March Photo Spotlight
Snowy Owl by Ken Sproule
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 facilitated by Theresa Moore, 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
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
Weekly Photo Challenge
Visit our Facebook
page to participate. How good are you at identifying plants and animals?
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.
TEA Student Symposium
The Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA) is holding its annual Student Symposium on Saturday March 22, 2014. Graduate students, senior undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to present either a talk or a poster about their work with insects or arachnids. Everyone is welcome to attend. The audience is a mix of professional and amateur entomologists. Deadline for submission is March 14, 2014
More information here
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. All proceeds for the sale of this book 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
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
Organic Master Gardener Course
Learn to create healthy food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and harmful chemicals.
Dates: Tuesdays, March 25th to June 24th, 3:30 to 6pm at FoodShare. Cost: $695 + HST.
More information and registration here