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May 15, 2006
Giant nests spring up in City Hall Rotunda
Ten gigantic nests, designed by Owen Sound artist Anne Schneider, have been installed temporarily in the Rotunda of City Hall. The nests are giant-scale replications of the nests of 10 species of birds that are commonly found in Toronto’s parkland and are part of an initiative by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation to raise awareness about Toronto’s natural areas parks system as part of an international migratory corridor for birds.

The Toronto Bird Flyways project will also provide opportunities for residents to learn about local and migratory birds in Toronto, and will create recreational opportunities relating to bird watching and nature enjoyment.

Toronto’s river valleys already attract a wide array of bird species that use them as travel corridors, during migration, and habitat for breeding and raising their young. The Toronto Bird Flyways Project will enhance the attractiveness of three sites to birds through plantings of native vegetation, and by increasing the diversity and availability of food and shelter. The project will complement habitat enhancement work that is underway by the City and its partners at other sites throughout Toronto’s natural areas and river valley parklands.

The nests will be on display at City Hall until May 19 and will be permanently installed this summer in the Humberwood parklands, in the West Humber River Valley (near Hwy 427 and Finch Ave West).

Humberwood is one of three sites in the city destined for ecological enhancements and improvements as part of the new Toronto Birds Flyways Project. The two other sites are Milne Hollow Park in the Don River Valley and Woodlands Park in the Rouge Valley.

For more information about the Toronto Bird Flyways Project, please call Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Natural Environment Hotline at 416-392-LEAF (5323) or email

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