Meewasin, the Saskatoon Nature Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society Saskatoon Centre invite all media and the general public to join us in celebrating the International Bat Week with our Dark Skies at the Creek public event at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area. With over 20% of the terrestrial surface of our planet experiencing light pollution in its many forms, we are now beginning to understand the importance of maintaining dark skies for human health, plant physiology and nocturnal wildlife populations. Launched in 2015, the annual Dark Skies at the Creek event is both a monitoring and educational program aimed at educating the public about the negative effects of light pollution on nocturnal wildlife within Saskatoon. It is also a chance to celebrate our night sky along our Meewasin Valley.
Join Meewasin interpreters, astronomers and local naturalists as we learn about the importance of dark skies, learn about the amazing diversity of nocturnal animals, and how both are affected by global light pollution. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the interpretive centre, meet some nocturnal creatures such as live bats, visit the “Planet Creation Station” to make their own planet, hear fascinating talks about our night sky, and join members of the Royal Astronomical Society to view our night sky with telescopes.
Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
and 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please register on Eventbrite for the evening
program to reserve your spot.
Location: Beaver Creek Conservation Area (Take highway 219 south 13km and turn right at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area Sign).
Parking: Park in the designated parking lot.