Tuesday 25 October 2011

EcoSask News, October 25, 2011

Saskatoon Nature Society, October 30, November 5
The Saskatoon Nature Society has two upcoming events:

1:30 to 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 30: Identify weeds and seeds at Chief Whitecap Park (meet at the Co-op Service Station south of Stonebridge Mall on Clarence Avenue; leader is Anna Leighton, 665-6074)

9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, November 5: Search for Barrow’s Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific Loon, and other late migrating rarities at Blackstrap (bring a lunch and meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th; leader is Gord Crockford, 955-5028)

Ghoulish Fun at Beaver Creek, October 30
Bring your goblins and witches to Beaver Creek for some ghoulish fun on Sunday, October 30 from 1 to 4 pm. Unearth myth and mystery about some of Beaver Creek’s creatures like spiders, snakes, frogs, owls, crows, and coyote howls. This is a come-and-go event so you can plan your stay if you’re scared or brave.

SWWA Conference 2011, November 16-18
The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Association conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Saskatoon, November 16-18.

Black-Footed Ferrets released in Grasslands National Park
For the third year in a row, 15 captive bred black-footed ferrets, some born and raised at the Toronto Zoo, were released in the wilds of Grasslands National Park.

This year, Grassland ferret trackers had the unique experience of spotting three new ferret families on three different prairie dog colonies. The discovery of new families is confirming how quickly the ferrets are adapting to their new home on the Canadian prairie.

Free Parks Access for New Citizens
The Cultural Access Pass gives new Canadian citizens free admission to more than 100 of Parks Canada’s places for a year.

Prepare your Bicycle for Winter Riding
Check out this useful article from the Saskatchewan Environmental Society about how to prepare your bicycle for the winter. The article also considers winter clothing and riding style.

Kinsmen Fishing Platform
The Meewasin Valley Authority has received the Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Cecil Nobes Facility Award of Excellence 2011 for the construction of the wheelchair-accessible Kinsmen Fishing Platform (accessible from the Meewasin Trail at 33rd Street E and Spadina Crescent). The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon contributed over one third of the total cost.

Building Low Car(bon) Communities
Building Low Car(bon) Communities describes eight European communities that have designed new neighbourhoods with lower car ownership rates through a combination of measures that discourage private car use and improve walking, cycling, transit and various forms of shared vehicle use.

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