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Saturday, September 29, 2012


"The lovely signs that we installed at Sam Smith have faded since they were installed (green has turned to blue is the most obvious sign), which is a defect, and our vendor has agreed to replace them at no cost to the City.  We will be removing the existing panels early next week, and temporarily replacing them with plywood until we can get replacements (likely December before we receive them, and installed as soon as possible thereafter).  Ideally we would have replacements prior to removing the existing panels, but our vendor wants to have the defective panels in hand before fabricating replacements."

Janette Harvey
Natural Environment Specialist
City of Toronto - Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Natural Environment & Community Programs

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


At approximately 7.30 am near the marina last Sunday morning, Sam Smith Park hosted a distinguished visitor. 

This is a Peregrine Falcon. You can see on his feet that he has a band so it is a bird that has been fledged locally.

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation says that the band is, "green tape and indicates a male. Most likely it  is Euro from our Islington and Bloor nest at Sun Life. The only other candidate is Albus from our Yellow Pages nest at Markham and Milner in Scarborough. Euro is more likely as that nest is not far from Colonel Sam."

Thanks to Irene Cholewka for this photograph and the report.