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.
July Photo Spotlight
Chipmunk by Wendy Rothwell
The Environment and Elections
With a provincial election on the horizon, we now have an opportunity to show political candidates of all stripes 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, an 800 member 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.
Raising Monarchs!
Fourteen members of the TFN have been issued a permit to raise Monarch Butterflies this year! We will post photos of their progress throughout the summer.
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.
TFN Grant Program
Grant applications are now closed. We are in the process of determining who will be selected for grants this year.
Information about previous grants can be found here.

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Bobolink Sightings
River's Edge Goat Dairy has many nesting pairs of Bobolinks on their property. They are open to the public everyday and welcome birders to come see the birds. Be sure to check in with the staff for safety and further instruction before heading out into the fields.
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.
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.
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.
Connect with Highland Creek
The Highland Creek Green Team has started working on a Connect with the Creek Project. They want to hear your cool, interesting, and important stories about life (past, present, and future) in the Highland Creek watershed. If you have something interesting to share please check out their Connect with the Creek page to get started.
Safe Hiker Classes
Hike Ontario's Safe Hiker course teaches essential hiking and hike planning skills; from how to dress and hydrate, best practices for the outdoors, risk management, map reading and even hiking in wildlife areas. In addition to excellent training with a certified Hike Ontario instructor in-class and on-trail, students go home with a comprehensive manual that will become a go-to source following the course.
The class is ideal for anyone starting out as a hiker, parents wanting to start planning family outings and folks who have taken guided outings but want to plan their own hikes too. More information here.
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.