Tuesday, 30 April 2013

EcoSask News, April 30, 2013

Birds and Crocuses
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on their frequent birdwatching field trips. Additional information is available on their website.
May 4 – Crocus Hike to Peturrson’s Ravine (new date)
May 8 – Ducks at Lakewood Park

Wings Over Wascana, May 10-11
Regina’s annual Wings Over Wascana Nature Festival will be held on May 10-11 and includes crafts, displays, presentations, eco treks, and other activities.

Clay Plasters & Paints Workshop, May 18-19
Happy Bugs Farm is hosting a Dirt Craft workshop on the Art of Making and Applying Clay Plasters & Paints on May 18 and 19.

NatureCity Festival, May 25-31
We’re looking forward to the NatureCity Festival from May 25 to 31. Be sure to check the calendar of events. There’s something for everyone - from a community supper hosted by Slow Food Saskatoon and CHEP Good Food Inc. to a home composting workshop, birdwatching, and a revolutionary tea party. Should be fun.

Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet, June 14-16
Nature Saskatchewan is holding their Spring Meet from June 14-16. There will be a full-day tour of Grasslands National Park, including a talk by Bob Peart: “A Quick Look at the State of the World’s Grasslands.”

Prairie Pastures, June 24-28
Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson will be visiting Saskatchewan’s community pastures from June 24-28 to help raise awareness of the need to conserve these lands.

Marketing Waste 
Budweiser is introducing “bow-tie” beer cans. They may stand out and look fancy, but they require twice the amount of aluminum of an ordinary can. That’s a steep cost to the environment for a disposable item.

Will driverless cars lead to more traffic congestion and greater fuel consumption?

Virtual car racing with electric and hybrid cars (Thanks, Derek!)

Bird-Friendly Gardens
Choose the right plants, set up a few bird feeders and birdhouses and you’ll have a bird-friendly garden.

Interesting Reading
A sustainable vision of Regina’s future from Vision of Earth

Preserving open space will require public-private partnerships

The urgent need to rebuild the community of naturalists

Why isn’t energy efficiency more popular? Is it too confusing?

Revolutionary new lighting technology

Does the bicycle create a greater appreciation of nature?

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