.The Peregrine Falcon population took a big hit in the mid 1900s due exposure to pesticides, primarily DDT. Bioaccumulation within the food chain is thought to be the primary factor causing this collapse. Pesticides affected the reproductive success of the species and as a result, Ontario’s Peregrine Falcon population completely disappeared in 1963. In the early 1970s, pesticides like DDT were banned in Canada and the United States.
The Peregrine Falcon generally nests on cliff ledges or crevices. Tall skyscrapers mimic these cliffs and when combined with large prey populations (i.e. pigeons), cities prove to be an ideal habitat for this species! In 1994, a Peregrine Falcon was spotted in downtown Hamilton near the Sheraton Hotel. The presence of a nesting pair was confirmed in 1995. This was significant because falcons show site fidelity and return to the same nesting site year after year. This inspired the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club to coordinate a monitoring effort and Falconwatch was born!...
LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our community-based programs seek to engage residents as active urban forest stewards through accessible, on-the-ground programs. We are currently seeking a Communications and Fundraising Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of how new technologies can increase community engagement and improve program results. They will work with staff to assess current use of technologies (including client communication systems, website and social media platforms, database software, mapping applications and fundraising management software), suggesting improvements and improved integration where feasible.
Full time position (35-40 hrs/week). Compensation commensurate with experience. Reports to the Program Manager.
Please send resume and cover letter by 5:00pm Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 to: Janet McKay, Executive Director, janet[at]yourleaf.org. No phone calls or in-person visits please.
LEAF is an equal opportunity employer. We regret that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
See full posting here
Opportunity: STAO conference - assistant at BEAN's booth
Location: International Plaza Hotel, Toronto
Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) will be attending the Science Teacher’s Association of Ontario (STAO) conference, and requires a volunteer on Friday, November 11th. Volunteers will assist BEAN's coordinator in the promotion of their programs, including Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity. Volunteers will be trained on-site.
Time commitment is approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. This commitment is flexible, and half-day volunteers will be considered.
Volunteering gains you free entry to the conference for the day, and you may have opportunity to attend sessions.
Contact Jessica Ferguson for more info!
The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) is a registered charity that strengthens land conservation by building and supporting a strong land trust movement. ELB connected with OLTA at an event earlier in the year and they have approached us with an opportunity to assist with their Annual Gathering, October 19 - 21. Volunteers will assist with administrative duties including registration, set up and take down. Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to introduce speakers during sessions throughout the day.
This is an amazing networking opportunity as there will be representatives from land trusts across the province including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Nature and Ducks Unlimited.
The gathering is a three day event taking place at the Geneva Park YMCA in Orillia. Volunteers may be able to attend for free if OLTA receives the funding, otherwise there will be a fee to attend. OLTA has requested four volunteers per day, those applying for the opportunity may wish to attend the event for one day or the full three days.
If you are interested, please submit a 300 word statement outlining why we should choose you for this amazing opportunity as well as your availability (one day, two days, whole event). All submissions are to be emailed to Morgan Roblin at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st at 11:59 pm.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - VIDEOGRAPHER FOR TREE PLANTING EVENTS VIDEOS
LEAF is looking for a videographer to capture footage from two fall tree planting events in 2016: one in Aurora and one in Richmond Hill. The planting event in Aurora would be taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Machell Park (Aurora Heights Drive, just west of Yonge Street). The planting event in Richmond Hill will be held in late September/early October (date TBC) in Grovewood Park (Grovewood Street and Dairy Avenue). The videographer must be available to attend both events (which will run for approx. 2.5 hours each) and to edit together the footage from the events into two, engaging videos of 2 -3 minutes each For more information see: yourleaf.org/employment-opportunities
Apply to join the body of young Canadians, aged 16 to 24, who will
provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on national issues
such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities
as well as climate change and clean growth, among others.
This could be a great opportunity to bring biodiversity issues to the
national stage (and potentially meet the Prime Minister)!
You have from July 22 until August 12 (23:59 PT), 2016 to apply, for
more info see: https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/prime-ministers-youth-council/need-more-information.html
The Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC) is hosting its 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on August 20 & 21 from 10 am - 4 pm. The festival will take place in Tobermory at the Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitor Centre and some activities will take place on EBC nature reserves near by. On Saturday evening, EBC is hosting a guided bat walk on their Alvar Bay Nature Reserve to educate attendees about the bats of Ontario and the threats they face.
EBC is reaching out to ELB for support at the festival. They are looking for approximately 6 individuals to help catch Monarchs, supervise booths and assist with guided hikes! As volunteers, you will get to camp on EBC's Alvar Bay Nature Reserve for the weekend and you will receive a BBQ dinner on Saturday night. If you are interested in volunteering please see the Registration Form.
Please share the poster with your network and we hope to see you there!
The North American Envirothon (NAE) is taking place from July 24-29, 2016 at Trent University in partnership with Forests Ontario in Peterborough, Ontario. The NAE is a team-based competition for high school students who are passionate about the outdoors. It challenges students across North America to learn more about our relationship with the natural world by providing hands on workshops taught by leaders in the environment. Students are tested on what they learn - competing for the championship title!
The NAE will be bringing over 50 states and provincial championship teams together, and this is your chance to see over 500 of the brightest and passionate future green leaders from across the continent. There are lots of ways to get involved!
ELB will be at the NAE on July 27th. We will host a trivia night for participants and need more questions! Please submit your questions today.
Represent ELB as a Presentation Judge on Thursday, July 28th. This is a great opportunity to see what the students learn throughout the program, and you will play an important part in determining the top team! We are looking for scientists, naturalists, policy leaders, community members, and anyone who has a general interest in supporting our youth - experience not necessary and training will be provided! A presentation judge at the NAE will look great on a CV, sign up today!