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.
October Photo Spotlight
Trees
Autumn Trees by Lynn Miller
TFN Grant Program
Grant disseminations are completed for the 2014-2015 year. Information about this year's and previous grants can be found here.
The Environment and Elections
With a provincial election on the horizon, we now have an opportunity to show candidates that voters care about the environment. There are many ways of raising the profile of environmental issues: an email or call to local constituency offices, a letter to the editor of the local paper, and a question or comment shared at an all-candidates meeting or when a candidate knocks at the door. Find out more about where the parties stand on environmental polices at the Green Prosperity website.
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.
TFN for All Seasons
The TFN's 90th Anniversary Celebration was a success! This show was written and performed by TFN members to celebrate our history and continued love of nature. You can watch the video of the show here.
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Photos Page
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Baby Turtles are Hatching
It's that time of the year when turtles start coming out of their shells. So if you find a tiny turtle you should leave it alone unless it is injured or in immediate danger (e.g., on a road). Turtles don't require parental care so it hasn't been abandoned by its mother. The Toronto Wildlife Centre has a time-lapse video of snapping turtles hatching.
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.
Protecting Wildlife
Canadian Wildlife Federation is offering a cool pdf from their magazine on 26 Things You Can Do To Protect Wildlife. Check it out.
Great Backyard Bird Count Results
The final 2014 GBBC results are in! Participants in 135 countries around the globe submitted more than 144,000 checklists. Canada made a stellar contribution with 13,458 checklists. The Northern Cardinal appeared on more checklists than any other bird, while the Red-winged Blackbird was the most numerous species, with more than 1.6 million individuals counted. Visit the GBBC website for more count highlights, including the Top 10 Lists.
Protect Lost Bay
Ontario Nature urgently needs to raise $250,000 to protect the final segment of Lost Bay. You can help protect rich wetland and rugged, ancient forest - and the wild species that live there. Without our swift action, this land is at risk of development that would fragment, and destroy, this incredibly diverse ecological gem. More information here.
Lost Bay