Tuesday 30 June 2015

EcoSask News, June 30, 2015


Sheep at the Creek, July 4 & 5 
Visit Beaver Creek on July 4 and 5 for a sheep herding display and to learn about Meewasin’s sheep grazing program.

Planning Ahead
Here are a couple of events to keep in mind as you plan your summer.

Pasture Ride, Aug. 15 & 16
Walk, ride a horse, or bike through the Caledonia-Elmsthorpe Community Pasture on August 15 and/or 16 with the Saskatchewan Trails Association. Registration is required; register early for the horse corrals.

SaskOutdoors Nature Retreat, Oct. 2-4
SaskOutdoors is planning a weekend nature retreat at Ness Creek, Oct. 2-4. Along with lots of free time, there will be opportunities for a guided walk, nature art-making, campfire chats, and music.

Field Trips
Saskatoon Young Naturalists
Aug. 14, 2-4 pm - Grasslands Hike Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Other Nature Society Field Trips
July 8, 7-9 pm – SWF Pfeiffer Protected Area
July 11, 8:45 am - ? – North American Butterfly Count
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).

Photo credit: Michael Molaro

Even the Roof is Green
The Garden Patch, Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, with help from Michael Molaro, Higher Groundworks HortiCulture, has installed a green roof on a shipping container. They now have solar panels, rainwater catchment, and a garden – all on their roofs.

No More Bottled Water
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is eliminating commercially bottled water from its cafeterias and vending machines.

EcoFriendly Action Grants – June 2015 (2 grants - $700)
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Eparchial Camp - $500 to support nature programs at camp (bat houses, light pollution and star gazing, composting, trip to Pike Lake)

PCAP – SK - $200 for prizes for the Native Prairie Appreciation Week youth poster contest

Renewable energy has just had its best year ever. Globally, 23 countries are producing over 10% of their total energy from renewables.

Tesla’s commercial batteries have changed the future … for winemakers!

The less food in your yard - from scattered bird seed, to uncovered compost piles, to greasy barbecue grills - the less likely it is that wildlife will become habituated to humans and turn into problem individuals.

You’re probably recycling the wrong way - here’s how to do it smarter.

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