Tuesday 2 September 2014

EcoSask News, September 2, 2014

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Green Roofs, Sept. 16
Michael Molaro will talk about the design, implementation and maintenance of green roofs and share tips on creating and caring for a rooftop garden at 7 pm, Sept. 16, at the Frances Morrison Library. The Sustainable Speaker Series is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library.

An interview with Michael and an article about green roofs is available on EcoFriendly Sask’s website.

Bats, Sept. 18 
Vikram Misra will discuss Bats: Their Life, Their Viruses, and Did They Really Kill Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Contagion’ at 7:30 pm, Sept. 18, at the Saskatoon Nature Society’s monthly meeting (Room 106, Biology Building, U of S).

Composting & Waste Reduction Workshops (Regina)
The City of Regina has scheduled several backyard composting and waste reduction workshops in September. Be sure to register as workshops will be cancelled if there are less than 10 participants.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Talks (Regina)
School and community groups in Regina are invited to book an educational presentation with Salthaven's Founder and Director of Rehabilitation in Ontario, Brian Salt, who will be in Regina on September 17 and 18. Visit the Education portion of Salthaven’s website for more information and email Jessica at jhinch@uoguelph.ca to reserve a presentation and discuss the honorarium.

Field Trips
Golden Eagles
Sept. 4, 8 am – Birding at Bradwell
Sept. 11, 8 am – Birding and Plants in the Langham Area

Other Nature Society Field Trips 
Sept. 13, 2-7 pm – Fall Picnic at Pike Lake Provincial Park

Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details (e.g. some trips require rubber boots, others will be cancelled if the weather is bad).

Interesting Reading
"A new vehicle bridge won’t help congestion, but it will hurt River Landing."

Fracking in Saskatchewan creates risks for endangered species, water supply, and water quality.

What are we going to do to protect water quality in the Qu’Appelle Valley?

“When it comes to environmental health, birds are the front line.” A 16-part series documents disturbing observations in bird populations around the world.

“Recreation is driving the newest frontier of wilderness compromise, particularly recreation that helps the local economy. . . . Wilderness advocates have stopped talking about wildness, because wildness is not commercially viable. The wild, a realm of human experience outside the confines of the commercial mindset, has no burgers and fries.”

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