Wolf Administration Official Joins in Fort Washington State Park Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Militia Hill Hawk Watch

Wolf Administration Official Joins in Fort Washington State Park Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Militia Hill Hawk Watch

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FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Sept. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined birding enthusiasts and supporters of Fort Washington State Park in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Militia Hill Hawk Watch.

“What a milestone for both Fort Washington State Park and the dedicated volunteers who staff the Militia Hill Hawk Watch,” the secretary told celebration attendees gathered on the park grounds. “It is hard to believe we are just minutes from Philadelphia and yet hundreds of migrating raptors are heading south overhead. I commend you on your 30th year of documenting these flights and fueling public interest in them.”

Since Sept. 1, and through Oct. 31, volunteers have been daily monitoring southern migrations at the Montgomery County park, where visitors utilizing two observation areas can glimpse all 16 species of raptors migrating along the Atlantic Coast.

“Public interest in observing raptors and other migrating bird species from two observation areas never has been stronger at Fort Washington State Park,” Dunn noted. “This would never be possible without the dedication of the volunteers before me. You staff the observation decks; keep the all-important numbers; and infect future volunteers with your passion and commitment.”  

Militia Hill Hawk Watch prides itself in counting migrating raptors as they move southward on their annual journey as far as Central and South America. Founded in 1988, it operates from 9 AM to 5 PM daily, with dedicated volunteers providing valuable count data to the Hawk Migration Association of North America. The group delights in introducing visitors to the beauty of the state park and the many birds, other animals and insects that can be seen during their visit.

“I’m so glad we are celebrating 30 seasons of an amazing annual gathering that started with a card table and a few chairs in 1988,” said Militia Hill Hawk Watch site coordinator Rich Conroy. “The combination of hawk migration and sharing with people what is going on in the sky above us, and where these birds are headed, always leaves me feeling wonderfully connected to our world beyond Militia Hill.”

Militia Hill is one of many count sites throughout Pennsylvania which provide invaluable avian migration information through concerted citizen-science effort.

The Militia Hill Hawk watch has had an impressive tabulation of raptor species and numbers since 1988. The average season count is 11,088 raptors with a total of 321,553 in its past 29 years.

All 16 species that migrate along the East Coast are observed on a regular basis. The hawk watch’s most spectacular day occurred on Sept. 15, 2013, when 18,055 broad-winged hawks migrated over Militia Hill.

Organizers welcome and encourage volunteers in the effort. Volunteer compilers will be on duty every day — for a total of 61 days.

With an elevation of only 330 feet, and no large, nearby body of water, Militia Hill has no strong geographic features of importance to migration, and yet all East Coast raptor species are seen above the park grounds.

Detailed records of raptor observation and weather conditions are reported daily to the Hawk Mountain Migration Association of North America. They can be accessed at www.hawkcount.org.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-22265; tbrady@pa.gov


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City of Toronto reopens the Lower Don Trail

City of Toronto reopens the Lower Don Trail

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW/ – Mayor John Tory, joined by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the City’s Parks and Environment Committee, Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth), Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and representatives from partners Evergreen and the Trans Canada Trail, reopened the Lower Don Trail this morning as part of Ravine Days, a weekend-long celebration of Toronto’s unique ravine network.

“For many Torontonians this trail is a cherished escape and a chance to experience nature in the heart of the city,” said Mayor Tory. “I’m delighted to see the improvements we’ve made and I’m proud of the innovative partnerships that have made it possible.”

The reopened trail includes:

  • a new trail bridge over the Don River at Pottery Road
  • a wider, safer trail tunnel under the currently inactive Metrolinx rail line at the Belleville underpass
  • new art installations in the Lower Don Parklands, in partnership with Evergreen
  • a connection to the Bayview multi-use trail, including a connection to the Brick Works.  

The City also launched the Parks and Trails Wayfinding Pilot today, with new signage along the trail.

Ravines define Toronto’s landscape. Over 17 per cent of Toronto’s total area is ravine land and 87 per cent of Toronto’s Environmentally Significant Areas are found in ravines. Ravine Days coincide with the presentation of the Ravine Strategy to City Council’s Executive Committee for approval on September 26 and subsequently to City Council on October 2 to 4. The final strategy, centred around five themes: Protect, Invest, Connect, Partner and Celebrate, will build on the draft principles that were released for public feedback in June 2016. More Ravine Days activities are listed at http://www.toronto.ca/ravines.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

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World’s Largest Hockey Fundraiser on the Power Play in Year Seven

World’s Largest Hockey Fundraiser on the Power Play in Year Seven

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TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Today at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer faced off for its seventh hugely successful event. This year, players and their donors raised $2.6 million, making the seven year total over $16M.

Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer (CNW Group/Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation)

The tournament provides critical funding for cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. As one of the top ten single day athletic fundraisers in Canada, funds raised for The Princess Margaret contribute to areas such as immunotherapy, cancer stem cell, and genomics research, amongst many others.

This year’s event featured 150 teams of eight to 12 players each playing five games through the course of the day. This includes Road Hockey’s first ever all female division. Participants were entertained all day long with musical acts, celebrity appearances, interactive activities, kid’s games, food and beverages and interactive games.

Top fundraising teams had the opportunity to draft a celebrity onto their team to either play or coach. Among the 50 personalities available to be selected included broadcaster Peter Mansbridge, Stanley Cup Champions Mark Napier and Tomas Kaberle, and Hockey Hall of Fame members Glenn Anderson, Adam Oates, Paul Henderson and Darryl Sittler.

Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, expressed his excitement about the event: “The overwhelming success of our 7th annual Scotiabank® Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is a direct result of this passionate and selfless community of road hockey players, sponsors, donors and volunteers who support our mission to Conquer Cancer in our Lifetime.”

“At Scotiabank, investing in our communities has been a focus for over 185 years,” said John Doig, Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank. “We are proud to return as the title sponsor of Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, for the second year. Hockey matters to Scotiabank because it matters to Canadians and we know that this tournament will raise important funds to fight cancer. We invite everyone out to the Scotiabank Kids Zone, where young people will be able to practice their hockey skills and meet some of their favourite hockey heroes and mascots.”

This year Scotiabank® Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer welcomed Pizza Pizza as the new presenting sponsor. “On behalf of the thousands of people who work at Pizza Pizza, and in our network of restaurant locations, we are delighted to support The Princess Margaret to help with their efforts to conquer cancer, one shot at a time,” said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Pizza.

The top individual fundraiser this year, who also happens to be the Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology at The Princess Margaret, was Dr. Marcus Bernardini who raised $55,607. The top fundraising team was Ovarian Blitzers who raised $110,123 while the Corporate Challenge Cup was won by Hatch Engineering who raised $226,366.

Hatch – once again – has won the Corporate Challenge Cup marking the 6th year in a row they achieved that feat. Hatch has now raised over $1.2M for Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, since 2012.

For more information or to donate to the event, visit teamuptoconquercancer.ca.



About Scotiabank
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2016, Scotiabank contributed more than $70 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of over $906 billion (as at July 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre 
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering Personalized Cancer Medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Michener Institute for Education at UHN. All are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.theprincessmargaret.ca

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. www.thepmcf.ca

SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

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