug. 1-Sept. 15 (Canada)
Help Friends of the Earth find out more about Canada’s bees by participating in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count from Aug. 1-Sept. 15.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Aug. 19 (Saskatoon)
You can dispose of household hazardous waste in Saskatoon from 9 am–3:30 pm on Aug. 19.

Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park will provide interpretation and protective eyewear for the partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

Last Mountain Lake Tours, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon/Last Mountain Lake)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is offering hourly guided tours of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area & Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Aug. 21, 10 am-4 pm.

Digital Planetarium, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is hosting a drop-in Digital Planetarium from 9 am-2 pm, Aug. 21. The whole family will have an opportunity to learn about the universe from Cree Science Facilitator Wilfred Buck.

Why Nocturnal Preserves are Needed in Canada, Aug. 22 (webinar)
PCAP-SK is hosting a noon-hour webinar on Aug. 22 regarding Engaging Communities in Nocturnal Conservation: Why Nocturnal Preserves are Needed in Canada.

Vermicomposting, Aug. 26 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on vermicomposting from 12:30-2:30 pm, Aug. 26, at the Garden Patch.

Clean Up at Key West, Aug. 26 (Regina)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Conservation Volunteers program provides great opportunities to get outside and do your part to protect or repair damage to the environment. Join NCC at Key West from 9 am-3 pm, Aug. 26.

pelicans on the river

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Golden Eagles
Aug. 24, 7:30 am – Porter Lake and St. Denis Area
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagle field trips.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Aug. 20, 2-4 pm – Bird Walk, Gabriel Dumont Park
Aug. 26, 8-11 am – Warbler Walk, Forestry Farm Zoo
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

In the News 
The Canadian Journal of Environmental Education is now open access and available online.

The Canadian Youth Energy Vision Project is looking for 10 Youth Champions from across Canada to host a dialogue in their city to gather the ideas, input and thoughts of youth, and join Canadian Energy Sector leaders for the Generation Energy Summit in Winnipeg from Oct 10-12.

According to the study, Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions, a low-carbon economy could create almost four million direct building trades jobs by 2050 – and that’s a conservative estimate. These jobs include boilermakers, electrical workers, insulators, ironworkers, and masons.

NASA lays out a 14-point plan for the best solar eclipse viewing party ever.

Let’s talk irrigation because we’re not managing our water well.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 8, 2017

chickadee

Upcoming Events
Nature Days, Aug. 8 & 10 (Melville) 
The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association will be sharing presentations and games about Saskatchewan wildlife with kids ages 5-15 at the Melville Public Library, Aug. 8 and 10, from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Aug. 13 (Prince Albert) 
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is hosting a volunteer orientation session in Prince Albert from 1-2:30 pm, Aug. 13.

Vegetable Storage & Longer Lasting Produce, Aug. 17 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on vegetable storage and longer-lasting produce from 7-9 pm, Aug. 17, at the Garden Patch.

Preserving Your Harvest, Aug. 19 (Regina) 
Edible Landscapes Permaculture Design and Consulting is hosting a workshop on Preserving Your Harvest from 1-5 pm, Aug. 19.

chickadee

Looking Ahead
Family Paddle, Aug. 25 (Regina)
SaskOutdoors is organizing a Family Paddle: Learn to Canoe with Kids from 2-5 pm, Aug. 25, in Regina.

Wildlife Society Conservation Expo, Aug. 31 (Regina) 
Wildlife professionals are invited to a networking poster session and mixer organized by the Saskatchewan chapter of The Wildlife Society from 3-6 pm, Aug. 31.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar

In the News
Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for Saskatchewan.

We need to rethink the whole crazy transport system: “We tell ourselves that we cherish efficiency. Yet we have created a transport system whose design principle is profligacy. Metal carriages (that increase in size every year), each carrying one or two people, travel in parallel to the same destinations. Lorries shifting identical goods in opposite directions pass each other on 2000-mile journeys. Competing parcel companies ply the same routes, in vans that are largely empty. We could, perhaps, reduce our current vehicle movements by 90% with no loss of utility, and a major gain in our quality of life.”

Will wetlands be preserved as the City of Saskatoon develops new neighbourhoods?

Urban green roofs can become bird-roosting and bird-watching havens. 17 species have been spotted on the Javits Convention Center’s roof in New York City.

“many long established notions around nature and wilderness are disturbed by the idea of the Anthropocene. We can’t hope to leave nature alone and ‘untouched’ by human presence if our presence is ubiquitous. Nowhere can be reserved and set aside if the whole planet is changing.”

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 1, 2017

gopher (Richardsons ground squirrel)

Upcoming Events
Build a Compost Tumbler, Aug. 12 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on building a compost tumbler from 12:30-2 pm, Aug. 12, at the Garden Patch.

Disruption, Aug. 16 (Regina) 
Cinema Politica is screening the film Disruption at 7 pm, Aug. 16. Disruption explores why we do so little about climate change when we know so much.

Summer Star Party, Aug. 23-27 (Cypress Hills) 
Observe the sun and the stars during the Royal Astronomical Society’s annual Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills Provincial Park’s dark-sky campground and observatory from Aug. 23-27.

Looking Ahead 
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet, Sept 29-Oct. 1 (Elbow) 
Nature Saskatchewan is holding its Fall Meet in Elbow from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. There will be a tour of the Gardiner Dam and a Sand Dunes Hike.

U of S Sustainability Networking Fair, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon) 
The U of S Office of Sustainability is hosting a networking fair from 4:30-6:30 pm, Oct. 12, so students can meet businesses and organizations involved in sustainability initiatives. The event is being held in conjunction with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training Workshop.

UN Sustainable Development Goals, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon)
The USSU Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, are hosting a UN Sustainable Development Goals training seminar from 6:30-9:30 pm, Oct. 12.

Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 16-22 (Canada) 
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council urges individuals and groups to plan a Waste Reduction Week (Oct. 16-22) activity.

gopher (Richardsons ground squirrel)

Nature Regina Field Trips
Aug. 19, 9 am-12 pm – Wandering Wascana Looking for Warblers
Check Nature Regina’s website for full details and updated information.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Golden Eagles 
Aug. 10, 7:30 am – Shore Birds
Aug. 17, 7:30 am – Ferries on the South Saskatchewan north of Saskatoon
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagle field trips.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Aug. 10, 6:30-8 pm – Botany Walk, MVA Trail
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

In the News
"we are financing growth, in part, by irreversibly liquidating natural resources essential to our own long-term survival"

“If we can’t see the stars, how will we know our place in the universe?” Five tips for stargazing with children.

Canadians need better protection from oilsands cleanup liabilities by accounting for the costs now.

In the Netherlands, kids can borrow skates, skateboards, and bicycles.

“Peer-reviewed research shows Canada’s methane emissions are as much as 250 per cent higher than reported by industry and government,” said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director Ian Bruce. “The responsible course is to move urgently and enact strong regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.” 

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

EcoSask News, July 25, 2017

rabbit

Upcoming Events
How are Campuses Harnessing Renewable Energy?, July 26 (webinar)
According to a new report from the University of New Hampshire, campuses are becoming more energy-efficient, but their progress is insufficient to meet climate action goals. A free webinar, from 3-4 pm, July 26, will discuss strategies to get higher education on track to tackle climate change.

T. Rex Summer Gala, July 29 (Eastend)
Out-smart T.rex Discovery Centre’s paleontologists and scientists at the T. Rex Summer Gala fundraiser on July 29 in Eastend.

Insects: Friend or Foe, Aug. 8 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting two workshops on insects: friend or foe on Aug. 8 at the Garden Patch – for kids from 12-2 pm and for everyone from 3-5 pm.

Looking Ahead
Nature Grandparenting, Sept. 5-Oct. 10 (Saskatoon)
Wildernook Fresh Air Learning will be running a Nature Grandparenting program on Tuesday mornings from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10.

Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings, Sept. 30 (Saskatoon)
Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings, providing an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada, is being offered in Saskatoon on Sept. 30.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

Aphrodite Fritillary butterfly

Help Wanted
Library of Things #yxe is looking for building supplies and builders to help set up a lending library.

In the News
All about crows - Cheetos, sunbathing, and funerals

"our destructive human era could be followed by an explosion of diversity – just as previous ages of extinction gave birth to new opportunities in the aftermath" [book review: Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction]

A new version of the California Academy of Sciences’ iNaturalist app uses artificial intelligence to offer immediate identifications for photos of any kind of wildlife

“A forward-looking approach to conservation could also involve finding ways for non-consumptive pastimes to fund state wildlife agencies, perhaps through a tax on camping gear, much in the way that taxes on hunting supplies now do. At present wildlife agencies ‘depend almost completely upon hunters and fishermen to fund their programs,’ says Elbroch. ‘This is not only short-sighted. It’s poor economics.”

UK households are applying more sustainable practices to their wardrobe, and it’s helping the environment

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

EcoSask News, July 18, 2017

Cedar Waxwing parent feeding juvenile

Upcoming Events
Science in the Park, July 18 (Regina)
Harbour Landing and the Saskatchewan Science Centre are hosting Science in the Park for kids from 6-8 pm, July 18. There will be a Superheroes of Sustainability stage show at 7 pm.

Bee-Friendly Planting Bee, July 21 (Saskatoon) 
Help re-create habitat for indigenous pollinators in a planting bee at the Prairie Habitat Garden from 9 am-5 pm, July 21.

Prioritizing Conservation in Saskatchewan, July 24 (webinar)
Kylie Garchinski will discuss the Nature Conservancy of Canada: Prioritizing Conservation in Saskatchewan in a noon-hour webinar on July 24.

Northeast Swale Bioblitz, July 26 (Saskatoon)
Meewasin Valley Authority is hosting a bioblitz at the Northeast Swale from 5 am-9 pm, July 26. Activities will include grassland bird point counts, wetland macro-invertebrate sampling, insect traps and sweeps, small mammal traps, plant inventories, ecological health assessments.


Carbonless Concert Jam Night, July 29 (Sask)
Join Jay Maillet and friends for a Carbonless Concert Jam Night from 6:30-9 pm, July 29. Everyone is invited to participate.

Family-Friendly Summer EcoTour, Aug. 4-5 (Last Mountain Lake)
SaskOutdoors is planning a Family-Friendly Summer Ecotour at the north end of Last Mountain Lake, Aug. 4-5.

Looking Ahead
Nature Grandparenting, Sept. 5-Oct. 10 (Saskatoon)
Wildernook Fresh Air Learning will be running a Nature Grandparenting program on Tuesday mornings from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10.

An Evening with Jane Goodall, Sept. 30 (Saskatoon)
Dr. Jane Goodall will describe her extraordinary scientific breakthroughs in animal behaviour and her journey to becoming one of the world’s most prominent and active conservationists from 7-10 pm, Sept. 30, in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Golden Eagles
July 27, 8 am – The Quill Lakes
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagles field trips.
Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
July 23, 8 am-4:30 pm – Shorebird Trip
July 30, 2-4:30 pm – Botany Walk, Sutherland Beach
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

House Wren nestlings

In the News
Nelson, BC, is home to Canada’s first municipally-owned solar farm.

The City of Calgary is looking for a new strategy to help residents better co-exist with coyotes. In most cases of human-coyote conflict, it’s the actions of humans that are the primary cause.

On a finite planet, endless economic growth is not an option.

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children, sell your car, take fewer flights, and eat a vegetarian diet.

Coca Cola sells more than 100 billion single-use plastic bottles a year. Why aren’t they 100% recycled plastic?

Since we can’t make flying sustainable right now, we need to make the best possible use of the planes that we have, cutting emissions where we can. Limiting the number of luxury seats is one of the easiest things we can do.

To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Here Be Dragons - and Damsels!

Dragonfly


Darting over the water, resting on a rock – there is an abundance of dragonflies and damselflies at this time of year. But don’t take them for granted. These aerial acrobats are anything but commonplace. 

Dragonflies are insects with long bodies, big eyes, and transparent wings. They range in size from ½ an inch to 5 inches with wings from 2-5 inches across. Dragonflies were one of the first species to evolve over 300 million years ago. At that time, they were much larger with a wingspan of up to 2 feet.

Dragonflies are impressive fliers with two sets of wings that can operate independently or in unison. They can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, flying up and down, forward and backward, or hovering like a helicopter. They need warmth to fly, however, and will often land when the sun goes behind a cloud.

dragonfly


Compared to other insects, dragonflies have extraordinary vision, helping them to avoid in-flight collisions. Their large eyes take up most of their head and they can see in every direction except right behind them.

Dragonflies live near water where they can be sure to find plenty of mosquitoes and gnats. They capture their insect prey in their legs, extending a long, hinged lower lip to eat it while still in flight.

Dragonflies lay their eggs on the surface of the water. The eggs hatch into naiads that have gills and stay underwater for 2-3 years.

Dragon or Damsel?
Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related, but there are some slight differences:
     Dragonflies spread their wings apart when resting; damselflies keep their wings together.
     Damselflies are smaller with slimmer bodies than dragonflies.
     The eyes on a damselfly are separated; on most dragonflies they touch.

Damselflies mating

Live in Saskatoon? 
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society from 1:30-4:30 pm, July 16, to look for dragonflies and damselflies at a nearby wetland.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

EcoSask News, July 11, 2017

flowers

Upcoming Events
LEED Building Tour & Networking Event, July 13 (Regina) 
Canada Green Building Council is offering a LEED building tour of the Mosaic Tower at Hill Centre III followed by a networking event from 5:15-6:15 pm, July 13.

Blue Gold: World Water Wars, July 19 (Regina) 
Cinema Politica is screening Blue Gold: World Water Wars at 7 pm, July 19, in Regina.

Operation Burrowing Owl 30th Anniversary Dinner, July 20 (Regina)
Join Operation Burrowing Owl as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a dinner on July 20.

Rainwater Harvesting, July 22 (Regina) 
Learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and use rainwater for all your gardening needs at Edible Landscapes' Rainwater Harvesting workshop from 1-4 pm, July 22, near Regina.

Bokashi Composting, July 22 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on bokashi composting from 12:30-2:30 pm, July 22, at the Garden Patch.

Walking Saskatoon, July 23 (Saskatoon) 
Walking Saskatoon is meeting from 1-2:30 pm, July 23, in the Brainsport Event Room. They’ll be talking with the Active Transportation Plan Coordinator about the state of the Plan.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

flowers

In the News
The Ecological Citizen is an online peer-reviewed journal. It aims to advance ecological knowledge, champion Earth-centred action, and inspire ecocentric citizenship. Articles in the first issue cover Why Ecocentrism? The Ethical and the Practical Imperative and Wild Democracy: A Grassroots Vision to Transcend Capitalism.

"one aspect of urban nature remains underappreciated: wildness. Places where nobody is telling nature what to do. Where it’s not landscaped or improved or turned to human ends"

Where do we draw the line in conservation intervention projects when we are in the midst of an ever-evolving nature? 

Will the next generation of tires be made from dandelions?

This is how climate scepticism becomes climate cynicism: doubts about the evidence are replaced by doubts about the motives of the people using it. [long read but informative]

"advances in technology and battery storage are making the grid ever-more capable of accommodating wind and solar power" 

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