Tuesday 26 November 2013

EcoSask News, November 26, 2013

Black-capped chickadee

Events & Opportunities
The Human Scale, Dec. 7
Great Places Saskatoon presents the film, The Human Scale, at 7 pm, December 7, at the Roxy Theatre. The film explores the ideas and work of Danish architect, Jan Gehl, and the making and shaping of cities for people.

Winter Birding Contest
Keep a list of all the Saskatchewan birds you see this winter and share it with others through Nature Saskatchewan. The contest runs from December 1 to February 28. Send entries to Boyd Metzler, Box 126, Whitewood, SK S0G 5C0 (boyd.metzler@sasktel.net) by March 15, 2014.

Waste Minimization Awards
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is inviting nominations for their Waste Minimization Awards in a variety of different categories, including Youth, Small Business, Municipality, and Festival/Event. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014.

James L. Baillie Memorial Fund
Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for grants from the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund to support projects that increase understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Canadian birds in their natural environment.

Take Action
It’s easy to become discouraged about climate change. It’s a lot harder to figure out ways in which we, as individuals or small groups, can make a difference. Here are some ideas. If you’re interested, be sure to apply for an EcoFriendly Action Grant.

Create a nature trail and bird sanctuary (Neudorf Trails and Wild Bird Sanctuary)

Organize a hazardous waste collection system for your condo/apartment building

Become an Important Bird Area caretaker (volunteers needed for Big Muddy Lake, Cabria Area, Cumberland Marshes, Grasslands National Park – East Block, Primrose Lake, and Suggi Lake)

Untitled Thought-Provoking
What is the best way to protect the Prairies – through rewilding or ranching?

When government supports the fishing industry, environment and our long-term future are the losers –  the same argument could apply to Canada’s oil industry

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Lake Ontario keeps Toronto cool

Customized advice and energy comparisons work better than monetary rewards in cutting energy usage

5 unconventional ways to get people hooked on nature – from treetop Barbies to prison science projects

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Toxic waste from Alberta coal slurry spill goes unreported

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