Tuesday, 27 October 2015

EcoSask News, October 27, 2015

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Upcoming Events
Greater Sage Grouse Webinar, Oct. 27
Kayla Balderson Burak will discuss habitat selection, movements, and nest success of translocated greater sage grouse during a noon-hour webinar on Oct. 27. Register online.

Hiking in the Wakaw Hills, Nov. 1
Cliff Speer will be leading a Saskatoon Nordic Club fall hike in the Wakaw Hills on Nov. 1. The hike will be from 9:45 am – 4 pm with an option to attend a fall supper in Wakaw afterwards. Contact Cliff at 306-653-5693 to register and arrange to carpool.

Black-Footed Ferrets, Nov. 1
Kimberly Epp will give a talk on threatened and endangered prairie species with a focus on the rare Black-Footed Ferret from 1-2:30 pm, Nov. 1, at Wild Birds Unlimited. Everyone will have a chance to hold Sammy the Ferret.

Passive House Open Days, Nov. 13-15
Two homes currently under construction in or near Saskatoon are participating in the Passive House Open Days, Nov. 13-15.


Gone Wild for Wildlife, Nov. 14
Gone Wild for Wildlife, the annual educational fundraiser for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan, will be held at Prairieland Park from 10 am to 5 pm, Nov. 14. There will be live wildlife, educational booths, fun and informative lectures, a silent auction as well as children's activities such as face painting, birdhouse assembly and painting, juggling school, something bouncy and much, much more.

Don’t miss the owl pellet dissection supported by an EcoFriendly Sask Action Grant.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Nov. 8, 8:30 am- 4 pm – Blackstrap Lake Birding
Nov. 15, 1:30-5 pm – Pike Lake Birding
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).

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar.


News
2016 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar
The 2016 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar can now be purchased online.

Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference
Registration is now open for the Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species conference in Saskatoon, Feb. 16-18.

Car-Free Month Has Lasting Impact
In 2013, 4300 residents of a neighbourhood in Suwon, South Korea, parked their cars and used other methods of transportation for a full month. The city invested over $10 million in the endeavour, widening sidewalks, turning vacant lots into gardens, providing biking lessons. Two years later, the experiment appears to have paid off. There are fewer cars and the drivers have been mandated to go slower. Real estate has appreciated in value, and there are 6,000 bikes for public rental.

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