IMPORTANT: Following public health advisories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emmanuel College has asked that all upcoming gatherings of 50+ people be cancelled. Our lecture on Dog-Strangling Vine will NOT be happening on April 5. TFN and Stuart Livingstone have agreed to reschedule and will announce the new date based on future public health advisories.

Green terror and scourge of our city’s ravines, parks, forest edges and roadsides, Dog-Strangling Vine (DSV) provokes everything from furrowed brows to outright rage in nature-loving Torontonians. You’ve no doubt noticed  that DSV is spreading vigorously, and that effective control and containment has proven elusive, but what else do you know about this horrifying invasive plant?

Toronto Field Naturalists is thrilled to invite you to our free April lecture, “Invading the urban ecosystem: mechanisms, impact and management of Dog-strangling vine” with post-doctoral researcher Stuart Livingstone. Come and discover all about the dramatic impact DSV is having on local biodiversity & ecosystem functionality, and delve into the science of invasive species management, the mechanisms driving the spread of DSV across the GTA, and the potential for controlling DSV using the bio-control agent: the moth Hypena opulenta.

Stuart Livingstone is a Lecturer in the Masters of Environmental Science Program at the University of Toronto-Scarborough (UTSC), where he is currently acting Director of the Conservation and Biodiversity Stream of the program. As a Lecturer he has been teaching Conservation Policy and Professional Scientific Literacy for 6 years, working to train students in science communication and the science-policy interface. In addition to teaching at UTSC, he is also a researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T-St. George. Currently his research is focused on the risk of biological invasion associated with enhanced protected area connectivity across Canada. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto-Scarborough in 2017, where his research focused on the ecology and management of Dog-strangling Vine in southern Ontario. As you will hear, he is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary research and public engagement in local conservation issues.

Following Stuart’s lecture, we will be joined by folks from the Royal Ontario Museum’s Schad Gallery of Biodiversity for a brief introduction to the upcoming City Nature Challenge, April 24-27. TFN is honoured to partner with the ROM, TRCA, Toronto Zoo, Rouge Park and the Toronto Ornithological Club in this outstanding global initiative that celebrates urban nature & biodiversity.

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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 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.