Isn’t it so beautiful?

NATIONAL ORCHID DAY APRIL 16

Small Yellow Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy James St. John cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy James St. John cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy Judy Gallagher cc2-0
Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium parviflorum Courtesy Judy Gallagher cc2-0

Orchids, are quite unique among the outdoor native flowers.  Sadly a great many of the orchids are declining.  Orchids require a special and unique habitat with the corresponding nutrients in the soil, and the right neighbours.  Because humans love orchids so, the collection of orchids in the wild to transplant in the human garden is a great factor in their decline.  Daryl E. Mergen, in his peer-reviewed report for the USDA Forest Service, mentions that this little orchid is very sensitive required “calacarous derived soils” for it to thrive.  Orchids pretty much always die on transplanting, so it is much better to appreciate them in their home habitat, and not uproot them.  That’s not the only reason the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper is a provincially listed species.  As mentioned earlier, the habitat is critical for this particular species of orchid.  Habitat destruction by human beings plays a major role in the extirpation of the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper.   The Canadian Orchid Congress encourages you to stay on the trail, and do not step off the trail, and do not braid the trail (i.e. do not change the route of the trail) not even to look at this flower, nor take its picture for such a human disturbance may be a tragedy.  Daryl E. Mergen,in his report for the USDA Forest Service, mentions that this little orchid required “calacarous derived soils” for it to thrive.  Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management Minister Lorne Scott relates that those wild plants at risk are subject to their recovery plans which means that the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper is “protected from being: disturbed, collected, harvested…”  Both Renny Grilz of the MVA and the Saskatoon Nature Society have spoken to the Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper in the afforestation area.  Grilz mentioned that the habitat where this orchid is found is very conducive to this endangered species.

The City of Saskatoon [CoS], along with the Meewasin Valley Authority [MVA] has implemented a wonderful programme.  They have deemed it necessary to conduct ecological assessments of the afforestation areas in regards to the master plan.  With such foresight, and being thus concerned with the conservation aspects of endangered species, the Small yellow Lady’s Slipper which was found on two different years in the afforestation area, may, indeed have a home in which to thrive, helping this orchid succeed and not become extirpated or extinct.

“You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.”– Julia Butterfly Hill

In this era of climate change, when we may see the seasons becoming wetter, wilder, and warmer, there will be stress on all forms of plants and animals.  This is where living in a community which makes a difference really comes to the forefront with earth friendly design.  It is one small step to having a greener footprint as the users in the afforestation area increase exponentially.  Excellent resources on season change (phenology) can be found here on theNational Phenology Network.

Here is a great activity; “What can we do about climate change?”

You can help the environment by using energy efficient devices in your home.  Reducing waste as you travel is another wonderful way to stand up for the environment.  Whenever you are able to find efficient means of travelling, such as a car-pool, taking the bus, walking, travelling by skateboard, or bicycle, or changing to a smaller vehicle.  During the pandemic, an even greater green efficiency is to follow the COVID-19 protocols and stay at home!  This will be protective for yourself as well as for the environment.  Do  your part.

Today is Thursday April 16, and celebrating Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. – Mahatma Gandhi

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Instagram: St.BarbeBaker

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

Canada Helps

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

“To do good, you actually have to do something.” – Yvon Chouinard

 We must face up to an inescapable reality: the challenges of sustainability simply overwhelm the adequacy of our responses. With some honourable exceptions, our responses are too few, too little and too late. – Kofi A. Annan

Think globally, act locally

SAVE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

May 15, 2020

The Endangered Species Coalition mentions that there are 15 ways to save endangered species to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Save an Endangered Species Day.  Some people refer to this day as being celebrated on May 17.
Share how many acts you are taking to protect endangered species today; Share on social media with the #EndangeredSpeciesDay tag or @ us @endangered on Twitter.

It’s not all right to just think that because the humpback whale, and Robbins’ cinquefoil are located someplace else in the world, that saving endangered species is someone else’s concern, because right here in our back yard are our own endangered species.  The afforestation areas do not have whales, of course.  So, what kinds of endangered species would we ever have to concern ourselves with?

The horned grebe and barred tiger salamander are listed as a species of special concern by the Committee On The Status Of Endangered Wildlife In Canada – an Independent Advisory Panel to the Minister Of Environment and Climate Change. The Red-necked Phalarope, Baird’s Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow are special concern, and Bobolink, Bank Swallow is threatened nationally under the federal Species at Risk Act SARA Schedule 1.  According to Chet Neufeld, Executive Director Native Plant Society referencing “the provincial rare species database, there have been occurrences of endangered Whooping Cranes observed near the area in 2017 and an occurrence of Small Yellow Lady’s-slipper (date unknown)” (email Dec 25, 2019)  The Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper was indeed confirmed with another sighting by the Saskatoon Nature Society.

All we have to do is look at the statistics regarding human interventions regarding the fate of the Bald Eagle “By the early 1960’s, the count of nesting bald eagles plummeted to about 480 in the lower 48 states. Today, with some 14,000 breeding pairs in the skies over North America, the bald eagle endures as a testament to the strength and undeniable moral correctness of the Endangered Species Act.”  The Bald Eagle has beensightedat the Afforestation Areas.  (Yay!)

Conservationist Rob Shumaker—author, orangutan expert, and president of the Indianapolis Zoo, which biennially awards the Indianapolis prize, the most prestigious global award in conservation—is optimistic.  Shumaker says that “recycling, being a conscious consumer, not wasting water or food, and avoiding single-use plastics are things any individual can do. Collectively, these efforts can have a huge impact on the quality of life for all creatures, including future humans.”

“Think globally, act locally: Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature.”Rene Dubos

On Wednesday April 15, there is one week before the 50th Anniversary Earth Day celebration! This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action, which will be explored during Earth Month.

A fund-raiser has been started to protect the habitat of a federally listed species in the wetlands of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.  April 19 2020 is the cutoff date for this fundraiser should you wish to help out.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

  Canada Helps

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced.”~David Suzuki

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

Green Letters

INTERNATIONAL PLANT APPRECIATION DAY

April 13, 2020

Today’s little project involves some writing.

You can write letters or emails.

Jot a note off to companies ask them to create products which are greener.

If it can’t be reduced, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. – Peter Seeger

Send a letter to you member of the legislative assembly asking that the upcoming amendments to the wildlife act include provisions for protecting plant life.

Check with your member of the legislative assembly for the action plan to protect the Saskatchewan provincial endangered small yellow lady’s slipper found in the afforestation area.

Write a letter to your local green environmental group asking for suggestions on how to take action on climate change.

For your second activity today, how many words, or anagrams can  you make from “appreciation?”

“It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.” ~David Attenborough

Monday April 13, and the second monday of Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Instagram: St.BarbeBaker

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers)

Canada Helps

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

“Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species that we will never know — that our children will never see because they have been lost forever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.”
– Pope Francis

“He that plants a tree, loves others besides himself.” ~Thomas Fuller

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