Tuesday 6 February 2018

EcoSask News, February 6, 2018

winter sunrise

Upcoming Events
Winter Sustainability Week, Feb. 7-9 (Saskatoon)
It’s Winter Sustainability Week at the University of Saskatchewan with a winter cycling and maintenance workshop from 10 am-3 pm, Feb. 7; a sustainable clothes swap from 9 am-2 pm, Feb. 8; and a farmers’ market from 9 am-2 pm, Feb. 9.

We Were Once Wolves, Feb. 13 (Prince Albert)
Brad Muir, Sundogs Excursions, will discuss the boreal forest ecosystem and its canine representatives at 7 pm, Feb. 13, at the John M. Cuelenaere Library.

Food Evolution, Feb. 13 (Prince Albert)
The John M. Cuelenaere Library is showing the film Food Evolution at 7 pm, Feb. 13.

Climate Change & Canadian Public Opinion, Feb. 14 (webinar)
The Sustainability Network is hosting a webinar on Climate Change & Canadians: New Public Opinion Research by Ecoanalytics on Feb. 14.

Wind Energy & Bats, Feb. 14 (Saskatoon)
Erin Baerwald will discuss wind energy development and bats at 3:30 pm, Feb. 14, at the U of S as part of the Wild Ecol Seminar series.

Beringia: Relics from the Ice Age, Feb. 15 (Regina)
Syd Cannings will share stories from his explorations in Beringia and discuss how an environment’s past shapes its future at 7:30 pm, Feb. 15, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Australia’s Biological System, Feb. 15 (Saskatoon)
There will be a presentation on Australia’s biological system at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Sustainability Slam, Feb. 15 (Saskatoon)
The U of S Graduate Students’ Association is holding a Sustainability Slam on Feb. 15.

Winter Birds & Wildlife, Feb. 17 (Regina)
Join Nature Regina for a Wascana winter birds and wildlife field trip from 10 am-12 pm, Feb. 17.

Looking Ahead
Winter Family Nature Play Retreat, Feb. 19 (Earl Grey)
Wild Spirit Prairie Sanctuary is hosting an outdoor play day for the whole family on Feb. 19.

Compost Coach Training, Mar. 3 & 4 (Saskatoon)
Take the two-day training on Mar. 3 & 4 and join Saskatoon’s team of compost coaches.

Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course, Mar. 17-18 (Saskatoon)
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council is offering an introductory course for beginning or novice wildlife rehabilitators Mar. 17-18.

Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam, Mar. 24 (Saskatoon)
Passive House Canada is providing an opportunity to take the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant exam on Mar. 24 in Saskatoon.


Saskatoon Nature Society
Feb. 11, 1-3 pm – Chorney Acreage Bird Feeders
Feb. 17, 1-3 pm – Weir & City Park Birding
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 

Water Security/Sustainable Environmental Management
Apply by March 30 for the U of S School of Environment and Sustainability’s Master’s programs. The Master of Water Security investigates concerns such as drought and climate change using a holistic approach that incorporates science, social dynamics, and policy. The Master of Sustainable Environmental Management, a transdisciplinary, project-based degree, develops a student’s ability to assess and evaluate sustainability issues and their potential solutions.

Marsh Monitoring Program
Bird Studies Canada is looking for volunteers to install wetland monitoring recording units. Email LeeAnn Latremouille for more information.

Marcella Pedersen: Global Citizen Award 2018
Marcella Pedersen has received a 2018 Global Citizen Award from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation. She and her husband are members of the North Saskatchewan River Environmental Society, live in a passive solar-heated house, have installed 4 wind turbines on their farm, and use solar panels to heat the honey house. Marcella promotes “food sovereignty through sustainable cropping practices, such as gardening, saving seeds, mulching, and protecting the soil rather than mining it.”

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