Tuesday 20 March 2018

EcoSask News, March 20, 2018


First day of Spring and World Sparrow Day - now there's cause for celebration! And there are so many interesting events to look forward to - starting tonight in Prince Albert.

Upcoming Events
Tarantulas, Mar. 20 (Prince Albert)
Scott Manly will talk about tarantulas at the 7 pm, Mar. 20, meeting of Nature Prince Albert.

Pesticides & Migratory Songbirds, Mar. 22 (Saskatoon) 
Dr. Christie Morrissey will speak on understanding pesticide threats to migratory songbirds at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7 pm, Mar. 22.

SK Science Centre @ Spring Home Show, Mar. 22-25 (Regina) 
Don’t miss the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s kids’ activities and stage shows at Regina’s Spring Home Show, Mar. 22-25.

Birds, Trees, Gardens, Compost, Mar. 23-25 (Saskatoon)
Presentations during Gardenscape will include urban trees, pesticide-free gardening, composting, and bird-safe yards.

ReVamp Upcycled Art Show, Mar. 24 (Saskatoon)
The theme of ReVamp, Alchemy’s 7th Annual Upcycled Art Show, from 7-11 pm, Mar. 24, is A Hoarder’s Paradise.

Islands of Grass, Mar. 24 (Yorkton)
Branimir Gjetvaj and Trevor Herriott will present Islands of Grass at 2 pm, Mar. 24, at Yorkton Public Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association.

Walking Saskatoon, Mar. 25 (Saskatoon) 
Walking Saskatoon is holding a public meeting at 1 pm, Mar. 25. Topics include 22nd Street, Idylwyld Bridge, and Jane’s Walks.

Moose Jaw Nature Society, Mar. 26 (Moose Jaw)
Branimir Gjetvaj will present Islands of Grass at 7 pm, March 26, at the monthly meeting of the Moose Jaw Nature Society.

WUQWATR AGM, Mar. 27 (Lumsden)
Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility Inc. is holding its annual general meeting from 6-9 pm, Mar. 27, in Lumsden.

Enhancing Bird Habitat in a Semi-Urban Setting, Mar. 28 (webinar)
Join Renny Grilz, Meewasin Valley Authority, as he discusses enhancing bird habitat in a semi-urban setting in a Mar. 28 webinar sponsored by PCAP-SK.

Cycling Speaker Series, Mar. 29 (Saskatoon)
Cathy Watts, co-chair of Saskatoon Cycles, is the first speaker in a Cycling Speaker Series hosted by Bridge City Bicycle Co-op and the Bike Doctor at 7 pm, Mar. 29.

Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Orientation, Mar. 31 (Saskatoon) 
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan will be hosting a volunteer orientation from 1-2:30 pm, Mar. 31, at Cabela’s in Saskatoon.

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Looking Ahead
Canoe Certification Course, May 19-21 (Saskatoon) 
SaskOutdoors is offering a Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Skills (flat water) Certification Course from May 19-21 in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Golden Eagles
Apr. 5, 8 am – Bluebirds in the Merrill Hills
Apr. 12, 8 am – Crocuses & Bluebirds in the NE Swale
Apr. 19, 8 am – Brightwater Marsh
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 
Mar. 29, 7-10 pm – Saw-whet Owling near Pike Lake
Apr. 7, 9 am-2 pm – Bluebird Hike to Langham Area
Apr. 11, 6:30-8 pm – Gull Identification
Apr. 14-15 – Prince Albert National Park Owling Weekend (members only)
Apr. 18, 6:30-8 pm – Crocus Evening Hike to Cranberry Flats
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 
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Reports of hormonal disruption in birds and humans subject to artificial light at night are cause for concern

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Do your kids love toy cars and books about trucks? Why not provide a little variety with some bike-friendly books?

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