Tuesday, 14 April 2015

EcoSask News, April 14, 2015

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Events
Motivating Cycling, Apr. 17
Kay Teschke will discuss the results of the Cycling in Cities research and give examples of infrastructure that will encourage cycling and decrease accidents in the Saskatoon context from 7-9 pm, Apr. 17.

Purple Martins, Apr. 19
Jerry Parent is a member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association and provides hundreds of cavities for Purple Martins to nest on his property. Find out more at Wild Birds Unlimited, 2 pm, Apr. 19.

Connect the Blue Dot, Apr. 19 (Saskatoon & Regina)
Join supporters of David Suzuki’s Blue Dot movement in Saskatoon, April 19 from 7-10 pm for a musical and social event with a traditional Irish band. Regina supporters will be meeting at 11 am for a community potluck with music and family entertainment.

Regina Nature Society, Apr. 20
Duane Haave, Executive Director, Wascana Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility, will report on the Wascana Creek Riparian Health Assessment and the work of the association from 7:30-9 pm, Apr. 20.

Save Energy, Save Money, Apr. 21
Brian Sawatzky will discuss the energy-saving practices that have resulted in a 60% reduction in electricity, natural gas, water & sewer use at Confederation Inn since 2006. The presentation, jointly sponsored by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library, starts at 7 pm, Apr. 21.

Nature Nurture, Apr. 22
Nature Nurture, a variety show fundraiser for Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, will be held at 7 pm, Apr. 22. Organized by Ryan Bradshaw, the show will focus on human connections with nature, featuring local poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers, and more.

Saskatoon Pollinator Makeover, Apr. 22
Celebrate Earth Day with a park clean-up, native wildflower planting, and bee house installation at Cosmopolitan Park, 11 am – 3 pm, Apr. 22.

Seed Swap & Blue Dot Update, Apr. 22 (Regina)
Enjoy a seed swap and presentation on the Blue Dot Campaign in celebration of Earth Day at Regent Park Library, Regina, 7-8 pm, April 22.

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Field Trips
Golden Eagles
Apr. 23, 8 am – Crocus Trip

Other Nature Society Field Trips
Apr. 21, 6:30-8 pm – Gull Identification
Apr. 25, 5:45-8 am – Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance
Apr. 26, 2-5 pm – Brightwater Marsh Outing
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).

Additional upcoming events can be found on our Calendar.

News

The urban coyote - “By eliminating natural predators and natural barriers of habitat, humans have literally paved the way for coyotes to explore new territories, including the prairies of suburban lawns and the forests of skyscrapers in cities. And coyotes have proven to us time and again that they will persist no matter what our opinions of them.” [photo gallery]

A Nebraska school routinely composts 90% of its food waste - “the students are really being problem solvers themselves and thinking ‘If I hadn’t taken this plastic mustard packet, everything on my tray could go in compost. Next time I’m not going to take that.”

From watersheds to mountains: what if we based our borders on nature? - “Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the earth”

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