- Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival Celebrates Butterfly
Conservation, Biodiversity and Family Fun on August 21 -
TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Between August and November each year, Monarch
butterflies migrate more than 3,500 kilometres from Canada to Mexico
where they spend the winter. This incredible migration begins with the
gathering of Monarchs at places like Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto's
unique urban wilderness, and the largest area of natural habitat on the
city's central waterfront. Celebrate this phenomenon on Saturday, August
21 at the second annual Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival.
Children, families and nature lovers can experience Monarchs up close at
this hands-on conservation event sponsored by Toronto and Region
Conservation (TRCA), Ontario Nature and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).
WHEN: Saturday, August 21, 2010 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Some activities require registration. Visit www.butterflyfest.ca for
activity details and registration.
For media registration, please see contact information below.
WHAT: Butterfly Migration Festival
Guided walks through park meadows to view migratory butterflies
Live Monarch butterfly tagging demonstration by experts
Plant native wildflowers, distribute native seeds
Learn how to grow a garden to attract and sustain butterflies
View insect and butterfly displays - learn from expert entomologists
See birds of prey presented by Wildlife Education & Environmental
Education (WEEP), University of Guelph
WHERE: Tommy Thompson Park, 3 Leslie Street, south of Lake Shore
Boulevard East. Free parking is available at the TTP parking lot or on
Unwin Avenue and Leslie Street.
TTC directions: #83 Jones S.
bus to Commissioner Street and Leslie Street, or Queen Streetcar to
Leslie Street stop.
NOTE: The park shuttle van will run throughout the festival area,
but bicycles and walking shoes are recommended. Private vehicles and
pets are not permitted in the park.
"As meadow enhancements continue and mature we are hoping to see an
improvement in the number of butterfly species and their populations at
the park. At the annual North American Butterfly Count volunteers
counted almost 200 butterflies of 16 species at Tommy Thompson Park,
including the first record of a Wild Indigo Duskywing," said Karen
McDonald, Toronto and Region Conservation, project manager. "We are very
excited about this sighting and look forward to celebrating butterflies
and Toronto's amazing biodiversity at the second annual Tommy Thompson
Park Butterfly Festival."
"Observing butterflies in their native habitat is a great hands-on way
to learn about nature. Kids are naturally attracted to butterflies
because of their intriguing shapes and colours and their accessibility,"
said Caroline Schultz, Ontario Nature's executive director. "The
Butterfly Migration Festival is a great way to celebrate the Monarch's
epic fall journey to Mexico and to learn about conserving Ontario's
With over 50 years of experience,
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy
and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living
City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's
beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit
us at www.trca.on.ca or www.ttpbrs.ca
About Ontario Nature
protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education
and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization
representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and over 140 member
groups across Ontario. For more information, call 416-444-8419 or
About OPG Biodiversity
is a series of conservation-focused, family-friendly events sponsored by
Ontario Power Generation in partnership with Ontario Nature, the Bruce
Trail Conservancy, Earth Rangers, LEAF (Local Enhancement and
Appreciation of Forests), Rouge Park and Trees Ontario. Its goal is to
spread the word about protecting and conserving biodiversity in our
urban parklands and forest ecosystems, making it easy for people to get
involved with the environment and help fight climate change. OPG
Biodiversity is part of OPG's commitment to conserve, sustain and
For further information on these and other upcoming events, visit opgbiodiversity.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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For media information contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation
T: 416.661.6600 ext 5632, C: 416.358.3446, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Foote, Director of Communications, Ontario Nature
T: 416.444.8418 ext.238, E: email@example.com
Media Desk, Ontario Power Generation
T: 1.877.592.4008, E: firstname.lastname@example.org