Natural Prairie Ecosystems

Owls & Cows Tour

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:43
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Michelle Yaskowich
Email address of primary contact person
pcap@sasktel.net
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The Owls and Cows Tour brings together the Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (PCAP) Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show and the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre's (SBOIC) Owls On Tour Program as well as an entertaining presentation on the threatened Loggerhead Shrike. This fun, interactive program teaches Grade 3 to 6 students about riparian areas and native prairie, using the endangered Burrowing Owl and the threatened  Loggerhead Shrike as flagship species for native prairie conservation.  Between 2001 and 2008, the Owls and Cows Tour has visited a total of 426 rural elementary schools reaching 32,929 students. Rave reviews have been received from teachers about the Tours' effectiveness in promoting environmental stewardship to youth audiences. 
The Owls and Cows Tour requires approximately 2 hours with the program being delivered in the mornings and afternoons and is usually bracketed around a recess break. Students play the Cows, Fish, Cattle Dogs and Kids Game Show before recess and return after recess to participate in two presentations including Loggerhead Shrikes - Butcherbirds: the Impalers and the Owls On Tour Program. Loggerhead Shrikes - Butcherbirds: the Impalers consists of a slide show about the Loggerhead Shrike including a dress-up activity where a student is dressed to resemble a shrike to aid in the students' identification of the bird. The Owls on Tour program consists of songs and skits and features an imprinted owl from the SBOIC.  Group sizes of ~75 to 125 students work best as audience participation are key elements of these programs.

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During the school year

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
Interactive learning, Burrowing Owls, Loggerhead Shrikes, formal education, informal education, native prairie, grades 3 to 6
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

This fun, interactive program teaches Grade 3 to 6 students about riparian areas and native prairie, using the endangered Burrowing Owl and the threatened Loggerhead Shrike as flagship species for native prairie conservation.

What level of education does this project address?
Elementary school
Project sponsors/funders

PCAP and SBOIC funders, Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Carl Block Memorial Stewardship Education Fund

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WILD! Saskatchewan

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:37
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Chad Reiss
Email address of primary contact person
creiss@sasksciencecentre.com
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WILD! Saskatchewan exhibit overlooks the beautiful Wascana Marsh and Bird Sanctuary, creating a feeling of walking into a natural refuge.
WILD! Saskatchewan is a fun and interactive exhibit with a serious and compelling message about our environment and why we need to maintain it.  Visitors will learn about Saskatchewan's amazing eco-regions, topography and diverse life which all need to work in concert with one another.  WILD! Saskatchewan also shares information about the conservation and protection of our world and what we can all do to help. Learn how man's development including the introduction of a new species has affected some of the province's native inhabitants.  A life-sized robotic grizzly bear and extinction game brings to light the extinction of plants and animals around us.  A bird and animal watcher's dream, the WILD! Saskatchewan exhibit's powerful closed circuit camera lets visitors zoom in on the wildlife and plants of the great Wascana Marsh and Bird Sanctuary. A decomposing robotic gopher helps visitors understand the importance of the entire life process.

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, formal education, interactive learning, prairie ecosystem
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

The WILD! Saskatchewan classroom is an ideal location for teachers to bring to life student learnings.

What level of education does this project address?
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Project sponsors/funders

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Lloyd & Evelyn Johnson Foundation, PFRA, Sask Environment, Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 & Saskatchewan Centenary Fund, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, The Nature Conservancy, TD Friends of the Environment

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Sustainable Ecosystems: The Marsh and the Urban Forest

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:34
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Chad Reiss
Email address of primary contact person
creiss@sasksciencecentre.com
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This wild and wet experience includes bird counts, aquatic critter analysis and water and soil testing.  Students will contribute to a long-term data collection that helps monitor the health of Wascana Marsh and Urban forest.  Students need to be dressed appropriately for the weather.  We go out in heat, wind, rain, and even snow!  This includes wearing proper footwear.

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

September & October

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
Formal education, elementary education, grade 5-12, biodiversity, ecosystems, student workshop, data collection, citizen science
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Students learn science monitoring techniques in Wascana Marsh, including bird counts, aquatic critter analysis and water and soil testing. 

What level of education does this project address?
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?

Students engage in long-term research and monitoring in the marsh. 

Project sponsors/funders

None funded; collaboration and input welcome.

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Saskatchewan Native Plants: Our Heritage, Our Future

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:32
Date of survey completion
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 Neufel
Email address of primary contact person
info@npss.sk.ca
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The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed a poster to use as a visual aid to describe various uses for native plants, showing viewers why they are important and giving them a reason to appreciate and conserve them.

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)
Native plants, plant uses, Saskatchewan, conservation, visual aid, informal education, awareness
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Poster for learning about native plants and their uses

What level of education does this project address?
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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Native Plants, Water and Us

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:29
Date of survey completion
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 Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed and published a guide for youth to educate them about the function and importance of riparian habitats.  Topics covered include native and invasive species, agriculture and water, users of wetland habitats and water pollution.

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Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
Native plants, water, riparian habitats, wetland function, educational material, awareness, informal education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Informal awareness about native plant and riparian habitats.

What level of education does this project address?
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
How did you find out about this survey?

Student Researcher

Native Plant Communities of Saskatchewan Activity Sheet

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:17
Date of survey completion
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 Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed an activity sheet to give examples of native plants that are typical to different ecozones of Saskatchewan.  Youth are engaged through a series of activities on the sheet such as a crossword, connect the dots and a word find.

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)
Native plants, ecozone, Saskatchewan, plant communities, activity sheet, informal education, awareness, youth activities
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Informal awareness activity to learn about native plants and plant communities.

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

Nexen

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Native Plant Communities of Saskatchewan

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:14
Date of survey completion
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
Throughout Saskatchewan
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The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed a poster to give examples of native plants that are typical to different ecozones of Saskatchewan.

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)
Native plants, ecozone, Saskatchewan, plant communities, visual aid, awareness, informal education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Informal awareness through learning about native plants and plant communities.

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

v

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Acreage Living: A Conservation Guide For Owners and Developers Of Natural Habitats

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:11
Date of survey completion
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 Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan has developed and published a guide for landowners and developers to aid in conserving and/or restoring land to provide habitat for native fauna and flora.  Planning, design, and management are covered, and topics range from soil erosion and water conservation to enjoyment of natural areas.

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)
Acreage living, habitat conservation, rural living, wildlife habitat development, management, informal education, awareness
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Awareness education for habitat conservation/restoration planning and design.

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

Habitat Stewardship Program, Environment Canada; Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan; Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment; Ducks Unlimited Canada; Browning Design Inc.; Saskatchewan Watershed Authority; Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration; Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

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Rare Plant Survey Techniques Course

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:09
Date of survey completion
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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This course is perfect for professionals who conduct, contract, or supervise rare plant survey projects, seeking improved skills in project planning, execution or reporting. Government, NGO, industry, and consulting sectors will all find value in this course.  This is not a plant identification course.
Dr. Darcy Henderson is a Grassland Ecologist with Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, and he authored the survey guidelines that form the basis of this course. Darcy is also Chair of the Recovery Team for Plant Species at Risk in the Prairie Provinces, and has 18 years experience in ecological research, management and teaching spanning Manitoba to Alberta, prairie and boreal systems, in private and public sectors. Darcy is volunteering with the NPSS and offering CWS facilities and monitoring sites to make this course happen.

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

Summer months

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project)
Formal survey technique training, awareness, technical training
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Professional training, technical training

What level of education does this project address?
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
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McKell Wascana Conservation Park

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Fri, 2010-04-30 11:08
Date of survey completion
Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how)
Dominique Clincke, Coordinator of Landscape Design
Email address of primary contact person
dclincke@regina.ca
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The goal of the project, which began in 2004, is to conserve some of the last existing native grassland within Regina, while promoting and educating both urban and rural residents about nature, habitat stewardship and the importance of wetlands and wetland ecosystems.

The park is located in the southeast part of the city, along the Wascana Creek between Highway 33 to the east and Fleet Street to the west in the Wascana Estates subdivision. It includes 75 acres of natural habitat within the city and 96 acres adjacent to city limits. Much of the land was donated to the project by Bob McKell, whose family has farmed in the area since the 1880s.

The project is ongoing, but when complete, the area will act as a conservation showcase for Regina and area residents to enjoy. It will also function as an outdoor classroom for the Ducks Unlimited Canada's wetland education program. Home to white-tailed deer, leopard frogs, garter snakes, fish and a variety of bird species, the McKell Wascana Conservation Park is an ideal site for youth programming. In the future, the site will include an education plaza and interpretive trails.

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)
Naturalisation, prairie restoration, birds, wildlife, habitat, informal education, urban greenspace, outdoor classroom
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project)

Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be developing the site for use an outdoor classroom. The site will include an entry plaza and amphitheatre to accommodate visiting school groups, a floating dock, interpretive trails and interpretive signage. DU has distributed informational brochures to its members and through its office. Site restoration and construction will begin in 2008.

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

Ducks Unlimited Canada, City of Regina

How did you find out about this survey?

Student Researcher.