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

Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Cleanup, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day (over a week or three)

As Earth Day falls on Easter weekend this year, it’s a bit more like Earth Month! Look below for 10 ways you can show the Earth you care! Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Cleanup – April 13, 10:00am to 12:00pm Join the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team and TFNers aplenty for the annual cleanup of Read More

evidence of woodpeckers at Jim Baillie Nature Reserve

Jim Baillie Stewardship Team, Apr 17

The Jim Baillie Stewardship Team will be taking a trip to the reserve on Wednesday, April 17. This trip we’ll be attempting to relocate and map any existing butternuts on the property in support of our newly-announced Butternut Project. No prior specialized knowledge is needed but we will be venturing off-trail so the going may Read More

Jim Baillie Nature Reserve

Butternut Project at JBNR

TFN is pleased to announce that we’re starting a new project at our Jim Baillie Nature Reserve (JBNR): an initiative to help protect Ontario’s endangered butternut trees. JBNR is considered a high quality undisturbed swamp forest with a diverse flora and many regionally rare species – including, according to surveys conducted by TFN members over Read More

Cottonwood Flats June 2018

Volunteer with CFMP

The third year of TFN’s Cottonwood Flats Monitoring Project (CFMP) is gearing up! This wonderful partnership with the City of Toronto’s Urban Forestry, Natural Environment and Community Programs provides exciting opportunities for TFN members to actively engage in citizen science and make positive contributions to nature in the city. From April to October we’ll conduct 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 people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.