Chester Springs Marsh Side View

Chester Springs Marsh Improvements open for comment

Chester Springs Marsh was developed over two decades ago, the first major project of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. The City is now seeking public feedback on a proposed Conceptual Plan for improvements. Send your comments to by Feb 15, 2019. For more information: Chester Springs Improvements ( Chester Springs Marsh Read More

Trail in Sun Valley near Crothers Woods

TFN Petition: Adequately Fund the Toronto Ravine Strategy in the 2019 Budget

Do you agree that more needs to be done to protect and improve the ecological health of our ravines? On January 28th, the City of Toronto will officially begin its 2019 Budget Process. TFN has started a petition requesting adequate funding for implementation of the Ravine Strategy and insisting that these funds be used to Read More

Cormorant on the water. Copyright Zunaid Khan

Hunting season for double-crested cormorants

Devastated by toxic chemicals only decades ago, Ontario’s population of double-crested cormorants has seen substantial recovery in recent years. The Government of Ontario has put forth a proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants (ERO 013-4124) which would let 50 cormorants be killed per hunter every day, with those cormorants killed being permitted Read More

Rouge valley wetland

Stop Bill 66

Ontario’s Open for Business Act (Bill 66) threatens our Greenbelt, sensitive natural habitat, and important farmland. Economic and housing opportunities already abound in Ontario cities and towns without the need to bypass protections afforded by important legislation like the Clean Waters Act, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, and Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, all Read More

Fall colours from Vista Trail, Rouge Park

So What If We Lose the Environmental Commissioner?

Prepared by Ellen Schwartzel, TFN Board of Directors Ellen Schwartzel’s career included advising three Environmental Commissioners, and she was Deputy Environmental Commissioner from 2013 till retiring in July 2018. Ontario is about to lose its independent Environmental Commissioner, as part of cuts announced by the Ford government on November 15, 2018. The details were laid Read More

Woodlot at Beare Hill

Ontario’s Climate Change Plan

Until November 16th, the Province of Ontario wants to hear your opinion on a provincial response to Climate Change. “Later this fall, Ontario will release a plan that will identify specific areas of focus to help us tackle and be more resilient to climate change … This made-in-Ontario solution will strike the right balance between Read More

East Point Park Trail

TRCA Trail Strategy

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is looking for input on their Trail Strategy. Please take a moment to let them know how you use trails to get closer to nature! Your say helps guide policies and recommendations for improving trails all across TRCA jurisdiction. Have Your Say Read More

Snakeroot in flower

TFN at the Biodiversity Strategy Workshop

Yesterday, Bob Kortright and Jason Ramsay-Brown represented TFN at the City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Strategy Workshop at East York Civic Center, attending alongside participants from TRCA, U of T, ProtectNatureTO, and various City divisions. This important strategy aims to “increase the quality and quantity of natural habitat, design the built environment to support more biodiversity, Read More

View of the Don Valley and downtown from Leaside bridge

Municipal Election Kit from ProtectNatureTO

Election Day is only a couple of weeks away. What will your local candidates do to preserve biodiversity and natural heritage in Toronto? As a founding member of ProtectNatureTO (PNTO), we’d like to encourage everyone to make use of this 2018 Election Kit. Find out what your local candidates will do to preserve biodiversity and Read More

Annual garbage cleanup at the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve

City Survey on Single-use and Takeaway Items

The City of Toronto is seeking feedback on approaches to reduce single-use and takeaway items and needs your input! Feedback will be accepted until October 28, 2018. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and starts with relevant background information before asking questions for feedback. Take this survey now 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.