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President's Corner

According to the Earth Day Network, the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, in part as a result of an oil spill in California. It marked the birth of the environmental movement, and led to the establishment of several of the environmental protection laws in the United States. This year a March for Science was held in conjunction with Earth Day to draw attention to the importance of the work of scientists and science in general. Although not everyone is prepared to join marches or be vocal about a cause, it is important to advocate for the environment and for science-based decision making.

Some of you may be familiar with the book published in 2014, "Your Brain On Nature" by Eva Selhub and Alan Logan. One of the points made in the book is that studies show that contact with nature, particularly in childhood, is one of the greatest predictors of pro-environmental attitudes. The Society's book, "A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites In and Around Saskatoon" was published to provide residents with information about local sites that offer many different opportunities to observe nature. We have arranged a second printing since the response to the book has been overwhelming. We hope this helps Saskatoon residents discover some of the hidden gems in the city and surrounding area. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to buy a copy, especially families with young children, and get outdoors.

An annual event in Saskatoon that showcases nature in the urban environment is the Saskatoon Nature City Festival to be held May 23-28, 2017. Many of the events are kid-friendly. Once again, the Society has organized several field trips and a beginner bird identification workshop. New this year is a plant identification workshop. We have also co-sponsored a presentation on May 24 by Michael Mesure from the BirdSafe-Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) in Toronto. See this newsletter and the SNS website for more information. Visit the Nature City Festival calendar at wildaboutsaskatoon.org for more details about all the events being held that week. Hope to see you at some of the events. Don't forget the annual spring picnic to be held on May 18 at Meewasin Park.

Valerie Martz
SNS President

   
   
Last updated: 12 May, 2017