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Wild Pigs in Sask: taking action before it’s too late – November 13

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In collaboration with our partner, Grasslands National Park, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents
WILD PIGS IN SASK: taking action before it’s too late
with DR. RYAN BROOK

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

DR. RYAN BROOK, Principal Investigator with the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement research group from the University of Saskatchewan, will present his current research on wild boar across Canada:

Wild pigs are a highly invasive species that is now widespread across large areas of the prairie provinces, including much of the southern half of Saskatchewan. They currently occupy over 800,000km2 and are expanding at 80,000 km2/year. They are considered one of the worst invasive species on earth and are typically referred to as an ‘ecological train wreck’. They eat almost anything, including amphibians, plants, and may predate on white-tailed deer. Wild pigs can thrive in almost any habitat. They cause extensive damage to agricultural crops and have the potential to harbour a wide range of parasites and disease. My team has been studying wild pigs for ten years, using local knowledge, trail cameras, and GPS satellite collars. We have been tracking the spread of wild pigs and have some ideas on what might be done to stop the spread and move toward eradication.

Wild Pigs in Sask with Dr. Ryan Brook Nov 13, 2019 at PWSS

Author Reading Series: Heather Peat Hamm – August 23

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
HEATHER PEAT  HAMM
reading from Blue Grama
Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission —

Blue Grama describes the intensity that is prairie life – people, plants and spaces. From conversations with a bush to reflections on the lives of family and friends, this visual treasure is an ode to all things prairie. Equal to the writings (poetry, songs and one prose piece) are Peat Hamm’s botanical illustrations, accompanied by field notes, which portray her delight in details not often seen until you kneel amongst the grasses.

Author Reading: Heather Peat Hamm - August 23, 2019

Author Reading Series: Ted Barris – July 16

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
TED BARRIS
reading from Fire Canoe
Tuesday, July 17, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission, Cash Bar —

Fire Canoe brings the first-hand accounts of the steamboat packet owners, captains, stevedores, immigrants, soldiers and carpetbaggers who travelled the South Saskatchewan and Red rivers between 1859 and the turn of the 19th century. The tales of their arrival, the exploits of the people they carried, the impact of their regularly scheduled trips on waterways across the prairies all come alive in Barris’s unique you-are-there storytelling. A former producer and broadcaster at CFQC radio and CBC Saskatchewan, Barris is the author of 19 best-selling books, including the recently released Dam Busters, Victory at Vimy and Juno.

Author Reading Ted Barris July 16 @ PWSS

Artists Reception Thursday, June 27

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James R. Page: The Living Grasslands Photo ExhibitionExhibition 2019 Small Works from a Big Land

You’re invited to the Artists Reception for our two exhibitions:
Small Works For a Big Land – in the Museum Gallery, featuring artists from around the province, and

The Living Grasslands – in the Cloakroom Gallery. Photography from renowned photographer, and Val Marie’s very own, James R. Page.

Reception begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 27. We will have snacks and a cash bar. Admission is free! Come and meet the artists! We’re in the Little Red Brick Schoolhouse, 100 Centre Street, Val Marie.

More information about both exhibitions is available here >

Author Reading Series: Anne Lazurko – June 10

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Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
ANNE LAZURKO
reading from Dollybird
Monday, June 10, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage

— Pass the Hat Admission —

Winner of the WILLA Award for Historical Fiction. Shortlisted for the SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014.
Set in 1906, Dollybird tells the story of pregnant Moira, banished by her embarrassed family to the Canadian Prairies. The term ‘dollybird’ meant either ‘housekeeper’ or ‘prostitute’ in the 1900s west. Twenty-year old Newfoundlander Moira Burns is determined to survive, and even thrive, in small town Ibsen, despite the stories that circulate about her past.

Author Reading: Anne Lazurko June 10 @ PWSS