Tuesday, 4 February 2014

EcoSask News, February 4, 2014

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Events
Lake Agassiz, Feb. 20
A huge part of the northern plains was once covered by a lake larger than the Caspian Sea. Alec Aitken will explain what happened to Lake Agassiz at 7:30 pm, February 20, in Room 106, Biology Building, U of S, as part of the Saskatoon Nature Society's monthly program.

Downstream, Feb. 21 
A play about the South Saskatchewan River Basin and water security? Now that sounds interesting! Downstream will be performed in Saskatoon at 1 pm, February 21, in Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan. There are additional performances in Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Cumberland House.

Seedy Saturday, Regina, Mar. 1
Seedy Saturday, Regina, will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church from 10 am to 2 pm. Lots of fun activities for kids as well as speakers on making baby food with garden vegetables and a plant-based diet.

Passive House Design & Construction, March
Building and design professionals are invited to attend the Canadian Passive House Institute’s course on passive house design and construction, which is being offered, for the first time, in Saskatoon. Part 1 is March 13-15. Part 2 is March 27-29.

SWANA ReForum 2014, May 7-9
The joint regional conference of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) and the Northern Lights Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is being held in Regina from May 7-9. Keynote speakers include David White (resilience), Jerry Powell (recycling markets). And don’t miss Penny’s session on Solving the People Puzzle: Public Education. You can register online.

NatureCity Festival, May 25-31
More than 70 organizations and businesses participated in last year’s NatureCity Festival, and they’re hoping that even more people will get involved this year. You can submit your activity connecting people with the natural world on the Festival 2014 tab at www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org.

prairies in winter

SK Photo Tours
Branimir Gjetvaj is leading photo tours of Grasslands National Park (June 20-22), Great Sand Hills (July 4-6), and Prince Albert National Park (Sept. 19-21). Photo tours are less structured than workshops, providing participants with an opportunity to explore and photograph in an informal atmosphere.

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Kudos to the following groups and individuals who are taking action and making a difference in our community. We’re proud to be able to support their work with EcoFriendly Action Grants.

Northeast Swale Watchers - two representatives to the recent Urban Transportation conference ($200)

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan - Gold sponsor for their 2014 annual meeting and conference ($500)

Saskatchewan EcoNetwork - Saskatchewan Environmental Film Festival ($500)

Brittney Hoemsen, TRoutreach Saskatchewan - continuing research into the ecosystem health of Saskatchewan streams ($500)

Permaculture Research Institute of SK, Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch, and Let’s Talk Science - soil regeneration through compost extract and mycorrhizae ($500)

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Whooping cranes face uncertain future

Report on water and agriculture informative but unlikely to be effective

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