Tuesday 29 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 29, 2017

ragged Fritillary butterfly

Upcoming Events
Solar and Wind Hybrid Technology, Sept. 6 (Saskatoon)
Joel C. Goldblatt, Bluenergy Solarwind Inc. will discuss solar and wind hybrid technology at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

Energy Drinks, Sept. 8 (Saskatoon)
GRID is hosting Energy Drinks at Winston’s Pub from 7:30-11:30 pm, Sept. 8, in Saskatoon.

Curbside Swap, Sept. 9 (Saskatoon)
The City of Saskatoon is hosting a city-wide curbside swap on Sept. 9.

Walking Saskatoon, Sept. 10 (Saskatoon)
Walking Saskatoon will meet from 1-2:30 pm, Sept. 10, to prepare for the first Active Transportation Plan advisory group meeting.

Looking Ahead
Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards Dinner, Oct. 4 (Saskatoon)
Tickets are now available for the Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards Dinner on Oct. 4 in Saskatoon.

Nature Retreat, Oct. 13-15 (Ness Creek)
SaskOutdoors is hosting a nature retreat Oct. 13-15 at the Ness Creek site near Big River.

Rubbish Dinner & Movie, Oct. 17 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is hosting a Rubbish Dinner on Oct. 17, creating a gourmet meal and beer from food that is often thrown away. Dinner will be followed by a movie about the food waste revolution.


Nature Regina Field Trips
Sept. 9, 10 am-4 pmFall Migration Field Trip
Check Nature Regina’s website for full details and updated information.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Saskatoon Young Naturalists 
Nov. 5, 1-2:30 pm – Bird Feeder Workshop
Dec. 2, 1-3 pm – Paper Making Workshop
Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Sept. 4, 9 am-noon – Trip to Stuglin Acreage
Sept. 9 – Fall Bird Count
Sept. 10, 2-4 pm – Birding Trip, Buzz 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

Thank you, Greg 
Greg Fenty is stepping down from his position as Education Coordinator for the Saskatoon Zoo Society after working and volunteering with the Society for 27 years. His strong focus on environmental education has been a huge asset to the City of Saskatoon.

As he says, “The role of education at a modern zoo goes beyond just providing the basic scientific information about an animal. Modern zoos have an obligation to challenge visitors to think critically about their role in conserving habitat and biodiversity. Visitors to a modern zoo should leave feeling empowered and inspired to change their lifestyles to benefit wildlife and work towards a healthier environment for all species.”

Thank you, Greg, and all the best with your future initiatives, including continuing involvement with the Saskatoon Young Naturalists.

In the News 
Portland’s commitment to 100% renewable energy is already having an impact: “If you have a strong goal that our choices are going to be clean energy choices, that brings clarity to decision making . . . . It’s important to set these goals today so we are doing the right thing for climate and energy in the future.”

The San Francisco Commission on the Environment has passed a resolution to adopt a Biodiversity Policy. The resolution includes the establishment of five citywide biodiversity goals and objectives, including: (1) biologically rich ecosystems; (2) equitable access, awareness, and experience of nature; (3) community and ecological stewardship; (4) ecological planning and design; and (5) resilience in a living city.

Nickel mining: the hidden environmental cost of electric cars

Build your own bee hotel

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