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Ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup
SPARKS! grants are back ... apply by February 28 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 - Bird Watching ... Embrace the Cold. A Nature London presentation.
Saturday, Jan 21, noon - 3pm Women's rally concerning U.S. inauguration
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 - 1-3 pm Create working groups for urban agriculture

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 - Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 - Neighbourhoods in the Planning Process
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 - Learning from the Past So We Don't Repeat It. A Nature London presentation.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Visioning event to develop urban agriculture strategy
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 - Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 - Find a Little Love for Wetlands. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 - Magical Meadowlily: a four-season oasis. A Nature London presentation.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - SEEDY SATURDAY!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - GO WILD GROW WILD!



 


 

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In Case You Missed It Mondays

Each week, USC-Canada posts In Case You Missed It Mondays, news from many sources and aspects of agriculture and food production. 

Check for this regularly.  Hey, just check USC's site. There's so much, and so much positive ... meaning so many people and communities doing something positive and productive, thoughtful, activist ...

Start with USC-Canada's website, then drop down Resources to come to News.

We're keeping this on top of events and news because ICYMI Monday is always new news and events. 

 

 

 

SPARKS! grants are back! Application deadline is Feb. 28/17

Sparks! Neighbourhood Matching Fund is all about increasing the quality of life for residents across London. This fund is specifically designed to support residents groups of all shapes and sizes to implement ideas to make their neighbourhoods stronger.” 

What does your neighbourhood or community group need to get done? Develop your idea, write it up and fill out the SPARKS! application. You could get up to $5,000.00.

The online application process is pretty clear, including how to do a budget.  Also, if your group is not a “group” according to the application definition, you are allowed to partner with a group in your neighbourhood to apply.

Don’t hesitate to come up with a project and apply.  From comments CGL webkeeper has heard (and the comments heard may or may not be accurate) there aren’t nearly as many project applications as there should/could be.  It’s not like there are ten applications for every grant; the numbers are much lower.

An important thing about the Sparks! grants is that there is dollar value given to volunteers' work.  So, if your group has no money and can figure out the volunteer hours that can be given to the project, that is your group’s contribution ... and that means you can apply for the City’s real money.

Applications are due February 28th 2017.

Don’t hesitate to connect with a real person to get your questions answered.  The NeighbourGood and Sparks! programs are supposed to be there for you and your community.  For further information and to apply, click here

To see a list of Sparks! funded projects from previous years click here.”

 

WARNING: Winter bird watching may cause you to embrace the cold

Tuesday, January 17, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Snowy Owls are irresistible. But once you realize how many other raptors and waterfowl species can be seen around London from January to March, you may fall hard for winter birding. Paul Nicholson, the birding columnist for the London Free Press, will highlight this area’s winter bird species. He will describe local hot spots and touch on changes in winter bird populations.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Women’s Rally to protest inauguration of that man in the U.S.

Saturday, January 21, 12 noon through 3:00 p.m.
Victoria Park, London

from the facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1154598814609248/
For all who identify as women and for all others who support us! Rally in Victoria Park (NW corner of the park, near Williams Café at the Richmond and Central gate) in support of the Women's March on Washington to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and to collectively voice the kind of world we want to live in!

This is a peaceful, non violent, family friendly event.

Join us for speakers, drumming and dancing as we share our messages of hope!

Bring signs, noise makers and your friends and neighbours!
#WomensMarch, #WhyIMarch and #IMarchFor

                                         posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  

Working Group Creation - Urban Agriculture Conference 2.0

Saturday, January 21, 2017              1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room, 251 Dundas St., London

This event is a follow up to the Urban Agriculture Conference – London’s Food Future -  held on November 19th at Central Library.  The organizers of that event  hope to create working groups for projects of urban agriculture in London. Please come if you are interested in finding other like minded people to work on project or advocacy surrounding urban agriculture in London.

Some themes grouped so far are:
food forest
community gardens
tool library
home gardening
policy and advocacy
small business
gleaning or foraging
educational

Bring a friend or family member who is interested as well!

Also sign up for the Call to Action newsletter by filling out this online form (if you filled out a slip at the conference you don't need to fill out this form).

Registration isn’t necessary but will help the organizers:  Eventbrite here.

posted January 1, 2017

Invasion of the habitat snatchers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

When people first see the opulent plumes of phragmites or the glossy leaves of a buckthorn, they may be impressed, but these and other invasive species are outcompeting our native plants. Dr. Daria Koscinski, the Thames Talbot Land Trust’s conservation property manager, will help us to sort out the friends from the foes. She will describe the impacts of nasty invasives, and shed light on helpful local and legislative responses

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Neighbourhoods in the Planning Process

Tuesday, January 31, 2017            6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Landon Public Library, 167 Wortley Road, London

This workshop will explore how neighbourhood groups and residents can effectively participate in the planning process.  A cross-section of perspectives will be presented by experts including:

Neighbourhood:  George Sinclair, Past President, OSCO, Urban League of London
Private Sector:  Scott Allen, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
City of London:  Jim Yanchula, Manager, Urban Regeneration, City of London

This free workshop is part of a series presented by: The Urban League of London, The London Public Library, the City of London, and the NeighbourGood project. For further information: www.neighbourgoodlondon.ca | neighbourgood@london.ca

posted Mon. Jan. 16/17 

Learning from the past so we don’t repeat it

Tuesday, January 31, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Did bears once roam around downtown London? Did Passenger Pigeons litter the skies over London? What did our natural world look like centuries ago? Dr. Mhairi McFarlane, Nature Conservancy of Canada conservation manager , will paint a picture of what our city and county were like and will reflect on the lessons this might hold for us for today and tomorrow
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NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London) and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Collaborative Visioning for Urban Agriculture in London

Saturday, February 4, 2017   10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (lunch break scheduled but lunch not provided)
location: Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St at Wellington

In late December, CGL received an email from the City of London planning department saying that its staff had been “very inspired by the energy around urban agriculture in London and are very excited to get you more involved in the development of the Urban Agriculture Strategy” for London.  They invite you to a collaborative visioning event at which participants will:

Articulate and establish a vision for Urban Agriculture

Build on the inventory of initiatives, land and space started at the London’s Food Future conference Nov 19/16.

Prioritize areas of action for urban agriculture

Determine the criteria for pilot projects

This event is a follow up to the Urban Agriculture Strategy Terms of Reference developed by the planning department and passed by London City Council on

The City planning department contact person for urban agriculture is Leif Maitland, Planner, ph. 519-661-2500, ext. 7360 or email lmaitlan@london.ca

posted January 1/17

Do birds have posh or cockney accents?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017                                7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

It’s already a challenge to learn the calls of different bird species. We would have to have bionic ears to pick up on bird dialects. Research led by Dr. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, a biology prof at Western University, has found that there are indeed geographic variations in birdsong. She will explore why this happens and will describe the importance of birdsong in mate selection.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.. 
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Can we, should we find a little love for wetlands?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning about marshes, bogs, and swamps. Bad jokes about swampland for sale have given wetlands a bad rep, but wetlands support distinctive ecosystems that enhance environmental diversity and resilience.  Chris Smart, a hydrologist with Western University’s Geography department, will share his knowledge of the wetlands in and around London and describe how best to manage these valuable habitats.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Magical Meadowlily: A four-season oasis

Tuesday, February 21, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area is tucked in along the south branch of the Thames River in southeast London. The ESA includes city-owned land as well as property owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Through every season this area reveals special birds and wildlife and diverse flora. London naturalist Dave Wake will describe the history and highlights of this magical place

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Seedy Saturday in London Ontario

Save the date!  Full details yet to come

Saturday, March 4, 2017                      doors open 10:00 a.m. (end time not listed)
location: not listed

Organized by the London and Middlesex Master Gardeners, get ready for growing! (website here)

from the website Come out to Learn and Shop at our 10th annual Seedy Saturday! This annual event offers the best value in town for Seeds, Supplies, Advice and also helps expand home gardeners’ knowledge of environmental issues and growing practices.

Doors Open to the public at 10am. Entrance fee for visitors is still only $5 and includes access to all vendors, educational displays and three great talks. Lots to see and do and advice as always is freely offered by a variety of experts. Shop for seeds, supplies and garden-related products and enjoy a day planning and dreaming of spring in your garden!

                                         posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  

 

 

Go Wild Grow Wild ... 3rd Carolinian Canada Sponsored event!

Saturday, April 8, 2017          9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Agriplex Building, Western Fair District, London, Ontario

from the website: Check out the largest gathering of region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups to inspire your next adventure! Go Wild Grow Wild Expo will showcase what to do, where to go, and how to protect Carolinian Canada through interactive workshops, live demonstrations, booths and so much more!!

Website: https://caroliniancanada.ca/expo                                          posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  

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