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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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Eastern Bluebird by Frank Miles
Fed. government investing in biodiversity
Posted March 2018
Canada made a commitment to protect at least 17% of lands and inland waters by 2020, and the 2018 budget seems to take a step in that direction with $1.3 billion being invested over 5 years to protect biodiversity and species at risk. Part of the package is a new $1 billion Nature Fund ($500 million from the Feds) that will be used to secure private land, and support provincial and territorial species protection efforts. It should be noted that the government's National Wetland Conservation Fund was cancelled at the same time, presumably to redirect its funds towards this new initiative. The National Wetland Conservation Fund contributed nearly $25.5 million between 2014 and 2017.
Mallards to the rescue!
Posted March 2018
Wintering mallard ducks are helping disperse seeds among wetlands isolated by habitat fragmentation. The ducks mostly feed on seeds in autumn and winter, but not all seeds are digested. Some seeds reemerge after the duck has flown to a potentially distant new site, thus helping the seeds cross inhospitable land. Research indicates that about 7% of the seeds that survive digestion are dispersed between foraging areas, which may not seem like a lot but ducks eat a lot of seeds and mallards are one of the most plentiful ducks on earth. More information here.
Too much road salt!
Posted February 2018
In urban areas the waterways continue to stay above safe levels even after spring runoff due to salt accumulation in the soil and groundwater. Large bodies of water are affected too. Lake Simcoe's salt level has increased fivefold since the 1970's. High salt levels can kill sensitive species and suffocate fish. More information here.
Whitby is now a "Bee City"
Posted February 2018
Whitby has been declared a "Bee City" by Bee City Canada. It is the 10th Bee City in Canada; Toronto also has this designation. A Bee City is one that officially adopts the Bee City Canada Resolution, which includes protecting pollinators and their habitat through action and education. Whitby's plans include planting pollinator-friendly gardens in new and existing parks, promoting awareness during International Pollinator Week, and creating a recognition award for private property owners who install pollinator gardens.
Reducing Ocean Plastic Waste
Posted February 2018
Eight million tons of plastic is added to our oceans every year. Eaten by animals, it either kills them or enters the food chain. In a move that is a first step in reducing this environmental threat, 193 member countries of the U.N. signed a resolution to eliminate plastic pollution. As part of the resolution, the countries will monitor the amount of plastic they release into the ocean. Currently China produces the most plastic waste and has already begun efforts to reduce. It is hoped that the resolution will lead to a treaty. The US, India and China had rejected a stronger resolution that had specific goals and timelines.
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