Toronto Field Naturalists  –  Enjoy and preserve nature with us!
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The Toronto Field Naturalists have been promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923. Learn more about us, what we're doing and how you can volunteer.
July Photo Spotlight
 Aspen Leaf Miner Larva
Aspen Leaf Miner Larva by Ken Sproule
Neonicotinoids In Your Garden
In a 2014 Friends of the Earth study of flowers for sale at garden centres in Canada, more than 50 percent of the tested plants contained traces of at least one neonicotinoid. Most shocking was that many of these contaminated plants were labelled "bee-friendly". Check out Ontario Nature's page outlining what you can do to avoid this pesticide when purchasing plants for your garden.
Zoo Woods
SCB Toronto has been awarded a grant and are moving ahead with plans for a native plant garden at the Zoo Woods on U of T's St. George campus. In the upcoming weeks, SCB will be cleaning up the site (goodbye invasives!), deciding on what will be planted, and then putting in the trees and shrubs this spring season! You can learn about the history of Zoo Woods here.
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Bad News For Endangered Species
The courts have ruled against Ontario Nature in their bid to change the Ontario government's introduced regulation that gives many industries a free pass to kill endangered or threatened species and destroy their habitat as long as this harm is "minimized." A sad day for the protection of nature. More information here.
Raise Your Voice For Nature
Help Ontario Nature call for stronger laws, a stronger landscape and a stronger natural legacy for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The Ontario Government is currently reviewing the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These plans play a key role in protecting over 720,000 hectares of land extending around the province's most populated and industrialized region from Niagara to the Rice Lake Plains and up to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Take action to protect the region's water, nature and communities by sending a letter to the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. More information and email access to the minister can be found here.
Reporting Bird Collisions
Now you can easily report bird collisions. FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program) has introduced a new online tool where people can record the location and time of bird-building strikes. The goal of this interactive map is to create a global collision database by using the power of the Internet to reach out to millions of potential data collectors instead of having to only rely on a limited set of volunteers. Another benefit of the new tool is that people can record collisions at residential buildings, which FLAP currently cannot survey, and which cumulatively account for the majority of bird deaths. The tool can be found at flap.org.