Tuesday, 3 January 2012

EcoSask News, January 3, 2012

Don Kerr Reading, January 12
Don Kerr will be reading from his latest book, The Wind Thrashing Your Heart, at McNally Robinson Booksellers on January 12 at 7:30 pm. The book of poetry is described as a passionate, thoughtful, and humorous look at love, landscape, and the people of the prairies.

Canticle to the Cosmos, January 17
The Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre is offering a four-part video series, starting January 17, from 7-9 pm. The session is entitled Care of Earth: A Christian Response and will be lead by Judy Schactel who holds an MA in Culture and Spirituality and offers workshops and retreats in Ecological Spirituality.

Native Prairie Speaker Series, January 18
Rob Wright will provide a technical presentation on Protecting Native Grasslands from Smooth Brome Invasion from 12:10 to 12:50 pm on January 18.

From 7-8 pm in the evening, Sarah Vinge of Nature Saskatchewan will provide a public presentation on the Stewards of Saskatchewan program.

Both presentations are sponsored by the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan and will be held in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum auditorium in Regina. Presentations are also streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series

Forensic Tools in Wildlife Research, January 19
Keith Hobson will speak on Forensic Tools in Wildlife Research at the January 19 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society. The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm in Room 106 of the Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan.

Making Tracks, Young Naturalists, January 27
Saskatoon Young Naturalists will meet at 1 pm on Friday, January 27 to look at the basic animal track patterns for some of the common animals found around Saskatoon. Participants will make a plaster track craft to take home and, if weather permits, will look for animal tracks in the snow. Enrolment is limited. Pre-register by calling 975-3042 or e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Saskatoon Community Foundation Quality of Life Grants, February 1
Registered charities are invited to apply for the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants program. The Quality of Life grants have seven key areas of focus: family and community; education; human development; health; arts and culture; environment; and research, strategy and capacity building.

The deadline for submitting Letters of Intent is February 1.

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan Conference, February 17 & 18
The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will hold its annual AGM and conference in Regina on February 17 and 18. This year’s theme is Balancing Conservation and Profit and will discuss ecotourism in Saskatchewan and the delicate balance that it must maintain regarding other environmental and societal aspects.

The Society is looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor the event.

Permaculture Enthusiasts, Moose Jaw & Swift Current
Rob Avis of Calgary-based Verge Permaculture will be touring Saskatchewan from February 15 to 28 and would like to offer a 3-hour or 1-day presentation in Moose Jaw and/or Swift Current. If you are interested, contact Jessie (j.best@gmail.com).

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