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Trout in the Humber

Rainbow trout in the Humber.
Rainbow trout are alive and well in Toronto's Humber River.

Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice— but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them.

Each spring steelhead—otherwise known as rainbow trout—migrate up the Humber River to spawn, and can be seen jumping dams at various points through the city. Chinook and coho salmon make the run in the fall. Although all three species were introduced from the Pacific, they have established wild, self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.

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Pigeon City & The Art of Quiet Observation


A page on American Warblers from the well-known bird field guide, Sibleys.

A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse.

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5 Earth Day Events in the Greenbelt

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Every year, April 22 marks a day when people across North America come together in their communities to make a positive environmental impact. Whether it’s a group clean-up event (winter leaves behind so much litter), a series of workshops, or even face painting for the kids, the goal of Earth Day is there: to make effective change, to learn, to act, and to teach in unison.

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Welcoming to the Team, Kaniz Fatima

Traversed by numerous rivers and tributaries, my home country Bangladesh is the largest delta in the world; a fertile land that ranks among the most densely populated regions on Earth! As a delta, Bangladesh has traditionally been vulnerable to flooding and cyclones, but the present challenge is completely different in extent and nature. It is being apprehended that in the next 20 years, 25% of the country’s land will go under water. The consequences will be disastrous from an ecological perspective because the largest delta, besides supporting livelihood of 160 million people, also hosts the largest mangrove forest on earth. 

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Dr. Greenbelt's Tips to Get You Happy & Healthy for Spring

With the fluctuating temperatures of our Ontario spring, feeling under the weather is almost inevitable. Stock up on these local plants, sold and served throughout the Greenbelt, to soothe your cold and flu blues. 

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Oregano: Culinary herb and, when distilled into an oil, can soothe stuffy noses. Image: Wikipedia, 2014.

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March 2014 Newsletter

MARCH 2014 NEWSLETTER

Owls, cake, and Durham, it's all in there.

This month's newsletter features:

  • Durham Region's 2015 Greenbelt Review
  • From Field to Farm-Gate: Value-Addded
  • In the Greenbelt, you can have your cake and eat it, too!
  • Owl Prowl-ing: Where the Wild Things Are
  • Love Your Ravines
  • And more... ! 
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Value-Added Policies Workshop – Continuing Our Work in Agriculture

Niagara_Preserves.jpgValue-added activities, such as preserving and canning raw produce, enhance farm viability.

On February 27, 2014, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in collaboration with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance hosted a workshop on Value-Added Agricultural Policies. Value-added activities such as secondary processing, agri-tourism, and related farm sales are increasingly recognized as a diversification strategy that can enhance farm viability. 

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Love Your Ravines

Ravines_3.jpgTogether with our partners in Love the Ravines we've been promoting Toronto's Humber and Don River Valleys.

Green. Water. Valley. Walking. Those are the first things that come to mind when I think of "ravines."

We are fortunate to have a plethora of ravines in the GTA—a whole system and network of them.

I remember my sheer surprise when I first walked Oakville's ravines a couple of years back. I had no clue how wide-ranging, beautiful, and easily accessible they were. And almost every neighbourhood in the city is tied to the ravines system, ensuring that every resident is within a stone’s throw of nature.

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Owl Prowl-ing: Where the Wild Things Are

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On a cold winter night, four Greenbelt staff head up to the Humber College campus at Finch Avenue & Highway 27 to trek in the urban woods of the Humber Arboretum. The Humber Arboretum is a beautiful spot; a pocket of green in the concrete jungle, offering formal gardens, meadows and forests to the public, as well educational activities run out of its Urban Ecology Centre.

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Participating in Durham Region's 2015 Greenbelt Review

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My family moved from Toronto to Durham when my sister and I were only six months old. We bought a house in Pickering down near Frenchman's Bay. The house had a huge backyard to play in and overlooked a fallow farmer's field. A crew of ten other kids our age lived within shouting distance of our house. We played in Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in the summer, fall, winter, and spring—always racing home when the streetlights started to come on.

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