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.
April Photo Spotlight
Trilliums by Wendy Rothwell
** Happy Valley Outing **
We have postponed our trip to Happy Valley which was scheduled for April 17th as the ponds are still frozen and the salamanders aren't out yet. It will now take place on Wednesday May 7th at 10:30 am. Please contact Margaret McRae about car pooling by May 4th at
This event is for members only.
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.
TFN Grant Program
Through generous donations and bequests, funding is again available for programs and projects that further TFN goals. To apply for a grant, please fill out the Funding Request form and return it to the TFN before April 4, 2014.
Information about current and previous grants can be found here.
Outings Leaders' Workshop
An enthusiastic group of Outings Leaders met on Saturday, February 8 to share their ideas and hone their skills, with the aim of making TFN outings the very best they can be. In a group activity, all were asked to think of walks in which they had participated, describing the most, and least, helpful qualities and actions of the leader. These were summarized into tips for successful outings leadership. The tips will be posted in our April newsletter and have been added to our Leaders Information Page.
Weekly Photo Challenge
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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.
The Birds of Thickson's Woods
This Annotated Checklist, by Phill Holder and Margaret Bain, documents the 313 species of birds that have been seen so far in the reserve with full colour photographs of each species, including their status and the specific dates of rarities seen.
This new publication marks the 30 year anniversary of when the woods were purchased for protection and is dedicated to the authors' son Matt who passed away suddenly in 2011. Proceeds will go towards the Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund. This fund will provide grants to under 18 year olds either from schools, groups or individuals.
The book will be available for sale April 1, 2014 at Thickson's Woods. You can see some of the photos from the book here.
Young Ornithologists' Workshop
The Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen teen birders to apply for the 2014 Doug Tarry Natural History Fund - Young Ornithologist Workshop to be held from August 2-10, 2014.
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. Special grants may also be available to help offset air travel costs for those traveling long distances. Applications are due April 30, 2014. More information here.