Come get your hands dirty helping nature!

Come and help TFN protect & restore habitat at Cottonwood Flats by planting trees, casting seeds, pulling invasives, picking up litter and more! TFN’s second year as Team Leaders of the City of Toronto’s Community Stewardship Program (CSP) team at Cottonwood Flats is about to begin and we’re excited for you to participate! You do Read More

City-Wide Celebration of Stewardship and Volunteering

Toronto Field Naturalists along with the Toronto Nature Stewards and A Park for All will be taking part in city-wide celebration of stewardship and volunteering event on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event will take place at the Middle Mill Stewardship site located at 44 Beechwood Drive, Toronto. This will Read More

Stewardship of Cottonwood Flats

On the morning of May 3, 2022, a dozen or so TFNers, City staff, and Community Stewardship Program (CSP) volunteers gathered at a scattering of armourstones in in the Don Valley for the inaugural session of something quite wonderful: a new stewardship team at Cottonwood Flats! For the last five years, TFN has led the Read More

The British Library Needs You!

The Unlocking Our Sounds Heritage project at the British Library is looking for Ontario naturalists to help enrich their wildlife audio collections! A set of 36 cassette tapes recorded between 2006-2007 was sent to the library, capturing the sounds of wildlife in places like Algonquin Provincial Park, Claireville Dam and Backus Woods. They’re now looking Read More

Dealing with invasives at the Flats

Yesterday morning, TFN stewards converged on Cottonwood Flats to help reduce the spread of invasive tansy! Special thanks to the City of Toronto’s Natural Environment and Community Programs (Urban Forestry) for inviting & hosting us, providing tools & expertise, and hauling away the dozens of kilos of tansy flowers we clipped! Such a wonderful opportunity Read More

OIPC: Garlic Mustard Workshop

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is offering a virtual workshop on Best Management Practices for dealing with Garlic Mustard! Workshop is two, 2-hour classes, and will be run twice in April. Sign up now Read More

Little Brown Bat - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Canadian Bat Box Project: Call for Participants

Karen Vanderwolf (Trent University), in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Canadian Wildlife Federation, is looking for citizen scientists to contribute to research aimed at better understanding how our native bats are using bat boxes, and the effectiveness of their design. “Our research seeks to determine which bat species use bat boxes across Read More

Urban Pollinator Research: Call for Citizen Scientists

Lydia Wong, a PhD student from the University of Ottawa is hoping to launch a project to explore the impacts of a warming and drying climate on pollinator populations, specifically bees. If you have a garden in Toronto, preferably one with lots of flowering plants that attract pollinators, and are willing to have 2 artificial nesting structures (‘bee/wasp Read More

Two volunteers planting a butternut sapling

Butternut Tree Planting at Jim Baillie

by Charles Bruce-Thompson The butternut tree, Juglans cinerea, is a medium-sized native tree that can reach up to 30 m in height. It belongs to the walnut family and produces edible nuts in the fall. It is also an endangered species. Its numbers have been decimated by butternut canker, a fungal disease. This fungus has already had Read More

Volunteers removing invasive phragmites in Beechwood Wetland

Help restore local native habitats

While the City’s summer stewardship schedule is drawing to a close, we can still pitch in to restore our local native habitats at the following upcoming stewardship events: Mulching in Eglinton Flats on Aug 14 Removing phrag in Don Valley Brick Works Park on Aug 20 Removing invasives in Milliken Park on Aug 28 A Read More

The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.