1. Ecology North Annual General Meeting – Sept. 24th
  2. Trees? Yes, Please!
  3. New Loblaw Water Fund projects will collect vital freshwater data for Mackenzie watershed
  4. Get Active, Get Gardening, Eat Ice Cream - Aug. 14th
  5. Become an Ecology North Board Member!
  6. Canning, Pickling and Jam Workshop - Aug. 17th
  7. Management Plan for the Rusty Blackbird in Canada – Final Posting on the Species at Risk Public Registry
  8. CPAWS – Become a Caribou Ambassador
  9. National Conservation Plan - National Wetland Conservation Fund
  10. Clay Bread Oven Workshop and Garden Party - Aug. 15th

1. Ecology North Annual General Meeting – Sept. 24th 

It’s that time of year again! Ecology North will be holding its AGM the evening of Sept. 24th at Northern United Place. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what Ecology North does and what we've achieved over the past year, meet your board members and EN staffers, mingle with old friends and meet new ones, and to enjoy some delicious food.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details!



2. Trees? Yes, Please! 

This week the Yellowknife Association of Community Living (http://www.ykacl.ca) partnered with Ecology North for an afternoon of nature-filled fun! Jade Cambron facilitated the session, teaching the group about trees through play with games. The dozen youth played meet a tree,what's missing? (memory game using leaves, flowers, sticks, etc.), tree bingo (identifying as many trees as possible), drawing trees (one partner describes, the other draws with their backs turned), and Watch-Tower (normally a game where players hide behind trees or under bushes, but in this case was a bit more like musical statues as hiding behind a northern trees is at best, akin to hiding behind lamp post and at worst, a stop sign). Everyone had a great time, and both organizations look forward to partnering again for a tour of the compost facility at the end of August.



3. New Loblaw Water Fund projects will collect vital freshwater data for Mackenzie watershed

Toronto, August 3, 2015 – WWF-Canada has announced two new Loblaw Water Fund recipients in the Northwest Territories. Ecology North and the Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board (WRRB) will each be receiving grants for freshwater monitoring projects throughout Canada’s largest watershed:  the Mackenzie.

With its grant, Ecology North will be leading a water monitoring project to better understand how historic drilling sites in the Upper Mackenzie–Mills Lake sub-watershed may be impacting surrounding water quality. Collaborating with Sambaa K’e Dene Band and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, this work will also contribute to the long-term efforts of the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management monitoring program.

Similarly, the WRRB is leading the Tłįcho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP), a successful community-based monitoring program that works with Tłı̨chǫ communities in the Northeastern Great Slave Lake, Marian, and Great Bear sub-watersheds to help them determine whether fish condition, water and sediment quality are changing over time.

WWF-Canada’s freshwater team is excited to support both these projects, as their work will eventually help inform the recently-launched WatershedReports.wwf.ca, a website detailing the health of and threats to Canada’s major watersheds.

“One of the major issues we ran into in trying to assess the health of Canada’s watersheds was a pronounced lack of data in many areas, including the Mackenzie,” says WWF-Canada’s VP Freshwater James Snider. “We’re very happy to see such an engaged freshwater community in the Northwest Territories who are working to gather vital information on the health of the Mackenzie River watershed.”

Craig Scott, Executive Director for Ecology North, says there is a great desire by aboriginal communities in the lower-NWT to find out how upstream oil and gas activities going as far back as the mid-1950’s have affected water quality. “Trout Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the region, and it is critically important to the Sambaa K’e community who continue to use it for sustenance harvesting, fishing, hunting and trapping, and to maintain their culture,” says Scott. “We need a get a clearer picture of the water health in this area.”

WRRB Executive Director Jody Pellissey says the same principles are at play for Tłı̨chǫ communities. “The lack of information on the health of the water is a primary concern, and one this grant will help to address,” she says. “We look forward to contributing to the creation of a long-term, comprehensive picture of the health of the Mackenzie watershed.”

The Loblaw Water Fund grants are made possible through partial proceeds from Loblaw’s charge-for-plastic shopping bag program, which has reduced the number of plastic shopping bags from their stores nationally by more than seven billion since 2007.

For more information on the state of the Mackenzie watershed and the threats it faces, visit WatershedReports.wwf.ca.

For more information, contact:
Megan Nesseth, Communications Specialist – Arctic, WWF-Canada
(416) 904-2482



4. Get Active, Get Gardening, Eat Ice Cream 




Where: Site 2 Berry Orchard
When: Mon. August 14, 7:00-8:00 PM

Berries, Ice cream and weeds; summer at its finest! Come and see the Berry Orchard. Many things have been growing over the last month. Time to check it out, pick a few weeds, and eat more ice cream and berries.
There are plenty of Raspberries now and a few Saskatoon berries. Bring a friend!

Last year Dwayne Wohlgemuth and Daniel Porto planted about 180 raspberry, 30 Saskatoon and 30 Haskap plants. All are watered with a drip irrigation system and open for public consumption. The garden will be maintained by the YCGC and this is where your participation starts.

To introduce the community to this great resource we are inviting everyone for an ice cream, berries and weeding event. 2015 Foundation BBQ invitation

Photo by YCGC
Photo by YCGC



5. Become an Ecology North Board Member!

Have you always wanted to get more involved with the inner workings of Ecology North? Do you want to improve your resume? Are you passionate about the environment? If so, we would love to have you join our team of dedicated volunteer board members! Come out to the Ecology North office 5013 51st Street and ask us questions, find out about the commitment, and just meet our amazing board members and staff.

For more information call us at 873-6019 or email Jenn at admin@ecologynorth.ca

Photo by Brian Kinzie
Photo by Brian Kinzie




6. Canning, Pickling and Jam Workshop

Where: Northern United Place Kitchen
When: August 17th at 6:30pm
Cost: $5 – No registration required.

Are you overrun with produce from your garden? Would you like to try something other than freezing. If so, this workshop is for you.

The  Yellowknife Community Garden Collective is hosting a canning workshop to show you how to get started preserving vegetables and fruit. You can bring your own beans or beets, jars, vinegar and spices or just come along for the session. If you bring beets, they should be cooked and peeled. Methods, tools and techniques will be discussed and tasted.

If you plan to bring some beets or beans please let us know. For further information: education@ykgardencollective.org

Photo by Jennifer Broadbridge
Photo by Jennifer Broadbridge




7. Management Plan for the Rusty Blackbird in Canada – Final Posting on the Species at Risk Public Registry

On July 31, 2015, Environment Canada posted the final Management Plan for the Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) in Canada [Final version] on the Species at Risk Public Registry.  The management plan can be found at: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=1528 and a pdf version is also attached.

The Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency are the competent ministers under SARA for the management of Rusty Blackbird and have prepared this management plan as per section 65 of SARA. It has been prepared, to the extent possible, in cooperation with the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Laberge Renewable Resources Council, the Wek’èezhìi Renewable Resources Board, the Nunatsiavut Government, the Wildlife Management Advisory Council, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, and the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

During the development of this document, Environment Canada consulted with wildlife management boards, Aboriginal communities and organizations, and also received input from stakeholders, other governments, and the Canadian public throughout the range of the Rusty Blackbird in Canada. I would like to thank you for your continued interest in the conservation of this species and for sharing information and comments that strengthened the final recovery document.



8. CPAWS – Become a Caribou Ambassador

Have you heard? CPAWS recently launched our Caribou Ambassador program!

Visit the site to learn more about Boreal Caribou and how you can help.

Caribou Ambassador



9. National Conservation Plan - National Wetland Conservation Fund

The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports projects that: restore degraded or lost wetlands; enhance degraded wetlands; scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them; and, encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation by a wide variety of partners to build support for future wetland conservation and restoration activities. The NWCF focuses on working landscapes.

Who can apply: Non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal organizations and communities, Individuals, Universities, Conservation authorities, Private corporations, Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Provincial Crown corporations.

Projects must take place on private land, provincial Crown land, or Aboriginal land across Canada. Funding is variable and depends on the project. Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000, with a maximum amount available of $500,000 per year per project. Click here to learn more.

This may be applicable to some wastewater treatment wetlands! Be sure to check.

For projects beginning after April 1, 2016, a call for proposals will go out in the fall of 2015.



10. Clay Bread Oven Workshop and Garden Party - Aug. 15th 

Learn how to build a traditional clay bread oven from local and re-purposed materials. On Saturday Aug 15, 2015, the Northlands Community Garden will be hosting a Bread oven building workshop from 10 am-3 pm. This event is in combination with a potluck garden party and  live music from 12- 3 pm.  We'll start the work bee at 10 am am the music and party at 12 until 3 pm. This event will be rescheduled if it rains.  The Northlands Garden  is located at the end of Catalina drive.  Parking is available in the large parking lot in front of the curling rink and participants can walk down past the off-leash dog park.