Tuesday 21 April 2020

EcoSask News, April 21, 2020

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Earth Day (April 22) Events (online)
Drive Electric Meetup
Join Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association for a virtual event from 12-1 pm honouring EVs and their positive impact on the planet.

Joanna Lilley will launch her new collection of poetry about extinction at an online panel discussion at 7 pm in Saskatchewan.

5Point Unlocked 
Join host Chris Davenport for 90 minutes of films that shine a light on the wild places within and without at 7 pm.

Earth Day Songs
Join Glen Sutter for a Facebook Live evening of original tunes and writing  at 7 pm and raise money for local environmental action.

Additional Events (online) 
Yard Waste, Apr. 21-Nov.10 (Swift Current) 
Swift Current’s Yard Waste program runs from April 21 to November 10 with a few modifications for physical distancing restrictions.

Imagining the Green New Deal, Apr. 23 
Join the Council of Canadians in imagining a Green New Deal at 5 pm, Apr. 23.

Wildlife Rescue, Apr. 25
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is holding an online volunteer orientation session at 2 pm, Apr. 25.

EnviroCollective, Apr. 27 
EnviroCollective Regina is meeting online from 7-9 pm, Apr. 27.

Environmental Society AGM, Apr. 27
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is holding its annual general meeting online at 7 pm, Apr. 27.

Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success, Apr. 28
Mark Jaccard, professor of sustainable energy, will speak on how climate-concerned citizens can overcome myths that hinder us from acting in time to prevent extreme climate impacts at 2 pm, Apr. 28.

Enviro Law 101, Apr. 30 
West Coast Environmental Law is offering a youth-focused workshop on using the law to protect the environment and tackle climate change from 12-1 pm, Apr. 30.

More and more events are going online. Check the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar for details.

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In the News
A revised edition of Prairie: A Natural History of the Heart of North America by Candace Savage has just been released. Find out more about the book and the author in these interviews. Candace describes the prairies as “a world that needs to be appreciated in miniature, ideally on hands and knees with your nose in the grass.” The book “gives you the information and insights you need to go exploring.”

Federal funding for cleaning up orphan oil and gas wells will create employment but puts taxpayers on the hook for costs that were supposed to be paid by the oil and gas industry.

Tens of millions of radicals, moderates, and conservatives took part in Earth Day 1970.

A new app, Earth Challenge 2020, hopes to use millions of people around the world to monitor environmental problems, including plastic and air pollution.

Western Tiger Salamander

Just for Fun
Andrew spotted a tiger salamander while there was still snow on the ground in Saskatchewan!

Red-winged blackbirds are eavesdropping on yellow warblers.

We knew ravens were smart, but this is pretty impressive! “Y’all right love?”

Bats can be pretty darn cute – see if you don’t agree!

Celebrating National Volunteer Week
Rick Huziak: The High Cost of Lighting up the Night 
Branimir Gjetvaj: Conservation Photographer
Citizens Environmental Alliance – Saskatchewan: We’re Losing our Wetlands and That’s a Big Problem
Repair Café Prince Albert
Melanie Elliott: Taught by Nature: The Importance of Outdoor Education
Jared Clarke: Naturalist and Climate Change Activist
Claire Bullaro: Zoos are for Education
EnviroCollective Regina
Meghan Mickelson: Nature through the Camera Lens

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