Tuesday, 27 August 2013

EcoSask News, August 27, 2013

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River otter at Kingsmere Lake
Birds, Birds & More Birds
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on their frequent field trips. Additional information is available on their website.
September 2 – Last Mountain Lake Sanctuary (7 am – 10 pm)
September 7 – Fall Bird Count
September 15 – Fall Picnic and Birding at Blackstrap Lake (2-7 pm)

Better Block, Sept. 8
Jason Roberts, co-founder of the Better Block project will speak about building communities at 2:30 pm, September 8, at Third Avenue United Church.

Following the talk, a Dixieland jazz and bike parade will head to the Drinkle3 (event sponsor) building at 115 3rd Avenue South for a Better Block party with demonstrations of Jason’s ideas, live music and entertainment.

Enviro Book Club, Sept. 10
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s book club will meet at 7 pm on September 10 in The Common at the Two Twenty building on 20th Street West to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

OMG! GMO!, Sept. 24
Mark Lynas will speak on Sustainable Agriculture: GMOs, Organic, and How to Feed the World at 7 pm on September 24. Mark helped spur the anti-GM movement in the ‘90s; he now believes that biotechnology and genetic modification are important tools that can be used to benefit society and the environment.

Grassroots Power in the Age of Extreme Energy, Oct. 25-27
The Council of Canadians will hold their annual meeting in Saskatoon from October 25-27. The theme of this year’s conference is the power of communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada to stand up to corporations and governments to protect our shared environment, our jobs and the democratic process. Registration closes October 17.

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Building Saskatchewan Green, Oct. 25
This year’s Building Saskatchewan Green conference, October 25, will focus on Neighbourhood Revitalization and the Role of Building Green. Topics include designing for solar energy, high density living, and building on brownfields. The keynote speaker, Ray Cole, will speak on Shifting Performance Expectations: Net Positive Buildings.

Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative
The Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative is now selling memberships. The service will launch this fall and will initially service the Nutana, Buena Vista, and Varsity View neighbourhoods.

Interesting Reading
It takes a lot of water to produce the food we eat and drink (e.g. 230 litres of water for one 200 ml glass of apple juice)

An insatiable appetite for transportation infrastructure stops us from looking at alternatives

Ducks Unlimited Canada will help define woodland caribou habitat in Saskatchewan

The Remai Art Gallery has been designed to obtain LEED Silver status, chiefly through using less energy

A close-up look at wasps – what they eat, how they lay their eggs

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