TADDLE CREEK was buried during the Industrial Age, but it left behind a scenic ravine-like footpath running from Bloor Street West to the University of TORONTO. This has been named Philosopher’s Walk.
The Creek still flows underground, but above ground the path is bounded by the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music <PHOTO ABOVE> Koerner Concert Hall, Trinity College, the Faculty of Music at the Edward Johnson Building, and the just completed Jackman Law Building.
Faculty of Music, theatre, Edward Johnson Building
Trinity College, University of Toronto
Philosopher’s Walk Amphitheatre
Fourteen trees are planted nearby in memory of 14 women slain in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Memorial created by ‘Women Who Won’t Forget’.
Lamps at the Bloor Street entrance commemorate the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later crowned King George V and Queen Mary). This was a project undertaken by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.
These folks were aligned along the edge of a wetland. Birdwatchers all, they were focused on a Tricoloured Heron, highly unusual in these parts. Its normal range is the southeastern part of the United States, and they seldom fly this far north.
<ABOVE – Tricoloured Heron, ANDY JOHNSON, ‘All About Birds’>
The LESLIE STREET SPIT is open to joggers, walkers and bikers every evening from 4:00 to 9pm, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays. It’s closed Monday to Friday from 5:30am to 4:00pm.
The Leslie Street Spit, TORONTO’s ‘artificial-natural’ habitat, extends far out into Lake Ontario at the foot of Leslie Street. It’s getting bigger every day. The Spit was created largely from construction excavations, and is now home to numerous wild animals, birds and butterflies.
TORONTO’s ash trees, which make up 8.5% of the city’s tree canopy, are under attack from the Emerald Ash Borer beetle (EAB). Once the EAB is on an ash tree, its larvae use the tree as a feeding ground and restricts the tree’s nutrient flow, killing it within a few years.
Natural Resources Canada is breeding Tetrastichus planipennisi, a species of wasp native to China, to act as a predator of the beetle. Female wasps, once released, fly to the beetle-infested trees and lay their eggs on EAB larvae. Once they hatch, the wasp larvae will eat the EAB larvae and use their eggs as a home.
While the entire city of TORONTO is considered infested, there are still other cities like Winnipeg, Halifax, and Vancouver, that are anticipating the arrival of the EAB.
<IMAGE – Tess King/The Varsity> Read the entire article at http://thevarsity.ca/2017/04/03/torontos-forests-fight-back/
LAKE ONTARIO is rearranging the landscape at TORONTO’s beaches. This past weekend photographer STEVEN EVANS was amazed “at how much water there is down there.”
You’d never guess it was there, but four storeys above busy Church Street at Gould, the Ryerson University Urban Farm (RUF) is turning out thousands of pounds of fresh, organic and local produce.
The farm is a student-run initiative to grow fresh food atop the George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre in the middle of the concrete jungle.
RUF produces an amazing 10,000 pounds of produce annually, and distributes it among Ryerson Eats, the Gould Street Farmers’ Market and a Community Supported Agriculture Program. On the ground level the Ryerson campus also hosts a food forest, flower farm, two rain gardens (under development) and a pollinator plant garden.
All of this is within a 15-minute walk of downtown’s epicentre.
The Toronto Zoo is proud to announce the healthy births of snow leopard cubs, clouded leopard cubs and cheetah cubs.
The snow leopard cubs arrived on May 18, born to mother Ena and dad Kota. Ena came to TORONTO from Japan’s Tama Zoo.
For the first time in the Zoo’s history, two clouded leopard cubs were born on Saturday afternoon, May 13 to mom “Pavarti” and dad “Mingma.” Both parents came originally from the Nashville Zoo.
On April 30 five cheetah cubs came into the world. Laini and Patonga are the parents. The arrival of these cubs brings the number of cheetahs born at the Toronto Zoo to 53.