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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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2 Carlton Street, Suite 1519
Toronto, Ontario
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February Photo Spotlight
Allan Gardens colour in the winter by Lloyd Mayeda
March Newsletter Published
The TFN March newsletter has been mailed out and is also available to members online from our newsletter page. It contains nature news, events, book reviews, information on upcoming and past nature walks, answers to nature questions, activities for kids, and a lot more.
TFN Special Projects 2017-2018
The TFN Special Projects program is intended to support projects that further the TFN goals of 1) stimulating public interest in nature, 2) encouraging protection of nature in Toronto, and 3) disseminating knowledge of natural history. The program will fund selected projects initiated, carried out, or sponsored by TFN members.
In 2017-2018, the total amount of funding available is $19,500. Budgets for projects are expected to be within the $1000 - $3000 range.
Deadline for submission of applications (by mail or email) to the TFN office is April 14, 2017.
Those projects selected are expecting to provide a reports at conclusion of project, due no later than June 30, 2018.
The Importance of Calling 311
Posted February 2017
A local resident called 311 to report a foul smelling spill in the Don River near the Gerrard Street overpass. This led to city workers containing the fuel spill to stop it entering the harbour and to tracking down the source of the pollution. Akelius Real Estate Management owns the industrial, contaminated, brownfield property where the leak is suspected of originating. They are working with the City on both short-term and long-term plans to stop the leak and prevent it from happening again. The brown, sludgy spill has only been identified as a "petroleum-like material."
Owners of brownfield properties are responsible for monitoring levels of contaminate at their sites, but citizens contacting 311 can make a difference in curbing pollution. Article here.
Large-Scale Tree Counting
Posted February 2017
Treepedia is a website that lets you examine and compare tree canopy coverage for 15 cities around the world. It was created by the MIT Senseable [sic] City Lab together with the World Economic Forum. Using Google Street View, the researchers were able to count individual trees to calculate each city's canopy by using a Green View Index.
Toronto's coverage is fairly decent at 19.5% putting us in 9th place. Vancouver, the only other Canadian city to be mapped so far, got second place with 25.9%. Singapore is first with 29.3% coverage, and Paris is the worst with only 8.8%. The goal of the project is to promote increasing the number of city trees. It should be noted that the Green View Index only counts trees; it doesn't reflect the health of the canopy.
You can learn more and explore interactive maps at Treepedia.
University of Toronto Professors Thinking Ahead
Posted February 2017
Reacting to President Trump's negative attitude towards science and climate change, a group of professors at U of T organized an archiving event before Trump's inauguration to capture data from the US Environmental Protection Agency website. Scientific data removal has happened in the past under Bush in the US and Harper in Canada.
Archiving is a massive effort, as databases cannot be simply copied. Someone has to go through the information, decide what is important and download it, so the group was only able to get a small amount of the data. Archiving events also happened in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles where secured data were stored on European servers. Trump's administration removed climate change material when he took office.
On Feb 11th, another group of 200 diehard coders at UC Berkeley's campus held an event to tag and save more information. Read about it here.
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