This episode of Terra Informa will get you in the spring mood for sure with Marcus bringing us a feature segment on Permaculture and the “Taste of Permaculture” event in Edmonton. Rebekah Rooney brings us an science short on salamander habitat and Myles Curry defines Environment Canada in another EcoBable segment. Also this week on Terra Informa we welcome new volunteers Ellis Agbenyega, who did the hosting and Tasneem Karbani who brought us this selection of the past weeks environmental headlines.
Deepwater Horizon oil spill:
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
Permaculture is a relatively new trend in sustainable agriculture with some very deep roots. First developed in the 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, it has since spread around the world as a grassroots movement composed of activists, designers, teachers, land managers, and especially both gardeners and farmers. It came out of the growing awareness about the limits of natural resources and coming energy shortages, specifically peak oil, and looks at redesigning agriculture using ecological principles. Since its “invention,” however, it has since extended out into the redesign of society using the natural environment as a perfect model. Marcus Peterson reports back from Edmonton’s day-long “Taste of Permaculture” event, hosted by the Edmonton Permaculture Community Association, as an exciting introduction to the basics and endless possibilities of permaculture.
The federal department, Environment Canada, is always in the news and involved in many issues and projects in our communities. Understanding exactly what this department is responsible for and how it operates can be confusing, so in another installment of our EcoBable segment Terra Informa Corespondent Myles Curry seeks to define and add some clarity to the term, Environment Canada.
Katie Pagnucco is a masters student at the University of Alberta. She works in Wateron Lakes National Park, studying the population of long-toed salamanders living in Linnet Lake. These amphibians breed and summer in the lake, but winter in adjoining forest habitat, where they snuggle up in the leaf litter. Unfortunately, at Waterton a road was constructed, separating their summer and winter homes. The recent decline in long-toed salamander numbers has been attributed to road mortality. To address this, the park built special “amphibian tunnels” and Katie is trying to determine what is happening to these salamanders, and whether the special tunnels can save them. Terra Informa correspondent Rebekah Rooney sat down with Katie to discuss her research.