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Toronto Field Naturalists
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1519
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3

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The Toronto Field Naturalists have been promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923. This charitable, non-profit organization stimulates public interest in natural history and encourages the preservation of our natural heritage.

Nature Images Show
Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

This popular event will be taking place again at the S. Walter Stewart Library auditorium, 170 Memorial Park Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Free Admission.

TFN photographers! Show us what you have discovered! Inspire others with your images of the City's landscapes and biodiversity! Highlight the amount of life there is in the city! You may bring up to 25 digital photos to show. Please bring images on a USB flash drive or CD.

Nature Arts members will be showing their work on tables during the coffee break. Come see the diversity of talents that our members possess!
February Photo Spotlight
Lost Winter by Lynn Miller
2016-2017 TFN Grants
We are accepting requests for funding. To apply for a grant, please fill out Section A of the Funding Request form and return it to the TFN before March 28, 2016.
Young Ornithologists' Workshop
The Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen teen birders (ages 13-17) to apply for the 2016 Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop, held August 6-14, 2016. Participants will receive hands-on training in field ornithology including bird banding, field identification, preparing museum specimens, and more. Applications are due April 30, 2016. More information and how to apply here.
High Park Zoo To Be Enhanced
Posted February 2016
Friends of High Park have announced that High Park Zoo will be getting some improvements in the future. This is a huge turn-around from being closed down, which was almost their fate in 2012. The master plan, which still needs to be reviewed by the community, seeks to make the zoo better for both human visitors and the animals that are housed there. For example, animals will get expanded space and interactive feeders, while humans will enjoy improved lighting and accessible pathways. The impetus for the changes was the city announcing the construction of the new Deer Pen Road, slated to start in 2017. A date has not been set for the start of the zoo's improvements.
2016 Environmental Performance Index
Posted February 2016
The 123-page report, titled Global Metrics For The Environment, ranks countries performance on high-priority environmental issues. Of the 180 countries examined Finland ranks the highest and Canada comes in at number 25 (the US is 26th). The nine major areas covered are Air Quality, Water and Sanitation, Water Resources, Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries, Biodiversity and Habitat, Climate and Energy, and Health Impacts. Some of their findings are:
  • More deaths globally occur due to poor air quality than water.
  • More than half the world's population live in nations with unsafe air quality.
  • The number of people lacking access to clean water has been nearly cut in half.
  • Tree cover lost in 2014 equals an area roughly twice the size of Peru.
  • 34% of global fish stocks are over-exploited or collapsed.
  • 23% of countries have no wastewater treatment.
The easy to understand report can be found here.
Canadian Climate Change Deniers May be taken to Court
Posted February 2016
Ecojustice filed a complaint in December with the federal Competition Bureau in response to misleading information on climate change being disseminated by the group "Friends of Science." Ecojustice is also trying to get criminal charges laid against the group. "Friends of Science" muddies the water of climate change discussion by trying to discredit established scientific consensus on global warming. Sowing confusion undermines efforts to reduce carbon pollution and transition toward clean energy sources.
Admission to Canada's National Parks Will be Free in 2017
Posted February 2016
As part of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Parks Canada will be waiving entry fees to all National Parks in 2017. They are hoping that free access will entice those who have "lost familiarity" with the parks to reconnect, along with removing a barrier to those who have never visited. Parks Canada also announced that, beginning in 2018, admission for children under 18 will be free, and any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months can get one year's free admission. I think that is a nice welcome message to new Canadians.
Toronto Declares Right To Healthy Environment
Posted February 2016
David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement asks that all Canadian municipalities declare their citizens' right to a healthy environment. Toronto did so at the end of 2015. Part of the declaration states that the city:
  • recognizes the importance of protecting the environmental well-being of Toronto and the health, safety and well-being of Torontonians;
  • lists the rights that should be given to all people so they can live in a healthy environment, as articulated by the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement;
  • highlights how the City will support the Blue Dot Movement's goal of respecting, protecting, fulfilling and promoting these rights, by continuing to implement and enhance Council-adopted plans, actions and strategies;
  • affirms that the City shall continue to work with residents and other experts to set specific objectives, targets and timelines and actions the City can take to achieve environmental objectives;
The declaration can be found here.
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