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Junior Naturalists – Winter Ducks event

The open waters of Lake Ontario and the Toronto shoreline  are a ‘vacation destination’ for many of our Boreal and Arctic nesting waterfowl. We get to see ducks in winter that aren’t here at other times of the year! Come join us at Colonel Sam Smith Park from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm on Saturday, Read More

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On March 7th

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our Humber Arboretum adventure. A special thanks to Nick who introduced us to Étienne Brûlé and described his life among the Huron Peoples. How cool to stand on the banks of the Humber River — the very spot Étienne and the Huron would have passed by in Read More

Big brown bat off to rescue in a colourful box

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event on Feb 8th

Thanks to everyone for joining us at Toronto Wildlife Centre yesterday and for bringing many practical gifts to help out with the work of the Centre. Victoria Badham, the Centre’s Outreach co-ordinator, gave a wonderful presentation, and we got to ask Sarah, one of the rescue team questions. We learned so much from the Centre’s Read More

Rabbit prints in snow

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Jan 18th

Thanks to everyone who braved swirling snow, and a choppy ferry crossing to join us, yesterday, for a wonderful winter nature adventure at Ward’s Island. A special thanks to Jenny and Bob, island residents and excellent botanist and birder, who guided our hike. Our arctic-nesting and over-wintering ducks were staying close to shore to take advantage Read More

Winter Duck in Humber Bay Park East

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Dec 14th

Very reluctantly, the leaders of the TFN Juniors program cancelled the TFN Juniors Birding outing to Humber Bay park, yesterday,  December 14th. The persistent rainfall made our planned activities including the birding itself impossible. Although disappointing, we hope this didn’t inconvenience any of you too greatly. The good news is that the Arctic nesting ducks will still Read More

Doris McCarty Trail in Gates Gully in Fall

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Nov 9th

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a lovely outing to the Doris McCarthy Trail. Vannessa brought her Dad’s wonderful fossils, collected from all over Ontario. A special thanks to Geologist Ed Freeman, who explained that these creatures once lived in a shallow tropical sea that covered Ontario when it was at the equator! Some Read More

Red oak branch with acorns

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Oct 19th

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an exciting adventure exploring Garden seeds, tree seeds and dissecting acorns! Thanks to Monica and Vanessa for your leadership and input!! We played charades (wow, you guys were good!) to remind ourselves how seeds are dispersed. The Red Oak is Toronto’s unofficial ‘tree’. This is a year of Read More

Monarch butterfly on Black Eyed Susan

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Sept 21st

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the TFN Juniors Butterfly and Hawk event at Rosetta McClain yesterday. We were blessed with perfect weather for enjoying the still very beautiful garden. In our opening activities, we had a chance to handle three types of hawk wings, and learn how Ontario butterflies, other than Monarchs Read More

Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Aug 10th

Thanks to those of you who made it out to the Todmorden Mills Planting event. It was a perfect sunny August day! Thanks also to Paula and Steve, who hosted us and made it such a special time. We are so grateful that you have made Todmorden Mills an amazing place where nature is  restored Read More

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On July 13th

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to our Beewatch Event on the Meadoway July 13th. We enjoyed a wonderful sunny, and windy morning, and saw a variety of insects including butterflies, beetles and grasshoppers, as well as bees. A special thanks to the TRCA for hosting us and to the Meadoway 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.