Tuesday, 22 November 2011

EcoSask News, November 22, 2011

Ante-Grey Cup Celebration, November 27
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society at President Murray Park on Sunday, November 27 from 2 to 3 pm to find out what birds are about at this chilly time of the year. Meet at the corner of Wiggins Avenue and Colony Street. Call 652-5975 for additional information.

Winter Biking Workshop, November 28
Transition Saskatoon is hosting a Winter Biking Workshop at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 28 at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop (905 - 20th Street West). Kip, Bryn, and Flavio, all experienced winter bikers, will share some tips and answer questions.

Creature Feature Storytime, November 29 - December 14
Bring your children to the Saskatoon Zoo for an afternoon story and meet one of the animal characters in the book. Creature Feature Storytime starts at 1:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between November 29 and December 14. Registration is not required but space is limited.

SES Office-Warming, December 1
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council invite you to help warm their new office space in The Two Twenty (220 - 20th Street West) with a come-and-go wine and cheese party on Thursday, December 1, from 3 to 5 pm. Please RSVP to info@environmentalsociety.ca if you plan to attend.

SOS for Prairie Species at Risk
Nature Saskatchewan is competing for a $100,000 national grant from Shell FuellingChange to support the work of the Stewards of Saskatchewan programs to conserve endangered and threatened prairie species, such as the Burrowing Owl, and their habitats. This is a voting grant and your vote is needed in order to secure the funding to continue this important work. You can vote for Nature Saskatchewan’s project, S.O.S. for Prairie Species at Risk, by visiting www.fuellingchange.com.

Vicki East, 2011 Greenwing Conservation Award
Vicki East has received the 2011 Greenwing Conservation Award, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited.

East was instrumental in initiating the Southeast Upper Souris Agri-Environmental Group Plan, an organization that increases awareness about the important role wetlands and riparian areas play in maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.

She was also key in establishing the Southeast Greener Pastures 4-H Grazing Club. The first of its kind in Saskatchewan, the club teaches youth the skills required to be successful grass managers, which includes conserving and managing wetlands.

Agrium Inc, Fred Heal Conservation Award
Agrium Inc. has received the 2011 Fred Heal Conservation Award for its international youth program, Caring for Our Watersheds. Students from grades 7 to 12 submit essay proposals that answer the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Either individually or as a team they must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.Students and schools compete for cash awards.

The Fred Heal Conservation Award is presented annually by Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) to recognize a community organization or business that has taken direct initiative in the Saskatchewan River Basin, developing and implementing programs or policies that result in direct benefit to the health of the basin.

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