City of Toronto Public Stewardship Planting

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On June 8th

Thanks to all the Juniors’ families who were able to come out and help the City plant over 400 trees at the G Ross Lord Planting event today! The weather was perfect, and we had a wonderful time, working and playing in that lovely park. I just pulled the tree nametags from my pocket–it looks Read More

Cliff swallow at Tommy Thompson Park

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On May 11th

Great to share Toronto’s Birding Festival at the Leslie St. Spit with all the Juniors’ families that were able to make it out!! We had perfect weather and a lovely birding walk. Wild Ontario brought in the American Kestril, Great Horned Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk, for us to view–and pet?! On our hike Read More

Skunk cabbage

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On April 13th

Thanks to everyone who joined at James Gardens, for a beautiful hike south through Lambton Woods and across the Humber River swollen with spring run-off. It was warm enough for the Eastern Plasterer Bee to be out foraging on snowdrops and catkins, and swarming around their nest holes in the sandy Hydro cut. We saw Read More

Robin's Nest in Cottonwood Flats

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On March 16th

Great day at G Ross Lord learning how to identify native trees in winter, and how birds and other wildlife make use of local habitat for constructing nests and surviving the cold. Special thanks to TFN members Michael Donnan and Monica Radovski for joining us and making it a such a fun day. Keep on Read More

Bird bones at Tommy Thompson Park

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Feb 9th

The Scientists in School BONE ZONE workshop was a blast thanks to all of the Junior Naturalists who joined us to study bones and dissect owl pellets! Keep on learning with the following: Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection Kidwings Explores | Barn Owls: Home Sweet Home (YouTube) Owl Shows Off Silent Flight Superpower (YouTube) How Does Read More

Rabbit tracks in snow

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Jan 12th

Hope you Junior Naturalists enjoyed your morning in Crothers Woods exploring evidence of overwintering insects in wood, galls, on tree trunks and in leaf litter. Special thanks to Taylor Leedahl from the High Park Moth study program, and Meghan Duell and Jackie Lebenzon from the University of Western Ontario, for teaching us everything from how Read More

Winter Duck in Humber Bay Park East

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Dec 8th

Hey TFN Junior Naturalists – hope you enjoyed our trip to Humber Bay Park! Special thanks to TFNers Anne, Bob & Rachel for braving the cold with us to teach us all about this amazing place and the wonderful creatures that visit its shores! Keep on learning with the following: On the Wild Side: Winter Read More

Noel Harding's "Elevated Wetland"

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Nov 10th

Hey TFN Junior Naturalists – hope you enjoyed our event along the East Don on Nov 10! Many thanks to our fungi specialist, Pat Birchall, who did so much to help us learn all about the role of fungi in the ecosystem. Keep on learning with the following: Biology for kids: Fungi Fungi – Biology Read More

Perched raptor

Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On Oct 13th

We hope all of the Junior Naturalists who came to Rosetta McClain Gardens on October 13th had a great time! Special thanks to TFN members Betty McCulloch for showing us how to tag, weigh, and age butterflies, and Bob Kortright for introducing us to the Hawk Watch, and helping us learn why birds of prey Read More

Scadding Cabin during TFN Junior Naturalists outing on Sept 8, 2018

Notes from Junior Naturalists Event on Sept 8th

Thanks to all the Junior Naturalists who came to Scadding Cabin on September 8th! We hope that you enjoyed tagging Monarchs with the TFN Butterfly Whisperer, Margaret McRae, and learning about the important relationships between our native plants and butterflies! Keep on learning with the following: The Story of the Butterfly (video, library card required 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.