September Photo Spotlight
Swallowtail by Lynn Pady
Early Bird Registration Ends Sept 15th!
Registration is open for the 2nd Annual Ravine Symposium
at Toronto Botanical Garden! Spend the day enjoying tours, talks, panel discussions, and displays that explore the question "How do we restore ecological function to urban ravines?"
TFN is very pleased to be a part of this interesting and important event. We'll be leading a few morning hikes, hosting a display, and more than a few panelists and speakers are TFN members. Hope to see you there!
Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario
Posted September 2017
The Ontario government has released their new Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario
. The document recognizes the importance of wetlands for flood control, climate change mitigation, and providing clean water. It also recognizes the significant threats to these sensitive ecosystems and the need for protection if we want them to survive. The strategy includes the prohibition of development on provincially significant wetlands (PSWs) and provincially significant Great Lakes coastal wetlands. For development to occur in non-provincially significant areas, it has to be demonstrated that there will be no negative impacts, which means they are still under threat of development.
The province has committed to three main actions:
Action 1: Improving Ontario's Wetland Inventory and Mapping
Action 2: Creating No Net Loss Policy for Ontario's Wetlands
Action 3: Improving for the Evaluation of Significant Wetlands
More Blanding's turtles released in Rouge Park
Posted September 2017
Blanding's turtles have inhabited the Rouge Valley for thousands of years, but came close to extirpation when only around six turtles remained in 2013. Toronto Zoo, Parks Canada and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are working to rebuild the population and have been releasing baby turtles into Rouge park since 2014. Eggs are collected from a stable population of turtles and raised in a controlled environment at the Toronto Zoo. Once the baby turtles are two years old they are released. Since Blanding's turtles have a life span of up to 80 years, and don't start reproducing until they are in their teens, two years old is still very young, but old enough that their shell has hardened sufficiently to provide protection.
This year 49 baby Blanding's turtles were released. Previously 36 turtles were released in 2016, 21 in 2015, and 10 in 2014 - the first year of the program. The turtles are released into an artificial wetland that is isolated from the busy roads that take a toll on all turtle species. Each turtles is also tagged with a radio-tracker so researchers can study the success of the program.
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