Tuesday 6 May 2014

EcoSask News, May 6, 2014


Birding in May
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on one of their upcoming walks:
May 4 – Waterfowl at Brightwater Marsh & Blackstrap Lake (3-9 pm)
May 13 – Great horned owl banding evening (7-9 pm)
May 17 – Shorebird trip to the Bradwell District (9 am – 3 pm)
May 18 – Butterflies 1 (1:30-4:30 pm, cancelled if weather is poor)
May 19 – Birding at Buena Vista & Diefenbaker Parks (8 am – noon)
May 24 – May Day bird count – participants needed

Golden Eagles, May 
Golden Eagles invite retirees to join one of their leisurely outings to view birds and enjoy local sites:
May 15 – Warblers and songbirds (7:30 am)
May 22 – Shorebirds (7:30 am)
May 29 – Lakeridge and Heritage Park (8 am)

Permasask Potluck, May 22
Join members of the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for a native plant walk at Beaver Creek and a potluck supper on May 22.

Plastic Smart Saskatoon Spring Clean Up, May 25
Join Plastic Smart Saskatoon as they clean up the downtown riverbank from 3-4 pm, May 25.

Zoo Volunteers Info Session, May 28
If you are interested in helping the Saskatoon Zoo Society as either a Special Event Volunteer or an Environmental Education Volunteer Interpreter, be sure to attend the Information Session at 6:30 pm, May 28.

NatureCity Festival Keynote Events
The NatureCity Festival kicks off on May 24 with an info fair and parade. Over 80 groups are organizing activities during the week. You won’t want to miss the three keynote events:
May 24, 2:30 pm, Roxy Theatre - Why (Young) People Need Nature!, Cam Collyer, Evergreen Foundation
May 26, 7:30 pm, Roxy Theatre - The International Urban Biodiversity Movement, Grant Pearsell, City of Edmonton, Gary Pederson, City of Saskatoon
May 28, 7:30 pm, Roxy Theatre - Valuing Wetlands, Michelle Molnar, Suzuki Foundation, Barb Hanbidge, Ducks Unlimited Canada


Take Action
We can make a difference. We just need to take action.

Why not host a Parke Diem and clean, repair, and plant vegetation in Saskatoon’s naturalized parks?

Plastic Smart Saskatoon is gearing up for a busy season with both spring and fall river clean-ups, movie night partnerships, sustainability campaigns, and environmental action. Be sure to like their Facebook page and send them a message if you would like to be involved.

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