Sunday, 22 October 2017

Dundurn School Heads Outdoors

Dundurn Elementary School has added an outdoor learning space to their playground to help students connect with nature and protect and respect the environment.

Over time, their plans grew to include a timber pergola, pockets of wilderness with trees and shrubs, a rock landscape, stepping stones, camp out benches, and a biking hill.

We’re delighted to have been able to support this project with a $500 EcoFriendly Action Grant. As Evergreen states on its website, “Taking kids outdoors is a great way to support their natural curiosity in the world around them and helps to develop their respect for nature.”

Outdoor learning is a chance to touch, see, and do; practise team problem-solving; recognize one’s place as part of a community with a responsibility for the natural environment; understand scientific concepts; and develop critical thinking skills (5 Benefits of Outdoor Learning).

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

EcoSask News, October 17, 2017

Sunset & grass, Saskatoon riverbank

Upcoming Events
Demystifying Composting, Oct. 19 (Saskatoon)
Steep Hill Food Co-op is sponsoring a free talk about composting by the SK Waste Reduction Council at 7 pm, Oct. 19.

Saw-whet Owl Banding Trip, Oct. 20 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatchewan Chapter of The Wildlife Society is organizing a saw-whet owl banding trip at 7:30 pm, Oct. 20.

Library of Things Open House, Oct. 21 (Saskatoon)
Library of Things, a volunteer-run library filled with items members can borrow for free, is holding an Open House from 12-5 pm, Oct. 21.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Oct. 22 (Saskatoon)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) is holding a volunteer orientation session in Saskatoon from 1:30-3 pm, Oct. 22. Contact WRSOS to register.

Nature Photographs, Oct. 23 (Moose Jaw)
Michael St. Laurent will show his nature photographs at the Nature Moose Jaw meeting at 6:30 pm, Oct. 23.

Compassionate Conservation Webinar Series, Oct. 24-27 (webinar)
The Fur-Bearers are offering a free series of 10 webinars from Oct. 24-27. Topics include co-existence with coyotes, pragmatic compassion & beavers, and content development for advocates.

Starlight at Sunrise, Oct. 25 (Regina)
Learn about telescopes, planets, stars, and galaxies with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from 7-9 pm, Oct. 25, at the Sunrise Branch, Regina Public Library.

MVA Canada 150 Celebration, Oct. 26 (Saskatoon)
Meewasin Valley Authority is hosting a Canada 150 celebration from 2-3:30 pm, Oct. 26, at Chief Whitecap Park.

Talking ‘bout Citizen Science, Oct. 26 (Regina)
Sam Droege, US Geological Survey wildlife biologist, will share pictures and stories about his career setting up animal monitoring programs from 7-10 pm, Oct. 26, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Last Mountain Lake Bird Observatory, Oct. 28 (Fort Qu’Appelle)
Find out more about Last Mountain Lake Bird Observatory at the Fort Qu’Appelle Nature Society meeting at the train station from 7-9 pm, Oct. 28.

Dark Skies at the Creek, Oct. 28 (Saskatoon)
Explore the night sky and learn about nocturnal wildlife at Beaver Creek Conservation Area from 6-11 pm, Oct. 28.


Looking Ahead
Waste Reduction Council Fall Workshops, Nov. (SK)
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council will be hosting the following fall workshops:
Nov. 2 – North Battleford
Nov. 9 – Moose Jaw
Nov. 16 – Yorkton

Build Sask Green Conference, Nov. 1-2 (Regina)
The Build Sask Green Conference will be in Regina Nov. 1 and 2.

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

In the News
Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. Instead, Low-tech Magazine talks about the potential of past and often forgotten knowledge and technologies when it comes to designing a sustainable society."

Regina’s Northwest YMCA is converting organic waste into biofuel to heat its swimming pool and fuel the building's boiler system.

Creating disruptive and lasting change: energy conservation strategies

A murmuration of budgies in the Australian desert

In the war on cars, only drivers kill

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

EcoSask News, October 10, 2017


Upcoming Events
Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Oct. 15 (Regina)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) is holding a volunteer orientation in Regina from 10 am-12 pm, Oct. 15. Contact the WRSOS to register.

Right to a Healthy Environment, Oct. 15 (Saskatoon)
Dianne Rhodes will discuss the impact of climate change on the natural world and what we can do to change it at 1 pm, Oct. 15, at Wild Birds Unlimited.

Demystifying Recycling, Oct. 16 (Saskatoon)
Steep Hill Food Co-op is sponsoring a talk on demystifying recycling at 7 pm, Oct. 16, at the J S Wood Library.

Life Photo Shoot, Oct. 17 (Saskatoon)
Join the Saskatoon Camera Club for a life photo shoot at Chief Whitecap Park at 7 pm, Oct. 17.

Talking ‘bout Bioblitz, Oct. 17 (Regina)
Royal Saskatchewan Museum staff will share photos and stories of the Regina Bioblitz at a meeting co-hosted by Nature Regina at 7 pm, Oct. 17.

Rubbish Dinner & Movie, Oct. 17 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is hosting a Rubbish Dinner on Oct. 17 using food that is often thrown away.

New Directions in Habitat Mitigation, Oct. 18 (webinar)
Peter Joyce, SK Ministry of Environment, will speak on new directions in habitat mitigation: early experience and future opportunities at a noon webinar, Oct. 18 (SK PCAP Native Prairie Speaker Series).

Ecological History of the Northeast Swale, Oct. 19 (Saskatoon)
Kenton Lysak will discuss the ecological history of the Northeast Swale at the Oct. 19 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Waste Reduction Week Conference, Oct. 20 (Prince Albert)
The City of Prince Albert is hosting a Waste Reduction Week conference from 1-4 pm, Oct. 20.

Our Journey Toward Hope, Oct. 20-22 (Saskatoon)
Guy Dauncey, BC environmentalist, will speak on journey to the future: a better world is possible at Meewasin Valley United Church’s conference Oct. 20-22.

Reconciliation in the Watershed, Oct. 21 (Regina)
A reconciliation in the watershed workshop on Oct. 21 in Regina will blend reflection with hands-on environmental practice.

Wild for Life, Oct. 22 (Dorintosh)
Join Healing Haven Wildlife Rescue for their annual Wild for Life supper and dance fundraiser on Oct. 22 in Dorintosh.

mallard ducks

Nature Regina Field Trips
Oct. 21, 8 am – Exploring the Meacham Area for Whooping Cranes
Oct. 28, 9 am – Exploring the Fort Qu’Appelle Area (new date)
Check Nature Regina’s website for full details and updated information.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Golden Eagles 
Oct. 19, 9 am – Forestry Farm & Zoo
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 
Oct. 15, 1:30-5 pm – Pike Lake Birding & Vanscoy Fall Supper
Oct. 19, 1:30-5 pm – Blackstrap Lake Birding
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 
Looking at a web page with pictures or video emits an estimated .2 grams of CO2 per second. Here are 6 ways you can reduce your personal internet carbon footprint [infographic].

"If there is a single animal on this planet who will test our own mettle as a species, who pushes us to question our ability to understand instead of judge, to study instead of kill, to coexist instead of dominate, to become more thoughtful and less fearful, it is the coyote."

This Saskatoon-made ambulance has it all - hybrid engine, solar panels, anti-idling device.

Two-car households - 1 energy efficient + 1 gas hog = no energy savings

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Wanted: Wildlife Rehab Volunteers in Southern Saskatchewan

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) receives over 3000 calls every year from individuals who have found an injured bird or animal. Over 1000 of those calls come from southern Saskatchewan.

Unfortunately, WRSOS has fewer volunteers in the south, and care for these injured animals is often delayed due to increased transport and rescue times. It took 5 days to transport a White Phase Red-tailed Hawk with a broken wing to a vet. A Great Horned Owl was hit by a car south of Moose Jaw and has been waiting – with a broken wing – for over a week for transportation. It will probably die from starvation.

Saskatoon-based volunteer Bonnie (left), and Regina-based volunteer Erin met up in Davidson to transport a porcupine with a dislocated and fractured hind leg from Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre West to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for further treatment.

EcoFriendly Action Grant
WRSOS applied for an EcoFriendly Action Grant to help them construct and transport an information booth to events in southern Saskatchewan in order to build awareness and recruit new volunteers.

They took the new display to the Yorkton Pet Expo in September and 4 people expressed an interest in signing up and attending a volunteer orientation session.

Volunteer Opportunities 
The WRSOS is looking for volunteers who are available during the daytime for hotline coverage and/or rescues/transports. Hotline volunteers check the answering machine and return phone calls from the comfort of their own home. Some calls are simple; others are much more complex and interesting. You always have someone on hand to call for advice.

Volunteer orientation sessions are currently being organized in the following centres. Contact WRSOS for additional information and to register.

Regina – Oct. 15, 10 am-12 pm
Saskatoon – Oct. 22, 1:30-3 pm
Lloydminster – Nov. 26
Kindersley – Mar. 25 (tentative)
Tisdale – Apr. 29 (tentative)
Saskatoon – May 27 (tentative)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

EcoSask News, October 3, 2017


Upcoming Events
Campus Sustainability Week, Oct. 10-13 (Saskatoon)
The University of Saskatchewan Office of Sustainability is hosting Campus Sustainability Week, Oct. 10-13. Events include:
Oct. 10, 12-1:30 pm, Public Health Impacts of Climate Change
Oct. 11, 1-3 pm, Bicycle Tune-Up Workshop (BCBC)
Oct. 11, 3-4 pm, Ice-Cycling on Campus
Oct. 11, 5-7 pm, Sustainable Drinks
Oct. 12, 10 am-4 pm, Sustainable Swap Meet
Oct. 12, 11 am-1 pm, Native Vegetation Tour

U of S Sustainability Networking Fair, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon)
As part of Campus Sustainability Week, 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.

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.

NatureCity Festival Celebration & Planning Kick-Off, Oct. 12 (Saskatoon)
Wild About Saskatoon is hosting an evening of celebration and fun as they begin planning for NatureCity Festival 2018 at 7 pm, Oct. 12. Everyone is welcome.

Seeking Sustainability: Practices for Mindful Living, Oct. 14 (Saskatoon)
Churches for Environmental Action are presenting a workshop on Oct. 14 on Seeking Sustainability: Practices for Mindful Living.

Vermicomposting for Families, Oct. 15 (Regina)
Learn about vermicomposting for families from 2-3 pm, Oct. 15, at the Sunrise Branch, Regina Public Library.


Looking Ahead
Renewables in Remote Communities, Oct. 24-27 (Whitehorse)
Pembina Institute is hosting a Renewables in Remote Microgrids / Communities conference from Oct. 24-27 in Whitehorse.

Wilderness First Aid, Oct. 27-29 (Lumsden)
SaskOutdoors is offering a Wilderness First Aid course, Oct. 27-29, in Lumsden.

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

In the News
"Local energy has only become possible with renewables, which can be installed at small scale . . . . As wind and solar get cheaper the technology opens up all sorts of new opportunities for people to take ownership of their energy supply, and have a stake in their own services." [book review]

Toilet paper was clogging the pipes; the Netherlands used it to pave a bike path.

NYC is mandating that existing buildings become energy-efficient. It’s an expensive but effective way to cut carbon emissions.

Wildlife collisions are expensive. Fences and over/underpasses can pay for themselves.

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