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.
September Photo Spotlight
Frog Eggs by Margaret McRae
Have Your Say on Wetland Conservation
The Ontario government is developing a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands and they want your input. The plan will identify a provincial vision, goals and objectives for wetlands in Ontario and set out a series of actions that the government will undertake over the next 10 to 15 years to improve wetland conservation across the province. Your feedback will identify current challenges and opportunities and help guide future actions. Visit the Environmental Registry
to submit your comments before the October 30th deadline.
Ontario Master Naturalist Program Fall Workshops
The inaugural Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP), launched this spring by Lakehead University and Ontario Nature, will offer a series of fall workshops to build on the program's success. These informative sessions are open to everyone and will cover topics ranging from invasive species to mushroom identification and species at risk to field sketching. Please note that the workshops are designed as general interest sessions and are not part of the OMNP certificate program. For more details or to register online, visit the Ontario Nature website
New Signage at Grenadier Pond
New signs at High Park's Grenadier Pond have been installed to help protect ducks, swans, turtles and other wildlife.
Although the pond's wildlife has protected status, in reality inappropriate behaviour by human visitors have harassed, maimed and killed wildlife. Most of the trouble comes from off-leash dogs and abandoned fishing line, hooks and sinkers. To attempt to encourage good behaviour the City has installed signs that clearly show the limited area where fishing is permitted. The rest of the pond and marsh is posted as a "Wildlife Protection Area" and an "Environmentally Sensitive Area", with graphic symbols to indicate the park rules.
The signs are not a panacea but every bit helps when trying to give the wildlife of the pond the respect and protection they deserve.
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