Tuesday, 24 March 2015

EcoSask News, March 24, 2015

Walking to Innovation Place, Saskatoon

Isotopic Indicators of Global Change, Mar. 25
Dr. Keith Hobson will talk on Isotopic Indicators of Global Change: From Birds to Butterflies in Room 266, Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre, at 3:30 pm, March 25. For more information, contact nicole.michel@usask.ca or david.johns@usask.ca.

Urban Agriculture for Sceptics, Mar. 27
Noelle Chorney and William Hrycan will discuss the pros and cons of urban agriculture and field questions from the floor from 2-3:30 pm, March 27, at the Frances Morrison Library.

Community Pastures, Mar. 28 (Regina)
A panel will discuss the public use and benefits of the PFRA community pastures from 1-3 pm, March 28, in Regina. The meeting is sponsored by Public Pastures-Public Interest.

Transitioning to Organic Farming, April
Saskatchewan Organic is offering a series of one-day workshops across the province in April on how to profit from transitioning to organic farming.

Return of the Prairie Bandit, Apr. 1
Return of the Prairie Bandit, a film about bringing the black-footed ferret back to Saskatchewan, will be shown at 2 pm, April 1, at the Frances Morrison Library.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Apr. 1, 8-10 pm – Saw-whet Owling near Pike Lake
Apr. 4, 9 am-2 pm – Bluebird Trip to Pike Lake
Apr. 11/12 – Northern Owling Overnight Trip
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details (e.g. some trips require rubber boots, others will be cancelled if the weather is bad).

Nutana Parks Survey
A group of Regional and Urban Planning students from the U of S want to talk to Nutana residents about increasing public park and amenity spaces in Nutana. Fill out the survey on their website or email them to join their April focus group.

Public Pastures Letter Writing Campaign
Public Pastures-Public Interest have initiated a letter-writing campaign in support of continued public ownership and conservation of the province’s community pastures. The full information is available on their website.

Canada’s First Net-Zero Commercial Building
The Mosaic Centre, Edmonton, is Canada’s first net-zero commercial office building.

For more information on net-zero construction, see Passive House: Comfortable, Energy-Efficient Homes.

Protecting Sage Grouse Habitat
The Harper government has refused to provided the funds for the purchase and protection of sage grouse habitat in Alberta.

Shift to Renewables
A group of academics says that Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century.

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