Tuesday 11 September 2012

EcoSask News, September 11, 2012

So Much to Discover: Apple Canning, Geography of Blood, Loons of Anglin Lake, Salt Cedar, Watersheds, and Campus Cycling 

Apple Canning Workshop, Sept. 18
Don't miss the Urban Apple Canning Workshop at 6:30 pm on September 18 at CNYC (905 - 20th Street West).

Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape, Sept. 20
Candace Savage will be launching her newest book, Geography of Blood, at 7 pm on September 20 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. She is joined by Lorna Crozier, who will be presenting her latest work, The Book of Marvels.

In Geography of Blood, Candace unearths the social and natural history of the Cypress Hills, discovering that “As the descendant of incomers to the Canadian prairies, I am the intended beneficiary, however unwittingly, of an ecological and humanitarian atrocity.” She quotes Narcisse Blood, a local Aboriginal leader, who says, “The knowledge that was here in this land for thousands of years has been ignored . . . . You can’t be sustained without knowledge of the land. What we’re talking about here is survival.”

The Loons of Anglin Lake, Sept. 20
Bradley Muir, the owner of Sundog Excursions, has conducted the Canadian Lake Loon Survey on Anglin Lake for the past three years. At the Saskatoon Nature Society’s meeting at 7:30 pm on September 20, he’ll discuss why there are so many loons on Anglin Lake. The meeting will be held in Room 106 of the Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan.

Salt Cedar Surveys, Sept. 24 & 25
Help the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan search for invasive salt cedar at two different locations southeast of Chamberlain. Additional information is available on the NPSS website.

Weekends at Beaver Creek, Sept./Oct.
Join an interpreter at 2:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday afternoon for a hike at Beaver Creek. Find out which animals will be hibernating or migrating (September) or explore the forest for signs of who is in the neighbourhood (October).

Saturdays, from 1-4 pm, children can create a nature-inspired craft.

Campus Cycling Club
The Campus Cycling Club hopes to become more active and is looking for new members. You can join their group on Facebook.

Caring for our Watersheds
Students in Grades 7 to 12 are encouraged to identify a concern that impacts the watershed in their area and come up with a solution. The Caring for our Watersheds program provides cash rewards for the winning entries as well as funds to help students implement their projects.

Interesting Reading:
We win once in a while! New fuel economy standards
Why community pastures must not be sold: protecting our long-term economic, social and ecological benefits
Carbon capture and storage: worthwhile or waste of money?

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