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HIGH PARK NATURE is a joint project of the High Park Natural Environment Committee and High Park Stewards. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, articles and photos. Please contact us at mail@highparknature.org

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High Park Stewards – Next Sessions

 

High Park Stewards meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, rain or shine.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

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UPCOMING SESSIONS

PAST SESSIONS

PLANTS & SITES

BROCHURE 2017

 

2017 Upcoming Sessions

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Biological Control Programs for Invasive Plants

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen will speak on the introduction of insects, and sometimes plant diseases, to control invasive plant species

Sometimes they work, but sometimes there are complicating factors...examples include purple loosestrife (right).

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10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive M6R 2Z3.

Speaker: W.D. McIlveen

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.

Articles on this topic

Purple loosestrife beetles used as a bio-control, 2013, River News, Wisconsin

Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program

Common invasive species in High Park

 
Garlic Mustard
WE COLLECTED 40 BAGS ON MAY 22, 2016
Dog-Strangling Vine aka Pale Swallow Wort
related to milkweed, poisonous to Monarchs
 
Asian Bittersweet up close
High Park September 2010
Hedge Parsley
A problem all summer
Himalayan Balsam
one of the prettier invasives we remove in mid summer
Common Buckthorn
a very invasive shrub in wooded areas
 

IMPORTANT INFO FOR STEWARDS

2017 Upcoming Sessions

For our hands-on work, all Stewards need to sign a City waiver document once a year. To save time at the sessions please print and fill out these 2 pages prior to coming (beginning Feb. 12, 2017). We will also have them on site. Waiver Form

About our stewardship program

 
Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and for the park
Buckthorn busting is great for students
collect volunteer hours
 
Buckthorn Busters 2015
November 22, 2015
We have planted in 5 sites in the last 5 years
June 2015
Planting in the All-Star site
June 2009
Seeds Cleaning is a favourite activity
February 2015
 

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2017, subject to change based on weather and need
 

2017 Winter and Spring Sessions

Boulevard Beds Work Schedule

  • Jan. 22 - Stewards 20th anniversary
  • Feb. 12 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 26 - Presentation - Biological control of Invasive plant species with W.D. McIlveen
  • March 12 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited)
  • March 26 - Presentation - Native Plants in your garden with Lorraine Johnson
  • April 9 - Nursery Cleanup (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • April 23 - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: protection of water and Toronto's ravines; creating complete communities through urban intensification. (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • May 7 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse
  • TBA - BBeds special session: remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses

2017 summer and fall sessions

  • May 28 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 11 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 25 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 9 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 13 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 27 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 10 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 24 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 22 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 12 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 26 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

The Elite Squad which holds special sessions removing invasive species like garlic mustard is looking for a group leader. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to be the group leader.

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will be determining their schedule, with monthly maintenance of the beds spring to fall. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them.


Outdoor sessions are dependent on weather and growing conditions and what is determined to be the greatest need for our volunteer efforts.

 

High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, rain or shine.

 

About the High Park Stewards and 2016 Past Sessions

 

Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

2015 session dates and draft topics and the Stewards 2014 Brochure

If you would like to be added to the list please email stewards@highparknature.org.

 

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