Tuesday, 13 September 2011

EcoSask News, September 13, 2011

Bicycles for Humanity, September 17
Local representatives of Bicycles for Humanity will be collecting used mountain bicycles to send to Uganda on Saturday, September 17 from 9 am to 3 pm in the lot at the corner of 20th Street and Avenue B (former Barry Hotel). A bicycle pickup service is available, and they welcome cash donations to cover shipping costs.

Since 2006, Bicycles for Humanity chapters across Canada have sent over 40 containers full of bicycles to Africa. For Africans, a bicycle increases access to water, jobs, school, or medical help.

Songbird Migration, September 17
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society for a stroll about the Forestry Farm on Saturday, September 17 from 9-11 am to look for migrant songbirds. The group will meet near the south end of the main parking lot. Contact Robert Johanson (653-2610) for additional information.

Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet, October 7-8
Nature Saskatchewan will hold its fall meet on October 7 and 8 in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Activities will include a moonlit walk on the highland interpretive trail, an early-morning walk to find bugling elk, and a variety of mild to strenuous walks. Registration information is available on Nature Saskatchewan’s website.

Tour de Jour, Beaver Creek
Explore nature with specialists from the Beaver Creek Conservation Area every Sunday in September from 2-3 pm.

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Annual Conference, November 16-18
Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin will hold their annual conference from November 16 to 18 at the Saskatoon Inn. The theme is Planning for Extremes. The purpose of the conference is to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness and share information on planning for either too much or too little water in the Saskatchewan River Basin and is designed to stimulate communication and idea exchange.

The cut-off date for registrations is 4:30 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Early bird registration fees (prior to September 30) are $200 for members of Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin and $225 for non-members.

Education Consultant, Prairie Conservation Action Plan
SK PCAP plans to develop and pilot a new two-year (2011-2013) interactive, action-orientated, environmental education program targeted towards Grades 6-8 students and their teachers called Taking Action For Prairie. PCAP plans to hire an Education Consultant to develop student action-oriented programming, a teacher workshop, curriculum-based resources for teachers, and a program evaluation for Year One (2011-2012) of TAFP. Details are available on their website. Deadline is Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Dakota Skipper and Snapping Turtle Photos Wanted
Nature Saskatchewan is looking for photographs of the Dakota Skipper, a threatened butterfly, and the Snapping Turtle, a species of special concern, for their 2012 Stewards of Saskatchewan Species at Risk calendar. If you or anyone you know has photos of these species, please contact Sarah Vinge at Nature Saskatchewan.

World Rivers Day, September 25
September 25 is World Rivers Day and people across Saskatoon and Saskatchewan will be celebrating. To get an advance peek at what is planned, take a look at the EcoFriendly Sask’s EcoFriendly Sask's Calendar page.

Next week’s edition of EcoSask News will provide more details of all the activities.

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