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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Help with this year's Biothon

2006 Biothon: 23rd/24th September
(Saturday 12:00 to Sunday 12:00 for the inventory and Sunday 12:00 to 16:00 for the public and entertainment.) Would like help from students and faculty!

The goals:
- Raising money for environmental education: By collecting pledges in support of the Biothon, our participants are contributing to the Grand River Foundation's Living Classroom Campaign (see under Nature Centres)
- Natural heritage inventory: Participants go out to designated areas in one of our Conservation Areas (this year is Guelph Lake) and try to find as many species as possible working as part of one of three teams (High Life for vertebrates, Fun Guys for plants and fungi or Spineless Wonders for invertebrates.) You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiast. There are plenty of experts on hand, so it is a chance to learn and improve field skills. An extra pair of eyes is always welcome, survey teams are assembled to accommodate the varying skill levels of our volunteers. Some of the participants camp out overnight, especially those who have travelled or want to participate in the nocturnal hunts (we have some great owl mimics!) Celebration: ... of our watershed's biological diversity. This bit is the public session where we have entertainment, refreshments on hand and kick back and relax. It's an opportunity to talk about interesting finds, to tally the results, evangelize about the GRCA and socialize.

Contact Phil if you'd like to help our or would like more info!

Phil Lenoir
Senior Business Analyst/Programmer Grand River Conservation Authority 400 Clyde Road, Cambridge Ontario. N1R 5W6 (519) 621-2763 x284

Saturday, April 15, 2006

K-W Earth Day Events!

Event: Earth Day Park Crawl - by bike!
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Starts at the Kitchener Farmer's Market, King St Entrance.

Come join us for an Earth Day of touring in Kitchener Waterloo! A chance to
hop from event to event while taking a stand for environmentally-friendly

Tour stops will include:

* Kitchener Farmer's Market [10-11am]
[Environmental Info Fair]
* Stanley Park Community Centre [11:15am-12 noon]
[Spring Fair]
* Cedar Creek Community Cleanup [12:30-1:30pm]
[Albert and Weber]
* Picnic in Waterloo Park [2pm +]
[Bring a lunch, cheer on a race!]

Tour the info booths at the Kitchener Market and Stanley Park Community Centre,
help clean up a creek valley (gloves and bags provided) and cheer on runners in
the Earth Day: Crossing Borders Run (benefiting AIDS relief in Africa) in
Waterloo park.

The tour will leave the Kitchener Farmer's Market (King St. Entrance) at 11am.

Join us for the whole tour or meet us part way. Dress up or wear earth colours,
decorate your bike and be ready to make some noise! The Park Crawl will occur
rain or shine, so wear appropriate gear.

This event is brought to you by the Kitchener-Waterloo and Kitchener-Centre Green Party Associations.

Caroline Rioux, UW Campus Greens @

Friday, April 07, 2006

UWSP call for applications - Coordinator position

Are you enthusiastic about the environment and feel that you have the skills to lead a whole bunch of awesome volunteers?

Do you have leadership experience and an unsatiable itch to be involved on campus?


If yes, then you should apply for the position of UWSP Coordinator - there will be 2 positions available for Spring 2006. Interested individuals should send a resume highlighting relevant experience, including UWSP and other campus/environmental activities, and a one-page explanation (MS Word file) of why you want to be a Coordinator to and
Deadline for applications is WEDNESDAY APRIL 12!

We may be interviewing eligible candidates during the exam period, so please include the date of your last exam on your application.


Monday, April 03, 2006

David Suzuki at UW


From FES newletter (

"David Suzuki book signing

The University of Waterloo, the UW Bookstore, and the Dean of Environmental Studies, Deep Saini, are pleased to welcome world-renowned geneticist, science broadcaster, and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki. For decades, viewers around the globe have watched him on television, as host of The Nature of Things. Now you can be there as he shares life stories, video and photos of his family, and reads from his final book, David Suzuki: The Autobiography.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
7 - 9 pm, Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo [$5.00 a ticket]

A book signing will follow. UW alumni can register online at Tickets are also available from the Humanities Theatre box office at 519-888-4908."