Wednesday, June 30, 2010

STORMWATER MEETING AT LAMP

Lakeshore Planning Council has invited City staff to speak to the community and answer questions about the Stormwater Management Plan that is being prepared for South Etobicoke.  This plan may have have huge implications for the park.  Friends of Sam Smith Park, as well as CCFEW and others, have advocated for natural solutions that would enhance wildlife habitat in the park to treat end-of-pipe storm water.

The meeting is at LAMP (Fifth Street, north of Lakeshore Blvd) on Thursday, July 8th from 7.30 to 9.30.  The last time they were invited it was canceled at the last minute so be sure to check out Lakeshore Planning Council's website for up to the minute information.

For background information, type in "stormwater" in the FOSS website search bar above.

Friday, June 25, 2010

DOGS DISTURBING WILDLIFE

There have been recent complaints from park users about the number of dogs being walked off leash and disturbing wildlife, particularly since the new signage has gone up alerting people to bird-sensitive areas.  It has been suggested that dog walkers may not know about the new off-leash designated area near the filtration park and signs should be put up in Sam Smith to inform people.  Here is the response to that suggestion from David Chapman, Park Supervisor.

"We are not in the habit of extensive signage in areas other than that were the "Off Leash" area actually is. That is because in all parks, "if it is not a designated off leash area" all dogs are to be on a leash. In addition there will be a fenced off area as soon as the TRCA installs the new fencing. It's best to call 338 - PAWS (Animal Control) and not 311, since they are in fact the actual by-law enforcement section of MLS which would be called in.
 
David'e e-mail address is dchapman@toronto.ca

SAM SMITH PARK ENVIRONMENT DAY


For a list of things you can take and get at this event, click here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

DEAD MAMMALS IN PARK

Heather Jack sent these photographs of unknown, dead mammals floating in the ponds in the park.  She reports finding scenes like these every few weeks by the bridge, the second beach and the pond. 

Has anyone else noticed an increase in deaths?  Is there something going on here that is unusual and should be checked in to?



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"ART IN THE PARK" SESSIONS TO CONTINUE - COME ON OUT!

On Monday, Don and Donna-Marie led the first "art in the park" session.  Both artists are very knowledgeable and more than willing to share tips and techniques, especially to beginning artists.
They are holding more sessions next Monday, (June 28th), one in the morning at 9 a.m. and one in the evening at 7.30 p.m. 
Meet in the South Parking lot.
Bring art materials.
(If you arrive late or cannot find the group, call Don's cell 416 460 5688).   
Questions?  E-mail Don McClement or call him at 416 259 5856.

Monday, June 14, 2010

FIRST ART IN THE PARK SESSION

The first "art in the park" session will take place on Monday, June 21st at 9 a.m.  Meet in the South parking lot.  The get-together will be related to photography as well as art.  Bring art materials, (and a camera) and be prepared to move to a spot with the group to do some sketching.

Questions?  E-mail Don McClement or call him at 416 259 5856.

LET'S ALL HELP PROTECT THE NESTING GREBES

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority has posted these notices close to the nesting platforms being used by the two Red Necked Grebe pairs.  Observers have reported eggs in at least one of the nests.  This is the third year that these persistent uncommon birds have struggled to raise families in our park.

It is imperative that we do more than simply walk by saying "Tut tut" to ourselves when we witness photographers, dog walkers or curious park users getting up real close to these birds.  We need to speak up and remind them why the notices are there.

CLIFF SWALLOW COLONY GROWING


Over the past few years, birders have watched the steady annual growth of the Cliff Swallow colony that has chosen to set up residence under the east eave of the R.L. Filtration Plant at the south-west corner of Sam Smith Park.  Yesterday's count showed seventy nests.
 









Cliff Swallows breed in large colonies. They build conical mud nests and lay 3-6 eggs. The natural nest sites are on cliffs, preferably beneath overhangs, but man-made structures are now the principal locations for breeding.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

THIS AIN'T NO CARP


Have you spotted this colourful critter yet?

The "gold fish"? has been seen on several occasions swimming in the lake near the entrance to the pond.

It is over one foot long.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

ANYONE INTERESTED IN DOING ART IN THE PARK?

If anyone is interested in meeting on an agreed and somewhat regular basis to do some art around the neighbourhood (Sam Smith Park and area), please contact Don McClement at 416 259 5876 or e-mail him.

(Don, along with Donna-Marie Batty, led art and photography groups for Friends of Sam Smith Park at last Saturday's Bird Festival)