Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Saskatchewan Native Wildlife Poster Series

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Joe Milligan
Email address of primary contact person: 
jmilligan@swf.sk.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Saskatchewan Native Wildlife Poster series has been an outstanding success. It was created as visual representation of Saskatchewan's biodiversity and to raise awareness of Saskatchewan wildlife with youth and the general population. Each poster is created with presentation and back ground notes for teacher and volunteers. The graphics were created by renowned wildlife artist Paul Gerahty of Avonlea, Saskatchewan. The posters include 'Wild Hoofed Mammals' 'Grouse, Partridge, and Pheasants','Wild Rabbits and Hare, Big Rodents and Bear,' 'Wild Weasels' and 'Wild Cats and Dogs.' Recently, the poster series has expanded to include the Raptors of Saskatchewan series with 'Buteos' and 'Falcons' posters.  'Owls' will be released in 2009. Each poster is unique and highlights the vast diversity of wildlife that exist in Saskatchewan and draws attention to the unique ecosystems in which they live. To date more than 70,000 posters have been printed or distributed throughout Saskatchewan to school children and youth.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

As long as posters are printed.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Poster, native wildlife, information education, formal education, awareness, public initiatives
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

More than 70 000 posters have been distributed through Saskatchewan to school children and youth.  Posters come with presentation and background notes for teachers and volunteers.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Saskatchewan Environment - Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, Saskatchewan Trappers Association, Pheasants Forever, Saskatchewan Association of Firearm Educators - SAFE, Shaunavon Wildlife Federation, Cub Hills Branch Saskatchwan Wildlife Federation, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Region 4, SaskLotteries. Posters have been distributed with the assistance of: University of Regina / Faculty of Education, Saskatchewan Education, Saskatchewan Environment - Conservation Officers and various SWF branches and regions.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

student researcher

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is both a provincial and national historical site encompassing 760 acres located along the South Saskatchewan River just 3 km north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This site has been a gathering place for the Northern Plains First Nations People for 6,000 years. One of the main functions of the park is to educate people about First Nations history, culture, and beliefs. On the edge of the prairie where Opimihaw Creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River, the First Peoples found peace in a place that has changed very little over thousands of years. Since then, countless generations have returned to the valley to feast, seek help from healers, dance and tell stories. In the First Nations' community, it is remembered as a resting place - a place of spiritual renewal.  184 species of birds and 37 species of mammals have been noted here. 14 species of amphibians, reptiles and fish have been seen, however a many more are likely on-site.  Existing vegetation is complex owing to the diversifying effects of topography and past land use. Many native plants have been identified and interpreted for your viewing pleasure.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Informal education, awareness, outdoor education, hiking, guided walks, interpretive signs, First Nations peoples, native prairie, formal education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

School and educator tours, interpretive and guided walks, interpretive panels for native plants throughout the park, several interpretive programs about flora and fauna and First Peoples culture and history.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Private donations and corporate sponsors

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student Researcher

Sustainable Communities Grant

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Green Initiatives Fund Co-ordinator, Ministry of Environment
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Sustainable Communities Grants are awarded for projects that take place in Saskatchewan and work towards progress in the following target areas:
    * Climate Change - project reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    * Eco-tourism - project addresses ecosystem preservation through public education and provides economic opportunity through tourism in Saskatchewan
    * Green Agricultural Practices - project demonstrates or determines the feasibility of agricultural practices that minimize negative environmental impacts
    * Ecosystem Conservation - project conserves resources, preserves and maintains ecosystems at risk or rehabilitates degraded areas
    * Sustainable Development Awareness - project raises awareness of sustainable development through education activities, training, research, seminars or forums
    * Water Conservation and Source Water Protection - project takes action to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply
Costs that are not eligible include:
# Projects that have received previous funding from the Green Initiatives Fund
# Projects that require on-going funding from the province beyond two calendar years
# On-going administration (office costs) and established operational budgets; Sustainable Communities Grant money cannot be used to provide on-going operational funding
# Infrastructure, including landfills, roads, water/wastewater and buildings used for residential or commercial purposes
# Equipment, including but not limited to vehicles, heating and cooling equipment
# Land
# Research projects
# Biofuels projects
# Projects that include debt financing or cost recovery purposes
# Initiatives that need to be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as investigations and remediation
Saskatchewan youth groups, community associations, non-profit organizations, local governments including First Nation communities, educational institutions and municipal corporations are eligible to submit project proposals. Individuals or groups not included in the above list may submit a joint application with an eligible applicant. Funding is available to a maximum of $100,000.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. The maximum length of a project is two calendar years from the time the funding is awarded. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
sustainable communities, climate change, eco-tourism, green agriculture, ecosystems, water conservation, source water, sustainable development
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=15ba2b6c-acde-479a-bc55...

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Regina Plains Native Plant Restoration Project

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Malin Hansen
Email address of primary contact person: 
malin.hansen@swa.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The project is located along the Devonian multipurpose trail, within the Wascana Centre Authority in Regina.  The objective of this project is to investigate the establishment and growth of native plant species as well as their response to management strategies such as deferred grazing and fire. The project will also serve as a demonstration of ecological restoration and will therefore raise awareness of the native prairie ecosystem.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. The site has been managed by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority since 2003, in which year four acres were seeded with native grasses and forbs. An additional acre was seeded with native grasses in 2007. The remaining nine acres will be seeded in 2009. Establishment of native species will be followed throughout the project. Management treatments of the area will in 2012.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Native plant species, restoration, native prairie, grassland management
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The project will serve as a demonstration of ecological restoration and will raise awareness of the native prairie ecosystem. Since the area is close to the University of Regina, the restoration area can be used as an outdoor laboratory for plant identification or research.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

SaskPower Shand Greenhouse

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Marty Lelliott, Greenhouse Manager
Email address of primary contact person: 
greenhouse@saskpower.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

SaskPower Shand Greenhouse is located immediately adjacent to the coal fired Shand Power Station. Heating systems capture waste heat from the power station's cooling system to heat over 1500 m2 of growing space.

The Greenhouse produces an assortment of trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses; about 500 000 plants per year. The plants are distributed; free of charge, to Saskatchewan residents and organizations for shelterbelt, wildlife habitat, and reclamation projects. Interested individuals can apply for seedlings for spring planting. While most plants are produced in bulk, arrangements can be made to custom grow plants for qualifying special projects. 

One special project saw Shand Greenhouse produce over 80 000 Western red lilies, the provincial floral emblem, to celebrate the provincial centennial by educating about the cultural and environmental significance of this beautiful prairie flower. The plants were provided to conservation partners, schools and to 1000 citizens who submitted their name to a lottery. In conjunction with this project Saskatchewan Learning put together educational modules for various age levels to promote the cultural understanding of the flower and to educate about the ecological pressures faced by the species. The project was very successful and emphasized the deep and longstanding relationship that Saskatchewanians have with this floral icon.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Greenhouse, seedlings, tours, formal education, information education, native plants, remediation, reclamation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Tours are available, large groups should be arranged in advance, online and hard copy information on native plants is available (e.g. plant collector cards with information about native plants, tree and shrub guide), on-site and classroom programming for school children is available, please call.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

We will consider all project proposals involve the use, growing, research of Native plants.

Project sponsors/funders: 

SaskPower

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Student researcher.

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