Tuesday, 14 August 2018

EcoSask News, August 14, 2018

butterfly on flower

Upcoming Events
Plants for Pollinators, Aug. 18 (Saskatoon) 
Learn what to plant and how to maintain a pollinator garden from 1-3 pm, Aug. 18, at the Garden Patch.

Household Hazardous Waste Day, Aug. 18 (Saskatoon)
Dispose of household hazardous waste in Saskatoon from 8 am – 2:30 pm, Aug. 18.

Composting 101, Aug. 21 (Saskatoon) 
The Askiy Project is hosting a Composting 101 workshop from 6-7:30 pm, Aug. 21.

Into the Gyre, Aug. 22 (Saskatoon) 
Learn more about Ocean Bridge – YXE at a screening of Into the Gyre, a 44-minute documentary about an expedition to study the location, extent, and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Gyre.

Wandering to Find Warblers, Aug. 25 (Regina) 
Join Nature Regina as they look for warblers and other birds in Wascana Park from 9 am to noon, Aug. 25.

How to Build an Insect Hotel, Aug. 25 (Saskatoon) 
The Garden Patch is hosting a kid-friendly workshop on building an insect hotel from 3-5 pm, Aug. 25.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Saskatoon Young Naturalists 
Oct.11, 7-9:30 pm – Saw-whet Owl Field Trip
Nov. 3, 1-2:30 pm – Bird Feeder Workshop
Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Golden Eagles 
Aug. 16, 8 am – North Saskatchewan River Property at Maymont
Aug. 23, 8 am – Redberry Lake
Aug. 30, 8 am – Stuglin’s at Pike Lake
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
Aug. 18, 1:30-3:30 pm – Sheep at NE Swale
Aug. 25, 9-11:30 am – Factoria Warbler Walk
Sept. 2, 8:45-10:30 am – Warbler Walk at Forestry Farm
Sept. 8, all day – Fall Bird Count
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 

butterfly on flower

In the News
Animals face new challenges with habitat fragmentation as they escape humans by becoming increasingly nocturnal

Repair cafes in the United States and some tips on how to get one started

A Toronto food court has eliminated 117 bags of garbage a day

Shipments of natural gas from northeast BC are heading to the Alberta oilsands and further east 

Finding and creating beauty in a broken world - an interview with Terry Tempest Williams

From devils to super-heroes - our complicated relationship with bats [book review]

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

EcoSask News, August 7, 2018

Jackrabbit (juvenile?)

Upcoming Events
Wild Wednesdays, Aug. 8 & 15 (Esterhazy)
Kids can learn about different animals and birds at Jean Pask Library, Esterhazy, from 1-2 pm, Aug. 8 and 15.

Nature for Kids, Aug. 9 (Yorkton) 
Kids are invited to come and learn about Saskatchewan’s owls from 2-3 pm, Aug. 9, at the Yorkton Public Library.

Meeting the 1.5 Degree Climate Target, Aug. 14 (Regina)
Regina Public Interest Group is hosting Dr. Charlie Wilson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK) who will discuss transforming energy demand to meet the 1.5°C climate target and sustainable development goals from 11-noon in ED Building 114, University of Regina.

Family Paddle, Aug. 17 (Regina)
SaskOutdoors and Fresh Air Experience are hosting a family paddle from 2-5 pm, Aug. 17.

U of S Lunch & Learn Series, Aug. 17 (Saskatoon)
Join the U of S Office of Sustainability from 12-1 pm, every third Friday of the month, for presentations and discussions on sustainability.

U of S The Fix, Aug. 17 (Saskatoon)
Join the U of S Office of Sustainability and university sustainability professionals over a pint at 5 pm, every third Friday of the month, to fix some of sustainability’s most complicated issues.

jackrabbit

Looking Ahead
Wascana Junior Naturalist, Sept.-Dec. (Regina)
Sign up kids ages 9-13 for the Wascana Junior Naturalist program on Tuesdays 6-8 pm: Sept. 18; Oct. 2, 16, 30; Nov. 13, 27; and Dec. 4.

Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet, Sept. 14-16 (Swift Current)
Nature Saskatchewan is holding their fall meet in Swift Current from Sept. 14-16. There will be a presentation by Graham Saul, Executive Director, Nature Canada, and Branimir Gjetvaj and Trevor Herriot will present their book, Islands of Grass.

Conservation Marketing & Engagement Congress, Oct. 25-27 (Arlington, VA)
This sounds amazing - the first international Conservation Marketing & Engagement Congress.

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

In the News
3 steps towards clean energy in Canada.

Our individual purchasing choices do matter: Stop buying crap and companies will stop making it.

"Traditional economics has forgotten that our economies should have a purpose: they should deliver greater well-being, increasing prosperity, improved security and comfort, without imperiling the things that make life worth living. If all government decisions are made on purely financial terms, then ultimately those decisions will benefit finance and capital at the expense of people and nature."

Can mining social media help conservationists determine areas where wildlife faces extra stress from tourists?

Tracking wildlife with cameras not collars is cheaper and less invasive.

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