Performers at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, 2014. From left to right: Laura Cole, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer.
Not to brag, but I had a pretty packed Saturday.
I saw almost a dozen great performers live. I visited over 20 booths at one of the largest farmers' markets I've been to. I learnt how to identify stink bugs (hint: they smell like coriander). And I even went for a rainy-day swim.
Rock stars, farmers' markets, horticulture lessons and swimming—it might seem like an odd mix. But at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, all these things share a common greenbelt ground.Read more
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July 30, 2014
MAKING NATURAL CONNECTIONS ACROSS ONTARIO'S GREENBELT
Innovative Projects Support Farmers, Environment, Economy, and More
From guided tours and workshops in Northumberland County to engaging landowners in Hamilton-Burlington’s Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark, the latest projects from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation continue to support the viability and protection of Ontario's vast and world-leading Greenbelt.Read more
Having grown up with a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, my family and I have passed Balsam Lake Provincial Park countless times. From observing and interacting with wildlife, swimming in the freshwater lakes, and pit stops for the occasional fresh strawberries and corn on the cob, my life has been filled with the advantages that our parks provide; advantages that I'm reminded of each day.Read more
John Holland speaking at the Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary opening. Credit: Conservation Halton/NFinney.
On May 30, 2014, approximately 70 Burlington residents and local politicians gathered to honour John Holland, a local businessman, at the unveiling of a new nature sanctuary in West Burlington.
The Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary, a beautiful and largely untouched 37-acre property, was donated by the Holland family to the City of Burlington. It now becomes a jewel in the crown that is the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, as an area of national significance for plants and animals within the Greenbelt, and as one of the last unspoiled spots left between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.Read more
Susan and I joined the student artists at Bruce Junior Public School along with artist Katherine Laco, Ranger Aidan, and Helen Mills.
The health of Toronto's urban environment is inextricably connected to its surrounding landscape. About forty significant rivers and streams flow south from their headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine, serving as wildlife corridors for plants and animals. I like to think of these river corridors as the arteries of the landscape, providing fresh air and clean water, and pumping life into every corner of the Greenbelt.Read more
On Saturday May 3, 2014, Greenbelt staff and partners from TRCA, Humber Watershed Alliance, and the Weston Historical Society led a Jane’s Walk along the Humber River. Despite the dreary weather (or fitting depending on how you look at it; the topic was about the history of flooding and the future of planning in urban river valleys in a changing climate), more than 30 keen souls showed up for the walk.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Together 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.Read more
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.Read more