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Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Posted by on 23. May 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

Wild about Saskatoon – 2014 NatureCity Festival field trip

I will be leading a nature photography field trip to Saskatoon’s Northeast Swale on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. We will explore a beautiful natural prairie landscape at the north edge of town and focus out lenses on wild critters and close-up details. This field trip is part of the Wild about Saskatoon NatureCity Festival and there is no charge to join. The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the Prairie Birds, Flowers and Butterflies trip led by members of the Saskatoon Nature Society (2 – 4 p.m.). Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later in a warm afternoon light. Bring your camera, snacks and drinking water. Optional but recommended: tripod and a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks). We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. How to get there: we will meet at the entrance to Northeast Swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Agra Road, turn left onto Lowe Road –  NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road. Look for the NatureCity Festival sign. If you reach the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation building, you have gone too far. Follow this link to see a map showing the meeting place at Northeast Swale.   About the 2014 Saskatoon NatureCity Festival   Wild about Saskatoon’s second annual NatureCity Festival starts on Saturday, May 24 with a warm-up event at the Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., and runs for a full week until Saturday, May 31 with a varied program of (mostly free) mini-adventures and urban nature events for all ages. In addition to the general calendar of events, the Festival also includes special programming designed for school groups, and two workshops for urban conservation practitioners. Saskatoon City Council has declared May 25 – 31 as the  NatureCity Festival Week. The Festival program includes riverboat runs, adventure hikes, forums of urban agriculture, bird-watching sessions, wetland dips (to look for small critters), face painting for kids, art exhibits and music events, and much, much more. About 80 organizations and businesses are involved in coordinating the events. There will be 3 special presentations at the Roxy Theatre (invited keynote speakers): Cam Collyer from the Evergreen Foundation (Toronto) will talk about how communities across the country are connecting kids with nature. Cam will be joined on stage by students from the Outdoor School and Earthkeepers Program, and there will be on-screen display of nature art from Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School. Grant Pearsell, an internationally recognized leader in the urban biodiversity movement will come from Edmonton to talk about the efforts in cities around the world to protect plant and animal species in urban environments. Michelle Molnar, and Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation will come from Vancouver to talk about the economic value of urban wetlands and explore the benefits that wetlands provide to Saskatoon residents. The goal of the NatureCity Festival is to change how people who live in Saskatoon see their city, and especially, how they live in the city. On a lighter note, here are two videos created by Cole Anderson and Dani Henderson, grade 8 students from the EcoQuest Program at Buena Vista School in Saskatoon. They were assisted by Shauna Solloway and their teacher, Jana Miller. Make sure that the sound on your computer is turned on. Cole and Dani used a few of my...

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Saskatchewan grasslands in peril – an illustrated talk

Posted by on 24. January 2014 in Blog / Journal, Conservation, News & Events | Comments Off on Saskatchewan grasslands in peril – an illustrated talk

Saskatchewan grasslands in peril – an illustrated talk

If you happen to be in Saskatoon today, come down to the Public Library – I will be presenting an illustrated talk titled: Saskatchewan Grasslands – a Vanishing Landscape? Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2 pm Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon, 311 – 23rd Street East     This event is open to the general public and I will be happy to see you in the crowd. Here is the official promo piece: Temperate grasslands are one of the most altered and modified landscapes in the world. In North America, 80% of the grasslands have been converted (only ~20% remain). Recent estimates show that only 19% to 20% of the original native prairie still remain in Saskatchewan. Recent economic and social trends in the Prairie Provinces are driving a change in the type of land use, with industrial agriculture and development negatively impacting the remaining prairie habitat. The expanding market for grain and oilseed crops might lead to further conversion of native prairie and semi-natural rangeland into a more intensively managed lands destined for food and biofuel crop production. This process of land-use change is predominantly driven by the system of agricultural subsidies, a strong demand for food and biofuel products, and advances in farming technology. Join Saskatoon photographer Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj on a journey of discovery of our prairie landscapes in...

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The Fifth Estate documentary: “Silence of the Labs”

Posted by on 9. January 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on The Fifth Estate documentary: “Silence of the Labs”

The Fifth Estate documentary: “Silence of the Labs”

This Friday, January 10th at 9 p.m. EST CBC investigative show The Fifth Estate will be airing an interesting documentary titled “Silence of the Labs”. The show deals with the dire situation of public science in Canada, and how current policies of the Canadian Government toward science and scientific research impacts all Canadians. The federal government has cut funding or closed hundreds of research institutes and programs, especially focusing on the programs dealing with the environmental and climate change issues. More than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers have been fired over the last few years and there has been a massive move to dismantle and eliminate scientific libraries (read more about it in this Huffington Post article. The foundations of Canadian science have been undermined through cuts to programs and departments, political intervention into research, and through direct or indirect muzzling of scientists that work in federal research institutes. Decision-making and development of policies based on evidence and scientific research has taken a secondary role, undermining regulations and programs that defend the public interest and support social and economic progress. So, tune into the Fifth Estate airing tomorrow evening and check out this galvanizing show. You can find information about air times at: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs. Update: the link posted above will lead to a page with short video clips from the show and show synopsis. if you missed the episode, you can watch it here: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth Here are some of the comments from the viewers: “One of the most important, and disturbing, editions of the Fifth Estate ever produced.”   “I feel sickened beyond description, but I don’t regret watching. Congratulations on what is, in my opinion (and I have been tuning in for a very long time), quite probably your best and most important episode ever…”   “Thank-you Fifth Estate….thank-you for such a well presented and honest sobering look at a problem that we all need to be made aware of. I agree with others…..one of the most important editions I have watched, and thankful to have watched...

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Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

Posted by on 27. December 2013 in Blog / Journal, Conservation, News & Events | Comments Off on Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

I would like to share a short, 2 minute video made by a group of nature photographers from Croatia: Goran Safarek, Ante Zuljevic, Drasko Holcer and Italian videographer Claudia Amico. The video is called “Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia”. I met Goran on my last trip to Croatia in October. He is an excellent photographer and an extremely dedicated conservationist. Here is a short background to the video that Goran sent me. As a result of entering the European Union in 2013, Croatia became part of the Natura 2000 network.  This is the largest ecological network of protected areas in the world (more than 30,000 locations covering 20% of the EU surface area). The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. Natura 2000 represents the foundation of a sustainable economic development, considering nature as a provider of basic necessities for the betterment of humankind. At the same time, the network has been created to protect natural processes, plant and animal species and the habitats upon which they rely. Natura 2000 means humanity in nature, not nature without humans. This is the message we are trying to convey because of the often misguided perception that protected areas are impediments to the economic development; whereas, the truth is the opposite. This video is integral part of the project called “Together for Nature Conservation – Civil Society Organizations for Effective European Natura 2000 Network in Croatia”     Translation of Croatian text in the video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia (0:03) Croatia is a country rich in protected natural heritage (0:19) Now part of a network of ecological areas in Europe (0:30) Sea, mountains, rivers, forests (0:38) Natural areas encompass 37% of the land surface and 16% of the sea (1:00) Large natural areas result from the existence of rich landscape and biological diversity (1:08) Natura 200 protects nature (1:20) Natura 2000 is not impediment to the investment (1:25) It supports sustainable agriculture and fisheries (1:33) Natura 2000: humanity in nature, not nature without humans (1:38) Natura 2000: an opportunity, not impediment to the economic development...

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Craft & Vision’s 4th Birthday Bash

Posted by on 28. August 2013 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Craft & Vision’s 4th Birthday Bash

Craft & Vision’s 4th Birthday Bash

Good folks over at the Craft & Vision are celebrating 4 years of serving the photographic community. If you have not read any of their inspirational eBooks, heard the podcasts or subscribed to the marvellously designed magazine Photograph, head over right away and check them out. The C&V motto is to provide “exceptional photography education at irresistible prices”. And indeed, they do provide both. To celebrate the special occasion, everything on offer through C&V is on sale for 50% off (except for the annual subscription to the magazine Photograph – individual issues are on sale). This special deal is valid only on August 27th and 28th. There are no discount codes, all of the eBooks and Presets are marked at the reduced price. I purchased a bunch of eBooks that were missing in my library.     While we are on the topic of eBooks and other educational material worth exploring, have a look at the latest eBook by the professional landscape and nature photographer Michael Frye, Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. This is an eBook packed with great material (covered in 87 double-page spreads). For $14.95 you get the book in PDF format, several DNG image files to work on while following the tutorials, and access to several videos with detailed instructions on how to harness the power of the Adobe’s amazing photography tool....

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