(Note: these photos were found on google -- many thanks to those park users)
We're wondering if it's the same young squirrel that was treated for injuries by Toronto Animal Services and then released back in to the park in September 2012....? The Toronto Star did an article at the time.
The Toronto Star's Margaret Bream also did an article called Wild in the City: Encountering the Mythic White Squirre which gives some good information about what they are. It explains that what we have at Trinity Bellwoods Park is an albino eastern grey squirrel (Sciuris carolinensis) rather than a white morph — the name biologists give to a local variety of a particular species that appears different from the norm. Toronto’s black squirrels, for example, are a black morph of the eastern grey squirrel.
There is more than one in our park so there are sure to continue to be sightings -- but, sadly, fewer.
Life in a public space can be pretty rough. Witness the short life of this rogue installation now partially destroyed.
Who knows if the destruction was late night mischief or a critical statement about the art.
Hopefully the artist had a plan for taking the piece down -- we're proponents of the temporary up and planned-taking-down approach to rogue art -- and will see to that soon.
Super big thanks to community volunteers Lesley, Darren, Lu and Grady for helping us take down the paper hearts from the sakura trees. It's an installation that was not taken down in a timely manner - which is all the Friends ask. If left, in time, all that will remain are the weather beaten dregs. Which kinda loses the 'charm' of any installation. Don't you think? Already the material used to tie the paper hearts were beginning to damage /choke the small branches - trees grow - eventually doing serious damage that can lead to destruction of the tree. The 'Bring Back the Girls' installation was a beautiful gesture, but we waited and waited for them to take it down, to no avail. Sorry, but the time had come. Several of tree adopters of those trees were disappointed too - they shouldn't be expected to take them down.
The strings/ribbons and elastic bands used to tie the paper hearts to the branches/tree were a bit of a challenge to remove. Since they'd been up since Spring, they were all tangled and twisted around each and every small branch they were tied to. The only way was to carefully cut them off. It took the five of us about 20 mins. There were over 200 of them.
Please, please, please, if you are going to do some rogue art in the park, take it down in a timely fashion, let's say a no more than a month. AND do not tie, tape, nail, attach anything to the trees or do damage to the park. It's just not good for the health of the trees / green space nor is it cool. Think about how it can leave no footprint and how you can take it down easily. We are loosing so many to the emerald ash borer. Does it make sense to lose a tree because of an installation? We want to enjoy both, so make it so ladies and gentlemen.
Cheers. Enjoy our awesome park.
“An urban myth surfaced a year ago that it was permissible to drink alcohol in the park and people were coming from outside the area because they thought what they were hearing was true,” said Staff Sergeant James Hogan, of 14 Division Community Response Unit (CRU). “On weekends and holidays, thousands of people were engaged in drinking down here.”
Upset with the damaging behaviour, park users and residents voiced their concerns with police.
“Things came to a bit of a head when nearby residents became very unhappy,” said Hogan. “But the culture of drinking had already taken hold. We were in a reactive mode in response to residents who felt the park was out of control and it wasn’t a safe place anymore.”
To combat the problem, police created Project White Squirrel.
“The name came after the albino squirrel family that can be found in Trinity Bellwoods Park,” Hogan pointed out. “With the area becoming more populated with the development of condos, we met with residents and City of Toronto Parks officials in April to address the situation. We wanted to set a new tone and change the climate this summer.
“We asked the city, who we were helping, if they had anything on their website or any code of conduct for parks that could be used to reinforce the message that a park is a shared resource and everyone wants to enjoy the green space in the city. We suggested that they could create a pamphlet like we do for our educational campaigns that we could distribute to people.”
This plan has worked.
Hogan and his crew have distributed almost 1,000 pamphlets in the last six weeks.
This item was exerpted from the Toronto Police Services newsletter. More of the item can be found at the Toronto Police Services newsletter, published: 1:27 p.m. July 11, 2014
Sixty-nine tender new sapling trees have been planted in the park over the past few weeks and we're looking for new volunteers to join us in our Adopt-A-Tree program to help ensure they survive their first fours years. This is the time takes for them to re-establish a strong root system deep and wide enough to get enough water to survive.
Read more details here and/or have a look at the Adopt A Tree tab on the main menu above.
Use the Contact form under "About Us" and select adoptatree to send a note to Laura, our new AAT Coordinator, if you're a regular user of the park and would like to give back by becoming a tree adopter.