According to a recent study in the United States domestic cats kill 684 million birds and 1.2 billion mammals per year in that country.
The study found that brightly coloured cat collars helped give the birds a little more early warning from a stalking cat. Inside’ cats posed no threat to anything outside.
Read the whole story in Conservation Magazine!
Kite wire removal…
Fungus in mid-December
Partially drained pond at dam end…
… in Beare Wetlands
Careless kite flyers should remove their kite wire, as these hikers last week did after finding this strung between trees at a height dangerous for birds.
The Beare wetlands pond was partially drained for inspection…
Photos by hike leader Larry Noonan
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Tagged Careless kite flyers, Dug ponds for wildlife
Eastern Coyotes living in nearby Altona Forest can easily move into Rouge National Urban Park or any other adjacent area…
Check out the attached video from Jay & Natasha.
You can join the 13th annual bird count in the Rouge on January 10th, 2016. Email email@example.com for details of this joint program with the Toronto Zoo and Parks Canada.
Rouge Minister McKenna Rouge National Urban Park – Letter to Hon. Catherine McKenna Nov. 2015
…ENCOURAGING THE NEW FEDERAL MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT TO PUSH TOWARD…
The Swollen Rouge
…THE COMPLETION OF THE ROUGE NATIONAL URBAN PARK PROGRAM
Some Rouge Park proponents are stumbling over the term ‘environmental integrity’ as it applies to the current Rouge Park. The term is generally understood to mean land virtually untouched or unmarked by humankind and these-thinking proponents ignore the fact that Rouge National Urban Park cannot possibly be considered as úntouched’, particularly when one considers that the earliest North Americans have been treading on the land in the Rouge Valley for some 10,000 tears, regularly leaving their mark: such as with organized burial sites, evidence of campsites, as a carrying place from Lake Ontario north, and the like. Today there are three rail lines crossing the park area, many roads and a corridor of hydro lines- don’t forget the more modern settlement efforts starting in the early 180o’s, many of these dwellings still being utilized.
But although the valley has been ‘touched’ regularly and many times, there are still 1700 species of plants, fish, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Did I mention salmon? And some good farmland, too!
It is still wild down there in the valley! Hence our usage of the term ‘Wild in the City’ as it applies to the Rouge. In the City it is, but you wouldn’t know it when you are down deep in there. When the Arctic Wolves escaped their pen at the Metro Zoo (surrounded by the park) a number of years ago they were quite happy to remain in the valley until re-captured. You can’t fool a wolf. It is still wild in the valley!