Authors Atwood and Gibson visiting Val Marie on June 26

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In support of 16 bird species at risk of losing their prairie habitat in addition to their legislative protection and conservation management due to changes in managing Saskatchewan’s community grazing pastures, authors Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson are touring Saskatchewan’s southern grasslands in the company of other international conservation advocates in a media event called ‘Prairie Passages’.

Atwood will be communicating with the media and her 392,000 Twitter followers during and after the tour, and both Atwood and Gibson will appear at a Lemonade Social in the town of Val Marie, at the “Little Brick School House” on Centre Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 26. Their visit is sponsored by Prairie Wind and Silver Sage Friends of Grasslands.

“The ecological value of these large tracts of unbroken prairie is internationally recognized,” Atwood said. “We have heard that 16 at-risk bird species on Saskatchewan’s most critical grasslands may be losing their legislative protection and conservation management. That concerns us, as it should concern all Canadians.”

Atwood added that Saskatchewan’s prairie landscapes and rich bird life is a secret too well kept.

“This is a chance to help celebrate Saskatchewan’s grasslands as a destination, so we will be using social and conventional media to highlight the beauty of Canada’s publicly owned and managed grasslands.”

The private tour will culminate in a banquet to be held in their honour at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina on June 27 with a $100 per plate dinner.

The tour is hosted and co-sponsored by Public Pastures—Public Interest and Nature Canada. For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner, visit the PPPI website, http://pfrapastureposts.wordpress.com/.

Organizations: Public Pastures—Public Interest, Nature Canada, Prairie Wind and Silver Sage Gallery BirdLife International

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Val Marie, Silver Sage Canada Regina

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