Thursday, May 25, 2017


Summary: FOSS Steering Committee Meeting
May 23rd, 2017, 7.06 p.m.
LAMP, 185 5th Street, Etobicoke

SPRING BIRD FESTIVAL: Saturday, May 27. 10am-2pm. Bird walks (begin at 10:00am).  Photography exhibit/sale (subject matter related to Col. Sam Park). Door prizes. FOSS children’s projects (build bird feeders/baths/nesting shelves). Bird house kits will be available for $ donation.  FOSS memberships and t-shirt sales. And much more!

PURPLE MARTIN HOUSE: FOSS, with help from CCFEW, has cleaned, prepared and erected a Purple Martin house on the west side of the Colonel Sam Smith Yacht Club.

RED-NECKED GREBE NESTING PLATFORMS: Platform maintenance, construction and erection will be coordinated in 2018 by FOSS President, Brian Keaveney.  Thanks to Joe C. of the CSSP Yacht Club for his instigation of and dedication to this project.

INVASIVE SPECIES: FOSS is researching possible methods of combating such invasive species as burdock and Japanese knotweed.

PROPOSED PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP: Photography tips and information. Tentatively scheduled for an evening in June. Location: Men’s Picnic Shelter, Colonel Sam Smith Park. $5.00 participation fee. Check the blog for more information.

SWALLOW NESTING SITES: FOSS volunteers (with special thanks to Terry Smith) have prepared a total of 66 Tree Swallow boxes. See blog for details. Check out the action in Swallow Meadow.

DRUG/GARBAGE PROBLEMS AT COL. SAM: Discarded drug paraphernalia and litter are on-going detriments in the park, particularly in the North Creek area. Visitors are asked to notify the police at 416 808-2200 for drug infractions and 311 for trash build-up.

TWO-HOUR PARKING LIMIT ON SOUTH LOT AT COLONEL SAM: FOSS has been informed that the two hour parking limit in the south parking lot has met with some success. Vehicles are being marked and fines are being issued.

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