Media/Photo Op Advisory - Celebrate the butterflies as they prepare to head south

    September 13th is the "Butterfly Migration Festival" at Tommy Thompson

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Each Fall, Monarch Butterflies assemble in huge
numbers to begin their extraordinary annual migratory journey south. Witness
this natural phenomenon at the first ever "Butterfly Migration Festival" at
Tommy Thompson Park on Sunday, September 13th. Children, families and nature
lovers alike can experience this spectacular sight at this hands-on
conservation event sponsored by Toronto Region Conservation, Ontario Nature
and OPG Biodiversity 2009.

    WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 2009 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
          -   1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Bus Tour (pending butterfly
              Registration for the public is required at or
              by calling 416-661-6600 ext 5770. Please indicate how many
              people will attend. Space is limited.
          -   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
              (weather permitting)
          -   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
          -   See birds of prey presented by Wildlife Education &
              Environmental Programs (WEEP), University of Guelph
          -   Nature crafts for children - make butterfly masks!

    WHERE: Tommy Thompson Park, at the foot of 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: No. 83 Jones S. bus to
Commissioner Street and Leslie Street. Or Queen Streetcar to Leslie Street

    NOTE: The Butterfly Shuttle Bus will run throughout the festival area,
but bicycles and walking shoes are recommended. Private vehicles and pets are
not permitted in the park.

    OPG Biodiversity 2009 is a series of province-wide conservation-focused,
family-friendly action and education events sponsored by Ontario Power
Generation (OPG) in partnership with Ontario Nature, LEAF (Local Enhancement
and Appreciation of Forests) and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Its goal is to
get people involved in protecting and conserving biodiversity in our urban
parklands and forest ecosystems. Biodiversity 2009 builds on OPG's commitment
to conserving, sustaining and protecting nature.
    For further information on these and other upcoming events visit

         OPG and Ontario Nature Are For the Birds - And All the Flora
                             and Fauna of Ontario

For further information:

For further information: For event inquiries, please contact: Victoria
Foote, Ontario Nature, (416) 444-8419 ext 238, (cell) (647) 290-9384 or; For media inquiries, please contact: OPG Media
Desk: (416) 592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008;,

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