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100th Anniversary Celebrations Finished!

I still find it amazing that TFN has been around for 100 years. As we head into our 101st year, I would like to thank all of our members, volunteers and the board for their support during this past year as we celebrated our centennial. Last week we held the final event of our celebrations, Read More

DVBWP Prescribed Grazer Pilot Project

Have you heard the news? There will be goats grazing at Don Valley Brick Works Park (DVBWP) later this month! The City of Toronto’s Natural Environment Infrastructure Unit of Forestry is running a Prescribed Grazing Pilot Project at the site, and Toronto Field Naturalists have spent about a year now working with City of Toronto Read More

Building Bridges for Birds: Sharing Toronto’s Shoreline with Shorebirds

With spring delivering a vibrant tapestry of shorebird returns, each embarking on its own remarkable journey, it’s imperative that we take proactive measures to safeguard their habitats and migration routes. While some transient species merely pause to rest and refuel en route to the Arctic, others nest as close as Toronto Island. Yet, despite the Read More

Your Fishing Lines Are Catching More Than Fish!

Discarded fishing gear is hazardous to various animal groups. Birds, turtles, otters and curious pets can be injured, trapped or drowned when tangled in fishing gear.  Birds, like the Great Blue Heron, can swallow hooks and lead sinkers, causing severe injuries and lead poisoning. They can also become tangled in fishing lines leading to starvation, Read More

The Dividends of Greenspace

Chances are, if you are reading this you don’t have to be convinced about the inherent value of nature and the importance of protecting it. But have you ever thought about the economics of failing to do so? That buzz you felt after your last visit to one of Toronto’s urban parks wasn’t just in Read More

Toronto Wildlife Centre Takes It Up An Octave: Reuniting Trumpeter Swan Soulmates!

In Bluffer’s Park, a local resident recently found a wounded Trumpeter Swan, injured by fishing line. She immediately contacted the Toronto Wildlife Centre, who were able to capture the bird safely for medical treatment. The medical team observed a cut on the bird’s beak causing the bleeding, which they cleaned and healed with specialized care Read More

Centennial Butternuts

Back in October 2019, TFN began a program aimed at protecting and propagating butternut trees (Juglans cinerea, an endangered species) at our Jim Baillie Nature Reserve (JBNR). On May 6, in honour of TFN’s 100th Anniversary, our stewardship volunteers added seven new butternuts (certified and local to seed zone 37) to the growing population at Read More

Saving Nature: Begins in Your Backyard 

Embarking on a journey to aid nature doesn’t require grand gestures; sometimes, it starts right in our own backyard. With wildlife populations dwindling due to habitat loss, each of us has a role to play in nurturing our local ecosystems. One powerful way to contribute is by transforming our yards into natural havens, brimming with Read More

Help Us Help Nature!

The mission of the Toronto Field Naturalists is to connect people with nature in the Toronto area. We help people understand, enjoy, protect and restore Toronto’s green spaces and the species that inhabit them. As a volunteer-run non-profit we share the desire to deepen the understanding of, and appreciation for, the natural spaces and species Read More

Celebrating Cottonwood Flats

When the 100th anniversary committee was brainstorming ideas on how to celebrate our centennial, Jason Ramsay-Brown (Stewardship Committee lead and a past president of TFN) suggested we create a video about Cottonwood Flats. The video would cover the history of the location and our work in partnership with the city. Thankfully a volunteer, Jessica Nelson, Read More