Tuesday, 15 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 15, 2017

pelicans on the river

Upcoming Events
Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count, Aug. 1-Sept. 15 (Canada)
Help Friends of the Earth find out more about Canada’s bees by participating in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count from Aug. 1-Sept. 15.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Aug. 19 (Saskatoon)
You can dispose of household hazardous waste in Saskatoon from 9 am–3:30 pm on Aug. 19.

Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park will provide interpretation and protective eyewear for the partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

Last Mountain Lake Tours, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon/Last Mountain Lake)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is offering hourly guided tours of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area & Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Aug. 21, 10 am-4 pm.

Digital Planetarium, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon)
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is hosting a drop-in Digital Planetarium from 9 am-2 pm, Aug. 21. The whole family will have an opportunity to learn about the universe from Cree Science Facilitator Wilfred Buck.

Why Nocturnal Preserves are Needed in Canada, Aug. 22 (webinar)
PCAP-SK is hosting a noon-hour webinar on Aug. 22 regarding Engaging Communities in Nocturnal Conservation: Why Nocturnal Preserves are Needed in Canada.

Vermicomposting, Aug. 26 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on vermicomposting from 12:30-2:30 pm, Aug. 26, at the Garden Patch.

Clean Up at Key West, Aug. 26 (Regina)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Conservation Volunteers program provides great opportunities to get outside and do your part to protect or repair damage to the environment. Join NCC at Key West from 9 am-3 pm, Aug. 26.

pelicans on the river

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Golden Eagles
Aug. 24, 7:30 am – Porter Lake and St. Denis Area
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagle field trips.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Aug. 20, 2-4 pm – Bird Walk, Gabriel Dumont Park
Aug. 26, 8-11 am – Warbler Walk, Forestry Farm Zoo
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

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

In the News 
The Canadian Journal of Environmental Education is now open access and available online.

The Canadian Youth Energy Vision Project is looking for 10 Youth Champions from across Canada to host a dialogue in their city to gather the ideas, input and thoughts of youth, and join Canadian Energy Sector leaders for the Generation Energy Summit in Winnipeg from Oct 10-12.

According to the study, Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions, a low-carbon economy could create almost four million direct building trades jobs by 2050 – and that’s a conservative estimate. These jobs include boilermakers, electrical workers, insulators, ironworkers, and masons.

NASA lays out a 14-point plan for the best solar eclipse viewing party ever.

Let’s talk irrigation because we’re not managing our water well.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 8, 2017

chickadee

Upcoming Events
Nature Days, Aug. 8 & 10 (Melville) 
The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association will be sharing presentations and games about Saskatchewan wildlife with kids ages 5-15 at the Melville Public Library, Aug. 8 and 10, from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Aug. 13 (Prince Albert) 
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is hosting a volunteer orientation session in Prince Albert from 1-2:30 pm, Aug. 13.

Vegetable Storage & Longer Lasting Produce, Aug. 17 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on vegetable storage and longer-lasting produce from 7-9 pm, Aug. 17, at the Garden Patch.

Preserving Your Harvest, Aug. 19 (Regina) 
Edible Landscapes Permaculture Design and Consulting is hosting a workshop on Preserving Your Harvest from 1-5 pm, Aug. 19.

chickadee

Looking Ahead
Family Paddle, Aug. 25 (Regina)
SaskOutdoors is organizing a Family Paddle: Learn to Canoe with Kids from 2-5 pm, Aug. 25, in Regina.

Wildlife Society Conservation Expo, Aug. 31 (Regina) 
Wildlife professionals are invited to a networking poster session and mixer organized by the Saskatchewan chapter of The Wildlife Society from 3-6 pm, Aug. 31.

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

In the News
Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for Saskatchewan.

We need to rethink the whole crazy transport system: “We tell ourselves that we cherish efficiency. Yet we have created a transport system whose design principle is profligacy. Metal carriages (that increase in size every year), each carrying one or two people, travel in parallel to the same destinations. Lorries shifting identical goods in opposite directions pass each other on 2000-mile journeys. Competing parcel companies ply the same routes, in vans that are largely empty. We could, perhaps, reduce our current vehicle movements by 90% with no loss of utility, and a major gain in our quality of life.”

Will wetlands be preserved as the City of Saskatoon develops new neighbourhoods?

Urban green roofs can become bird-roosting and bird-watching havens. 17 species have been spotted on the Javits Convention Center’s roof in New York City.

“many long established notions around nature and wilderness are disturbed by the idea of the Anthropocene. We can’t hope to leave nature alone and ‘untouched’ by human presence if our presence is ubiquitous. Nowhere can be reserved and set aside if the whole planet is changing.”

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 1, 2017

gopher (Richardsons ground squirrel)

Upcoming Events
Build a Compost Tumbler, Aug. 12 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on building a compost tumbler from 12:30-2 pm, Aug. 12, at the Garden Patch.

Disruption, Aug. 16 (Regina) 
Cinema Politica is screening the film Disruption at 7 pm, Aug. 16. Disruption explores why we do so little about climate change when we know so much.

Summer Star Party, Aug. 23-27 (Cypress Hills) 
Observe the sun and the stars during the Royal Astronomical Society’s annual Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills Provincial Park’s dark-sky campground and observatory from Aug. 23-27.

Looking Ahead 
Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet, Sept 29-Oct. 1 (Elbow) 
Nature Saskatchewan is holding its Fall Meet in Elbow from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. There will be a tour of the Gardiner Dam and a Sand Dunes Hike.

U of S Sustainability Networking Fair, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon) 
The U of S Office of Sustainability is hosting a networking fair from 4:30-6:30 pm, Oct. 12, so students can meet businesses and organizations involved in sustainability initiatives. The event is being held in conjunction with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training Workshop.

UN Sustainable Development Goals, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon)
The USSU Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, are hosting a UN Sustainable Development Goals training seminar from 6:30-9:30 pm, Oct. 12.

Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 16-22 (Canada) 
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council urges individuals and groups to plan a Waste Reduction Week (Oct. 16-22) activity.

gopher (Richardsons ground squirrel)

Nature Regina Field Trips
Aug. 19, 9 am-12 pm – Wandering Wascana Looking for Warblers
Check Nature Regina’s website for full details and updated information.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Golden Eagles 
Aug. 10, 7:30 am – Shore Birds
Aug. 17, 7:30 am – Ferries on the South Saskatchewan north of Saskatoon
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagle field trips.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Aug. 10, 6:30-8 pm – Botany Walk, MVA Trail
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

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

In the News
"we are financing growth, in part, by irreversibly liquidating natural resources essential to our own long-term survival"

“If we can’t see the stars, how will we know our place in the universe?” Five tips for stargazing with children.

Canadians need better protection from oilsands cleanup liabilities by accounting for the costs now.

In the Netherlands, kids can borrow skates, skateboards, and bicycles.

“Peer-reviewed research shows Canada’s methane emissions are as much as 250 per cent higher than reported by industry and government,” said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director Ian Bruce. “The responsible course is to move urgently and enact strong regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.” 

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