Calling all Photographers

Have a great photo? Why not share it for a chance to win a digital camera! Today the SCB-TO Nature & Wildlife Photography Contest, sponsored by Downtown Camera & Olympus, opens for submissions. Residents from across the GTA are encouraged to get outside and explore with their camera. Contestants can submit photos in three categories, Flora, Fauna and Landscape, until May 14th.

To enter just visit www.scbtorontophotos.com and create an account, then upload up to five (5) of your original photos, and finally order display prints for judging & exhibition. Prints that you provide will help SCB-TO raise funds for local conservation projects through our Silent Auction. We’re also excited to announce that the highest ranked photos will be publicly exhibited at the stylish Baka Gallery Café from May 26th to 30th.

In addition to our grand prize, we have many amazing prizes available including camera equipment, outdoor gear and more! These great items have been generously donated by Downtown Camera, OlympusMEC, Patagonia, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Grassroots Environmental Products, Toronto Field NaturalistsBloor Hot Docs Cinema, and Sheridan Nurseries.

Even if you’re not a shutterbug you can vote and share your favourite entries with friends online. Our goal is to get communities around our city thinking about conservation issues and more engaged with the natural world around them.

 

SCB-TO Photo Contest April 14th to May 14th 2014

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Tomorrow! March 24 – PEOPLE OF A FEATHER -

It’s almost here…come start off your week on a good note by coming to the People of a Feather film screening, Monday March 24th.

SCB-TO and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto are excited to host a film screening of the award winning Canadian film People of a Feather. Be prepared for incredible cinematography while the story unfolds about survival in the Arctic in a fast-paced changing world in this film by Joel Heath and the Community of Sanikiluag. Don’t miss out on this breath-taking opportunity.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday MARCH 24th, 2014

Doors open: 6:30 pm

Film starts: 7:30 pm

Location: 569 Spadina Crescent, room 108, University of Toronto St. George Campus. See map link below. Accessible venue.

10$ at the door, suggested donation. Proceeds will go to support the non-profit group Arctic Eider Society and cover screening costs.

Tickets only sold at the door on first come first serve basis

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It’s a wrap and film screening this Monday!

We reached an exciting milestone on Tuesday! With more than 20 volunteers, we were able to finish pinning the last of our specimens from the 2013 field season. Thank you to all of our volunteers who have helped us out along the way. There are still more volunteer opportunities, so if you are interested email us to join our volunteer list.

And our Film Screening of People of a Feather is this coming Monday, 24th of March! The perfect way to start your week. Doors open at 6:30, film at 7:30. 569 Spadina Cres. Koffler House room 108. 10$ suggested donation – funds go to the Arctic Eider Society and to cover costs. Spectacular cinematography, compelling story, and comfy theatre seats to boot. 

 

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Film screening March 24 – PEOPLE OF A FEATHER –

SCB-TO and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto are excited to host a film screening of the award winning Canadian film People of a Feather. Be prepared for incredible cinematography while the story unfolds about survival in the Arctic in a fast-paced changing world in this film by Joel Heath and the Community of Sanikiluag. Don’t miss out on this breath-taking opportunity.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday MARCH 24th, 2014

Doors open: 6:30 pm

Film starts: 7:30 pm

Location: 569 Spadina Crescent, room 108, University of Toronto St. George Campus. See map link below. Accessible venue.

10$ at the door, suggested donation. Proceeds will go to support the non-profit group Arctic Eider Society and cover screening costs.

Tickets only sold at the door on first come first serve basis

 

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We love our volunteers

SCB-TO had a fantastic turn out yesterday at our pinning event. Close to 20 volunteers from the University of Toronto, York University, Rouge Park and the North American Native Plant Society swiftly pinned over 400 specimens in just a few hours.

Over the next several months SCB-TO board member, and resident native bee expert, Genevieve Rowe will identify the delicate specimens. Together with specimens which have already been processed, this data will improve our understanding of pollinator populations in Rouge Park, soon to be Canada’s first urban national park.

We’ve still got a bit left to do before our Pollintaor Project is complete, so we’ll be holding one final pinning session in March. If you’re interested in getting involved email us to join our volunteer list.

 

 

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Our amazing volunteers

SCB-TO: New Board of Directors 

 

We welcome our new board members to SCB-Toronto after our successful volunteer social an elections. Please see the profile our new board, by clicking on this link. We are looking forward to an exciting new year of projects inspired by the new energy this new board brings to raising awareness of conservation issues of local relevance and global significance.

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Our amazing volunteers

SCB-TO sends out
a huge thank you to our volunteers 

Almost mid-way into November and the chill in the air made even sharper by the winds makes our warm summer field days collecting data on pollinator species in Rouge Park seem even further away. While we are no longer doing field work, our volunteers are still hard at work helping us process our samples. This includes sorting specimens (we keep the hymenoptera), cutting up labels (each specimen needs 3: 1st with latitude and longitudes and name of the sample site, 2nd date sample collected, and 3rd the genus and species) – many many many labels, and pinning the specimens. We had a total of 7 sampling days where we sampled 14 sites, making for a lot of post-field season work.  These are just a sampling of our snapshots and there are many people who we did not capture in a photo. But to everyone, we are hugely thank you. This would not be possible without your time, commitment, and dedication to this project and the Society for Conservation Biology.

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