Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Wings Over Wascana School Day 2009

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Leah Japp
Email address of primary contact person: 
leahjapp@gmail.com
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The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009. Participants in WOW have the opportunity to spend a day outdoors, engaged in hands-on, minds-on environmental education activities. Some of these activities included: pond dipping in the marsh, poura-pond to examine aquatic creatures more closely, a presentation by “Batman” (Dr. Mark Brigham), an
opportunity to reflect on their experiences through reflection, drawing and writing, singing EarthSongs
with Don Waite, bird watching, hiking, owl pellet dissection, games using a giant, 6-foot diameter,
EarthBall, and the opportunity to meet a live bat and a live Great Horned Owl. Through all these
activities students gain a greater appreciation for the marsh area and a deeper understanding of the
interconnectedness of natural ecosystems, plus have fun spending the day outside learning!

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

The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
education, youth, natural prairies
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Wings Over Wascana School Day builds capacity for sustainable development through the involvement
and education of youth. The students who participate in the festival gain a deeper appreciation and
understanding of the marsh ecosystem and all the things that they can do in their lives to support and
protect the environment. Some of these students have never had the opportunity to visit the marsh
before, nor have they had other opportunities to engage in activities such as pond dipping and seeing live
bats and owls.

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

Native Prairie Appreciation Initiative

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Chet Neufeld
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@npss.sk.ca
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The NPSS proposed to hold a series of events designed to familiarize people with native prairie. Through these events, people would learn about why native prairie is important, the threats to native prairie, what they can do to help, and how and where to enjoy native prairie.

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): 
prairie grasslands, awareness, restoration
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The NPSS engaged, educated and empowered citizens through a series of native prairie appreciation
events and educational materials.

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

Last Mountain Bird Observatory - Baillie Birdathon

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Karen McIver
Email address of primary contact person: 
karen.mciver@gmail.com
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More than 7,000 people from across Canada (and from several countries around the world) participate in and/or sponsor a Baillie Birdathon in May of every year. During a 24-hour period in May, they attempt to find as many bird species as they can, sponsored at a flat rate, or on a per-species basis.  Birders can designate a favourite conservation organization to receive a portion of the funds they raise. Bird observatories can also be designated as recipients of fund raising. (In this case, Last Mountain Bird Observatory receives funds)

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

Date of Project: Long weekend in May (Saturday)

Length of Time: one 24-hour day (8:00-10:00am walk around LMBO, followed by a 10:00-11:30am drive to nearby grassland and wetland areas to spot grassland birds and waterfowl.)

Location: LMBO is located in Last Mountain Regional Park, 5km North and 140km West of Govan (highway 20).

 

 

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Birdathon, Grassland Birds, bird observatory, environmental education, conservation education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Participants join experienced birder in a day of bird identification. Participants learn how to identify a number of birds. Particpants become more aware of declines in bird populations. Participants become better connected to natural prairie ecosystems.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public (public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

What are the trends seen over several years of Baillie Birdathon results in terms of the number of species of birds counted. Is biodiversity in decline?

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

Documentation can be seen at the Bird Studies Canada website: http://www.bsc-eoc.org/organization/brdathon.html

Project sponsors/funders: 

Bird Studies Canada

SaskEnergy

SaskPower

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment - Fish and Wildlife Development Fund

Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service

Nature Saskatchewan receives funding from: Saskatchewan Lotteries

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Peta White

SOEEA Ecotour (2010)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Paul Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@craikecovillage.com
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The Ecotour will occur on August 13-15 with visits to the Last Mountain Regional Park to see and help with bird banding at the Last Mountain Bird Observatory and a visit to the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area and Bird Sanctuary.

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

August 13-15, 2010

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Ecotour, environmental education, outdoor edication, recreation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This public event will provide a recreation opportunity for families.  Through participatory involvement learning about the environment and birds will hopefully occur.

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

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA)

Funded through Sask Lotteries!!

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