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March 13, 2003
Toronto Parks and Recreation wins prestigious Regional Merit Award
Parks and Recreation - Toronto Parks and Recreation, Toronto Region
Conservation Authority and the prime consultant Envision, The Hough Group, have
been awarded the esteemed Regional Merit Award for the Humber Bay Butterfly
Habitat (HBBH), from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

"It is an honour to be selected from 62 entries in the National Competition,"
said Claire TuckerReid, General Manager of Toronto Parks and Recreation. "It
attests to the team's dedication to design, ecology, planning, practice and

Situated in the Humber Bay Park East (Lakeshore Blvd and Park Lawn Road) the
HBBH was officially opened by Councillor Irene Jones (Ward 6
Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager, Parks and Recreation
and Dick O'Brien, Chair of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on
September 24, 2002 with a sunset ceremony. The ceremony coincided with the
Monarch butterfly's southern migration when recently hatched Monarchs from
Southern Ontario made a spectacular journey to Central Mexico for the winter.

The HBBH uses indigenous plants to attract native butterflies as part of this
three-year project. The HBBH is designed to support butterflies throughout
their entire life - from egg to caterpillar, and pupae to butterfly. The
complex life cycle of the butterfly, as well as the diverse needs of each type
of butterfly, depends on the availability of a variety of features. These
features include a seasonably diverse mix of wildflowers, grasses, sedges,
trees and shrubs, wind shelters, sunning and perching spots and access to
water. These features are incorporated in the three components of HBBH: the
Short Grass Prairie, the Wildflower Meadow, and the Home Garden.

The Short Grass Prairie, a low growing, drought tolerant vegetation, supplies a
variety of host and nectar plants for caterpillars and butterflies. They offer
perching areas, shelter and further food sources. The Wildflower Meadow, the
largest component, represents four vegetation communities: tallgrass prairie,
shortgrass prairie, wet meadow and upland meadow, all of which present food,
shelter and a windbreak for the meadow. The Home Garden contains
butterfly-friendly native plants and physical features that lend themselves to
a backyard setting. This component is completed by stonewalls; perennial beds
with native and ornamental species; and information on how to incorporate grass
into a butterfly haven.

Over two years of planting activities, around 750 dedicated and enthusiastic
volunteers completed virtually all of the planting at HBBH. They include: the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Stewardship Rangers; Bayer Inc.;
UniLever; General Electric; J.D. Griffen Centre; IKEA Etobicoke; several
schools and community groups; and the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat Volunteer
Stewardship Team.

"We encourage everyone to learn more about the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat by
viewing our display at Canada Blooms," said Tucker-Reid. The panel outlining
the design and features of HBBH that was part of the submission for the
Regional Merit Award will be on display at Canada Blooms, South Building, Metro
Toronto Convention Centre, from March 12 to 16.

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