Tuesday, 17 April 2012

EcoSask News, April 17, 2012

Eco-Warriors Club, April 29 to June 24
Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum have started an Eco-Warriors Club for 9-12 year olds from April 29 to June 24. Sunday afternoon field trips (by bus) will look at compost, recycling, shopping locally, and burrowing owls.

Moving the Trash Mountain
Delila Jahn-Thue’s son urged her to stop burning trash. Not only did the family change their waste practices, but they are promoting a recycling facility in their rural municipality. In addition, Jahn-Thue wrote an ecological fairy tale for children – Advice between Kingdoms: How the Hays moved Trash Mountain.

Field Trips
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society for two field trips:
April 21, 1-5 pm - Waterfowl at Brightwater Marsh - meet at NW corner of the Centre at Circle & 8th parking lot (955-5028)
April 22, 1:30-4:30 - Crocus Hike - meet at Kinsmen Park parking lot across from the Mendel Art Gallery (665-0987)

Spring Clean-up
Meewasin River Clean Up, April 19
Brainsport is holding their annual Meewasin River Clean Up on April 19. Meet at Brainsport at 6 pm. Bring work gloves and comfortable shoes.

Clean-Up Campaign, April 22
Stop by the Meewasin Valley Centre at 2 pm on April 22 to pick up an information package and some bags so you can help spring clean Saskatoon.

Summer Travels
Athabasca Sand Dunes Info Night, April 25
Greg Fenty, Education Coordinator, Saskatoon Zoo Society, is leading a trip to the Athabasca Sand Dunes offered by the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan, from July 8-14. An information night will be held at 7 pm on April 25 at the Williams Building on Cumberland Avenue.

Eco Museums
Eco museums foster a sense of place, local participation, and local community development. Two Saskatchewan examples are the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage Museum at Val Marie and Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve.

Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, operated by the Friends of Grasslands, includes museum exhibits, an independent bookstore with a focus on Prairie authors and stories, an espresso bar, and several art exhibition spaces.

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve offers educational events, works with local landowners, and provides a wonderful spot to hike or be on the lake.

Environmental Activism
Spread the Word: Native Prairie Restoration Week
The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (PCAP) is looking for volunteers to help promote Native Prairie Restoration Week. You’re encouraged to download and distribute posters, plan events and displays, or post information in your newsletter or on your website.

PCAP SK has also prepared a downloadable checklist of 20 ways we can enjoy native prairie.

EcoFriendly Action Grants
EcoFriendly Action Grants are small, monthly grants designed to support concrete, tangible environmental projects in Saskatchewan. Apply now.

Working Together
Foodies can Eclipse (and Save) the Green Movement

Butterfly Gardens
Find out all about caterpillars, butterflies, and butterfly-friendly native plants with this handout on Butterfly Gardens.

A two-day workshop for educators on Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies will be offered in Regina on July 10 and 11.

Urban Living
Bike Boulevard, April 24
The City of Saskatoon is holding an open house from 7-9 pm on April 24 to provide information about Saskatoon’s first “Bike Boulevard.” The boulevard will provide a safe cycling route from downtown to Blairmore.

Street Lighting
Barcelona reduced power consumption and light pollution by installing LED lights that come on when people or cars approach and turn off as they move on.

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