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World Water Day: The Importance of the World’s Water

Every year on March 22, we celebrate World Water Day (WWD). This is a day that acknowledges the importance of fresh water and raises awareness of the need to take action towards protecting this vital and limited resource. Water is life; people, animals, and plants alike all depend upon water to function—its protection impacts us Read More

TFN Juniors Practice Winter Tree ID

The TFN Juniors gathered on Saturday March 9th to explore ‘Winter Tree ID’’. It was pouring rain the entire morning, so it wasn’t a great day to be out in the field exploring! However, the Toronto Botanical Gardens allowed us to use one of their indoor meeting rooms –Studio #1. Lo and behold we were Read More

Toronto’s Nesting Bald Eagles Shine a Light on Conservation Successes and Challenges

Toronto’s first documented nesting pair of Bald Eagles has garnered national and international media attention.   Bans on hunting and DDT allowed North American populations to slowly recover from a low point of just a few hundred pairs in the 1960’s.  This pair’s presence in our urban environment may also represent a tangible result of slow and costly Read More

Clear Skies, Safe Flights: Let’s Give Birds a Collision-Free Tomorrow!

Annually, a staggering 25 million birds lose their lives in Canada due to unnecessary collisions with buildings, predominantly during daylight hours when birds mistakenly perceive glass as a continuation of their surroundings. This preventable tragedy can be mitigated by applying visual treatments to windows. While some municipalities already mandate these changes, a longer-term goal is Read More

TFN’s 2024 Nature Images Show

Nature enthusiasts and photographers gathered for TFN’s 2024 Nature Images Show, featuring the works of twelve talented individuals who shared their images of the natural world, taken around the GTA and Algonquin Park. Some photos focused on the intricate details of flora and fauna, highlighting the delicate beauty of wildflowers, the graceful flight of birds, Read More

Magwood Park wetland

World Wetland Day: A Splashy Affair

Each February, the global community marks World Wetland Day. Wetlands are among the planet’s most biodiverse habitats; in Toronto, wetlands are the best places to spot turtles, trumpeter swans, wood ducks, herons and muskrats, just to name a few species. Wetlands are vital for buffering floodwaters and storing carbon. But wetlands are also under intense Read More

Can a walk in the park fight climate change?

Rainy January days are a worry; they remind us that our winters are warming. Climate is a common conversation theme, and we all feel the urge to move beyond worry to action. When we explore ways to lighten our personal carbon footprints, our travel choices are key. Air travel especially, is an outsized contributor to Read More

“Then & Now” Photography Project

The “Then & Now” project was created to celebrate our 100th anniversary by selecting photos from our slide archives of places that have special meaning and significance to TFN. We would then set out to take current photos in the same locations, ideally we wanted to match the original as much as possible if current Read More

Public shoreline parkland or private spa?

The future of Ontario Place hangs in the balance. The natural habitat of Ontario Place was a chief casualty of the grand New Deal announced between the City of Toronto and the provincial government on November 27, 2023. As part of the deal to help the city resolve its critical budget shortfalls, the city agreed Read More

Giving Tuesday – 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