Tuesday 21 February 2012

EcoSask News, February 21, 2012

VegISS Training Workshop, February 23/March 1
A Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan working group is holding a Vegetation Information System Saskatchewan (VegISS) Training Workshop on February 23 in Regina and on March 1 in Saskatoon. Contact Jennifer Lohmeyer at (306) 787-8707 or Jennifer.lohmeyer@swa.ca for additional information.

Renewable Energy Open House, February 25 & 26
The National Farmers’ Union and the Saskatchewan Eco Network are hosting an open house on February 25 and 26 at Pedersen Apiaries, Cut Knife, to showcase practical applications in renewable energy.

Saskatoon Youth Advisory Council Grants
Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth grants are available from the Saskatoon Community Foundation for projects involving environmental stewardship, active living, and more. Application deadline is March 1.

Ecoquest Open House, March 1
Find out more about Ecoquest, an ecological, outdoor adventure program for grade eight Saskatoon public school students, at an Open House from 7-10 pm on March 1 at Buena Vista School.

Northern Birding Trip, March 3
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society as they explore the forests north of Prince Albert looking for woodpeckers and other winter songbirds on Saturday, March 3, from 7:30 am-10:30 pm. For additional information, contact the trip leader at 934-3769.

Zoo Crew PD Day Camps, March
The Saskatoon Zoo Society is holding PD Day Camps on March 5, 9, and 23.

Eco Network Benefit Concert, March 9
The Saskatchewan Eco Network is hosting a benefit concert for the SEN Environmental Film Festival on March 9 from 8 pm to midnight at PAVED Arts (424-20th Street West). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Picatic.

Young Naturalists Owl Ecology, March 9
Meet Spirt, the one-eyed Great Horned Owl, and learn about owl pellets at the Young Naturalists event on Friday, March 9, from 1-2:30 pm.

SEN Environmental Activism Awards
Send your nominations for a Saskatchewan Eco Network Environmental Activist Award to info@econet.sk.ca by March 9.

Seedy Saturday, March 10
CHEP Good Food Inc. is hosting Seedy Saturday, a family-friendly eco fair promoting open pollinated and heirloom seed-saving, biodiversity and sustainable living on Saturday, March 10 from 11 am – 4 pm at E.D. Feehan High School (411 Avenue M North). The event includes 35 exhibits, the SaskTel Mendel Art Caravan for children, lunch, and hourly workshops. Admission is $2; lunch is pay what you can.

Workshop schedule:
11:45 am Saving the Seed, David Rain & Karen Farmer, USC Canada
12:45 pm Bringing Biodiversity to Your Backyard with Wildflowers, Renny Grilz, Blazing Star Wildflowers
1:45 pm Home Composting on the Prairies, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council
2:45 pm Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba: A Canadian Perspective, Michelle Hubbard

Lake Diefenbaker Source Water Protection
A PhD student researching source water protection of Lake Diefenbaker is having trouble finding participants. Email info@safewater.org if your group would be willing to spend two hours discussing this topic.

Summer Jobs
Crew Leader & Field Technicians, University of Alberta/Environment Canada study on ferruginous hawks and industrial development in Alberta and Saskatchewan
Shell Conservation Intern, Nature Conservancy of Canada – deadline February 24
Hydrology & Water Conservation, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
Saskatoon Zoo Society (Admissions, Gift Shop, Zoo Train, ice cream sales)

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