Tuesday 24 April 2012

EcoSask News, April 24, 2012

Environmental news and events from Saskatoon and area - from dancing grouse to green teachers, urban agriculture, and dirt

Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance, April 28 
 You’ll have to get up early for this field trip with the Saskatoon Nature Society from 4:30-8:00 am, April 28. Meet at the west end of the Westgate Plaza. Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. Call 955-3954 for additional information up until 9 pm on night before to check for possible cancellation (or check the Field Trips page online).

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society AGM, May 9
The annual general meeting of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is on May 9 at 7 pm in Room 2102 of the Veterinary College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Mark Dallyn of Healing Haven will speak about the challenges he has faced in rehabbing bears.

Enhancing Saskatchewan’s Biodiversity 
The Nature Conservancy of Canada, SK Region, in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and Environmental Systems Assessment Canada, has a received a Go Green grant from the provincial government. They will be developing a land connectivity model to assist conservation agencies in identifying and securing land corridors in order to enhance wildlife habitat conservation and protect species biodiversity.

Green Teacher Webinar, April 26 
Green Teacher is offering a webinar on Sustainability as a Context for Literary Skills and Social Studies Content on April 26. More webinars will be announced shortly. (via BH – thanks!)

Urban Life
Season Change Walking Tour, April 29
Check for signs of spring on the Meewasin trails on April 29 at 2 pm with interpreters from the Meewasin Valley Centre.

Saskatoon Cycles – Bike Valet 
Saskatoon Cycles will be running the Bike Valet at festivals and events this summer. It’s an important, much-appreciated service, but they need your help – either financially or as a volunteer.

Renovate or Replace? 
The Regina Public School Board is considering demolishing Connaught Community School. This article provides a list of resource materials that make the case for restoring and reusing older schools.

I Went to the Woods, April 12 – May 10
The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library is currently displaying works by Kathy Bradshaw that are inspired by Thoreau’s belief that we need solitude and nature to experience truth and spiritual renewal. 

Plants & Gardens 
Making More With Microbes, June 14-17
Get the dirt on dirt and become the smartest person you know when it comes to soil, compost, and compost tea. The Making More with Microbes workshop, from June 14-17, is presented by Doug Weatherbee, Soil Foodweb Advisor. The registration deadline is May 1.

Food and the City
Food and the City, by Alberta author, Jennifer Cockrall-King, explores urban agriculture initiatives around the world. The resource page on Cockrall-King’s website will give you a good idea of the breadth of the book.

International Permaculture Day, May 6

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