Tuesday 4 November 2014

EcoSask News, November 4, 2014


Green Drinks Regina, Nov. 6
Green Drinks Regina will be meeting at Abstractions Café at 5:30 pm, Nov. 6.

Blue Grama, Nov. 13
Heather Peat Hamm will read from Blue Grama, a book about the intensity of prairie life – people, plants, and spaces, at 7 pm, Nov. 13 at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Building SK Green Lecture, Nov. 14
Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need and The Great Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, will be speaking at 4 pm, Nov. 14, at the Delta Bessborough. The talk is part of the Building Saskatchewan Green conference.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Nov. 16, 1:30-5:30 pm – Pike Lake Birding
Nov. 22, 9 am – 3 pm – Spinney Hill Evergreen Forest
Nov. 30, 2-3 pm – Pre-Grey Cup Birding at President Murray 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).

Wild About Saskatoon 2015
It’s official! The NatureCity Festival will rise again, May 23-29, 2015. The focus will be on the relationship between human health and access to healthy/biodiverse natural places.

EcoFriendly Sask will once again provide $5,000 financial support.

SK Birds Calendar
Nick Saunders’s Saskatchewan Birds Calendar 2015 is now available for purchase.

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society says that the new Environmental Management and Protection Act leaves greenhouse gas management on the back burner: “Conspicuously missing in today's announcement is any reference to the Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act, which still awaits proclamation four years after passing third reading in the Legislature. This Act, although relatively weak, would at least get Saskatchewan started on the urgent task of controlling our province's embarrassingly high per capita emissions, now sitting at three and one half times the Canadian average.”

The longest sage grouse migration in the world is between Saskatchewan and Montana - a 100-mile journey. Individuals from both sides of the border met recently to share ideas and to work together to keep the habitat corridor intact.

On a related topic, researchers have found that sage grouse and the oil industry can co-exist as the priority areas of conservation in the US are not all that important for energy development.

Edmonton is the first city in Canada to construct a living wall as a sound barrier.

Wildlife crossings reduce road kill by design.

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