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
Grey Tree Frog
Grey Tree Frog by Lynn Miller
Thank You!
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!
Zoo Woods
SCB Toronto 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 here.
Young Ornithologists' Workshop
The Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen teen birders (ages 13-17) to apply for the 2015 Doug Tarry Natural History Fund - Young Ornithologist Workshop to be held from Aug 1-9, 2015. Participants will receive hands-on training in field ornithology including bird banding, field identification, preparing museum specimens, and more! Applications are due April 30, 2015. More information here.
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.

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Sunnybrook Park Cabin
Open House
May 23 & 24, 10am - 4pm
Please join other TFN members for an Open House at the Sunnybrook Park Cabin on Saturday May 23 & Sunday May 24. On May 23 TFN member Ken Sproule will lead a TFN outing in Sunnybrook Park that will end at the cabin. Other TFN volunteers are conducting nature walks for the general public as part of the Doors Open Toronto event. The cabin is located on the Sunnybrook Park access road off Leslie St., about one half way between Wilket Creek and Sunnybrook Stables.
To see our listing and others for Doors Open, go to
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
Hot Docs, April 23 - May 3
Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, is pleased to present their 22nd annual program in theatres across Toronto. Free daytime (before 5pm) screenings are available for students (with valid ID) and seniors (60+). Screenings that might be of interest to TFN members are:
Indian Point - The minutia and the overall picture of the controversies surrounding nuclear power.
How to Change the World - Showcases never-before-seen footage of the early days of Greenpeace and turns them into inspiring and undeniable evidence that it is possible for the common man to change the course of history.
All the Time in the World - Crafts an intimate and heartwarming portrait of a family in search of deeper connection
The Messenger - The peril of avian species is a literal canary in the coal mine for humans.
Daughter of the Lake - A powerful statement on the human cost of gold and what people are doing to raise awareness about its impacts.
Planetary - Witness Earth like never before.
Fractured Land - Provides optimism and empowerment toward issues that can seem dire and insurmountable.
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World - Haida Gwaii sits squarely in the path of the proposed Tar Sands seaway to Asia.
Hadwin's Judgement - Charts Grant Hadwin's crusade against the destruction of the world's last great temperate rainforest.