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Local groups & councillors will spend Earth Day doing park work

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Residents, community groups and political reps will band together in several locations on Sat. April 22 to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up area parks for the Spring season.

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Get the facts about urban coyotes at EYCC session April 10

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests –typical coyote habitats– may have seen an increase in coyote sightings during the winter.

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EAST YORK MOMENTS #027: Of snowbirds and yardbirds

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

Your faithful scribe has to come clean. I am working as your foreign correspondent, writing from sunny Florida where I’m visiting my snowbird dad. But don’t envy me too much. Every early morning, at 2 a.m. like clockwork, a night bird starts his routine with a series of whoops, warbles, chirps and yodels. I kid you not. He has a range and repertoire to make an opera diva jealous. My sister, who is a Florida resident year-round, tells me the bird is a whippoorwill, a bird of a thousand talents. What I do know is that the shiny blackbirds that my mother fed for years in our Florida backyard are now also my fair-weather companions in East York, catching the last of my winter bird feeding when they arrive in the spring. They are canny birds, hopping about on...

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Want a free tree out front of your property? Just ask!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017

The City of Toronto owns a portion of land between roadways and private property, known as the public road allowance. Urban Forestry plants and maintains trees on this land to help grow Toronto’s urban forest and to reach the city’s goal of increasing the tree canopy to 40 per cent. A property owner can submit a tree planting request for the city-owned road allowance in front of their home or business. Submit a tree planting request online or by phone. Call 311 or online, visit and type “tree planting” in the search window, then go to second result, “Street Tree Planting”, and follow link. The City’s Urban Forestry staff will then visit the site to confirm the right tree species and determine the ideal planting location. The actual planting will take place during the next planting season (typically...

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Winter Stations to transform three local beaches into outdoor art galleries in Feb.

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

Eight designs have been chosen to be wrought into reality as temporary transformational art projects incorporating lifeguard stands on three east TO beaches …

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Local wildlife needs our protection in winter

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

As climate change has brought us warmer winters more birds, such as robins, blue jays and crows, are choosing not to migrate …

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