Cats Indoors and Organic Gardening
Domestic cats kill millions of small mammals, reptiles,
amphibians and especially birds each year in North America.
They are not a natural part of the ecosystem and their hunting
activities disrupt the natural balance.When cats hunt outdoors,
they remove prey from the environment that should be
sustaining native predator populations, such as owls. Cats may
also transmit disease to wildlife, which threatens species’
diversity and the health of ecosystems.
Allowing domestic cats to run free outside is a contravention of
the Town of Richmond Hill’s by-laws: pets are prohibited
from trespassing on private property and their owners are
required to clean up their waste.
The best solution is to keep your cat inside, as this benefits both
the environment and the cats. Without the risk of disease,
parasites, predation, poison and accidents, indoor cats can live
for an average of 10 years longer than outdoor cats.
VISIT THE CANADIAN HUMANE SOCIETY’S WEBSITE AT http://cfhs.ca/info/indoor_cats/
FOR TIPS ON RAISING A HAPPY, HEALTHY, INDOOR CAT.
FREE hands-on garden workshops
this summer at Phyllis Rawlinson Park.
BACKYARD COMPOSTING GROWING AND USING HERBS
Tuesday, June 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Interested in growing herbs? Participate in the
Learn everything you need to know about how to set
construction of a beautiful herb spiral – an easy
up your own backyard bin and produce rich compost
and fun way to set up an instant herb garden in
that can improve soil in your garden. We’ll take you your backyard. Learn tips and tricks for growing,
step by step through a hands-on compost building harvesting and storing herbs, as well as creative
activity and finish up by brewing some compost tea! ideas and recipes to put your herbs to good use.
Please note that these workshops are scheduled to take place outside so we ask that you dress accordingly.
To sign up or for more information, please contact:
Lisa Fisk, Project Manager, Richmond Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(416) 596-1495, ext. 226 or mobile (416) 303-6834.
For information about the Town’s Community Stewardship Program email
email@example.com or call (905) 771-5509.
These workshops are funded by the Community Stewardship Program, a partnership
between the Town of Richmond Hill and Evergreen.
Trees are Important and Native Species
Trees Are Important
In the Town of Richmond Hill, you must obtain a permit before injuring or destroying
any tree with a trunk diameter of 20 cm or more at breast height (1.4m).
For more information, visit www.richmondhill.ca/treebylaw or call (905) 771-8800.
• Trees produce oxygen. • Trees increase property values.
A mature leafy tree produces Real estate values increase when trees
as much oxygen in a season beautify a property or neighbourhood.
as 10 people inhale in Trees can increase the property value
a year. of a home by 15 per cent or more.
• Trees shade and cool. • Trees contribute to the economy.
The net cooling effect of a Research shows that shoppers in
young, healthy tree is well-landscaped business districts are
equivalent to 10 room-sized willing to pay more for parking and
air conditioners operating up to 12 per cent more for goods
20 hours a day. and services.
These brochures describe some of the plant
species native to Richmond Hill. Check them out
and plant them in your own lawn or garden!
WHY PLANT NATIVE SPECIES?
• Native species are adapted to local water
and soil conditions and therefore require
less water and maintenance.
• They provide habitat and food for birds,
mammals and various insects.
• Native species improve local biodiversity.
YOUR For more information visit
FREE COPY www.richmondhill.ca/nativeplants,
TODAY! email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (905) 747-6465.
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Don’t Feed the Wildlife
A large Canada Goose population has
become a serious issue at parks within the
Town of Richmond Hill. The Parks,
Recreation & Culture Department is
working to reduce the number of geese in
Fe urban areas. You can help keep the goose
population to a reasonable size by not
W feeding them!
The following six reasons explain
why it is not good to feeD wild animals.
1. Human foods are difficult for animals to 5. Animals fed by humans behave abnormally.
digest and lack the nutrients animals need for In fact, some Canada Geese have stopped
their healthy growth and development. migrating south in the winter due to the
Did you know that bread swells in an animal’s availability of food here. As a result, they risk
digestive system, making them feel full, but dying of exposure if a particularly harsh winter
providing them with little nutrition? sets in. They may also starve if their unnatural
2. Feeding wild animals can degrade the food supply is abruptly terminated. Hand-fed
environment. animals also lose their fear of people and act
Increased populations of one species can disrupt more aggressively.
food chains, crowd out other species and cause
overgrazing and trampling of vegetation. In the 6. Increased bird droppings may lead to public
case of geese, feces can also lead to serious water health concerns.
quality degradation in nearby lakes and ponds. Places like playgrounds and picnic areas, where
3. Feeding wild animals can lead to the spread geese tend to be fed, can become unsanitary due
of disease. to the accumulation of feces.
Infectious diseases can be spread more easily
when animals crowd together to get handouts.
4. Human foods can attract other less desirable
Excess food thrown on the ground can attract
pests, like rats, that thrive on leftovers.
Do you have geese on your property?
For information about how you can manage geese on your
property, contact the Natural Heritage Section at
or (905) 747-6465.
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