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

2018 Youth Summit participants

TFN offers 5 scholarships for GTA youths to attend youth summit

TFN is offering full scholarships for five youth from the GTA to attend Ontario Nature’s 2019 Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. The summit will be held near beautiful Lake Couchiching near Orillia on the weekend of September 20-22. In addition to spending time outdoors, highlights include: Interactive workshops and activities on topics including Read More

Endangered Spotted Turtle

Plans to Gut Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

In a move that will prove devastating to species at risk, the Ontario government has just unveiled plans to severely undermine the Endangered Species Act. Ontario Nature sums up the proposed changes as follows: “If the changes go through, Species listed as threatened or endangered may no longer be automatically protected. The Minister will have Read More

Toronto Skyline

Creating new Waterfront Habitat in the GTA

Come hear about several new projects to create waterfront habitat, both in downtown Toronto and in Mississauga. By attending and asking questions, you will show the agencies your interest in natural habitats and native species. Be part of the conversation. May 14 at the Gladstone Hotel; doors open at 6:00 pm. Register for this “Lake Read More

Fall colours from Vista Trail, Rouge Park

Meadoway Public Information Centre on April 24

TFN is pleased to be a participant on the Community Liaison Committee for The Meadoway Class EA. We encourage members and friends to attend the first Public Information Centre on April 24, 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm, at the Centennial College Event Centre Winter/Fall & Vista Rooms (937 Progress Avenue, 8th Floor). Come and learn Read More

Annual garbage cleanup at the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve

Fighting Plastic Waste and Litter

Litter is not just unsightly – plastic waste can be downright dangerous and even deadly to wildlife and to ecosystems. Local cleanups can help, but to make headway, we need to tackle litter at the source. One way is to cut back on single use plastics. Right now, the Ontario government is asking for public Read More

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2019 City Budget and our ravines

As has been lamented by many, our ravines were not explicitly afforded the kind of support in the City’s 2019 budget that we all know they so sorely need. This isn’t exactly surprising. TFN knew that this would be an uphill battle. Given the recent and radical changes to the size and structure of City Read More

Trail in Tommy Thompson Park

Making Great Parks Survey

Waterfront Toronto is looking for feedback on “the types of outdoor and park spaces that people most enjoy.” Please take some time to complete their survey and let them know the value you put on parks that allow us all to connect with nature & wildlife here in the city. Take the Survey Now Read More

Endangered Spotted Turtle

Review of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

What does cutting “red-tape” in favour of business look like when it comes to protecting endangered species? The provincial government asserts the 10th Year Review of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act will ensure “positive outcomes for species” but after numerous attempts to dilute environmental and ecological protections in Ontario many people and organizations are worried. Please Read More

Tree Swallow in Cottonwood Flats

Toronto’s Draft Biodiversity Strategy

Public consultation events for Toronto’s Draft Biodiversity Strategy will be held on February 20, 26, 28, and March 2. Join in and raise your voice in support of biodiversity and habitat! Learn more at: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/ravines-natural-parklands/biodiversity-in-the-city/ 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.