NANCY KENNEDY’ s garden in Rosedale South has been a touchdown site for one well-fed owl. The surroundings must be A+ since it has dropped by four times already. Barred Owls are large and stocky with rounded heads, no ear tufts and medium length rounded tails. Distribution is wide in North America, mostly along the eastern half from Florida to southern Canada. <PHOTO ABOVE by Nancy Kennedy>The population is increasing, so it seems this is a healthy species. When they’re nesting Barred Owls are known to sweep down on people. They’re also known for loud, nighttime screeching. <PHOTO ABOVE from the National Aububon Society>
<PHOTOS BY BRYAN BLENKIN who writes “They’ll be composted and used in city gardens. Meanwhile they must be stored somewhere – Commissioner Street Depot.”>
<Finally, after several years that Burning Bush has bloomed. Can’t believe it!>
At the foot of Leslie Street, a 5 kilometre-long peninsula juts out into Lake Ontario. Weekends, year round, the Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park) is open to bikers, hikers, picnickers, birdwatchers, wildflower afficionados – anyone wanting to spend quality time with Mother Nature. No dogs are allowed because there’s so much animal, bird and plant life on the Spit – over 400 plant species, 300 bird species, reptiles, butterflies, foxes, otters, coyotes and beaver. Trails are paved and well maintained, and there are several off-trail areas as well.
They’re being well looked after by the Zoo’s dedicated team. The Keeper Team wrote “As the cubs gain weight and strength we remain optimistic.”The Red Panda mother gave birth to them in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14th.This is the first Red Panda pregnancy at the Zoo since 1996, and it’s the first offspring for mother ILA with father SUVA. <PHOTO – An adult Red Panda>
TORONTO’s 10.2 million trees occupy – surprisingly – only 20% of the urban landscape. Half of them are in excellent or good condition; countless others suffocate in concrete boxes along urban spillways and city streets.A study, “Every Tree Counts”, tells us that “the structural value of our urban forest represents a staggering $7 billion. Furthermore, the environmental and social services provided by the urban forest greatly exceed the annual investment in its management.The urban forest provides over $60 million annually in ecological services, including climate change and air pollution mitigation and energy conservation benefits, plus additional storm water management services.”TORONTO plants about 84,000 trees every year. Approximately 54% of new trees in the city are regenerated naturally. The remaining 46% are planted. Spring and fall are spectacular seasons here, when our tree population looks its very best.
The 100 Workers Monument in Simcoe Park, Front Street West, consists of two long, low red granite walls. On top are 100 bronze plaques, each naming a worker who died while on the job. There is one name for each year from 1901 until 1999. The plaque for the year 2000 is blank. 100 Workers is by John Scott & Stewart H. Pollock. The second part of the monument, The Anonymity of Prevention, is a bronze sculpture of a worker wearing full safety gear, appearing to chisel into the wall of 100 Workers. This sculpture was done by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler.
Named for now Baby Long Legs, the calf was born to Mstari, a six-year-old Massai giraffe, and Kiko, a seven-year-old. The little one is not camera-shy and has been making appearances all over the internet.TORONTO Zoo’s CEO, Dolf DeJong, in a news release, said “This birth is an important contribution to a genetically healthy Masai giraffe population. They are the most genetically valuable giraffes in North America.” There are now only 35,000 of them left in the wild. Over the last 30 years there has been a 50% decline in the numbers of Masai.The Zoo, which is in COVID-19 lockdown at this time, has established a new campaign to help support the giraffe family. The goal is to raise $70,000 to help finance these rare mammals. Since the 1980’s the Toronto Zoo has birthed 19 giraffe, including Mstari and her mother, Twiga.
The TORONTO Zoo takes pride in being a centre of excellence when it comes to animal care, reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, conservation and wildlife research.Now the Zoo has a modern facility and a team devoted to wildlife health care.
<Dr. PAULINE DELNATTE working on a “client”.>TORONTO Zoo invites you to see behind-the-scenes in several of the rooms – Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab and Endocrinology Lab.The Wildlife Health Centre is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. From the Tundra Zoomobile Station, follow the path adjacent to the Greenhouse.
The first DUFFERIN GATE was built in 1895 <that’s it in the middle>. It became a meeting place for people preparing to enter the Canadian National Exhibition. But as the Fair was modernizing, the first low-rise gate was torn down in 1910 and replaced by architect G.W. GOUINLOCK’s grand structure, with single storied wings on either side of the entrance.Then in 1959 a new modern gateway took shape, with nearby railway, streetcar and bus stops. The new Gate was decorated with flags, lightbulbs and garlands, giving it “a theatrical look”, according to William Dendy in his book ‘Lost Toronto’. It was designed by ARTHUR KEITH, who’d been chief architect on Toronto Transit’s Yonge subway project. It reminds me of a smaller version of the St. Louis Arch. <b/w photos by City of TORONTO Archives & Sidewalk Labs>Meanwhile, on the east side of the grounds, a spectacular new Princes’ Gate, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, took the place of honour as the main entrance to Exhibition Place and the C.N.E.