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Christie Pits Trees Receive Tender Loving Care

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LEAF's Young Urban Forest leaders stroll down a path in Christie Pits Park
The Christie Pits Adopt-a-Park-Tree (AAPT) program launched on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. Preparation for this event began months ago, in May. Five Young Urban Forest Leaders -- Fletcher, myself (Lucy), Kristina, Meredith, and Monica -- were committed to becoming the best tree whisperers the park would ever see. Our end goal was to engage with the community and ensure that Christie Pits’ park trees would be well cared for in the years to come!
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Wild Native Bee Tour at High Park

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On Tuesday, August 9th, LEAF was joined by key influencers from across the GTA at High Park for a wild, native bee tour lead by Dr. Scott MacIvor. Dr. MacIvor, a an expert bee researcher at both University of Toronto and York University, shared his knowledge about bee species and their habitats- and even showed us different species buzzing around the park! We were joined by leaders like Toronto City Councillor Sarah Doucette and are hoping that with the help of all the individuals we had the pleasure of spending the morning with, we can help save our native bees!
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A Summer of Bees

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Two-Spotted bumble Bee
Inspired by the Let It Bee presentation hosted by LEAF this past May, I registered for the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count, picked up my camera and Bees of Toronto guide, and set out to learn more about native bees. I have been richly rewarded for my efforts, seeing bumble bees, carpenter bees, leaf cutter bees, metallic sweat bees, and many more. Here are three lessons I learned from my summer spent watching bees.
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A Game of Clue in Chester Le Park

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Participants look for clues to identify the species of a tree.
Our Adopt-a-Park-Tree journey began almost four months ago when we three ladies, all participants in LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders Program met and joined forces to pursue one simple goal: to find loving adoptee parents for the beautiful trees at Chester Le Park. That journey came to its glorious head on Sunday August 21st.
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Young Urban Forest Leaders launch Adopt-A-Park-Tree program in San Romanoway!

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On Sunday, August 14th, a group of LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders organized and led a successful Adopt-a-Park-Tree (AAPT) event at San Romanoway Towers in North York!
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