Building Bridges for Birds: Sharing Toronto’s Shoreline with Shorebirds

With spring delivering a vibrant tapestry of shorebird returns, each embarking on its own remarkable journey, it’s imperative that we take proactive measures to safeguard their habitats and migration routes. While some transient species merely pause to rest and refuel en route to the Arctic, others nest as close as Toronto Island. Yet, despite the Read More

Your Fishing Lines Are Catching More Than Fish!

Discarded fishing gear is hazardous to various animal groups. Birds, turtles, otters and curious pets can be injured, trapped or drowned when tangled in fishing gear.  Birds, like the Great Blue Heron, can swallow hooks and lead sinkers, causing severe injuries and lead poisoning. They can also become tangled in fishing lines leading to starvation, Read More

The Dividends of Greenspace

Chances are, if you are reading this you don’t have to be convinced about the inherent value of nature and the importance of protecting it. But have you ever thought about the economics of failing to do so? That buzz you felt after your last visit to one of Toronto’s urban parks wasn’t just in Read More

Toronto Wildlife Centre Takes It Up An Octave: Reuniting Trumpeter Swan Soulmates!

In Bluffer’s Park, a local resident recently found a wounded Trumpeter Swan, injured by fishing line. She immediately contacted the Toronto Wildlife Centre, who were able to capture the bird safely for medical treatment. The medical team observed a cut on the bird’s beak causing the bleeding, which they cleaned and healed with specialized care Read More

Saving Nature: Begins in Your Backyard 

Embarking on a journey to aid nature doesn’t require grand gestures; sometimes, it starts right in our own backyard. With wildlife populations dwindling due to habitat loss, each of us has a role to play in nurturing our local ecosystems. One powerful way to contribute is by transforming our yards into natural havens, brimming with Read More

Help Us Help Nature!

The mission of the Toronto Field Naturalists is to connect people with nature in the Toronto area. We help people understand, enjoy, protect and restore Toronto’s green spaces and the species that inhabit them. As a volunteer-run non-profit we share the desire to deepen the understanding of, and appreciation for, the natural spaces and species Read More

Then & Now Exhibition at Brickworks

Join us for another showing of our Then & Now photo exhibition as part of our 100th anniversary celebrations during Earth Day at the Brickworks on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am till 3 pm. Nature changes over time. Photographer members of the Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) have been documenting these changes since the 1950s. Read More

Lights out Toronto!

 Bird Migration Season is back. To reduce bird deaths, the City of Toronto has re-launched an important public awareness campaign: ‘Lights Out Toronto’. Everyone is encouraged to turn off unneeded indoor and outdoor lights to prevent migratory bird collisions and deaths. Let’s consider every light source around our homes and workplaces. There are great reasons Read More

World Water Day: The Importance of the World’s Water

Every year on March 22, we celebrate World Water Day (WWD). This is a day that acknowledges the importance of fresh water and raises awareness of the need to take action towards protecting this vital and limited resource. Water is life; people, animals, and plants alike all depend upon water to function—its protection impacts us Read More

Toronto’s Nesting Bald Eagles Shine a Light on Conservation Successes and Challenges

Toronto’s first documented nesting pair of Bald Eagles has garnered national and international media attention.   Bans on hunting and DDT allowed North American populations to slowly recover from a low point of just a few hundred pairs in the 1960’s.  This pair’s presence in our urban environment may also represent a tangible result of slow and costly Read More

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.