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Magwood Park wetland

Aggie’s Wildflower Walk 2021

For some twenty years now TFN member and voice of the Humber River, Madeleine McDowell, has led fellow members on her annual “Aggie’s Wildflower Walk”, a two hour journey through the world of Agnes Dunbar Moodie Fitzgibbon, illustrator of Canadian Wildflowers. Published in 1868, Canadian Wildflowers is considered one of the most important early botanical Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #5

Hi Folks, Great to see you all at the TFN Juniors’ Nature Class today. Thanks to everyone for sharing your nature adventures with us and contributing photos, art and information to the Slideshow. In our dramatic reading, you were all awesome as the Fawn, the Doe, the Buck and the Wolf. And you picked up Read More

View of the Don Valley and downtown from Leaside bridge

Crothers Woods with Karen Sun

Karen Sun, Parks Planner from the City of Toronto, introduces elementary & junior high school students to some of her favourite plants during a walk in Crothers Woods. Originally livestreamed on May 4, 2021. Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #4

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos, and artwork or joined us at our fourth Nature class of Spring 2021. We shared in each others’ sightings of early spring migrants–the Killdeer, a White-throated sparrow and a Hermit Thrush. We also saw Great Blue Herons out at Kortright, sitting on their nests, and switching off with their Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #3

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the class today and contributed art work, photos, bird song recordings and enthusiasm. Great to see your photos and drawings of  tadpoles, mining bees, early spring ephemerals and birds.  Wonderful to see you all and to have a look at your drawings at the end! Ken Vogan gave Read More

New England Aster in flower

May newsletter now available

Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available for download, and print copies should be arriving by Canada Post very soon! Features include: Tree of the Month – Northern Catalpa; Toronto’s Coralroots and Showy Orchis; Can Toronto be a Bird-friendly City; How Do Trees Know When to Leaf Out; TFN Spring Clean-up; TFN’s New Ravines Talk; Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #2

Thanks to everyone who shared photos and joined us for our second zoom nature class of Spring 2021. So awesome to be able to come along on your nature outings through the experiences you share in the opening discussion and the photos you contribute to the slideshow. I always learn so much. Spring is progressing Read More

Self-Guided Walk: Best 15 Minute Walk in the City

With some four-hundred identified species of wildflower, shrub, and tree to enjoy, and deep history stretching back to the earliest days of Toronto (York), this might be the best fifteen minute walk our city has to offer. Distance: 600m, circular routeDifficulty: Easy (paved path, mostly flat. One short staircase – see Waypoint #6 below)Washrooms: None Read More

TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #1

Hello everyone and thanks for adding photos to our very first slideshow of the Spring 2021 TFN Jrs Zoom Nature class. Please keep it up–we love sharing what you have seen in nature that week. At the class we dissected ‘winter weeds’, the stalks remaining standing at the end of the winter. We were detectives, Read More

TFN Juniors say Good-by to Winter and Hello to Spring

Welcome to our final winter blogpost. Thanks again to everyone who shared amazing sightings with us. March is a wonderful month for waterfowl as the migrants that wintered on the Atlantic coast are passing through Toronto, while our own over-wintering ducks are still here. We are also seeing the earliest songbird migrants–special sparrows, that don’t Read More