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Old Posted Jan 25, 2019, 7:16 PM
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Bald eagle would be super rare around here. Only time I saw them in them in the wild was a pair circling around in the sky over me while I was fishing Belwood Lake not far from Guelph. They were doing their eagle scream too, one of the most beautiful sounds you can hear in nature.
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2019, 8:57 PM
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^^Wow, nice sighting! Never seen a snowy owl in Southern Ontario.
I ride my bike at Tommy Thompson park all the time. They return every year late fall. I've been lucky enough to have seen them several times now. As for bald eagles you can't beat the pacific coast for numbers but I have seen them in Ontario. One time funny enough on Eagle Lake late October one year https://www.google.com/maps/@45.8135...5200314,13.58z . The other time was in Toronto early fall there were about 20 of them circling high up above Liberty Village. They must have been migrating but I had never seen them anywhere near the city before. Falcons I see all the time, anybody in Toronto that wants to see one or more next time you see the pigeons flying around in large groups it's generally when they are being hunted by these birds. They tend to work in pairs or more.


Where I always end up in BC (Sechelt) the Eagles act more like seaguls then birds of prey. the best place to find them is at the dump. Also for such a majestic looking bird they have a really funny sounding way of communicating.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2019, 2:43 AM
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Yeah, Bald Eagles are a rare sight in Southern Ontario. If you're an avid birder, you might catch a few passing through during their migration but permanent residents are few and far between. One exception is Cootes Paradise in Hamilton. I did see a juvenile a couple years back while paddling through the marsh but they're so finicky and sensitive that I won't hold my breath for what you see on the West Coast.
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^Osprey and Peregrines have also made a nice comeback in the Greater Hamilton Area. And even a few pelicans have started calling Hamilton home.
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There has been a lot of talk in Ontario about the Greenbelt surrounding the Golden Horseshoe. It was under threat of the PC Government but they've backed off their threatening stance thankfully. Basically the Greenbelt protects rural farmland, forests, wetlands, etc from the threat of development. It serves an important function for wildlife as with the benefits of cleaning our air and water. Some of the best farmland in the country is contained in the Greenbelt where many fruits and veggies are grown.






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The Greenbelt is a critical function of Southern Ontario. It's going to be an ongoing battle to save it from development. It's really no ones fault, the area is growing. No one really wants to see it developed but at the same time the GTA is a growing place and there is only so much infill you can build.
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Ontario already has too many people, we should encourage them to move to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

I would also like to see a program that encourages reverting farmland to nature. I'm a huge supporter of agriculture, but the trend now is to plow under orchards and cash crops so mega farms can grow more corn and soybeans with engineered seeds/fertilizer/pesticide system that rape the land.
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Makes me wonder what would've happened had people gave a damm about the environment back in the day. I'd imagine we would have a green belt of sorts across the whole of southern Ontario, much like the one around Toronto, with off shoots to the Great Lakes, so a piece would connect with Point Pelee and other environmental important areas around the lakes.
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Lol would building a world-class tropical garden which is green for the whole hear be counted as increasing diversity?
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Lol would building a world-class tropical garden which is green for the whole hear be counted as increasing diversity?
Generally you want diversity of native plants but I'm interested to see what you're talking about.
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Generally you want diversity of native plants but I'm interested to see what you're talking about.
It’s the Canada’s Diversity Garden currently under construction in Winnipeg, expected to be finished in 2020 or 2021, can’t remember exactly which year.

Major benefit is that it will become one of the best attractions in Winnipeg and make the winter much less miserable, but I bet the admission won’t be free, it’s a huge investment with high-tech materials. I heard that a private investor immediately fell in love with the project during the public presentation and donated 2 million for it
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The national bird of dockyards worldwide!
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Since when has pizza become the favorite food of them
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Since when has pizza become the favorite food of them
Have you ever been to your local garbage dump? Those birds will eat anything and everything!
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This guy was raiding my bird feeder this morning. He actually knocked it right out of the tree and then growled at it, lol.

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