Tuesday 16 May 2017

EcoSask News, May 16, 2017

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Upcoming Events
Queen of the Sun, May 17 (Regina) 
Watch Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? at Cinema Politica, 7 pm, May 17.

Tree ID, May 23 (Moose Jaw)
Take a walk through Crescent Park at 5:30 pm, May 23, and learn how to identify and understand the importance of the most common trees (Moose Jaw Public Library).

NatureCity Festival, May 23-28 (Saskatoon) 
EcoFriendly Sask is a proud sponsor of Wild about Saskatoon’s NatureCity Festival. You’ll find a full list of over 50 activities on the Festival Events Calendar.

Seed Starting Party, May 24 (Saskatoon)
Kids are invited to a seed starting party at 6 pm, May 24, at the Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch Library.

Looking Ahead
Petroglyphs Lifeways & Land Festival, June 2/3 (St. Victor)
There will be tours of the petroglyphs and Missouri Couteau Escarpment, a Monarch butterfly release, speakers, displays, and a supper at the Petroglyphs Lifeways and Land Festival, June 2-3, in St. Victor.

Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering Course, June 4 (Saskatoon) 
CanoeSki is offering a one-day wilderness navigation and orienteering course on June 4.

Compost Day, June 8 (Saskatoon) 
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is holding a compost field day on June 8 in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Nature Society
Golden Eagles 
May 18, 7:30 am – Warblers in the Borden Area
May 25, 7:30 am – Shorebirds in Perdue Area
Retirees and partners who are interested in birds and the natural world are invited to participate in Golden Eagle field trips.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips 
May 18, 5-7 pm – Spring Picnic at Meewasin Park
May 23, 12:15-1:15 pm – Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk
May 23 & 30, 7-9:15 pm – Birdwatching for Beginners
May 26 & June 15, 7-9:15 pm – Wildflower Identification 101
May 28, 10 am- 4 pm – Shorebird Driving Trip to Radisson Lake
Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar

Urban Forestry
SOS Elms Coalition is supporting Ifeanyi Chiedo, a Master’s Student in the School of Environment and Sustainability, who is studying how the City of Saskatoon can better protect its urban forest.

If you’re interested in urban trees, you may want to follow Urban Forestry & Urban Greening on Facebook. And take a look at the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forest Strategy with its goal of planting 150,000 trees by 2020. The City of Coquitlam’s tree management bylaw covers residential trees and takes into consideration the size of the tree, where it’s located (e.g. slope or protected riparian area), and replacement trees. We published an article about Saskatoon's urban forest in 2016.

In the News 
Bears and coyotes are now our neighbours. They're adapting to their new environment - so must humans.

When trees die, so do people.

When did birds start migrating? How have their routes evolved? The evolution of bird migration.

Surface parking lots represent an extraordinary opportunity - to lower the heat, encourage families to live downtown, and increase real estate values. 

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