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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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Nuthatch by Katherine Cheng
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.
Tropical Reforestation Project
Posted February 2018
The largest ever tropical reforestation project is planting 73 million trees over six years. This project in the Brazilian Amazon is using a new technique for planting trees that results in more, stronger plants and hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests. Protecting tropical forests is essential in the fight to combat climate change. Stopping deforestation is important, but being able to transform degraded areas would help significantly in the absorption of greenhouse gases. This project is an experiment to find out how to do large-scale tropical reforestation in a cost-effective manner. To date reforestation uses the labour- and resource-intensive method of planting saplings. For this new project they will be over-planting seeds from more than 200 native species. Seeds that germinate will compete with each other, ensuring that the strongest grow to maturity. In the end this planting technique should result in more trees per hectare and more diversity among the trees. More information here.
Good Choices, Bad Choices
Posted January 2018
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario's (ECO) 2017 Environmental Protection Report, Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights and Environmental Protection in Ontario, is now available. The report examines eight issues of concern to environmentalists this year, including pollution and Indigenous communities, Ontario's protected areas shortfall, failing to protect the Algonquin wolf and reforming the Environmental Bill of Rights. Electronic copies of the report can be downloaded from the ECO website.
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