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SEEING GREEN 031: “Going native” in backyard helps all of us

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Native plants in our yards are the key to preserving our rich urban biodiversity of birds, butterflies, pollinating insects, and other wildlife …

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Concerts in parks popular in EY

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Summer has many delights and for those who enjoy live music one of them is watching and listening to  performers share their talents on an outdoor stage in a park setting. Of course many people know that various events featuring live music happen weekends at Woodbine Park and the Beaches International Jazz Festival uses various outdoor locations, including parks, throughout its now month-long run in July. [See www.beachesjazz.com for full schedule.] Several local east-TO parks also have outdoor programs, including a series put on every Wednesday 6-9 in July in East Lynn Park (1925 Danforth Ave.) by the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area...

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Dragons Abreast dragon boat team to celebrate 20th anniversary with paddle to Ottawa for Canada Day

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

A dragon boat team of 20 breast cancer survivors started by an east TO resident will celebrate its twentieth anniversary by paddling 100 km of the Rideau Canal to arrive in Ottawa on July 1.

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SEEING GREEN 030: What are Those Things?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017

Newcomers to Canada from tropical countries often have never seen cattails.  So, it was not unusual that they would ask me “What are those things?” when I was leading a nature walk in Taylor Creek Park.  They are certainly a distinguishing and familiar feature in our ravines. Our cattails are a perennial herbaceous plant, common in marshes, bogs, along the borders of ponds and shallow lakes and other wetlands.  They grow from Newfoundland to Alaska across North America. A stout upright plant up to 6 feet tall, cattails form dense colonies with long lance shaped leaves that appear before the stems.  They have an extensive, expanding root system that can grow three metres in a single growing season. The flowers, appearing in June and July, are miniscule and inconspicuous in two yellowish green spikes.  The top spike contains the...

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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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