Tuesday, 13 August 2013

EcoSask News, August 13, 2013

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Vereco Home, Aug. 16
Everyone is invited to visit the newest Vereco home at 442 Saskatchewan Drive, Sarilia Country Estates, after 5:30 pm on August 16. The builder and some sub-contractors will be present to discuss the benefits and challenges of building smart green homes. Burgers and hot dogs (meat and veggie) will be provided.

Birding, Aug. 24-25
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on one of their upcoming trips. Additional information is available on their website.
August 24 – Birding, St. Volodymyr Property at Brown’s Lake (8 am – 1 pm)
August 25 – Forestry Farm Bird Walk (8-11 am)

Speak to the Wild, Sept. 4-8
Four spots are now up for grabs by auction to Speak to the Wild, a multi-disciplinary gathering to discuss moving Canada’s constitution towards a formalized land ethic and strengthening our personal connection to wild places. The auction deadline is 4 pm, August 18.

Saskatoon Community Wind, Sept. 12
Saskatoon Community Wind is one year old. Come to the meeting at 6 pm, September 12, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market to share news and plan the next steps.

Park(ing) Day, Sept. 20
Sign up now to participate in Park(ing) Day on 20th Street on September 20.

World Rivers Day, Sept. 29
Saskatchewan EcoNetwork is planning a full day of festivities in Friendship Park to celebrate World Rivers Day on September 29. There will be a river walk and clean-up, displays, art, speakers and entertainment. Contact SK Eco Network if you would like to participate (info@econet.sk.ca, 306.652.1275).

UntitledSmall Win for Sage Grouse
The Federal Court of Appeal says Ottawa can’t use cabinet secrecy to hide decisions and debate about the endangered sage grouse.

Environmental groups requested that the Minister of the Environment issue an emergency protection act as the bird is in danger of immediate disappearance and its habitat requires protection from energy and industrial development. Ottawa claimed cabinet secrecy and refused to share its discussion or decision.

Parks & Climate Change
The Canadian Parks Council has published a report, Canadian Parks and Protected Areas: Helping Canada weather climate change. The report states that parks and protected areas can play an important role by conserving biodiversity and maintaining intact and functioning ecosystems. It goes on to recommend ways in which parks can strengthen their resilience and enhance their role in addressing climate change.

Comic Book Heroes & Villains
Mayah’s Lot, a comic book, brings environmental messages to young people living in a very urban setting.

Connect by Phone with Urban Nature
Check out EcoArtTech’s urban hiking iPhone app that transforms everyday landscapes into sites of bio-cultural diversity and wild happenings.

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