Each year TFN offers its members eight free Zoom talks by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the city to global environmental issues. Recent lectures have included New Discoveries in Bird Migration (Dr. Bridget Stutchbury), The Secret Lives and Superpowers of Spiders (Catherine Scott), Toronto’s Water, Energy and Waste Systems (Mariko Uda), and Salamander-Eating Pitcher Plants (Patrick Moldowan).

Talks are presented Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, from September to May with audience discussion time. Visitors are always welcome and no admission fee is charged. Members can also access Zoom links for upcoming talks on the “For Members” web page, where recordings of past lectures are also available.


View from the Toronto skyline from the phrag bed in Riverdale Park East Free Panel Discussion: Phragmites – Eradicating a Troublesome InvaderDate: Feb 5, 2023 @ 14:30Meeting Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89862483525?pwd=UFdhTlByTkhiaXJNZVRFVS91M2xEZz09 - Southern Ontario has been invaded by plant species that compete aggressively with native plants for territory and nutrients. The invaders colonize long established ecosystems and crowd out indigenous plants and wildlife dependent on them. The Eurasian common reed (Phragmites australis) is arguably the most troublesome. Phragmites grows in height to six metres with a dense Read More

Upcoming Lectures

March 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Eastern Coyote – a Successful Eco-Influencer
Lesley Sampson; Co-founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada

April 2, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre; Fieldwork and Program
April DeJong, Research Coordinator, OTCC

May 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Zoom only)
Underground Invaders: Centuries of non-native earthworms and New “Jumping Worms”
Dr. Michael McTavish, Postdoctoral Researcher, U. of T.