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Our Mission: Toronto Field Naturalists connects people with nature in the Toronto area.
We help people understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto's green spaces and the species that inhabit them.
 
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Toronto Field Naturalists
2-2449 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2E7

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Treaty Acknowledgement
The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.

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Toronto's Oldest & Largest Tree Threatened?
Posted April 2018
A massive 300-year-old red oak, which could be Toronto's oldest and largest tree, is being threatened by the homeowner who purchased the property it is on. The homeowner, who only speaks through his realtor Waleed Khaled Elsayed, is demanding that the city purchase his Coral Gable Dr. property for over market value or he will cut down the tree. The tree is recognized but not designated as a heritage tree so only has the weak municipal code to protect it. e.g. In July, 2016, a developer cut down 40 trees, many of which were over 100 years old, on both sides of Bayview Ridge at Bayview Avenue without a permit and was fined $155,064. In July, 2017, a developer cut down two 50 year old trees on Waxwing Place with a permit.
Mayor John Tory is sidestepping leadership on the issue by calling on neighbours to launch a crowdfunding campaign to judge if "there is sufficient interest" in saving the tree before committing to take action. This type of action hasn't been needed for other city initiatives.
If you feel strongly that this tree should be saved, you could call or write Mayor John Tory or your local councilor to voice your concern. If you want to donate to the kickstarter, you can find it here.
More Trees Under the Axe
Posted April 2018
The City of Pickering and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are cutting down around 160 in the tiny Rotary Frenchman's Bay West Park. Residents are understandably upset over what they see as clearcutting and say that although the city informed residents of the road widening reconstruction plans, they didn't know the tree felling would be so extreme.
Richmond Hill residents are frustrated with their town's lack of protection for mature trees. Recently a 100-year-old black walnut tree was significantly damaged during construction, including roots being cut or exposed to air. In 2017, the Town of Richmond Hill only laid 3 charges against builders or developers for failing to implement required tree protection measures.
South Bruce Peninsula vs Piping Plovers
Posted April 2018
The continuing battle over the grooming of Sauble Beach has been taken to the next level with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's decision to issue a stop order this spring with the potential to fine the town up to $300,000. Sauble beach has one of the scarce dune ecosystems where the endangered Piper Plover lives and breeds. Beach grooming, which includes bulldozing and tilling the sand, makes the beach look good for tourists but destroys the habitat for birds. The Mayor of South Bruce Peninsula has repeatedly ignored the Ministry's orders to protect the plover's habitat. The beach was groomed last fall and the mayor planned to do it again this spring before the Ministry stepped in.
Small wetlands are also good
Posted April 2018
Researchers studying wetlands have found that small wetlands are important; yet they are the ones that typically are lost. Isolated small wetlands aren't as useful but, when grouped together, they protect species and improve water quality. For instance, the perimeters of a group of small wetlands are greater than one large wetland, providing important habitats. Unfortunately, small wetlands do not receive the same legal protections as large ones and their value as part of a wetland complex is not taken into account when decisions are made about their future. More information here. And even more on the benefits of wetlands.
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