Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"ELECTROFISHING" RESEARCH CARRIED OUT BY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY IN AND AROUND THE PARK

People have been asking for some information on the electrofishing activities that TRCA (Toronto Region Conservation Authority) conducts in Sam Smith Park. The TRCA crew were seen in the inner bay earlier this summer.

Over the past 25 years, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been extensively involved with the investigation and management of fish communities within TRCA's watersheds.

Electrofishing is a non-lethal method of collecting fish which allows the quick and efficient sampling of a variety of habitats and locations. TRCA's fisheries work has been integral to many projects and programs. Fisheries data provides a critical understanding of ecological conditions associated with TRCA's project sites.

Under the regulatory requirements of both the provincial and federal governments, many projects would not be approved or proceed without this understanding. These ongoing fisheries investigations have contributed to a database of knowledge that has also been instrumental in developing habitat restoration projects and plans.


For more information, click here for a full report on these activities.
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team

TRCA has been monitoring fish in and around Sam Smith Park since 1989. Here is a is a surprisingly long list of the species they have found there in each successive year.



Monday, August 24, 2015

SAM SMITH PARK FARMERS' MARKET




Sam Smith Park Farmers' Market will run Saturdays,

September 12'th to October 17'th (8am-1pm) at the

skating trail. This is a test run for full season next

year and beyond.
 
Live music, prepared foods, local vendors & farms

with organic focus.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

E-BIKES IN SAM SMITH PARK

People have been asking about the legality of riding electric bikes or e-scooters in Sam Smith Park.

We checked municipal by-laws and found out that they are classified as "motorized recreational vehicles" under Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608, and therefore, they are NOT permitted on bike paths or foot paths in City of Toronto Parks.

Follow this link for more information.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO FOSS STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER BARBARA KEAVENEY - LOCAL "URBAN HERO" FOR THE ENVIRONMENT



Barbara Keaveney teaches love of nature along bird walks
2015 Urban Hero award winner - Environment category, sponsored by Humbertown Shopping Centre
 

Etobicoke Guardian - July 5th. 2015
 
Barbara Keaveney’s passion for teaching reaches beyond her four decades in an Etobicoke classroom to spearheading environmental education along the waterfront.
The Alderwood woman has been with Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW) since 2001 when she read an article in The Guardian about bird walks in Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
Her then 14-year-old son found fellow bird enthusiasts on the walks. Soon after, Keaveney was organizing them.
Today, there are 193 different bird species on CCFEW’s bird checklist.
“The interest is growing and growing,” Keaveney said of the park’s annual bird festival she helps organize. It is now in its sixth year.
“At first, people thought it was just for birders. But it’s for anyone who wants to get out and see and walk the park. Mainly, it’s to get people into the park.”
Colonel Samuel Smith Park is a rare naturalized waterfront park at the foot of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Kipling Avenue, little-known beyond area residents. Keaveney sits on its stewardship organization, Friends of Sam Smith Park.
Debbie Wagdin nominated Keaveney for an Urban Hero Award for her “enormous impact” on environmental education of the public, and local school children.
“Barbara uses her quiet determination to bring her love of nature to countless members of the public and thousands of school children,” Wagdin said.
Four years ago, Keaveney reached out to Humber Arboretum staff to encourage them to offer their nature programs in the park. Last year, 1,800 local elementary students took part.
“It feels great. The classes really took off last year,” she said. “Once they go, the same people are coming back, and teachers are telling other teachers.”