May Photo Spotlight
Baltimore Oriole by Theresa Moore
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Backyard Tree Planting Program
LEAF's subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information visit LEAF
One less worry for snapping turtles
Posted May 2017
On Friday March 31, 2017, the Ontario government announced its decision to terminate the legal hunting of snapping turtles. This is long overdue but still a welcome development. Snapping turtles are a species of special concern in the province, so allowing them to be hunted made no sense ecologically. Even taking just a few adult turtles from a population can have a huge effect, as female turtles can take 17 to 20 years before they lay their first clutch of eggs. And they are already under pressure from habitat loss and road kill. This is a great decision for the government to make.
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Early, warm springs can be bad for migrating birds
Posted May 2017
Research continues to show that long-distance migrating birds are hurt by our earlier springs caused by climate change. These birds can't alter their schedule of when they take off from wintering grounds, but local insects do emerge earlier, so the birds could miss the food supply peak. Reduced food supply can hamper the birds' ability to breed successfully. Learn more about how climate change is affecting birds at Nature Canada
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