Tuesday 8 August 2017

EcoSask News, August 8, 2017


Upcoming Events
Nature Days, Aug. 8 & 10 (Melville) 
The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association will be sharing presentations and games about Saskatchewan wildlife with kids ages 5-15 at the Melville Public Library, Aug. 8 and 10, from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Aug. 13 (Prince Albert) 
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is hosting a volunteer orientation session in Prince Albert from 1-2:30 pm, Aug. 13.

Vegetable Storage & Longer Lasting Produce, Aug. 17 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a workshop on vegetable storage and longer-lasting produce from 7-9 pm, Aug. 17, at the Garden Patch.

Preserving Your Harvest, Aug. 19 (Regina) 
Edible Landscapes Permaculture Design and Consulting is hosting a workshop on Preserving Your Harvest from 1-5 pm, Aug. 19.


Looking Ahead
Family Paddle, Aug. 25 (Regina)
SaskOutdoors is organizing a Family Paddle: Learn to Canoe with Kids from 2-5 pm, Aug. 25, in Regina.

Wildlife Society Conservation Expo, Aug. 31 (Regina) 
Wildlife professionals are invited to a networking poster session and mixer organized by the Saskatchewan chapter of The Wildlife Society from 3-6 pm, Aug. 31.

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

In the News
Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for Saskatchewan.

We need to rethink the whole crazy transport system: “We tell ourselves that we cherish efficiency. Yet we have created a transport system whose design principle is profligacy. Metal carriages (that increase in size every year), each carrying one or two people, travel in parallel to the same destinations. Lorries shifting identical goods in opposite directions pass each other on 2000-mile journeys. Competing parcel companies ply the same routes, in vans that are largely empty. We could, perhaps, reduce our current vehicle movements by 90% with no loss of utility, and a major gain in our quality of life.”

Will wetlands be preserved as the City of Saskatoon develops new neighbourhoods?

Urban green roofs can become bird-roosting and bird-watching havens. 17 species have been spotted on the Javits Convention Center’s roof in New York City.

“many long established notions around nature and wilderness are disturbed by the idea of the Anthropocene. We can’t hope to leave nature alone and ‘untouched’ by human presence if our presence is ubiquitous. Nowhere can be reserved and set aside if the whole planet is changing.”

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