Tuesday 18 December 2012

EcoSask News, December 18, 2012

To Make a Farm, Regina, Dec. 19
SOEEA is showing To Make a Farm at The Artful Dodger in Regina at 8 pm on December 19. Admission is free.

Bird Count for Kids, Dec. 26 
The Saskatoon Young Naturalists are organizing a Christmas Bird Count for Kids to coincide with the Saskatoon Christmas Bird Count on Wednesday, December 26. Join the group anytime between 12 and 4 pm at the Affinity Learning Centre in Saskatoon's Forestry Farm Park. Marika Olywynk from Bird Studies Canada will help identify the birds. Everyone is welcome. There is no fee, and cookies and hot chocolate are available in the Affinity Learning Centre.

Zoo Visits, Dec. 27 & 28
Wondering what to do during the Christmas holidays? Why not visit the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo?

The Saskatoon Zoo Society is running a drop-in program from 10-12 and 1-3 on December 27 and 28. Visit with the socialized animals, check out the animal displays, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies before or after you visit the zoo.

Access to the park and zoo is free in December.

Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP Winter Workshop, Jan. 15
The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve’s Agri-Environmental Group will be holding a workshop on January 15. Topics will include operating systems, nutrition in winter feeds, and highlights from Beneficial Management Practices. Register with Rachel by January 8 (549-4060 or 715-7651 or rturnquist@redberrylake.ca)

Smarter Science, Better Buildings, Jan. 29-Feb. 15 
Science teachers: the Saskatoon Western Development Museum is offering a two-hour, hands-on workshop that allows students to explore the concepts of heat and temperature by looking at ways to make our homes more energy efficient. Contact the Western Development Museum to book one of 24 available time slots between Jan. 29 and Feb. 15.

Holiday Reading 
Do environmentalists feed the fire of climate change denial? – the risks of overheated rhetoric and/or focusing on trivia
Parking downtown – The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District’s winter guide is subtitled “Your guide to parking, shopping and dining in Downtown Regina.” Regina Urban Ecology questions their priorities.
Perfect Solar Alignment in Saskatchewan – five reasons to install solar electric in 2013
This microalgae lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree!
My beef with beef – Why aren’t environmental groups more vocal about asking their supporters to eat less beef? Are environmental groups afraid to tackle the issue of overconsumption – whether it’s big cars, big houses, or too much stuff?
A worthy goal for humanity? Beauty – What is our goal as a species? Is it perpetual population growth, technological progress, self-preservation – or something more?

Merry Christmas 
EcoFriendly Sask is taking a break over the holidays. The next issue of EcoSask News will be published on January 8, 2013.

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