Tuesday 28 April 2020

EcoSask News, April 28, 2020

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Upcoming Events (online)
Zoo Society AGM, May 3
The Saskatoon Zoo Society will be holding a virtual annual general meeting at 1:30 pm, May 3.

Deep Building Retrofits, May 6
Rod Yoed will discuss deep building retrofits for energy and carbon at the 7:30 am, May 6, online meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

World Migratory Bird Day, May 9
Share photographs and stories about birds as Migratory Bird Day goes online on Saturday, May 9.

More and more events are going online. Be sure to check the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar for details. 

Local News
Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail’s summer program plans to build an online nature community through a Facebook group to share ideas and a website to provide resources.

A new study will determine the presence or absence of microplastics in the South Saskatchewan River watershed.

The Alternative, a zero-waste and refillery store, has opened in Regina.

Educational Resources
SOS Trees Coalition has a brand-new website covering tree care, threats to trees, benefits of trees, tree tours, and more.

Earth Rangers has launched The Big Melt, a 10-episode podcast for teens and tweens addressing climate change and its impact on youth.

Wildsight has put together a homeschooling newsletter and resources, including concrete ideas from homeschooling parents, that connect kids with nature and gets them outdoors.

A journey of billions of miles – stargazing from your backyard.

Check out Earth Tongues, a blog of independent voices from The Ecological Citizen.

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From Information to Action
The Covid lockdown has affected transportation worldwide. Can we apply what we’ve learned to accelerate climate action?

The normal economy is never coming back. “It makes sense to call . . . for a more active, more visionary government to lead the way out of the crisis. But the question, of course, is what form that will take and which political forces will control it.”

“Ducks in the streets of Paris are a sign that nature is all around us. . . . It’s high time we give nature the attention it deserves.”

Strengthening and maintaining urban nature connections – trees, pollinators, dark skies – through law, policy, and individual stewardship.

Electric thermal storage units will help smooth out peaks in demand, reducing the need for diesel and LNG generators in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Changes to keep cities functioning after lockdown could show that pro-pedestrian policies were not urbanist fantasies but durable, practical ways to build a livable post-pandemic urban future.

The Power of Art
The power of a photograph – 6 conservation photographers talk about their work.

Artists are drawing attention to climate change, species loss, and pollution in US national parks.

21 books, both fiction and non-fiction, about climate change.

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That’s Amazing!
Scientists are studying owl wings to design quieter airplanes, fans, and wind turbines.

Black rhinos have terrible eyesight, but the oxpecker birds riding on their backs and feasting on ticks warn them of approaching poachers.

An insect chastity belt, shrew venom, wax on bird wings – surprising facts about common backyard wildlife.

With no tourists, Australian scuba tour companies are planting coral.

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