Sunday, 18 March 2018

8 Cool Facts about Bats - and What to Do if You Find One in Your Home

Big brown bat

Have you ever looked out over your garden at dusk and seen a fast-moving shadow? If you’re lucky, that’s a bat eating mosquitoes and other pesky insects. There are 8 different kinds of bats in Saskatchewan and they all eat insects – up to 1,000 an hour!

Bats are the only mammal that can fly (humans try, but we have to rely on airplanes and paraglider wings!) and they fly really, really well. Imagine shouting out loud as you walk around your house in the dark. You’ll hear an echo as you approach a wall – but will you figure it out in time to avoid bumping into the wall? Now imagine you’re tracking a tiny flying insect – bats are such experts that they can tell exactly what is in front of them, decide whether it’s good to eat, and plan a route to intercept the bug in just fractions of a second.

Bats can fly faster and with a wider range of movement than birds. Their wings are a thin, flexible membrane stretched between elongated “fingers” that can bend in all directions. Bird wings are thicker and have a more rigid bone structure.

 A baby bat weighs up to 25% of its mother’s body weight when it’s born. That’s like a human mother giving birth to a 14 kg baby. Many bats set up cooperative nurseries where 20-300 mothers raise their young together – with no help from the males. In some maternity colonies, the mothers will nurse other mothers’ babies. The babies are born blind and without fur but grow quickly and can fly within 4-6 weeks.

Bats hang upside down by their toes to sleep, making it easy for them to take flight rapidly.

Red Bats hibernate over winter in trees or under leaf litter, using their thickly-furred tail as a blanket to keep them warm. Little Brown Bats hibernate in caves or abandoned mines. Hoary Bats raise their young in Canada and the northern United States but spend the winter in the southern United States or Mexico.

Big Brown Bats, often seen in cities as they like to roost in buildings, fly very fast and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. They have such strong jaws that they can eat hard-shelled beetles. 

Bats are cute. They have pixie ears and soft fur. Red Bats are showy with fur ranging from bright orange to rusty brown. Hoary Bats have dark brown fur with white tips – a useful camouflage as they roost in trees and blend in well with the lichen and dead leaves.

Batrick takes a nap outdoors

What to Do if There’s a Bat in Your Home
Even if you like bats, you may not want to share your house with them. They don’t chew things like rodents, but they do make a lot of noise and they’re not toilet trained (although the bat poop makes great garden fertilizer and doesn’t carry diseases).

Bats start to come out of hibernation when there are big changes in temperature – really cold at night but above zero in the afternoon. However, it’s still way too cold for them to survive outdoors full-time and there are no insects for them to eat. If you spot a bat in your garage or attic in early spring, don’t shoo them outside as they’ll just die. The same thing applies if you come across bats holed up ready for the winter when you’re renovating in the fall.

Here’s what you should do. First of all, don’t panic. Bats are shy, gentle creatures. However, they may bite if frightened so don’t touch them with your bare hands. (Bats, like every other mammal, can catch rabies, but you’re far more likely to get rabies from a dog bite than a bat.)

Ask for help. Call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan’s hotline at 306-242-7177 from 9 am to 9 pm. Wildlife rehab. experts are on hand who will rehouse and over-winter your bats. 

12 bats hibernating Chez Melanie

Melanie Elliott in Saskatoon currently has 100 bats hibernating in Rubbermaid file boxes in her basement. She segregates the males from the females as the females tend to sleep very soundly over the winter whereas the males are more active. The bats like an enclosed space and will tuck themselves up near the drape covering the box.

Megan Lawrence of Salthaven West Rehabilitation Centre in Regina is over-wintering 20 bats this year. She doesn’t have a cold space where they can hibernate, so they’re awake and active in soft-sided enclosures that are big enough for them to stretch their wings and fly a little. They have access to food (mealworms) and water as well as safe spaces like knitted “caves” and roosting pouches. 

Once the weather has warmed up sufficiently and there are lots of insects for them to eat, Melanie and Megan will release the bats where they were found.

Bat Cave at Salthaven West

Would You Like to Meet a Bat?
Batrick and Elizabat are two Big Brown Bats that Melanie Elliott was unable to release due to injuries. She obtained a permit from Saskatchewan Environment to keep them for educational purposes. They live in her home and accompany her when she meets with school or community groups to talk about bats.

“If you’re calm, they’re calm,” Melanie says. “They know it’s their job to sit on children and demonstrate what beautiful, useful animals they really are.”

If you would like to invite Melanie, Batrick, and Elizabat to visit your classroom or community group, call Melanie at 306-227-2506. Funds raised will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation in Saskatoon.

Want more information? Bat Conservation International

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

EcoSask News, March 13, 2018

sunrise across the park

Upcoming Events
MiEnergy Solar Information Night, Mar. 13 (Saskatoon)
Learn more about solar energy and how it could work for you at MiEnergy’s Solar Information Night from 7-9 pm, Mar. 13.

Climate Change Policy in Canadian Cities, Mar. 15 (Saskatoon/Regina)
Elizabeth Schwartz will discuss what Canadian cities are doing to combat climate change and how to make their actions more effective at a video conference from 3-4 pm, Mar. 15, in Saskatoon and Regina.

Wascana Park Field Trip, Mar. 17 (Regina)
Join Nature Regina and Nature Saskatchewan for a Wascana Park winter field trip from 9 am-12 pm, Mar. 17.

Prairies Got the Goods! Ecological Goods and Services, Mar. 18-24 (SK)
Sign up for webinars sponsored by PCAP-SK to learn more about the ecological goods and services provided by native prairie (carbon storage, habitat for species at risk, etc.) from Mar. 18-24.

Tick Talk, Mar. 19 (Regina)
Join Nature Regina at 7:30 pm, Mar. 19. Phil Curry will discuss the ecology and distribution of ticks while Denise Werker will discuss Lyme disease.

Trevor Herriot, Mar. 20 (Saskatoon)
Trevor Herriot will read and show slides from his latest book, Islands of Grass, featuring the photography of Branimir Gjetvaj, from 7-8:30 pm, Mar. 20, at the Frances Morrison Library.

U of S Sustainability, Mar. 21 (Saskatoon)
Matt Wolsfeld, U of S Office of Sustainability, will talk about university sustainability initiatives at Innovation Place Saskatoon, 11:45 am, Mar. 21.

Cinema Politica, Mar. 21 (Regina)
Cinema Politica is showing the film The Garden, chronicling the struggle of the South Central Farmers in Los Angeles, at 7 pm, Mar. 21.

UR Change Makers, Mar. 22 (Regina)
Kelly Husack will talk about the right to a healthy environment at the U of R Alumni Change Makers’ Forum at 6:30 pm, Mar. 22, in Regina.

World Water Day, Mar. 22 (Prince Albert, Regina)
Watch the film Water Warriors with the Prince Albert chapter of the Council of Canadians at 7 pm at the John M. Cuelenaere Library. Regina is holding an event, including a talk on humanure, at 7 pm at the mâmawêyatitân centre.

Farm the Sun with US, Mar. 22 (Saskatoon)
Join Farm the Sun with US for live music and their ideas about solar panels on University of Saskatchewan land from 11:30-1 pm, Mar. 22.

Environment & Sustainability Careers, Mar. 23 (Saskatoon)
Join alumni working in various parts of the Environment and Sustainability sectors for a panel discussion and mixer from 3:30-7 pm, Mar. 23, at the U of S.

EcoBash, Mar. 24 (Saskatoon) 
The U of S Environmental Studies Students’ Association is hosting an Eco Bash at 8 pm, Mar. 24.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Mar. 24 (Regina)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is hosting a volunteer orientation in Regina from 10 am-12 pm, Mar. 24.

foggy sunrise across the river

Looking Ahead
Transition Training, Mar. 29 (webinar)
An 8-week webinar series starting Mar. 29 will provide you with everything you need to set up and run a community resilience-building initiative.

Protecting Mother Earth Conference, June 28-July 1 (Washington)
The Indigenous Environmental Network is hosting an international gathering on how Indigenous Knowledge can foster climate justice from June 28 to July 1 in Washington state.

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

In the News
The Regina Horticultural Society offers grants for gardening and education projects that enhance the local environment. Deadline for applications is Apr. 1.

“Measuring the energy efficiency of cars and tumble driers, but not of bicycles and clotheslines, makes fast but energy-intensive ways of travel or clothes drying non-negotiable, and marginalises much more sustainable alternatives.”

Under a proposed California law, " tech companies would have to provide consumers with repair guides and access to repair parts. Independent companies would also have access to diagnostic software and tools previously available only to authorized and first-party repair technicians."

Barn owls do a better job of controlling pests than rodenticides.

Walkers benefit from bike lanes.

Bike helmets don’t solve the problem of cars hitting cyclists. 

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Let's Watch a Movie: Nature & Environmental Films


Films are powerful. Combining images and sound to convey a message, they can inform and inspire. We’ve put together a list of films, many of which have won awards at environmental film festivals. We guarantee you’ll find at least one, if not several, that you will enjoy.

Available for Download
Most of these films can be downloaded or watched online free of charge. Some require a purchase.

Bernd Heinrich: Winter World How Animals Survive: Heinrich explores the amazing ways in which animals ranging from chickadees to chipmunks and bats to bees make it through the harsh conditions of winter (1h4m)

Death by Design: What is the cost of our digital dependency? A global story of damaged lives, environmental destruction, and devices that are designed to die (1h13m)

Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness: A look back at Abbey's life as remembered by sixteen of his closest friends and family members (56m)

Elk River: Travel with elk herds as they migrate from Wyoming to Elk River (27m50s)

Fix and Release: Every year the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre fixes injured turtles - with zip ties, duct tape, crazy glue, and modern veterinary science (15m42s)

In Transition 2.0: Stories of transition communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies, and setting up community power stations (1h7m)

Lost in Light II: A look at how light pollution affects our view of the night skies using one of the most prominent constellations - The Orion (2m14s)

Microsculpture: Photographic study of insects in magnification (5m24s)

Our Last Refuge: A film about the Blackfeet Nation’s fight to protect the wild and sacred Badger-Two Medicine from industrial development (25m)

River Blue: How dirty are your jeans? The impact of fashion on the world’s rivers (full-length documentary)

Running Wild: Citizen scientists undertake a massive project to determine if wolverines have returned to Utah’s Uinta mountains (7m8s)

Sustainable Me: Young Edmontonians have developed a series of films and podcasts to show how the changes we make can save the environment - from a geothermal community to trading, swapping, and repurposing

Saving Ash Trees from an Invasive Killer: Two scientists from different disciplines collaborate to save the American ash tree population with a high-tech electrified decoy (4m33s)

Sea of Life: Follow Canadian filmmaker Julia Barnes on an underwater adventure to discover the truth about the biggest threats facing our oceans today (1h28m)

Seasons: By the directors of Winged Migration, Seasons explores life in Europe’s lush forests, recounting the shared history that binds humans with the natural world (1h36m)

Temple of the Ghost Owl: A great gray owl is caught in the middle of a political controversy over logging burnt habitat (21m16s)

The Corridor: Exploring the conflict between our desire to hold on to natural areas and the push for development, concentrating on one location, and one road, in Australia (22m)

Unbroken Grounds: Four areas of agriculture aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans through regenerative agriculture and grazing, diversified crop development, and restorative fishing (26m)

Valve Turners: A team of activists shuts down five pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States from Alberta (9m)


Host a Screening
These films need to be ordered and/or purchased.

Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees: Follow scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she explores our biological and spiritual connections to the most beautiful forests of the northern hemisphere (1h)

Complicit: Young Asian workers are dying making our smartphones (88m)

Demain [Tomorrow]: What could be tomorrow’s world? Meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education in 10 countries around the world (full-length documentary)

How We Grow: Land access, income inequality, and a short growing season turn from barriers into levers as these ambitious young farmers discover ways to get healthy, sustainably produced, locally grown, nutrient dense food onto the tables of everyone in the community (1h5m)

Evolution of Organic: The story of organic agriculture and its future (87m)

Fixed!: A light-hearted look at the folks behind Repair Café Toronto (14m)

Kokota: The Islet of Hope: A small island successfully reforests its land and adapts to climate change

Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future: From forest gardens to composting toilets, community-supported agriculture to timebanking, solutions from New Zealand to the global crises (full-length documentary)

Plastic China: Meet the workers who transform the world’s plastic waste into new products and the toll it takes on their lives (1h22m)

Super Hummingbirds: Watch hummingbirds mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail (60m)

An Uncommon Curiosity: At Home & in Nature with Bernd Heinrich: Follows Bernd Heinrich over the course of a year as he reflects on his past and shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty, and writing (60m)

Unfractured: An intimate look at one activist’s convictions, hopes, and sacrifices as Sandra Steingraber speaks out against fracking (full-length documentary)

Water Warriors: the story of a New Brunswick community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry (22m)

Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change: The stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, energy conservation, community engagement, sustainable food, finance,and indigenous land stewardship

 Yorkton Film Festival on Tour (free): DVDs of the award-winning films from Yorkton Film Festival can be screened free of charge by libraries, schools, and community groups. The Environmental DVD includes Fix and Release, Sustainable Me, and others

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

EcoSask News, March 6, 2018

frosty morning walking to work

Upcoming Events
LEED Green Associate Training, Mar. 10/11 (Regina, Saskatoon)
Participate in a LEED Green Associate Training at the University of Saskatchewan on Mar. 10 and the University of Regina on Mar. 11.

Winter Photography, Mar. 13 (Saskatoon)
Join the Saskatoon Camera Club for a live photo shoot of winter at 7 pm, Mar. 13.

Fight Garden Pests Naturally, Mar. 14 (Regina)
Learn natural and non-toxic solutions to common garden pests from a certified organic gardener from 7-8 pm, Mar. 14, Regina Central Adult Library.

SK Breeding Bird Atlas, Mar. 14 (Saskatoon)
Kiel Drake will discuss the SK Breeding Bird Atlas at 3:30 pm, Mar. 14, at the University of Saskatchewan as part of the Wild Ecol Seminar series.

Saskatoon Nature Society AGM, Mar. 15 (Saskatoon)
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society at their annual general meeting and members’ slide show at 7:30 pm, Mar. 15.

Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden, Mar. 15 & 28 (Regina)
Find out how you can use plants to attract bees to your garden from 7-8 pm, Mar. 15, Regent Place Branch Library, and from 7-9 pm, Mar. 28, at Central Adult Library.

Looking Ahead
Saskatchewan Living Green Expo, Apr. 13-15 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatchewan Living Green Expo festival and trade-show focused on sustainable products, services, and speakers is scheduled for Apr. 13-15 in Saskatoon.

March for Science, Apr. 14 (Saskatoon)
March for Science Saskatoon is looking for volunteer marshalls to help shepherds people along the march route on Apr. 14. Email Cat at if you’re interested.

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

In the News
Climate Justice Saskatoon is launching a research project into the possibilities and barriers to transitioning to renewable energy in Saskatchewan

"Saskatchewan currently has some of the weakest laws for endangered species and habitat protection in the country": a report on 20 yrs of very poor wildlife protection in Saskatchewan

The new Line 3 crude-oil pipeline will cut across southern Saskatchewan and represents a major expansion, and yet no one is talking about it. "It isn't a question of pipelines versus trains, but a choice between a short-sighted investment in a dated energy source and a commitment to more viable alternatives for the future."

Economic growth is environmentally unsustainable: “Imagining a world without growth is among the most vital and urgent tasks for society to engage in”

50% of plastic packaging could be recycled if it was better designed, and 20% could be tackled by reuse schemes. However about 30% of plastics need a fundamental rethink to prevent them ending up in landfill

8 tips for reducing the environmental impact of your online purchases

Grade 5/6 students at Englefeld School are welcoming birds to their community with birdhouses they built and decorated. #EcoFriendlyActionGrant 

Two children’s books celebrating nature: Thank You, Earth and Earth Verse

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

EcoSask News, February 27, 2018

frosty pigeon

Upcoming Events
Saskatoon Talks Trash, Mar. 1 & 6 (Saskatoon)
City of Saskatoon is redesigning its curbside waste collection program and looking for residents’ input:
Online Survey (until Mar. 4)
Pop-up EventsMar. 1, 12:30-3:30 pm & 6:30-9 pm
Community WorkshopsMar. 1, 1-3 pm & 7-9 pm (register in advance)
Accessible Waste CollectionMar. 6, 9:30-11:30 am (register in advance)

MVA's Founding Principles, Mar. 2 (Saskatoon)
Join members of Saskatoon’s conservation community as they argue for a rededication of the Meewasin Valley Authority to its founding principles of conservation and education at a special meeting of the MVA Board at noon, Mar. 2, at the Saskatoon Club.

Bike Art Show, Mar. 3 (Saskatoon)
Saskatoon Cycles is hosting a Bike Art Show with stories, sculpture, and art from 5-7 pm, Mar. 3, in Saskatoon.

The Wildlife Society AGM, Mar. 3 (Saskatoon)
The Wildlife Society is holding its annual general meeting on Mar. 3 in Saskatoon. There will be a GIS workshop from 1-4 pm followed by the AGM with a keynote address by Patricia Farnese.

Changing Climate & Environment of Western Canada, Mar. 6 (Saskatoon)
Join the Changing Cold Regions Network for a documentary and discussion of the changing climate and environment of Western Canada at 7:30 pm, Mar. 6, Saskatoon.

Corridor Planning Program, Mar. 7 (Saskatoon)
Learn about and discuss the City of Saskatoon’s current Public Transit Infrastructure Fund projects and future plans for the city. There will be activities for all ages so bring your family.

Trends Transforming the Energy Sector, Mar. 7 (Saskatoon)
Anouk Kendall, Decentralised Energy Canada, will discuss Trends Transforming the Energy Sector at the Mar. 7 meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

Yellowhead Flyway Birding, Mar. 8 (Saltcoats)
Sarah Ludlow will speak about the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s work at the 7 pm, Mar. 8, meeting of the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association.

Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards AGM, Mar. 8 (Swift Current) 

There will be presentations on the results of the Swift Current Creek Water Monitoring Project and on Providing Habitat for the Northern Leopard Frog at the SCCWS AGM at 1 pm, Mar. 8.

SaskOutdoors AGM, Mar. 10 (Moose Jaw)
SaskOutdoors will hold their annual general meeting on Mar. 10 in Moose Jaw with a presentation on burrowing owls and a chance to enjoy outdoor winter activities.

Owls on Tour, Mar. 10 (Regina)
Find out what makes the burrowing owl unique at 2 pm, Mar. 10, in Regina.

Low Water Gardening, Mar. 10 (Regina)
Discover water-wise gardening approaches to reduce your eco footprint and water bills from 2-3 pm, Mar. 10, Sherwood Village Branch Library.

Winter Cycling Adventure, Mar. 10/11 (Saskatoon)
Join Saskatoon Cycles for a winter camping and cycling adventure on Mar. 10/11.

frost over the river

Looking Ahead
Artifact/Artifiction, Mar. 16 (Regina)
Test your wits as you separate Artifact from Artifiction at the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum fundraiser from 7-10 pm, Mar. 16.

NatureSketch Clubs, Apr-June (Saskatoon)
The Robert Bateman Centre is offering an outdoor nature program for kids that focuses on sketching and observing wildlife habitats from Apr. 7-June 16 in Saskatoon. The Centre will also be offering an Adult NatureSketch program from May 5-June 16 in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Saskatoon Young Naturalists
Apr. 14, 1-2:30 pm – Birdhouse Workshop
Apr. 22, 1-3 pm – Crocus Hike
May 5, 12-3 pm – Pike Lake Field Trip
Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.
Saskatoon Nature Society 
Mar. 4, 1:30-4:30 pm – Pike Lake Birding
Mar. 18, 1:30-3:30 pm – Forestry Farm Birding
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
Walking Saskatoon has a number of suggestions for improving safety on 22nd Street.

The impact of light pollution on wildlife deserves more attention - check out this U of R student's research project and help her win an NSERC prize.

Download an app and share ideas on how to get supermarkets to stop using so much plastic.

Large farming landscapes require roughly 80 bee species to properly maintain crops.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

EcoSask News, February 20, 2018

sun gate

Upcoming Events 
Climate Crisis Implications & Solutions, Feb. 24 (Fort Qu’Appelle)
Jared Clarke will discuss the climate crisis at 2 pm, Feb. 24, at the Fort Qu’Appelle Senior Centre. 

Engineering Extravaganza, Feb. 24 (Swift Current) 
Kids are invited to make a mini wind turbine from 10 am-12 pm, Feb. 24, at the Swift Current Library.

Mending Meet-Up, Feb. 24 (Saskatoon) 
There will be sewing machines and experienced sewers on hand at a Mending Meet-Up from noon-5 pm, Feb. 24.

Carbonless Concert, Feb. 24 (Saskatoon) 
Enjoy local musicians in a zero-emissions environment at the Carbonless Concert, 6:30-9 pm, Feb. 24.

Middle Lake Seedy Sunday, Feb. 25 (Pilger) 
Enjoy a Seedy Sunday event from 1-5 pm, Feb. 25, at the Middle Lake Multiplex.

Reptile Rescue Fundraiser, Feb. 25 (Saskatoon) 
A Saskatchewan Reptile Rescue Facility Fundraiser is being held from 3-7 pm, Feb. 25, in Saskatoon.

Moose Jaw Nature Society, Feb. 26 (Moose Jaw) 
Jared Clarke will talk about the climate crisis at 6:30 pm, Feb. 26.

Athabasca Sand Dunes, Feb. 27 (Prince Albert) 
Andrea Nelson will share photos and stories of her visit to the Athabasca Sand Dunes at 7 pm, Feb. 27.

Communications Webinars, Feb. 27/Mar. 1 (webinar) 
The Sustainability Network is offering two webinars: Engineering Effective Events, Feb. 27, and Engaging Email Campaigns, Mar. 1.

Meewasin Trail Upgrades, Feb. 28 (Saskatoon) 
Meewasin Valley Authority is holding an open house from 5-7:30 pm, Feb. 28, regarding the Meewasin trail upgrade from Queen Street to the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Results-Based Conservation, Feb. 28 (webinar) 
Find out more about results-based conservation during a Feb. 28 webinar sponsored by SK-PCAP.

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Feb. 28 (Saskatoon) 
Matthew Braun will discuss the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its SK research projects at 3:30 pm, Feb. 28, at the U of S.

The Price of Carbon Book Launch, Feb. 28/Mar. 7 (Regina/Saskatoon) 
Join Dr. David Maenz for the launch of his book, The Price of Carbon, at 7:30 pm, Feb. 28, in Regina, and at 7 pm, Mar. 7, in Saskatoon.

Innovating the Wicked Policy Problem of Climate Change, Mar. 1 (Saskatoon) 
Professor Margot Hurlbert will talk about policy research strategies and methods that address the gap between projected CO2 emissions and mitigation pathways from 3-4 pm, Mar. 1, at the U of S.

Looking Ahead 
2018 High Ground: Communities for All, Mar. 22-24 (Vancouver)
The Centre for Civic Governance’s conference on Mar. 23-24 will cover a variety of topics regarding cities and climate change. On Mar. 22, they will host the first public screening of Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change.

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

Stand Up for Meewasin 
Last year, the province slashed Meewasin Valley Authority’s funding, and more cuts are on the way. Stand Up for Meewasin by posting a 1-minute video or photo story.

nest building

In the News
Water management will be high priority as potash mining expands in Saskatchewan.

Fill out a survey to help Indigenous Climate Action develop a toolkit for and by Indigenous communities across Canada about climate change.

An art installation in the U of S Arts building explores the dynamics of throw-away clothing.

Too little attention is being paid to biodiversity loss.

An interesting take on Alberta’s BC wine boycott.

Climate scientists and other academics are experimenting with having satisfying academic careers without all the flying.

Why are we seeing robins in winter?

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

EcoSask News, February 13, 2018

Pine siskin

Upcoming Events
Nature Saskatchewan Bird Walks, Feb. 17 & 18 (Regina)
Nature Saskatchewan is hosting two bird walks during the Great Backyard Bird Count: 2-4 pm, Feb. 17, Wascana Park; 1-3 pm, Feb. 18, First Nations University. Contact or 306-780-9481 to register.

Family Day Walk in the Park, Feb. 19 (Saskatoon)
SCOA Globe Walk is hosting a Family Day walk at the Forestry Farm from 1-3 pm, Feb. 19.

Nature Travels in Iceland, Feb. 19 (Regina)
Ed Rodger will provide background on the natural history and culture of Iceland at the Nature Regina meeting, 7:30-9 pm, Feb. 19.

Landscape Photography, Feb. 20 (Regina)
There will be a presentation on landscape photography at the 7 pm, Feb. 20, meeting of the Regina Photo Club.

Cinema Politica, Feb. 21 (Regina)
Cinema Politica will be showing Our Nationhood about the Listuguj Mi'gmaq people and their efforts to maintain control over the natural resources of their land at 7 pm, Feb. 21.

Saskatoon’s Sustainability Initiatives, Feb. 21 (Saskatoon)
Share in a Lunch and Learn at Saskatoon’s Innovation Place on Feb. 21 to find out about the City of Saskatoon’s sustainability initiatives.

Bike Regina AGM, Feb. 22 (Regina)
Bike Regina is holding its annual general meeting from 7-9 pm, Feb. 22.

Conservation Awareness & Appreciation Supper, Feb. 22 (Maple Creek)
Nature Saskatchewan is hosting a conservation awareness and appreciation supper, Feb. 22, in Maple Creek.

Biodiversity Conservation, Feb. 22 (e-Dialogue)
Join Nature Canada for an online conversation about drivers and barriers to biodiversity conservation on Feb. 22.

bee on flowers

Looking Ahead
Canadian Bumble Bee Course, Mar. 14-16 (Regina)
The Canadian Bumble Bee Course, Mar. 14-16, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, will provide participants with the skills required to accurately identify bumble bees found in Canada.

Songs 4 Nature, May 24-27 (Last Mountain Lake Regional Park)
Experienced adult songwriters are invited to create music in a natural setting and contribute to research about creativity and sense of place from May 24-27 at Last Mountain Lake Regional Park.

Great Sand Hills Photography Workshop, June 1-3 (Leader)
Join Branimir Gjetvaj from June 1-3 for a Great Sand Hills Photography Workshop.

The Urban Forest of Tomorrow, June 14-15 (Toronto)
Experts from 3 continents will guide participants through the challenges and opportunities that environmental changes pose for our urban forests, while focusing on preparing for the future, at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow conference in Toronto, June 14-15.

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

In the News
In defence of biodiversity: Carl Safina says mass extinction of species implies carelessness not necessity

11 tools for measuring urban walkability from safe, continuous walkway networks to limiting the amount of space given to motorized forms of transportation

Staying on the trail is bad for nature. Look but don't touch stops kids (and adults) from "being out there as a participating member of this beautiful, awesome, still wild world"

Green roofs and porous pavements are important tools in limiting flooding due to heavy rainfall

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