Tuesday 6 October 2020

EcoSask News, October 6, 2020

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Upcoming Events 
Bird Collisions, Oct. 5-11 (Regina) 
Nature Regina is looking for early risers to meet at 6:30 am from Oct. 5-11 to log bird-building collisions. 

Dark Skies at the Creek, Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Saskatoon) 
Saskatoon Nature Society is hosting a variety of presentations to celebrate Dark Skies at Beaver Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31.

Canada Jay, Oct. 15 (online) 
Dan Strickland will talk about the triumph and downfall of the Canada Jay at the 7:30 pm, Oct. 15, online meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society. Meetings are currently members-only so sign up now

Looking Ahead 
Outstanding Owls Camp-In, Oct. 23 (online) 
The Saskatchewan Science Centre is hosting a virtual camp-in at 7 pm, Oct. 23. An activity kit will be provided for creating a hand puppet, dissecting an owl pellet, and much more. 

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. 

Project WET, Nov. 2-Feb. 12 (online) 
SaskOutdoors is hosting a distance Project WET workshop involving phone calls and opportunities to engage in activities with your class from Nov. 2 to Feb. 12. 

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

Local News 
A company is proposing to harvest peat south of La Ronge. For more information on the potential impact of this project, check out the Global Peatlands Initiative website and a petition opposing the project. A Facebook group has been set up - For Peat’s Sake - Protecting Northern Saskatchewan’s Muskegs.

Orion Morgan, Salt Box Studios, Saskatoon, builds passive houses. He’s also saving trees. SOS Trees Coalition reports that he is going out of his way to protect not only City trees but also other mature trees and shrubs on a construction site.

Do you have a bat box in your yard? If so, you’re invited to participate in a survey looking at which types of bats are using the boxes and what type of boxes work best in Canada

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“Instead of demolishing houses, Corneil's company deconstructs them and salvages the materials so they can be returned to the supply chain.” 

York plans to build Britain’s largest zero-carbon housing project. It will also be car-free with allotments, fruit trees, and shared cargo bikes. 

From Information to Action 
“Carsharing is an avoidance tactic that allows a privileged group to bypass the gaps in our transportation network.”

“Canada produces nine times more plastic waste per person than India, up to 3.6 times more than some countries in Southeast Asia, and up to twice that of some Scandinavian countries.” 

DataStream, an online open-access platform, allows users to share information about the health of waterways across Canada

Dual-flush toilets were expected to use less than half the amount of water per flush, but they are prone to leaks, wasting more water than they save

Read and Watch 
“Embracing of wildness calls on us to stop feeling annoyed, threatened and endangered by everything that escapes control and to resist the urge constantly to direct and dominate the world around us.” [book review] 

Check out these new environmental action books, including All We Can Save by women climate leaders, Tales from the Ant World by E O Wilson, and Earth AD: The Poisoning of the American Landscape and the Communities that Fought Back

Striking Balance Season 2 explores 9 of Canada’s biosphere reserves. It will be available to stream on TVO’s YouTube channel. 

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