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April 10, 2002
Media Advisory: Turtles sighted on Toronto Island on Earth Day
The City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, with the
help of their funding partners the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund and the
Great Lakes Renewal Foundation, are creating a new wetland on Toronto Island
that will be a suitable habitat for turtles.

To mark Earth Day, members of the media are invited to preview and tour Turtle
Pond, a wetland designed as a learning landscape to foster a better
understanding of wetland ecosystems.

The TRCA will bring a Blanding's Turtle (considered rare to uncommon in
Ontario), a Painted Turtle, and a Red-Eared Slider (pet store turtle) to the
event for a show and tell with children in grades one to three from the Island
Public/ Natural Science School.

Joanna Kidd's latest publication Nature on the Toronto Islands: An Explorer's
Guide will also be released at the Preview Event.

Date: Earth Day, Monday, April 22 2002
Site Tour: 10:45 a.m.
Ceremony: 11 a.m.
Place: Turtle Pond on Centre Island near the Island School

The Toronto Parks and Recreation vessel the P&P1 will depart from the Toronto
Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay Street at 10:30 a.m. SHARP to ferry members of
the press to The Island.

Please call 416-397-4062 as soon as possible to reserve a space on the boat.
Space is limited.

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