May 18, 2016
City of Toronto releases three new books in biodiversity series

The City of Toronto has released the latest books in the City's growing Biodiversity Book Series. The latest books in the series are Mushrooms of Toronto, Bees of Toronto, and Trees, Shrubs & Vines of Toronto. There are now nine published books in the series.

Members of the media and the public are invited to join the City's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, as she announces the release of these new books.

The book launch event will take place on Thursday, May 19 in Toronto City Hall's Members Lounge (floor 3C) from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Remarks will be made at 4 p.m.

Joining the Chief Planner will be representatives from the following collaborator and partner organizations that were instrumental in the production of these latest books, specifically the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Public Library, the Toronto District School Board and York University.

The Biodiversity Book Series is intended to raise awareness of, create opportunities for exploration and enjoyment, and cultivate a sense of stewardship for the non-human residents found in Toronto. The work required to complete each of the books involves more than a hundred volunteers dedicating their time, passion and expertise to the project. Through their work, the City is beginning to compile a comprehensive inventory of species found in the city.

Previously released books in the series include Birds of Toronto, Butterflies of Toronto, Spiders of Toronto, Fishes of Toronto, Mammals of Toronto, and Reptiles & Amphibians of Toronto.

Beginning June 1, each of these new books will be available at Toronto Public Library branches for members of the public to pick up and keep for their personal use.

Advance copies of Mushrooms of Toronto, Bees of Toronto, and Trees, Shrubs & Vines of Toronto will be available at the launch event.

The Biodiversity Book Series is an initiative of the Environmental Planning section of the City of Toronto's City Planning division. The initiative is supported by the Environment and Energy division and the Parks, Forestry & Recreation division. You can learn more about this series and the other environmental initiatives at http://bit.ly/1sLzquA.

You can also follow City Planning on Twitter, using the handle @CityPlanTO.

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Media Contacts:

Bruce Hawkins
bhawkin@toronto.ca