Sunday, April 26, 2009
Hamilton Falconwatch...(4 eggs to be ready by Mother's Day)
Eagles near Duke Farms (3 chicks already!!)http://www.dukefarms.org/page.asp?pageId=565
Various BC Eagle webcams (you can watch in our evenings, still daylight there!) http://www.hancockwildlifechannel.org/index.php?topic=cam-sites
Or...go to www.earthcam.com
and search for your favourite bird species! Enjoy!
Posted by Walt Balenovich
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Check out the two grebe nesting platforms that TRCA have put in the bay. One is close to the spot where there used to be an observation deck, until it was burned. That vantage point is well used by wildlife photographers. It is about a meter from shore and is supported by four blue floats. Hopefully, red-necked or horned grebes will use it and eventually become park residents.
MAY 9, 2009
Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society (LEGS) is presenting their semi-annual Plant Exchange at the Assembly Hall, on May 9th, 9-1 pm. The Plant Exchange is designed to allow gardeners, the community, and locals to come out and exchange plants, seeds, and any unwanted tools. This is the true spirit of environmentalism: reuse, reduce, and recycle. The day is filled with plenty of activities and interest for everyone. For more information and to register for the talk, email: email@example.com or call 416.347.5449.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
FOSS members went over our concerns and explained the compromise solution we had previously sent to the Councillor. They can be seen in the previous post http://friendsofsamsmithpark.blogspot.com/2009/04/open-letter-from-foss-to-councillor.html
Sheila Paxton told us that she would take our views to the Councillor and City staff and get back to us, but indicated that changing existing parking agreements would probably be "impossible" and that it was very late at this point to make changes to the design. Oh for that Citizens' Management/Advisory Board!!!
Posted by Terry Smith
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is an interesting twelve minute video history of Lakeshore Physciatric Hospital and its grounds made by Rogers Television as part of their "Structures"program. It reinforces the concept of the whole site as being a place of education, healing and restoration and shows the long standing community involvement in its development.
Posted by Allan Valk, Chairperson, Friends of Sam Smith Park
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00pm
Guest Speaker: Ken Sharratt
“High Park Community Advisory Council - history and growing pains”
The High Park Community Advisory Council is probably the most successful park advocacy organization in the city. What can we learn from their experience to apply in South Etobicoke? We have several large parks, but only one group focused on a specific park, the Friends of Sam Smith Park (FOSS). What can we do to foster community engagement and cooperation with the City in our parks?
Join us in the Community Room at LAMP, 185 Fifth StreetThursday, April 23rd, 7:00pm Everyone is welcome!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Quick work by park users and some FOSS members this evening prevented this grass fire on second bay from spreading. Youngsters had been seen running from the scene. The fire department arrived ten minutes after the emergency call was placed, only to find that it had already been taken care of.
Monday, April 6, 2009
- Never feed a coyote.
- Consider leashing your dog in areas frequented by coyotes.
- Don't encourage interaction with a coyote.
- Don't leave garbage, pet food, fallen fruit or bird seed where accessible.
- Consider making your cat an inside pet and keep an eye on small dogs.
- Spaying and neutering protects dogs from coyote interaction.
- Don't run from a coyote if approached; stand still and make noise, such as clapping hands
Follow this link to read the full-page article
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources published its most recent Species At Risk In Ontario list in February 2009 (SARIO list). It can be viewed at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/246809.html
(Status definitions are given in the glossary at the end of the list) Habitat preservation for these species is one of the purposes behind the publication of the list.
There are a number of bird species on the list that I have observed in Sam Smith Park, especially resting and feeding during migration and in the naturalized areas that are most at risk from development. These birds include the Short-Eared Owl, the Golden-Winged Warbler, the Cerulean Warbler, the Hooded Warbler, and the Least Bittern. I am sure that there are many other species on that list, including amphibians, fish and reptiles that have been seen by others in Sam Smith.
Monarch butterflies are also on the list.
If you have been lucky enough to have seen any of these struggling species, please contact me (Terry Smith) at firstname.lastname@example.org