Ontario Place – a place for nature?

Ontario Place has an iconic location on Toronto’s lakeshore, almost downtown. We have 155 acres of publicly owned land, with huge potential to be restored. Ontario Place could become a wonderful public space with many uses – with room for nature and natural habitats and corridors, right on the lake. But the future of Ontario Read More

Tree Swallow in Cottonwood Flats

Global Bird Rescue

TFN will be joining with FLAP Canada and conservation groups from around the world in the Global Bird Rescue (GBR), September 30 to October 6. This important international initiative aims to raise awareness about bird building collisions, and bring communities together to search for fallen birds in their neighbourhood, thus increasing their chances for a Read More

Close up of Don River

Lower Don Master Plan Refresh

A public meeting was held last week to present the Lower Don Trail Master Plan Refresh, an update to the Lower Don Trail Master Plan from 2013. The refresh dedicates a lot of pages to improvements in terms of accessibility, connectivity, and recreation. Strangely, however, despite the outstanding work done in recent years to create Read More

Tree Swallow in Cottonwood Flats

Give Nature a Voice this October

For the upcoming federal election, the environment ranks as a high concern. We in the environmental community need to engage right now, to grow awareness of key issues, to mobilize friends and neighbours, and to inform the debate. Here in Toronto, all candidates – and voters – should hear about threats to natural areas, species Read More

100 Debates on the Environment

As noted by Rita Bijons’ feature “An Opportunity to Build Environmental Leadership” (Toronto Field Naturalist, September 2019), the first week of October will be a critical period for environmentalists preparing for the upcoming federal election. During this time, over 100 non-partisan all-candidate debates on the environment and climate will take place in ridings across Canada. Read More

Trail in Sun Valley near Crothers Woods

Coming up around town

Summer is our time to kick back and enjoy nature! But let’s also mark our calendars for events coming up soon: Sunday, Sept 8: TFN Monthly Lectures begin with The Meadoway: Meadow Restoration Within Hydro Corridors. Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen’s Park Cres E. Doors open at 2:00. Monday, Sept. 9: Toronto’s Biodiversity Strategy Read More

Bridge over the Lower Don

Lower Don Trail – Master Plan Refresh

The City of Toronto is hosting a public meeting on September 17 to discuss the progress of the Lower Don Trail – Master Plan Refresh! Great opportunity to learn what’s being considered and to raise your voice in support of protecting and enhancing natural heritage along this well-used stretch of trail. Read More

Cucumber Tree

Tell your MPP what you think of Bill 108, now passed into law

If you care about nature in Ontario, now is a great time to email your MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) about Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, which was passed into law on June 6, 2019. All our MPPs are on an extended break from the Ontario Legislature until mid-October. The top concern 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

Endangered Spotted Turtle

Ontario’s natural heritage attacked from all sides

In recent days, the provincial government has put in play three fundamental rewrites of existing laws, which together would undo decades of progress on protecting and restoring Ontario’s natural heritage. These changes include the gutting of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ERO# 013-5033); exempting developers from protecting most of Ontario’s threatened and endangered species and their 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.