May Photo Spotlight
Grey Tree Frog by Lynn Miller
The TFN board appreciates the time and effort our members took to fill in our Membership Survey! We are examining the results now to see what we can do to make the TFN a stronger organization and to make sure we are meeting our member's needs. Thank You to all who participated!
Neonicotinoids In Your Garden
In a 2014 Friends of the Earth study of flowers for sale at garden centres in Canada, more than 50 percent of the tested plants contained traces of at least one neonicotinoid. Most shocking was that many of these contaminated plants were labelled "bee-friendly". Check out Ontario Nature's page
outlining what you can do to avoid this pesticide when purchasing plants for your garden.
has been awarded a grant and are moving ahead with plans for a native plant garden at the Zoo Woods on U of T's St. George campus. In the upcoming weeks, SCB will be cleaning up the site (goodbye invasives!), deciding on what will be planted, and then putting in the trees and shrubs this spring season! You can learn about the history of Zoo Woods
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
National SwiftWatch Roost Monitoring Spring Blitz
SwiftWatch would like to invite as many people as possible to take part in the National Roost Monitoring Blitz on May 20, May 24, May 28, and June 1. The results from Ontario SwiftWatch are combined with data collected in Manitoba, Quebec and the Maritimes to assess Chimney Swift population trends across Canada. You can sign sign up to monitor a site during the spring blitz on this map
. If you zoom in on Toronto, you will see seven of Toronto's largest known roosts. It would be ideal to have monitors at all of these locations for the blitz this spring.
To sign up as a roost monitor, please contact the Ontario SwiftWatch Coordinator
. Please specify which roost you can monitor and which days (May 20, 24, 28 and/or June 1) you are available.
Raise Your Voice For Nature
Help Ontario Nature call for stronger laws, a stronger landscape and a stronger natural legacy for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The Ontario Government is currently reviewing the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. These plans play a key role in protecting over 720,000 hectares of land extending around the province's most populated and industrialized region from Niagara to the Rice Lake Plains and up to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Take action to protect the region's water, nature and communities by sending a letter to the Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. More information and email access to the minister can be found
Got a Favourite Tree?
LEAF has launched The Great Toronto Tree Hunt
- a contest to find and celebrate the greatest trees in the city. Both individuals and groups can nominate trees and are eligible for cash prizes! It's easy! To nominate a tree, just take a quick snapshot or an artistic photo and provide a brief description of why that tree is great. Get all the details here
Reporting Bird Collisions
Now you can easily report bird collisions. FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program) has introduced a new online tool where people can record the location and time of bird-building strikes. The goal of this interactive map is to create a global collision database by using the power of the Internet to reach out to millions of potential data collectors instead of having to only rely on a limited set of volunteers. Another benefit of the new tool is that people can record collisions at residential buildings, which FLAP currently cannot survey, and which cumulatively account for the majority of bird deaths. The tool can be found at flap.org