Tuesday 15 September 2020

EcoSask News, September 15, 2020

Sandhill cranes

Upcoming Events
Cycling in Saskatoon, Sept. 15 (online)
Avid cyclist Kira Judge will present possible solutions for people who do not currently ride their bike in Saskatoon in an online Sustainable Speakers series presentation from 7-8:30 pm, Sept. 15.

Outdoor Adventures Kids Club, Sept. 16-Oct. 28 (Regina) 
Nature Regina, Nature Saskatchewan, and SaskOutdoors are offering an outdoor kids club from 10 am-12 pm, Wednesdays from Sept. 16-Oct. 28. The outdoor education program, for kids ages 6-12, is designed to support the science curriculum and will include French enrichment.

Last Mountain Bird Observatory, Sept. 19 (online) 
Nature Saskatchewan is celebrating 30 years at Last Mountain Bird Observatory with a special Zoom presentation by Al Smith at 7 pm, Sept. 19. Pre-registration is required.

Outdoor Adventure Guides, Sept. 21 (Regina) 
Join Nature Regina for a presentation on their new outdoor adventure guides from 7-8:30 pm, Sept. 21. RSVP as seating is limited.

Talking about Climate Change, Sept. 22, Oct. 6 & 20
Climate Justice Saskatoon is offering 3 free webinars on talking with people about climate change during the election campaigns from 7:30-9 pm, Sept. 22, and from 7:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20.

Bison Restoration at Wanuskewin, Sept. 23 (online) 
There will be a webinar about bringing bison back to Wanuskewin at noon, Sept. 23, as part of SK-PCAP’s Native Prairie Speaker series.

Meewasin Valley Summit, Sept. 23 (online) 
Join Meewasin leadership for insight into upcoming strategies, priorities, and projects from 11 am-1 pm, Sept. 23 (online).

SODCAP AGM, Sept. 24 (online) 
South of the Divide Conservation Action Program is holding its annual general meeting online from 2-6 pm, Sept. 24. There will be presentations on helium development and badgers. You can join them at approximately 3 pm for the presentation about badgers.

Tree Wrapping, Sept. 24 (Saskatoon) 
Join Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Meewasin Valley Authority, and SOS Trees in wrapping trees to help maintain a balance between food for beavers and urban forest from 5-7 pm, Sept. 24. Sign up to register.

Sandhill cranes

Looking Ahead
World Rivers Day, Sept. 27 (online) 
Safe Drinking Water Foundation, Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin, South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, Meewasin, and The Saskatchewan First Nations Water Association are holding a Virtual World Rivers Day event from 1- 2:30 pm, Sept. 27. Start following them now if you want to win one of the prizes.

Whooping & Sandhill Crane Tour, late Sept.-mid Oct. (Saskatoon) 
Groups of 1-4 using their own vehicle are invited to join Stan Shadick on 1-day and 2-day custom tours to look for Whooping and/or Sandhill Cranes. Proceeds will go to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

WILD Education Facilitator Training, Oct. 5-17 (online & Regina) 
SaskOutdoors is hosting an online WILD Education facilitator training from 7-9 pm on Oct. 5, 7, and 14, and from 10 am-4 pm, Oct. 17, in person, in Regina.

Virtual Repair Café, Oct. 24 (online) 
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is hosting a virtual repair café from 10 am-2 pm, Oct. 24. Register a broken item and you’ll receive a link to a Zoom meeting where knowledgeable volunteers will coach you through fixing your item.

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

Local News
The Prairie-Hardy Trees Forum is a new Facebook group to discuss, share, and ask questions related to trees.

From Information to Action
“Conservation organizations face a singular opportunity to reshape conservation into a discipline that promotes both the quantity of species and the quality of animal life.”

Geothermal projects in western Canada could herald a new era for an untapped resource and job opportunities for former oil and gas workers.

Should national parks close for a couple of months every year to give them a respite from human traffic?

“Oil and gas executives knowingly pushed the illusion that comprehensive plastic recycling is a viable practice — with no actual intention of making it that way — all in the interest of getting consumers to buy more single-use plastic materials.”

“Many of the world’s largest freight transporters are flailing during the pandemic and will be reliant on government money to survive. . . . governments have leverage to prod these industries to go greener and contribute their fair share to hitting international climate targets.”

Natural Wonders
The Natures Wild Neighbours Society invites you to get outdoors, connect with nature through the creative arts and upload your nature-inspired art, photography, writing, video or music entry before June 1, 2021, for a chance to win some wild prizes.

The miracle of flight – insects in slow motion

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