Tuesday, 27 September 2011

EcoSask News, September 27, 2011

Saskatoon Nature Society Outings

Saw-whet Owl Banding - Saturday, October 1
Northern Saw-whet Owls migrate south at this time of the year. Marten will attempt to capture the owls in a mist net and then record physical measurements. Bring a flashlight.
Time: 7:00 pm - ?
Place: Meet at the Tourist Information Centre at the north end of Avenue C
Leader: Marten Stoffel (934-3769)

Outlook Goose and Crane Trip - Sunday, October 2
Bring warm clothes and a picnic supper. The brave may want to walk the pedestrian bridge in Outlook if the weather permits.
Time: 1:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Meet at the Co-op Service Station south of Stonebridge Mall on Clarence Ave.
Leaders: Dave Cook (955-4764) and Bob Girvan (493-2686)

Young Naturalists' Sandhill Crane Field Trip - Saturday, October 1
A field trip to Chief Whitecap Park south of Saskatoon to look for migrating Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife. We'll have binoculars and a spotting scope along to demonstrate how these tools can improve your wildlife watching experience. Parent Advisory: we will be walking along the shoreline of the South Saskatchewan River on this field trip. Registration is required.
Time: 10:00 am - 12 noon
Place: Meet at Buena Vista School parking lot on 6th Street
Cost: Free
Call 975-3042 for more information or to register, or e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Chappell Marsh Conservation Area
Ducks Unlimited opened the Chappell Marsh Conservation Area on the southwest boundary of Saskatoon on September 14. There are five groomed nature trails with interpretive stations, benches, and a shelter for educational programming.

Solar Power in Sunny Saskatchewan
The Canadian Solar Industries Association - a trade association representing 650 solar companies - believes that Saskatchewan has the potential to be a solar energy leader. Saskatchewan has the most bright sunshine of any province in Canada, a useful resource when facing a rising electrical demand, the need to replace aging generation infrastructure, and an existing power supply that is more greenhouse gas intensive than most other provinces.

Suncatcher Ink, a new blog by Angelika Ortlepp, promises to serve up news, tips, information about solar and wind energy, green lifestyles, solar home design, business writing and speaking, unusual and eco travel opportunities, science and nature, art and design. Recent blog posts provide plans and photos of solar homes in and around Saskatoon.

New Coal-Fired Plant Regulations: Public Comment Period
On Friday August 19, the federal government released its long-awaited new regulations for coal-fired power plants that will go into effect starting in 2015. However, environmental groups have slammed the regulations, explaining that existing coal plants will essentially be given a free pass to pollute for decades to come, and that the new Maxim coal plant won't be required to play by the rules.

The public consultation period for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations is now open until October 26, 2011. Details are available in the Canada Gazette.

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses
April 1st, 2011 - October 31st, 2013
Thinking of ways to make your home more energy efficient? The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) program offers provincial grants for home improvements that lower energy costs, improve comfort and reduce your home’s impact on the environment.

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