Tuesday, 17 January 2017

EcoSaskNews, January 17, 2017

Black-capped chickadee

Upcoming Events
The Messenger, Jan. 18 (Moose Jaw)
The award-winning film The Messenger is being shown in Moose Jaw from 7-8:30 pm, Jan. 18.

Bike Regina AGM, Jan. 23 (Regina) 
Bike Regina is holding its AGM from 7-10 pm, Jan. 23.

Land Cover & Species-Habitat Modelling Initiatives, Jan. 23 (webinar) 
Ryan Fisher will talk about SK Ministry of Environment’s land cover and species-habitat modelling initiatives in a PCAP-SK webinar on Jan. 23.

Wildlife Rescue Animals, Jan. 24 (Saskatoon) 
Learn about wildlife rescue animals from Jan Shadick, Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, from 1-3 pm, Jan. 24, at the Cliff Wright Library.

Pipelines, Enviro Assessment, Risk Perception, Jan. 24 (Saskatoon)
Dr. Jean-Michel DeVink will lead a discussion on pipelines, environmental assessment, and risk perception at the Jan. 24 meeting of Tox on Tap.

Regional Land Use Plan, Jan. 24 (Saskatoon)
Partnership for Growth is looking for feedback on their draft regional land use plan on Jan. 24 from 1-4 and 5-8 pm at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

EnviroConnect Trivia Night, Jan. 25 (Saskatoon)
EnviroConnect is hosting a Trivia Night at 5 pm, Jan. 25, in Room 5C61 of the Agriculture Building for students in environmental programs at the U of S.

National Energy Board Expert Panel Visitation, Jan. 25/26 (Saskatoon)
The National Energy Board Expert Panel will be in Saskatoon on Jan. 25/26 to discuss how to modernize the NEB. Sessions on both days are open to anyone with an interest.

Beekeeping & Garden Sustainability, Jan. 26 (Regina) 
The Regina Horticultural Society is hosting a presentation on beekeeping and garden sustainability at 7 pm, Jan. 26, in Regina.

Master Naturalist Workshop, Jan. 27 (Saskatoon) 
The Citizen Science module of the Saskatchewan Master Naturalists program is being offered on Jan. 27 in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan’s annual conference.

Eared grebe (winter)

Looking Ahead
Edible Plant Walk, June 24 (Regina) 
Edible Landscapes Permaculture Design and Consulting is offering an Edible Plant Walk near Regina from 1-4 pm, June 24. Last year’s workshop filled up fast so register early.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Jan. 15, 3-4 pm – Living Sky Wildlife Rehab Facility Tour
Jan. 21 or 28 – Overnight trip to Beauval area to search for possible Northern Pygmy Owl
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

Nature Regina Field Trips
Jan. 22, 8:30 am – A. E. Wilson 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

In the News
Droughts on the prairies could become more frequent, more severe, and last longer in the years ahead according to a new book, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought on the Canadian Prairies, edited by U of R faculty members.

Data from two SK bird banders shows that Snowy Owls that head south aren't starving.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Heading Out, Speaking Up, Leading the Way

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 
(Dr. Seuss, The Lorax) 

We make choices every day in what we do and how we do it. Take a look at the people and organizations who led the way in environmental stewardship in Saskatchewan in 2016.

25 projects received EcoFriendly Action Grants. We also spoke with organizations and individuals who are making a big effort to be sustainable.

EcoFriendly Sask provides small grants of approximately $500 to support local projects that will prevent or reduce damage to the environment.

Look around you. What can YOU do to protect the local environment? Apply now for an EcoFriendly Action Grant in 2017.

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” 
(Gary Snyder)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

EcoSask News, January 10, 2017

late light

Upcoming Events
Endurance, Jan. 6 – Feb. 19 (Regina)
Todd Mintz’s underwater and nature photography is on display at the Saskatchewan Science Centre from Jan. 6 to Feb. 19.

Let’s Talk Parks, Jan. 9-27
The federal government is hosting a public consultation on the future of Parks Canada. Share your views on Canada’s national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas from Jan. 9-27.

Contaminants in the Small Swale, Jan. 11 (Saskatoon)
Join the Northeast Swale Watchers at 4 pm, Jan. 11, for a discussion with guest speakers on contaminants in the Small Swale.

Secret Life of Owls, Jan. 12 
The Secret Life of Owls airs on CBC’s The Nature of Things on Jan. 12. The documentary “gives us a window into the life of this amazing species and introduces us to some passionate owl experts along the way.”

Procession West, Jan. 13 – Feb. 18 (Saskatoon)
Two photographers explore the Canadian West with large format cameras in the upcoming Procession West exhibit at the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

Reflections of a Farmer-Naturalist, Jan. 16 (Regina)
Lorne Scott will reflect on his life as a farmer-naturalist at the Jan. 16 meeting of Nature Regina.

The Messenger, Jan. 16 (Regina)
Watch The Messenger at 7 pm, Jan. 16, at the University of Regina.

Photography & Environmental Conservation, Jan. 17 (Saskatoon)
Photographer Branimir Gjetvaj will present his experiences working in the field of conservation photography and his efforts to inspire a deeper connection with nature at 7 pm, Jan. 17, at the Frances Morrison Library as part of the Sustainable Speaker Series.

Saskatoon’s Urban Forest, Jan. 19 (Saskatoon)
Jeff Boone, City of Saskatoon, will talk about Saskatoon’s urban forest at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

EcoParent, Jan. 19/25 (Regina)
Learn how to make reusable diapers that are both earth-friendly and affordable from 6:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 19, at the Prince of Wales Library, and from 6:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 25, at the Central Library in Regina.

Friends of Wascana Marsh AGM, Jan. 19 (Regina)
Friends of Wascana Marsh will be holding their AGM on Jan. 19 at the Saskatchewan Science Centre small theatre.

icy windows

Looking Ahead
SaskForward Summit, Jan. 28 (Regina)
The Government of Saskatchewan has embarked on a process of transformational change of the basic services it provides. SaskForward is a broad coalition of community organizations that believe that transformational change shouldn’t be carried out without public consultation. You can have your say online or by attending the SaskForward Summit, Jan. 28, in Regina.

Reclamation & Energy, Feb. 20-21 (North Dakota)
Reclamation & Energy: Innovation and Adaptation is the theme of the ND Reclamation Conference, Feb. 20-21, in Dickinson, North Dakota.

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

In the News
Small-scale, community-owned wind projects generate jobs and local support - but they’re not happening in Saskatchewan.

A new community program hopes to enlist homeowners in the battle to save Alberta’s bats from white-nose syndrome.

A new website showcases initiatives from around the world that might contribute to a sustainable future.

Check out this printable winter scavenger hunt for kids.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

EcoSask News, January 3, 2017

ice at river's edge

Upcoming Events
SK Energy Management Task Force, Jan. 11 (Saskatoon)
Megan Patterson & Dallas Munro, SaskPower, will discuss the corporation’s challenges and review their demand-side management & industrial programs. Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force meetings are held at 7 am at the Confederation Inn, 3330 Fairlight Drive.

EcoFemme, Jan. 11 (Regina)
Learn how to create eco-friendly sanitary pads from 6:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 11, at the Regina Central Library.

Towards a Prairie Atonement, Jan. 11 (Saskatoon) 
Trevor Herriot will read from his new book, Towards a Prairie Atonement, at 7 pm, Jan. 11, at the Frances Morrison Library.

Green Goddess, Jan. 12/15 (Regina) 
Learn how to make homemade beauty products with natural ingredients from your kitchen from 7-8 pm, Jan. 12, at the Glen Elm Library, and from 2-3 pm, Jan. 15, at the George Bothwell Library, Regina. Teens welcome. Supplies provided.

SaskOutdoors AGM, Jan. 14 (Saskatoon)
SaskOutdoors is holding its AGM on Jan. 14 at Beaver Creek Camp. Paul Stinson will talk about the Global RCE Conference in Indonesia and its implications for education for sustainability in Saskatchewan.

Looking Ahead
School Gardening Conference, Feb. 3 & 4 (Saskatoon) 
Agriculture in the Classroom is hosting a School Gardening Conference on Feb. 3 & 4 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Register at programs@aitc.sk.ca by Jan. 16.

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

In the News 
Green Burials - Lynn Oliphant has set up a private cemetery for green burials.

The Post-Coal Economy - “In the heart of Appalachia, in places like West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, life has long been built around coal, figuratively and literally. . . . But coal—and the traditional idea of coal country with it—is dying. . . . But this is less a story about coal’s decline than it is about what the people left in the wake of that descent can do after to quickly strengthen economic muscles that atrophied while coal grew more and more powerful. . . . When citizens are given the resources they need to open a business or retrain for a new job, Bollinger says, "People making decisions about the economic conditions around them generally make good decisions."

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Post-Boxing Day Specials

Ginkgo fall colors

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” (Iris Murdoch) 

We’re mixing things up a bit for the holidays. Here are 6 items (and a bonus) to stir your imagination.

Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot
“Common on city streets from Beijing to London and Tokyo to New York, ginkgo is an increasingly common backdrop to the bustle of modern city life. It is hard to imagine that these trees, now towering above cars and commuters, grew up with the dinosaurs and have come down to us almost unchanged for 200 million years….This book, an abridged global biography, sets out to tell ginkgo’s evolutionary and cultural life history.”

Ginkgo by Peter Crane is available on Kindle.

Your Own Plastic Workshop
Dave Hakken has a plan that will allow people anywhere in the world to transform plastic waste into valuable things. Precious Plastic is offering open-source blueprints so you can build your own plastic recycling machine. The machine chews it up, spits out plastic filaments that you can then turn into hats, lamps, dishes, toys, and more.

The Naturalist Lens
Naturalist and photographer Evan Barrientos shares his passion for nature on his blog, The Naturalist Lens.

“Every once in a while when I am out in nature, I come across something incredible. Sometimes it’s a rare glimpse of amazing animal behavior or a closeup look at a bizarre species. Whenever I have these experiences, my first reaction is to share them with other people. Why? Because it’s too easy to under-appreciate nature, even for us outdoor enthusiasts. How often on your hike do you stop and sit for twenty minutes, noticing the endlessly amazing insects around you? But if you don’t realize what extraordinary things are out there, you’re less likely to take the time looking closely for them. The purpose of this blog is to share my favorite natural experiences with other people in the hopes of inspiring them to appreciate that natural world and explore it slowly and carefully themselves. Currently, this blog focuses on nature in and around Bozeman, Montana.” 

Endangered Animals and Extraordinary Images
If you’re looking for something different to watch, check out these two features on Netlix:

Last Chance to See: “Nearly 20 years after he and famed author Douglas Adams searched for the world’s most endangered species, zoologist Mark Carwardine teams up with funnyman Stephen Fry to revisit those same animals.”

Tales by Light “follows renowned photographers as they explore far-flung locales, capturing extraordinary images that present nature and culture in a new light.”

If you read French, you'll enjoy Socialter magazine, “un magazine 100 % dédié à l'économie nouvelle génération et aux créateurs de solutions innovantes. Ce media est le porte-voix d'une nouvelle génération tournée vers la création de solutions efficaces et innovantes pour le plus grand nombre.”

Recent issues have covered combatting planned obsolescence, permaculture, cities without cars, the sharing economy, and energy co-ops.

Socialter is on Facebook with links to a wide variety of articles.

Elva’s Field Notes
Elva Paulson describes her online musings as “an artist watching nature and nature watching an artist.” You're sure to enjoy Elva's Field Notes; her pen-and-ink sketches are a delight.

Wildlife Photography Award Winners
And a bonus item: This year’s award-winning international wildlife photographs.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

EcoSask News, December 20, 2016

snowy sunrise

Upcoming Events
Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Jan. 7, 9 am-10:30 am – Sanatorium Site Bird Walk
Jan. 14, 9 am-4 pm – Snowy Owl Count
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

Wascana Junior Naturalists (Regina)
The Spring session of the Wascana Junior Naturalist Program is open to children ages 9-13.

Project Wet, Mar. 4 (Regina)
Help kids appreciate water by taking the Project Wet instructional course being offered by SaskOutdoors on Mar. 4 in Regina.

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

Exploring the Urban Landscape (Saskatoon)
Jane’s Walk Saskatoon is looking for volunteers to help with next year’s event.

Christmas Wrapping Paper (Regina)
The City of Regina won’t recycle Christmas wrapping paper this year, but Crown Shred & Recycling will. Material will be accepted free of charge as long as it’s accompanied by a donation for the Regina Food Bank.

Here are some suggestions for eco-friendly gift wrap.

snowy sunrise

Outdoor Fun
Looking for ideas for what to do during the holidays? Check out our list of Outdoor Winter Explorations in Saskatchewan.

Canadian Health Care Going Green
The Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton has achieved LEED Gold certification: 32% of construction material used recycled content, 86% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill, and 45% of construction materials were sourced or manufactured within 800 km of the project, or within 2400 km if shipped by water.

North Bay Regional Health Centre has brought recycling bins to patient rooms.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower has achieved significant energy savings by switching the laboratory exhaust system from constant speed to demand controlled.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

EcoSask News, December 13, 2016

river ice reflections

Upcoming Events
Buffalo Pound Water: Is There Enough, Dec. 14 (Pense) 
Wascana Upper Qu’Appelle Valley Watershed Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) is hosting a discussion about the demands on the Buffalo Pound Lake water supply at 7 pm, Dec. 14, in Pense.

Transboundary Grasslands Workshop, Jan. 11-13 (Swift Current)
A Transboundary Grasslands Workshop will be held from Jan. 11-13 in Swift Current and will focus on developing transboundary capacity for community-based prairie conservation.

Native Plants in a Working Landscape, Jan. 27-28 (Saskatoon) 
The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan’s annual general meeting and conference will be held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon on January 27-28, 2017. This year's theme is Native Plants in a Working Landscape and will feature a keynote presentation on bog and fen restoration.

Below Zero, Feb. 4 (Regina)
Join SaskOutdoors for a day of outdoor winter adventures on Feb. 4 and come away with a manual with 46 lesson plans that can be adapted to help you take kids outdoors in winter.

High Performance Buildings, Feb. 18 (Saskatoon) 
Passive House Canada is offering a one-day workshop on Building Enclosures for High Performance Buildings in Saskatoon on Feb. 18.

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


If Google Leads, Will Saskatchewan Follow?
Google's data centers are 50% more energy efficient than the industry average, and they’re set to reach 100% renewable in 2017. They are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. When will the Government of Saskatchewan recognize that the future is renewable?

Hope for the Future
John Thackara says, “To people who fear that there no escape from an economy that devours nature in the name of endless growth, I argue that another world is not just possible – it is already happening. I know this to be true because I’ve spent 30 years traveling in search of stories about people tackling timeless needs in new ways: restoring the land, sharing water, making homes, growing food, designing clothes, journeying, and caring for each other. Some of these activities can sound unfamiliar – for example soil restorers, or river keepers, or social farmers. But the people I meet are not super-heroes. They are regular people doing inspiring work in these strange times. That said, I do emphasize the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture – especially when their efforts are connected together in networks like food commons, or social farming, or fibersheds.” 

Controlling the Avalanche of Disposable Cups
 UK coffee shops hand out 7 million paper cups/day - only 1/400 is recycled. What's the solution?

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