Tuesday 30 May 2017

EcoSask News, May 30, 2017


Upcoming Events
Tree Care, June 1 (Regina) 
Russell Eirich will discuss Tree Care: Disease, Fungus and Pest Control at a Regina Horticultural Society event, 7 pm, June 1.

Northeast Swale Phase I Development Hearing, June 2 (Saskatoon)
Meewasin Valley Authority is holding a public hearing at noon, June 2, at the Saskatoon Club to consider an application by Meewasin for the Northeast Swale Phase 1 Development (Trails and Fencing) and Chief Whitecap Master Plan Update.

Regina BioBlitz, June 9/10 (Regina) 
BioBlitz Canada 150 in Regina includes a wide variety of guided activities - from an evening insect walk and frog calling on June 9 to a plant walk, an urban ecology walk, and pond dipping/bug catching/worm charming on June 10.

Net Zero Ready Homes, June 7 (Saskatoon)
Errol Fisher, North Ridge Development Corp, will discuss net zero ready homes at the June 7 breakfast meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

Intro Composting, June 10 (Saskatoon)
Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch is hosting an introduction to composting from 12:30-2 pm, June 10.

Twisted Science, June 13 (Saskatoon) 
Timothy Caulfield will speak on Twisted Science: Policy and Public Perception in the Era of Misinformation from 10 am – 12 pm, June 13, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Canada geese goslings

Looking Ahead
ForestART, July 3 -7 (Ness Creek) 
ForestART is a 5-day art in nature event at Ness Creek, July 3-7. This year’s activities will include wild painting, blacksmithing, life lines drawing, nature and landscape photography, and encaustic. 

River Rendezvous 150, July 13-15 (Saskatoon)
Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin is hosting River Rendezvous 150, July 13-15, with voyageur canoes, film, dance, music, visual art, and storytelling. There will be free canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboard instruction; the premier of Ian Toews film, River Delta; and a Trails of 1885 paddle to Batoche.

Connecting Kids with Nature, Aug. 9-11 (North Battleford)
SaskOutdoors invites educators to participate in a two-night camping adventure to help in Connecting Kids with Nature, Aug. 9-11, North Battleford.

NCC Conservation Volunteer Program (SK)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Conservation Volunteers program provides great opportunities to get outside and do your part to protect or repair damage to the environment. There are 3 volunteer opportunities in June.
June 17, 9 am-3 pmBio Blitz at Saltcoats
June 24, 9 am-3 pmCheck out the View at Wideview
June 29, 9 am-3 pmBurdock Blitz (Fairy Hill)

Canada geese and goslings

Saskatoon Nature Society
Golden Eagles 
June 8, 7:30 am – St. Isadore-de-Bellevue Museum & Area
June 15, 7:30 am – Vision Quest and Bents
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 
June 6, 6:30-8:30 pm – Patterson Gardens Walk
June 10-11 – Ness Creek Field Trip
June 11, 1:30-5 pm – Butterfly Walk
June 14, 7-9 pm – Richard St. Barbe Baker Park
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 

In the News 
Bike Regina has a bike repair/cyclist advice stand at the Regina Farmers’ Market.

The Fat Tire Club has received a WinterCity YXE grant to provide groomed trails for winter recreational opportunities at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

An Ontario community invested in fencing and culverts to protect its wildlife. Let’s do the same in Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale.

The City of Calgary has fenced off a green area to give a coyote family with new pups space, but residents are ignoring the fencing and signs, putting coyotes at risk.

New signs on the Arizona Trail highlight wildlife and point out that although you may never see bears, foxes, or turkeys, they leave plenty of signs. The images are drawn to scale in an effort to make identification of scat and tracks easier for Trail users.

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