Tuesday, 10 July 2012

EcoSask News, July 10, 2012

Bash a Burdock, Rescue a Plant, Bike to the Festival, Support Wildlife Rescue, 
Green your Neighbourhood - all this and more in EcoSask News

Gardens & Plants
Burdock Bash & Northern Leopard Frog Splash, July 14 
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) at the Burdock Bash & Northern Leopard Frog Splash on July 14 from 9 am to 4 pm. You’ll be assisting the NCC as they battle burdock, an invasive species, in the Upper Qu’Appelle Natural Area while bird-watching and searching for the elusive northern leopard frog.

Permablitz, July 15 
The Permaculture Research Institute is looking for volunteers to help with a Permablitz from 9 am to 3 pm on July 15. Transform a front yard in Saskatoon by adding a rain barrel, connecting it to swales and pathways and putting down sheet mulch for garden beds. Email permablitz@permasask.ca if you’re interested.

Hanging along the North Saskatchewan, July 21
Join experts from the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and Nature Saskatchewan as they help the Nature Conservancy of Canada to inventory the flora and fauna at one of the NCC’s newest protected areas along the North Saskatchewan River. The landscape supports diverse plant communities and some rare species of birds and plants.

Applied Permaculture Workshop, September 7-9 
Hatchet & Seed Contracting is offering a three-day hands-on permaculture garden design course at Ness Creek Ecological Site near Big River from September 7-9. Apply before August 1 to receive the early bird price.

Rare Plant Rescue
If you live on a farm, ranch, or acreage, you can help identify and protect rare plants. Nature Saskatchewan has operated its Rare Plant Rescue program since 2002 and has helped 68 farmers and ranchers to conserve rare plants and valuable rare plant habitat in southern Saskatchewan.

Program staff conduct rare plant searches and engage producers in voluntary conservation activities. The information has been valuable in federal assessments of species at risk. Interested landowners can contact Nature Saskatchewan at 1.800.667.4668 for more information.

Bike to the Festival 
Saskatoon Cycles has added a Google Map to their website so that you can find out exactly when and where you can use their Bike Valet. They’ll be at Taste of Saskatchewan (Kiwanis Park at 20th Street) from July 10 to 15, SunCycle, July 28 & 29, and at the Fringe from August 2 to 11 (supported by an EcoFriendly Action Grant).

Sustainability Presentations 
Contact the Saskatchewan Eco-Network (SEN) if you would like them to make a presentation on sustainability at a community group meeting (306.652.1275, info@econet.sk.ca).

The “State of the Art in Sustainability” slideshow was shown at SEN’s annual general meeting and showcases successful models from various regions around the world.

Grants & Rebates
Green Your Neighbourhood 
CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up will provide up to $25,000 for the greening of municipal and First Nations properties, especially areas in close proximity to its rail lines. Year One applications must be received by July 12, 2012. Year Two applications must be received by March 13, 2013.

Toilet Replacement
Replace a high-volume toilet with a dual flush or 6-litre per flush or less toilet, and you may be eligible for a $50 rebate. Additional information is available from the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority.

Pagan Lake Clean-Up
Three cheers for the Meadow Lake Junior Forest Wardens who cleaned the trail and installed birdhouses at Pagan Lake (supported by an EcoFriendly Action Grant).

Interesting Articles
8 Ways to Green Your Summer Travel 
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation & Photos
Saskatoon's Urban Nature Reserves 

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