Tuesday, 27 September 2016

EcoSask News, September 27, 2016

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Upcoming Events
GRIDS, Sept. 29 (Saskatoon) 
Members of GRIDS (Generation for Renewable Innovation and Development in Saskatoon) are meeting at 6:30 pm, Sept. 29, at Winston’s Pub, to discuss the organization’s mission, vision, and goals.

Electric Cars & Low-Emission Driving, Sept. 29 (Saskatoon) 
Find out more about the practicalities of electric cars and the models on their way to market at 7 pm, Sep. 29, at The Stand.

Sustainable Development in an Unequal World, Sept. 30 (Saskatoon) 
Join the College of Medicine’s panel and discussion on development, health and the role of communities in the fight for a sustainable and just world at 7:15 pm, Sept. 30.

Household Hazardous Waste Day, Oct. 1 (Regina) 
You can dispose of household hazardous waste, major appliances, rimless tires, and some electronics at the City of Regina’s Public Works Yard (2425 4th Avenue) from 9 am – 3:45 pm on Oct. 1.

Sprague’s Pipit, Oct. 3 (Regina Weyburn) 
Phil Rose, University of Regina, will discuss Sprague's Pipit: The Status and Habitat Requirements of a Threatened Grassland Bird at 7 pm, Oct. 3, in Regina Weyburn, as part of PCAP-SK’s Native Prairie Speaker Series.

Pipelines, Power & Democracy, Oct. 5 (Saskatoon) 
The film Pipelines, Power & Democracy at 2 pm, Oct. 5, at the Frances Morrison Library, documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec.

Temperance Street Passive House, Oct. 5 (Saskatoon) 
Robin Adair will describe how he built the Temperance Street Passive House at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.


Every River Has a Story, Oct. 16-19 (Saskatoon) 
Tickets are now available for Every River Has a Story . . . What Is Yours? from October 16-19 in Saskatoon. Keynote speakers include Maude Barlow, Danika Littlechild, and Trevor Herriot.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Golden Eagles 
Oct. 6, 9 am – Whooping Cranes
Oct. 13, 9 am – Goose Trip, Donovan Area
Oct. 20, 9 am - Blackstrap
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 
October – Saw-whet Owl Banding – contact Marten Stoffel if interested
Oct. 2, 9 am-noon – Post Fall Meet Trip to Blackstrap
Oct. 8, 8 am-5 pm – Whooping Crane Trip
Oct. 10, 9:30-11:30 am – Woodlawn Cemetery & Weir
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 
Vote for the Swale (Saskatoon) 
"a ribbon of wild prairie and natural wetlands that represents the conservation opportunity of a lifetime for the City of Saskatoon" 
The Northeast Swale Watchers have a launched a website and video with 5 questions to ask municipal election candidates to ensure that the Swale is protected.

The Swale Watchers hold regular meetings with speakers and discussions about issues such as light pollution, contaminants, and wildlife protection. They welcome new members and can be reached at swalewatchers@gmail.com


Keeping Beaver Families Together 
The City of Saskatoon, like many communities across Canada, treats beavers as pests, killing them when they deem necessary (e.g. damaging trees). The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals recently spent a week in and around Calgary, teaching Calgary Parks staff, other municipalities, and various non-profits, how to install and maintain the life-saving devices that keep beaver families together. Flow devices, which allow beavers to remain in place while protecting infrastructure and property, as well as tree-wrapping, were the subject of two days of workshops.

Wouldn’t it be great if The Fur-Bearers were invited to Saskatchewan to share their life-saving ideas?

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

EcoSask News, September 20, 2016

mushrooms

Upcoming Events
Saskatchewan’s Poisonous Plants, Sept. 20 (Prince Albert)
Forest ecologist Michael McLaughlan will talk about natural plant defence mechanisms in a National Forest Week presentation at 7 pm, Sept. 20, at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, Prince Albert.

Green Urban Initiatives, Sept. 20 (Prince Albert)
Brenda Wallace, Director, Environmental and Corporate Initiatives, City of Saskatoon, will be speaking about green urban initiatives at the annual general meeting of Renewable Power - the Intelligent Choice, 6:30 pm, Sept. 20.

Independent Assessment of Husky Oil Spill, Sept. 22 (Prince Albert)
Ricardo Segovia, an independent consultant with E-Tech International and Resurgence Environmental, will provide an overview of the results of the Husky Oil Spill at 7 pm, Sept. 22, at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, Prince Albert.

Hyde Wetland Fall Clean-Up, Sept. 24 (Saskatoon)
Rosewood Community Association is hosting a Fall Clean-up of the Hyde Wetland Naturalized Area from 10 am to noon on Sept. 24. Meet at the Hyde Park Bridge.

Science Fun, Sept. 24 (Saskatoon)
Celebrate Science Literacy Week with hands-on activities and a science show at J.S. Wood Library, 1-3 pm, Sept. 24.

Peregrine Falcons in Flight, Sept. 26 (Saskatoon) 
Observe peregrine falcons as they catch their prey on Sept. 26. Meet at Wild Birds Unlimited at 5:30 pm.

The Messenger, Sept. 29 (Saskatoon)
The Messenger, a documentary investigating the causes of songbird mass depletion, will be shown at 7 pm, Sept. 29, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Moose Mountain Wildlife Fundraiser, Oct. 1 (SK)
Moose Mountain R N R Wildlife Rehabilitation is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 1 at Kenosee Lake.

Jobs, Justice, Climate, Oct. 1 (Saskatoon)
Climate Justice Saskatoon is organizing a public march and rally for Jobs, Justice, Climate at 1 pm, Oct. 1, in Saskatoon. The event is a chance to compel the provincial premiers to develop a people’s climate plan.

Looking Ahead
Rubbish, Oct. 19 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 3-course meal prepared by The Hollows demonstrating how you can use “rubbish” such as beet leaves, carrot tops, or fruit pits to create a meal. There will also be a special “garbage” beer from Nine Mile Brewery.

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

Save our Swale
Saskatoon residents, let’s tell our local politicians and political candidates to save our Northeast Swale - we’re not prepared to settle for anything less than the best we can imagine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=tdXnT9y_5ow).



In the News
The Legend: Land of Gophers, a young adult fantasy novel by local author G. Garfield Storey, is in the tradition of Watership Down but with a prairie setting. For more book suggestions, check our list of Saskatchewan nature books.


The BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook is a free guide to outdoor activities with kids published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The Saskatchewan government has denied the Chaplin Lake wind turbine project in order to protect migratory birds and has released new environmental siting guidelines.

Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan promotes near-net-zero housing and electric vehicles.

Killing predator animals doesn't prevent livestock loss - in fact, it could make it worse.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Thank You for Coming to our Party


Thank you so much to all of you who attended EcoFriendly Sask's 5th birthday celebration. So many hard-working people! So much positive energy! We're delighted to be part of Saskatoon's and Saskatchewan's nature and environmental community.

Here's a short video of the event.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

EcoSask News, September 13, 2016

autumn reflections

Upcoming Events
Bioblitz at the Swale, Sept. 17 (Saskatoon) 
Learn about Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale and meet some of the critters that call it home at the Bioblitz at the Swale from 11 am – 5 pm, Sept. 17. There will be sheep grazing demos, hikes, pond dipping, planting native plants, and many other activities.


Nature Walk Banner, Sept. 17/18 (Regina)
Families are invited to make a nature walk banner from 2-4 pm, Sept. 17/18, at Connaught Library.

Snakes Alive, Sept. 19 (Regina) 
Dr. Ray Poulin, Acting Director of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s, will provide an illustrated talk on the Museum’s Snakes of Saskatchewan exhibit at Nature Regina’s meeting at 7:30 pm, Sept. 19.

David Suzuki in Regina, Sept. 19 
The Regina Public Interest Group is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a talk by David Suzuki on climate change at 7:30 pm, Sept. 19.

Environmental Assessment Review, Sept. 19 (Saskatoon) 
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has established an Expert Panel to review environmental assessment processes. The panel intends to engage broadly with Indigenous peoples, key stakeholders, & all Canadians. The panel will be in Saskatoon on Sept. 19. Registration is encouraged and Canadians can participate online or in-person.

SK’s First Certified Passive House, Sept. 20 (Saskatoon) 
The Sustainable Speaker Series is a monthly event hosted by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library. Presentations are from 7-8:30 pm at the Frances Morrison Library. On Sept. 20, Holly Ann Knott, Robin Adair, and Michael Nemeth will discuss building Saskatchewan’s first certified passive house.

Multiple Approaches to Habitat Conservation, Sept. 21 (webinar) 
Tom Harrison, South of the Divide Conservation Program, will be speaking on Multiple Approaches to Habitat Conservation: Finding the Right Fit to Encourage Producers to Manage for Species at Risk Habitat at a noon-hour webinar on Sept. 21 as part of SK-PCAP’s Native Prairie Speaker Series.

Vermicomposting Workshop, Sept. 21 (Saskatoon) 
Join the Compost Coaches at 6 pm, Sept. 21, at the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch for a discussion on vermicomposting.

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Looking Ahead
Project Wild Workshop, Oct. 22 (Regina) 
SaskOutdoors is offering a Project Wild workshop on Oct. 22 in Regina. The activity guide features 121 complete lesson plans about wildlife and the environment that can each be adapted for any age, grade or subject.

Compassionate Conservation Webinar Series, Nov. 20-23 
The Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals has taken their annual conference online and is offering 10 speakers over 4 days from Nov. 20-23. Some of the topics included in the Compassionate Conservation Webinar series are Coyote Hazing & Co-flourishing, Hands On or Hands Off: Guide to Wildlife Rescuing, Urban Deer, and Compassionate Conservation Starts at School.

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

In the News
Farmers across the United States are coming up with creative ways to help the monarch butterfly population bounce back.

The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded $77.8 million to lead a Global Water Futures research program. “The seven-year program will develop ways of forecasting and mitigating water-related threats—such as devastating floods, droughts and degraded water quality—that come with changing climate and expanding economies.” 

Cities face tremendous challenges in storm water management as so much of the urban surface is covered with concrete and can’t absorb rainwater so soil isn’t able to do its job of capturing, cleaning, and storing it. Here are some useful tips for homeowners to help keep rainwater out of streams and natural areas.

Under-utilized space around some low-income high-rises in Toronto has been turned into a park, community garden, and urban orchard.  There’s a balcony gardening program and the orchard is being managed collectively in the hopes that it will eventually produce wine under its own label.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

EcoSask News, September 6, 2016

bee on flower

Upcoming Events
Household Hazardous Waste Day, Sept. 10 (Saskatoon) 
You can dispose of household hazardous waste (e.g. light bulbs, aerosols, fuels) at the SaskTel Centre from 9 am – 3:30 pm on Sept. 10.

Climate Change Update, Sept. 7 (Saskatoon) 
Peter Prebble, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, will provide an update on the latest climate science and actions the City of Saskatoon could take to cut community-wide greenhouse gas emissions at the Sept. 7 breakfast meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

Meet a Burrowing Owl, Sept. 11 (Saskatoon)
Meet Sage, the Saskatoon Zoo Society’s newest burrowing owl, at Wild Birds Unlimited at 1 pm, Sept. 11.

Meewasin Concept Plan Threatened, Sept. 15 (Saskatoon)
Doug Porteous, Manager, Community Development, Meewasin Valley Authority, will discuss what can be done about the threats to the Meewasin Concept Plan at the Saskatoon Nature Society’s monthly meeting at 7:30 pm, Sept. 15.

International Red Panda Day, Sept. 17 (Saskatoon) 
Join the Saskatoon Zoo Society in celebrating International Red Panda Day from 10 am to noon, Sept. 17, with activities for kids and information about the Zoo’s Red Panda.

Kisiskatchewan Water Alliance Network Rally, Sept. 18 (Saskatoon) 
The Kisiskatchewan Water Alliance Network is holding a rally and gathering of people concerned about the environmental catastrophe on the North Saskatchewan River at 4:30 pm, Sept. 18.

grasshopper

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Young Naturalists 
Nov. 5 – Bird Feeder Workshop
Dec. 3 – Paper Making Workshop
Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Golden Eagles 
Sept. 8, 8 am – Osler, Neuhorst & Warman Loop
Sept. 15, 8 am – Petrofka Orchard & Bridge Area
Sept. 22, 8 am – Goose Trip, Outlook
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
Sept. 10 – Fall Bird Count
Sept. 17, 2-6:30 pm – Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area & Chappell Marsh Picnic
Sept. 24, 8-10 am – Forestry Farm Bird Walk
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

Nature Regina Field Trips 
Sept. 10, 9:30 am-noon – Lakeridge Park
Check Nature Regina’s website for full details and updated information.

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

Temperance Street Passive House 

In the News 
The Temperance Street Passive House is now net zero. A 6.2 KW PV system was installed by Rock Paper Sun. The house has been designed to be PH Plus. (via Robin Adair, The Green Builder)

The electric sector is at a turning point. Smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity.

Bugging - getting up close and personal with insects

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

EcoSask News, August 30, 2016

Prairie blazing star

Coming Soon
Support Meewasin, Sept. 10 (Saskatoon)
Keep Meewasin Vital and the Broadway District Block Party 6 are hosting a Slow Roll at 10 am, Sept. 10. The Saskatoon Road Runners Association is organizing a fun run to show their support. What a great opportunity to get active and support the Meewasin Valley Authority.

Curbside Swap, Sept. 10 (Saskatoon)
Have clean, usable household items to give away? Want free stuff? Swap it at Saskatoon’s second annual city-wide Curbside Swap on Sept. 10.

EcoFriendly Sask Happy Hour, Sept. 14 (Saskatoon)
If you or your organization has received an Action Grant, been profiled on our website, or is a long-time friend of EcoFriendly Sask, please join us in celebrating our 5th birthday at the EcoFriendly Sask Happy Hour on Sept. 14. RSVP by Sept. 9.

Edenwold Fence Pull, Sept. 17 (SK)
Help pull old fencing at Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Edenwold property on Sept. 17.

Nature Grandparenting, Sept. 21-Oct. 26 (Saskatoon)
Grandparents and their 3-5 year old grandchildren are invited to participate in SaskOutdoor’s intergenerational nature program in Saskatoon on Wednesday mornings from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26 (at 9:15 or 10:30 am).

Prairie blazing star

Looking Ahead
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 (Saskatoon)
Take part in Wanuskewin, Peregrine Falcon, Whooping Crane, and Saw-whet Owl field trips and a talk by Brian Johns on “The Secret Life of Whooping Cranes Past, Present and Future” at Nature Saskatchewan’s Fall Meet, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, in Saskatoon.

Canadian Heritage Rivers Conference, Oct. 16-19 (Saskatoon)
Don’t miss the Canadian Heritage Rivers conference in Saskatoon from Oct. 16-19. The conference will explore how rivers have shaped our culture, history, science, and everyday lives in Saskatchewan and our collective Canadian identity across the country.

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

Great Waters Challenge
EcoFriendly Sask is proud to be a Network Partner for the Great Waters Challenge, an online participative game for youth under 30 to uncover water stories in their communities and share with a broader audience.



Sustainable Kids’ Camps
Three University of Saskatchewan summer camps went green this year. The Museum of Antiquities' Ancient and Medieval Adventures Camp received top honours from the University’s Office of Sustainability for reducing waste, reusing water bottles and activity supplies, and recycling. 

The AgBio Discovery Camp organized several sustainability-related outings, while the Children’s Activity Camp focused on waste reduction, including a waste-free lunch policy.

Changing Migration Patterns
Climate change and human barriers affect migrating wildlife. “By presenting the data with a flow map,” Majka says, “we're able to easily see large-scale patterns like the importance of the Appalachian spine and Rocky Mountains for allowing species to move up in elevation and up on latitude toward cooler climates.” 

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

It's Our Birthday! Let's Celebrate!


Take a Hike! 
Five years ago, Andrew McKinlay and his wife went on a long hike. Andrew wanted to do something to help the environment but wasn’t quite sure how he could best use his skills and talents. As he walked, he came up with an idea.

As an avid reader, writer, and photographer, as well as a software programmer, he felt that he could help by compiling and sharing information from all the different groups and individuals who were involved in local environmental issues. He enlisted his sister, Penny McKinlay, a writer and editor, to help.

By sharing information about everything from prairie birds and plants to renewable energy and passive housing, we hoped that we could inform and unite people who shared a common appreciation for our natural environment while still maintaining a very local focus.

A year later, EcoFriendly Sask went one step further and started offering small EcoFriendly Action Grants to support local projects that will improve the environment.

Evolution 
It’s been a learning experience as EcoFriendly Sask grew and evolved. Here are just a few numbers that help to tell the story:

10,000 tweets @EcoFriendlySask

650 likes on Facebook – we’d love to hit 1,000 – can you help?

400 articles posted on our website, including EcoSask News, which has been published every single week with very few exceptions.

We’ve also expanded our website to include lists of books about nature in Saskatchewan, environmental organizations, and summer and winter outdoor explorations. Our Calendar lists events around the province – everything from films and book launches to field trips and volunteer opportunities.

But the number that means the most to us is also the smallest. We’ve provided 103 EcoFriendly Action Grants to groups and individuals from La Ronge and Buffalo Narrows to Estevan and Moose Jaw. That money has been used to plant trees, support school trips and alternate forms of transportation, promote solar-powered carsharing, and so much more.

What’s Next? 
Andrew went on another long hike this spring and came back with another big idea. Penny is already hard at work!

Curious? If you or your organization has received an Action Grant, been profiled on our website, or is a friend of EcoFriendly Sask, please join us in Saskatoon on September 14 for the EcoFriendly Sask Happy Hour as we celebrate past accomplishments and look ahead to the future.

RSVP to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com by Sept. 9 so we can order sufficient food and beverages.