Tuesday 8 November 2011

EcoSask News, November 8, 2011

Opportunities in Socially Responsible Investing, November 9
The Cliff Wright Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society are co-sponsoring a presentation on the opportunities to achieve strong investment growth and returns while making a difference in the world through socially responsible investing. Naomi Dolan, Investment Specialist and Wealth Consultant for Affinity Credit Union, River Heights Branch, will lead the presentation on Wednesday, November 9 from 7-8:30 pm at the Cliff Wright Library.

Partnership FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Conference
Registration for the annual conference of the Partnership FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin closes on November 10.

Young Naturalists Birdfeeder Workshop, November 14
Join Saskatoon Young Naturalists on November 14 at 1 pm for a Birdfeeder Workshop. Learn about winter bird watching and make your own bird feeder. Enrolment is limited, so register early by calling 976-3042 or email saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Ecoblitz, Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale, November 16
Don’t miss the premiere of the 30-minute documentary, The Bioblitz – the Meewasin Ecoblitz of Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale, on Wednesday, November 16 at the Roxy Theatre. There is a reception at 7 pm followed by the program at 7:30.

The showing is part of the Robin Smith Memorial Lecture Series and is hosted by the Meewasin Valley Authority in partnership with Design Week 2011. Contact Candy at Meewasin (665-6887) if you plan to attend.

Vermicomposting Workshop, November 17
Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop (CNYC) is hosting a short tutorial and question and answer session on Vermicomposting on Thursday, November 17 from 7-8:30 pm at CNYC, 905 20th Street E. (via Transition Saskatoon – thanks!)

Research on Bears, November 17
The speaker at the November 17 monthly program meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society is Marc Cattet. He will discuss Help or Harm: Insights and Views from Research on Bears: “Without question, both wildlife biologists and wildlife veterinarians want only to help the species that they study. Yet, it has become clear to me that, despite this common ambition, wild animals captured for research sometimes face more harm than help. With this presentation, I would like to offer my insights and views on why this is the case. I also would like to suggest how progress could be hastened through increased public scrutiny.”

The meeting will start at 7:30 pm in Room 106, Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan. Everyone is welcome; bring your own mug.

Pike Lake Birding Field Trip, November 20
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on their Pike Lake Birding Field Trip from 1:30-5:00 pm on Sunday, November 20. Meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street, Montgomery Place. For more information, call the trip leader at 374-0674. You’re encouraged to bring sunflower seeds for the chickadees.

S.O.S. for Prairie Species at Risk
Vote for S.O.S. for Prairie Species at Risk and help Nature Saskatchewan win $100,000 to protect endangered and threatened prairie species, such as the Burrowing Owl, and their habitats.

Mary Houston, Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Mary Houston who was inducted into the Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame on October 14. Mary was recognized for her many contributions to nature, natural history, the community and family.

Mary has banded thousands of birds (from pelicans to bluebirds), written over 102 publications and served on the executive of many different organizations, including the Canadian Nature Federation, Saskatchewan Natural History Society, and the Saskatoon Nature Society. She has also been an active volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, the YWCA, and Anglican Church Women.

More details about Mary’s contributions to our community are posted on the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website.

Facebook Posts
A variety of different announcements and news items are posted on EcoFriendly Sask’s Facebook page. Here are some of the articles featured this past week:
KLM leads the way with sustainable aviation
Help cut parking lot power costs in half
Saskatchewan’s Best Hikes and Nature Walks
U of S installs public bike repair station

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