Tuesday 2 January 2018

EcoSask News, January 2, 2018

tall trees
“Natural treasures, in roots, wood and leaves, for beauty, for use, the air that we breathe. Imagine: a wood starts with one small seed. We’re stronger together – people and trees.” Harriet Fraser
Upcoming Events
Science Time for Tots, Jan. 9-30 (Regina)
The Saskatchewan Science Centre hosts Science Time for Tots from 10:30-11 am, Tuesdays.

Learn to Winter Camp, Jan. 13-14 (Lumsden)
SaskOutdoors is offering a winter camping skills workshop Jan. 13-14 in Lumsden. The last day to register is Jan. 5.

Islands of Grass, Jan. 15 (Regina)
Branimir Gjetvaj will present Islands of Grass at the 7:30 pm, Jan. 15, meeting of Nature Regina.

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs, Jan. 16 (Prince Albert)
Jillian Kusch will talk about stress responses and social interactions of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs at the Jan. 16 meeting of Nature Prince Albert.

Looking Ahead
Gone Wild for Wildlife, Jan. 27 (Saskatoon)
Gone Wild for Wildlife, a wildlife and nature educational event, will be held from 10 am-5 pm, January 27, at the Saskatoon German Cultural Center. There will be presentations, interactive booths, and live animals.

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan Conference, Jan. 27 & 28 (Regina)
The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will hold their annual general meeting and conference in Regina, Jan. 27 & 28. The Prairie Ecosystems learning module of the Saskatchewan Master Naturalist program is scheduled for Jan. 28.

Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop, Feb. 7 & 8 (Saskatoon)
The theme of this year’s Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop, Feb. 7 & 8 in Saskatoon, is Look to the Future: Learn from the Past.

School Garden Summit, Mar. 2-3 (Saskatoon)
Learn and share innovative approaches to garden-based, food-literacy, inquiry-based, environmental and agriculture education at the School Garden Summit from Mar. 2-3 in Saskatoon.

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

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In Celebration of Trees
The Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together.

“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” - Herman Hesse on what trees teach us about belonging and life.

In the News
Congratulations to Harold Orr, one of the original engineers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House, on receiving the Order of Canada.

View the world through the eyes of octopuses and cuttlefish - alien intelligence close to home (short video).

Conditions are brewing for a major irruption of Red Crossbills this winter.

There are at least 4 alternatives to using productive farmland for utility-scale solar installations.

Flowers emit heat signals to attract insects.


The Philippine Eagle is the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Watch Bird of Prey and find out what it will take to save it from extinction.

Project Coyote has released a film on wildlife killing contests where wild animals become living targets. It will be shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

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