Tuesday 30 June 2020

EcoSask News, June 30, 2020


Upcoming Events
Youth Activities, Fridays - July & August (Yorkton & area - online) 
The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association’s summer student is posting activity sheets for ages 4-12 every Friday over the summer months on YFBTA’s Facebook page and blog.

Nature Exploration Activities, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Yorkton & area - online) 
Talia from Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association will be sharing her favorite activities for ages 3-10 to get outside and explore nature every Friday in July. Sessions are pre-recorded and sent by email so you can participate at your leisure.

Household Hazardous Waste, July 5 (Saskatoon)
You can dispose of household hazardous waste at City of Saskatoon’s Civic Operations Centre from 9 am-3:30 pm, July 5.

Identifying the Big Weeds, July 7 (webinar)
Melanie Toppi will discuss some of the main species of weeds that can be found in Saskatchewan in a noon-hour webinar sponsored by PCAP-SK on July 7.

Pause with Nature, July 9 (online) 
Find out how you can reduce stress and increase well-being with a dose of nature in a Nature Conservancy of Canada webinar at 11:30 am (SK time), July 9.

Hidden Valley Picnic & Wildflowers, July 12 (Regina) 
Join Nature Regina for a picnic and wildflower field trip at Hidden Valley from 4-8 pm, July 12.


Looking Ahead
Nature Exploration Camp, Aug. 4-7 (Yorkton - online) 
Yorkton Family Resource Centre is hosting a virtual nature exploration camp for ages 3-12 at 3 pm, Aug. 4-7, with Talia from Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association.

Generating Momentum, Aug. 6-7 (online) 
Registration is now open for Generating Momentum, an activist leadership training camp, to be held online on Aug. 6-7.

Bird Count, Sept. 12 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatoon Nature Society is looking for volunteers to help with the Sept. 12 Fall Bird Count. If you would like to help, phone Stan Shadick at 306 652-5975 or email trips@saskatoonnature.org and provide your contact information and times that you are available to count birds.

A full list of upcoming events (online and in person) can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar

Local News
A new technology being piloted in Saskatchewan aims to extract hydrogen from beneath the earth and has the potential to repurpose abandoned oil wells

Saskatchewan uranium mine tailings could become a source of rare earth minerals

Global warming, urban growth and spring run-off from farm fertilizers have increased pollution levels in southern Saskatchewan lakes, leading to a build-up of blue-green algae that produce a cancer-causing toxin

gophers (Richardsons ground squirrels)

From Information to Action
Tackling inequality could be a primary tactic for effectively fighting climate change

In 2015, Wales passed the Future Generations Act, making it the first country in the world to write responsibility for future generations into law [book review]

“Simply protecting more land will not necessarily preserve more biodiversity in the future—but protecting currently underrepresented types of land might”

Indigenous land guardian programs are an “expression of Indigenous governance over land

10 storage options for renewable energy

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