In the news….

SCB-TO members have been hard at work analysing data from our 2 field seasons collecting data to address the gaps in our knowledge about native pollinators in Rouge Park. Here are some recent developments on the status of the park as it transitions to National Park status.

Province withholds Rouge Park lands in response to low environmental protection offered by federal National Urban Parks bill. The Rouge Park is among the largest urban parks in North America, protecting over 40 km2 of watershed, including large swathes of endangered Carolinian forest in Toronto’s east end. In 2011, the province began talks with the federal government about the possibility of expanding the Rouge to create Canada’s first National Urban Park. Strategically located in a region that boasts 34% of Canada’s population, the Rouge would provide national park access to millions. However, the province argues that the proposed federal legislation (Bill C-40) will not provide the environmental protection the park needs or deserves, and falls short of the protection offered to existing national parks. The Ontario government opted to deny the transfer of the provincially-owned Rogue Park lands to the federal government until the proposed federal legislation is significantly strengthened.

View related article in The Globe and Mail

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Board Elections and Dr. Tyrone Hayes: Nov. 10

Hello SCB-Toronto Followers and Aficionados!

SCB-TO Board elections PLUS a talk by Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Risky Business: Hormones, Frogs, and You all on the evening of Nov. 10th. 

SCB-TO is partnering with Environmental Defence, Canada’s premier environmental action organization, to bring you Dr. Tyrone Hayes from UC Berkeley. Dr. Tyrone Hayes will share his experience researching endocrine-disrupting chemicals and how they can affect the environment and human health.  Learn about the challenges he faced when he tried to share his findings, and how this ties to contemporary debates surrounding the relationship between science and industry. More information including how to register for this event here.


2014-2015 Board Elections

Every year SCB-Toronto elects a new Board who help to direct and implement the goals of the Toronto Chapter of SCB. We are part of a growing number of local chapters who work in diverse ways to raise awareness of local conservation issues and provide an important linkage between the Society’s Global directives. Check out more about SCB Global, and read below for backgrounds of our candidates.

Remember, to vote, you need to be a SCB member. Check out the benefits of membership here.

Bios of the 2014-2015 Board Candidates

President: Michelle Dileo
Michelle is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Her research examines how fragmented landscapes shape gene flow and connectivity in calcareous grasslands. This is her third year on the SCB-TO board, and has played active roles in the SCB-TO Goes Rouge Project and fundraising events.

Vice-President: Amanda Xuereb
Amanda is a PhD student at the University of Toronto with a strong passion for conservation biology, in her own research and in promoting conservation awareness. Her previous research focused on management of a threatened snake species, and her current research centres on the implementation of marine protected areas on the Pacific coast of Canada. She served as Vice President of the SCB Toronto Chapter last year and is excited to continue in that role in the upcoming year.

Treasurer: Jen Chivers
Jen is currently working towards her BSc at York University and hopes to continue onto graduate studies. She was an active volunteer with the SCB-TO pollinator diversity project in Rouge Park, and served as communications coordinator in 2014, helping to organize a nature and wildlife photography contest. She is looking forward to continue engaging the public in local conservation issues.

Secretary: Ekaterina Hult
After completing her master’s degree at the University of Toronto in 2009, Ekaterina started working as a research technician in insect physiology. She has 2 years of experience in the environmental NGO sector, and was an active participant in SCB-TO’s Rouge Park project. As Conservation Chair she helped organize a variety of chapter events including a city wide nature and wildlife photography contest. She is excited to continue her involvement in the organization in the coming year.

 Event Details

Victoria College in the University of Toronto
73 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K9
Accessible venue.

Date and Time: Nov. 10th, 7:00 PM talk
Election poll opens 6:45 and will continue throughout the talk, and after the talk finishes.

** Space is limited! Be sure to RSVP at to save your spot!
SCB-Toronto Elections do not require an RSVP, but the talk does.

Photography Exhibit & Silent Auction

photo ExhibitWith our photo contest coming to an end, don’t forget that you can take some of those beautiful shots home with you! Photos will be on display at Baka Gallery and Cafe located at 2256 Bloor St W. (Bloor West Village) where you can bid on prints in a silent auction, from MAY 26 – MAY 30. The exhibit will wrap at our Award Ceremony 7:00pm on MAY 30th. Funds raised from the silent auction will be used to plant a native wildflower garden. So be sure to check out the display and bid on your favourites to support your local SCB chapter!

We hope you’ll join us!

To view the winners & more! visit

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 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

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


Map-based directions

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.