Monthly Archives: August 2015

Internationally known bison expert at PWSS

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Internationally-known bison expert Wes Olson presents at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie!

Wes Olson is one of the world’s experts in plains and wood bison and their management, and on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 pm at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie, he will share his knowledge about this charismatic animal and the complex interactions with almost every other bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile that share their ecosystems. With stunning photographs by Johane Janelle of bison across their historical range, this presentation highlights some of these fascinating relationships and explores the role that bison continue to play in healthy landscapes wherever they are found. Everyone is welcome to attend and the presentation is free of charge.

PWSS Presentations: Native Prairie Speaker Series!

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On Thursday, August 13, at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie, join Natalie Nikiforuk, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Natural Areas Manager for Southwestern Saskatchewan, as she shares her knowledge of the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, located just west of Claydon, Saskatchewan.

In July, 2015 Old Man on His Back was designated a Nocturnal Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The RASC’s Nocturnal Preserve designation, part of the Dark Sky Preserve Program, is the newest of three RASC designations that aim to promote the protection of quality night sky and minimize light pollution. NCC’s OMB Ranch is among the first in Canada to be designated a Nocturnal Preserve.

Old Man on His Back is one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s flagship projects, with vast native grasslands of significant ecological, cultural and historical value. The NCC is the country’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect areas of natural diversity and the species they sustain.

This presentation is co-sponsored with the Prairie Conservation Action Plan as part of its Native Prairie Speaker Series.

Unexpected Musical Encounters with Adam Hill Aug 6 to 20

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Hill-PWSS-headshotAt Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, the summer 2015 Artist Residency program continues in August, with internationally known musician and composer Adam Hill in the village and the Grasslands from August 6 to 20.

Adam Hill is a multi-award winning composer and bassist originally from Cleveland, Ohio, currently living in Squamish, British Columbia. He’s a folk/roots music singer, a guitar picker, a songwriter, a bassist, a recording engineer and a composer of contemporary classical music. He creates music with pencils, paper, computers, and a variety of instruments, and has written songs, symphonies and suites and released three albums of new-timey music. Adam Hill’s compositions have been performed by such musical luminaries as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Elektra Women’s Choir and the Erato Ensemble across Canada and the United States.

While in the Grasslands Adam Hill will be involved with a number of Unexpected Musical Encounters.

On Friday August 7 at 7:00 p.m. he’ll present Fireside Chat/Music Improv for All at the Frenchman Valley Campground in Grasslands National Park.

On Saturday August 15 at 8:00 p.m. Adam will perform a country/roots/folk music show and host an Open Mic at the Val Marie Hotel (no charge; donations welcomed to the work of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage).

Throughout his residency you can encounter unexpected music with Adam Hill along the Ecotour road and at trailheads in Grasslands National Park. Anywhere, anytime!

And during his residency Adam Hill will create a new Canadian musical piece constructed from recordings of conversations, found sounds, acoustic instrument and electronic manipulators that addresses the impact of dark sky, which will be installed at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and online at when Adam’s residency is complete.