Tuesday 1 May 2018

EcoSask News, May 1, 2018

Bohemian Waxwing eating juniper berries

The sun is shining and we’re heading outdoors - with bikes, Jane’s Walks, and summer camps for kids.
Upcoming Events
Household Hazardous Waste Day, May 4 (Regina)
City of Regina is holding household hazardous waste days on May 4 (4-7 pm) & May 5 (9 am-3:45 pm).

Jane’s Walk, May 4-6 (Regina, Saskatoon)
Take a look at the Jane’s Walks being offered in Saskatoon and Regina May 4-6. In Saskatoon, you can visit trees in Buena Vista, share your experiences as a pedestrian with the City, or join a walk at the Northeast Swale. Nature Conservancy of Canada is leading a nature walk in Regina’s Wascana Marsh.

Repair Café, May 5 (Prince Albert)
Work together to repair household items and bicycles at Repair Café Prince Albert from 1-4 pm, May 5.

Spiders & the Prairie Gardener, May 5 (Saskatoon)
Learn to identify the spiders in your garden and appreciate their contributions to a healthy garden ecosystem at 1 pm, May 5, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Predatory Birds in your Yard, May 7 (Saskatoon)
Lyndon Penner will discuss some of Saskatchewan’s most interesting birds of prey at 7 pm, May 7, at Wild Birds Unlimited.

Bats, May 12 (Regina)
Learn interesting facts about bats from University of Regina researchers from 1-2 pm, May 12, Prince of Wales Branch Library.

Making Bat Houses, May 12 (Regina)
Learn how to build a home for bats from 2-4 pm, May 12, Prince of Wales Branch Library.

Bohemian Waxwing drinking from puddle

Great Canadian Birdathon, May 12 (Regina)
Nature Saskatchewan will be hosting the Great Canadian Birdathon on May 12 starting with early morning birding around Wascana Lake followed by an afternoon birding at Last Mountain Lake.

Sprucin’ Up Meeting Lake, May 12 (Meeting Lake)
Join Nature Conservancy of Canada in planting spruce, birch, and dogwood at Meeting Lake 3 from 9 am-3 pm, May 12.

Ecological Literacy, May 12 (Saskatoon)
Lichen Nature will be offering monthly ecological literacy sessions for the remainder of 2018. The first session is from 12:30-4:30 pm, May 12.

Looking Ahead
Camp Wild Roots, July 8-14 & Aug. 26-31
Camp Wild Roots is offering two summer camps for kids to learn about growing and foraging food, permaculture, and wilderness skills. The July 8-14 camp is in Dunblane. The Aug. 26-31 camp is at Aloha Farm east of Regina and will be followed by a 3-day food and music festival.

Science Centre Day Camp, Aug. 21-24 (Prince Albert)
The Saskatchewan Science Centre is hosting a day camp in Prince Albert for 8-13 year olds from Aug. 21-24.

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

In the News
The global energy transition is happening. Why are Canadians distracted by pipelines?

Montana First Nation has established a solar energy company providing training and work opportunities for the community.

Urban climate adaptation needs to include biodiversity. For example, Amsterdam is "enlarging protected areas to enhance extreme-weather resilience and allow for animal migration" while London's Walthamstow Wetlands are enjoyed by birds and humans.

Canada's new methane regulations will be able to cut methane pollution by up to 45% in the next 8 years.

From flat-pack coffins to water cremation: how to have an environmentally friendly death.

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