Toronto Field Naturalists  –  Enjoy and preserve nature with us!
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The Toronto Field Naturalists have been promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923. Learn more about us, what we're doing and how you can volunteer.
January Photo Spotlight
Painted Bunting by Martin Chen
(Photo taken Christmas day 2014)

Nature Images Show
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 1:30 - 4 pm

This popular event will be taking place again at the S. Walter Stewart Library auditorium, 170 Memorial Park Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Free Admission.

TFN photographers! Show us what you have discovered! Inspire others with your images of the City's landscapes and biodiversity! Highlight the amount of life there is in the city! You may bring up to 20 digital photos to show. Please bring images on a USB stick if possible.

Nature Arts members will be showing their work on tables during the coffee break. Come see the diversity of talents that our members possess!

TFN volunteers! Please let us know if you would like to help with this event. We welcome donations of goodies for the refreshment table as well as setup and cleanup. Set-up will begin at 1 pm. Contact the office if you would like to volunteer.
TFN Endorse NoJetsTO
The Toronto Field Naturalists, a charitable organization of people who love and want to protect our natural environment, endorse the mission of NoJetsTO because of our concern with the impact of the expansion on wildlife that lives and breeds along the waterfront. Read the full statement here.
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TFN Members Survey
Coming Soon!
The survey will be available February 1.
To fill it in you have the choice of completing it online, or by downloading the document, printing it and mailing it to the TFN. Surveys will also be available at the Feb 1st TFN Lecture or you can phone the TFN to have a paper copy mailed to you.
Young Ornithologists' Workshop
The Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen teen birders to apply for the 2015 Doug Tarry Natural History Fund - Young Ornithologist Workshop to be held from August 1-9, 2015.
Participants will receive hands-on training in field ornithology including bird banding, monitoring, field identification, birding trips, preparing museum specimens, guest lectures, and more! Six of Canada's most promising ornithologists between the ages of 13-17 will be selected to attend, and will receive the Doug Tarry Bird Study Award to cover all on-site expenses. Applications are due April 30, 2015. More information here.
Carolinian Canada Trip: Backus Woods/Long Point (Point Rowan)
Members Only, May 12 & 13
On May 12 we will explore Backus Woods, our best old growth Carolininan forest in Ontario. Backus Woods is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). NCC purchased the 875-acre property in 2011 from Long Point Region Conservation Authority. This is a ramble for those interested in birds, flowers, trees, etc.
On May 13 we will explore Long Point Provincial Park. A biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO, Long Point is 20 miles [32.2km] long and thought to be 4,000 years old. It's a staging area for migratory songbirds and waterfowl, and populated by birds, turtles, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
Leader: Joanne Doucette. This is a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. Car pooling. Camping or motel. Members only. Space is limited so reserve by April 25 by emailing or leaving a message at the TFN Office: 416-593-2656.
Milkweed No Longer Noxious
There is some good news for the monarch butterfly. Common milkweed has been removed from Ontario's Schedule of Noxious Weeds. Milkweed provides an important habitat and a larval food source for the monarch butterfly, which is experiencing an alarming decline in numbers.