Events

Check out the event map below to plan your route for the Toronto Bird Celebration! Events will take place between May 12-27 this year, and range from guided bird walks to spring festivals to bird-themed game nights! Please note that some events have limited space and may require pre-registration. Keep checking back for updates, as we are still finalizing the 2018 schedule.

Day 1
12 May 2018

Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival

Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto’s largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds. There have been 322 native species recorded to date at...
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World Migratory Bird Day (Rouge National Urban Park)

Join Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo in celebrating the return of migratory birds to the Rouge and the start of the Toronto Bird Celebration with our annual World Migratory...
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Humber Arboretum Bird Blitz

Kick off the city-wide Toronto Bird Celebration with a morning bird walk at the Humber Arboretum where we’ll try to identify as many species as we can! All ages and...
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World Migratory Bird Day (Toronto Zoo)

This year, International Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). This global event celebrates the migration of birds between their nesting grounds in North America and their wintering...
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Park Planting with the City of Toronto – Beare Hill

Beare Road Landfill is going to become a new Toronto park! Come for a preview of this great site and help us to expand the forest while creating habitat for...
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Birds and the Bees Gardening Workshop

Join Humber Arboretum staff for a free workshop on creating a garden with nature in mind. Learn how to choose plants and create structures that will attract and support birds,...
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Ontario BioBlitz – Heber Down Conservation Area

Interested in learning about birds as well as all different types of biodiversity? Do you want to learn more about being a citizen scientist? Come to the 2018 Ontario BioBlitz...
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Day 2
13 May 2018

Beginner Birding Hike – Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Have you wanted to get started in the fun and exciting hobby of bird watching but were not sure how to begin? We are here to help you. Spring migration...
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Morning Bird Walk

Let an expert birder guide you through this globally significant Important Bird Area, BYOBinoculars! Meet at the Park Entrance and bring waterproof footwear, weather appropriate clothing and water. www.tommythompsonpark.ca/events

Explore the Bird Life of Centennial Park

Join us on May 13th at 9:00 am to explore the bird life of Centennial Park!  We’ll be walking through the park’s varied habitats during the peak of spring bird...
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Spotting Birds for Citizen Science – Downsview Park Nature Connection

A FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park!  Our May 13th program is part of Toronto Bird Celebration, a city wide celebration of birds...
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Day 3
14 May 2018

Lunch with Birds at Queen’s Park

Come see what bird migration season has to offer in the big city! Queen’s Park provides some of the best bird habitat in downtown Toronto due to the wide variety...
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Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Beyond

Helping the environment starts in your own backyard. Learn how to attract and protect native bird and butterfly species, such as Monarchs, Baltimore Orioles, and House Wrens. You can support...
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Drake Trivia Goes to the Birds

In honour of the Toronto Bird Celebration, The Drake’s popular weekly trivia night is dedicating its Monday night game at Drake Commissary to our winged friends and their many fans....
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Day 4
15 May 2018

Park Planting with the City of Toronto – Milliken District Park

This large urban park is home to many species of birds! Come join us in planting trees and shrubs to help expand the natural areas in this beautiful park! A...
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Lunch with Birds at Queen’s Park

Come see what bird migration season has to offer in the big city! Queen’s Park provides some of the best bird habitat in downtown Toronto due to the wide variety...
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Day 5
16 May 2018

Lunch with Birds at Queen’s Park

Come see what bird migration season has to offer in the big city! Queen’s Park provides some of the best bird habitat in downtown Toronto due to the wide variety...
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Breaking Boundaries: My Ontario Big Year with Jeremy Bensette

Breaking Birding Boundaries: My Ontario Big Year Point Pelee area birder and naturalist Jeremy Bensette had a very successful Big Year in 2017, travelling to the far reaches of his...
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Day 6
17 May 2018

FLAP Canada Annual Bird Layout

As part of FLAP Canada’s 25th year anniversary, approximately 2000 birds of over 90 species, including at risk species, will be displayed for public viewing at the Ontario Science Centre....
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Lunch with Birds at Queen’s Park

Come see what bird migration season has to offer in the big city! Queen’s Park provides some of the best bird habitat in downtown Toronto due to the wide variety...
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Birds and Board Games – Pickering

Join Bird Studies Canada for an evening of bird-themed gaming! We have a whole pile of board games and card games that have a bird-related theme – come out and...
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Swift Night Out

Join us to learn more about the Chimney Swift and witness the amazing spectacle of hundreds of swifts diving into a chimney to roost overnight. We will meet at Allan...
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Day 7
18 May 2018

BSC at the Thorncliffe Park Community Market

Join the Bird Studies Canada team at the Thorncliffe Park community market! We will have a booth at the market with prizes and games to highlight the amazing birds that...
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Day 8
19 May 2018

Dawn Chorus at High Park

Calling all early birds: flock to High Park at the crack of dawn for a quiet hike to a secluded spot to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the...
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Toronto Island Bird Hike

Join the Toronto Ornithological Club for a birding hike in the Toronto Islands! Meet leader Adam Capparelli at 8:00 a.m. at the Toronto Islands Ferry Docks at the foot of...
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Altona Forest Hike: Birding the Panhandle

Meet our fine feathered friends and learn about the annual phenomenon called migration. We’ll help you identify birds by sight and sound. Led by the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee. Visit the TRCA event page...
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Backyard Chickens Workshop

Spend a morning in the Humber Arboretum with a backyard flock of chickens! A coop and flock of hens will be present for this fun learning experience. Learn all about...
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Coffee Conversations with Paul Riss

Come enjoy a Bird Friendly coffee with Paul Riss from the American Birding Association. In casual conversation, Paul will discuss his lifelong passion for birding, birding as a family activity,...
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Day 9
20 May 2018

Beginner Birding Hike – Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Have you wanted to get started in the fun and exciting hobby of bird watching but were not sure how to begin? We are here to help you. Spring migration...
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Morning Bird Walk

Let an expert birder guide you through this globally significant Important Bird Area, BYOBinoculars! Meet at the Park Entrance and bring waterproof footwear, weather appropriate clothing and water. www.tommythompsonpark.ca/events
Day 10
22 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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Urban Birding with BSC’s Jody Allair

Come explore the birds and other biodiversity you can find right in the middle of the urban Toronto environment. Led by Jody Allair, Bird Studies Canada’s National Manager of Conservation...
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“The Big Year” Movie Screening

Join Bird Studies Canada for a free screening of the 2011 20th Century Fox feature length comedy “The Big Year”! Take a break from birding and watch – of course...
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Day 11
23 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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Birds and Board Games – North York

Join Bird Studies Canada for an evening of bird-themed gaming! We have a whole pile of board games and card games that have a bird-related theme – come out and...
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Day 12
24 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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Birds and Windows: Research and Current Issues with FLAP Canada

Dr. Daniel Klem Jr. is a United States ornithologist, known for his pioneering research into the mortality of birds due to glass windows. He is Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology...
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Day 13
25 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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BSC at the Thorncliffe Park Community Market

Join the Bird Studies Canada team at the Thorncliffe Park community market! We will have a booth at the market with prizes and games to highlight the amazing birds that...
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Day 14
26 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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Birding and Citizen Science Outing with the Rexdale STEM Club

The Rexdale STEM Club will be heading out to local trails and green spaces in the Humber River watershed bright and early on May 26 to learn about bird biodiversity...
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Bird Walk at Colonel Sam Smith Park

Meet Kevin Seymour at 7:30 a.m. at the most southerly parking lot at the foot of Kipling Ave. south of Lakeshore West. This will be a gentle walk over level...
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Colonel Sam Smith Bird Festival

Join us for 9th Annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park! Enjoy a day of guided bird walks, live birds, reptiles and amphibians, backyard habitat building, art workshops,...
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Park Planting with the City of Toronto – Heathercrest Park

Join the City of Toronto and TRCA at Heathercrest Park in planting native trees and shrubs. Planting diverse native species helps to create habitat for birds and other wildlife. A...
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How-to in 10 Festival @ Pickering Public Library

Come and visit the Bird Studies Canada booth at the How-to in 10 Festival Saturday, May 26 at the Pickering Public Library! In partnership with Ontario BioBlitz, we’ll be giving...
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Day 15
27 May 2018

Whimbrel Watch

Help us scan Lake Ontario for flocks of vocal Whimbrel, an elusive migrant. The Watch begins around sunrise (5:30am) and is run all day. Mornings are the best time to...
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Beginner Birding Hike – Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Have you wanted to get started in the fun and exciting hobby of bird watching but were not sure how to begin? We are here to help you. Spring migration...
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Morning Bird Walk

Let an expert birder guide you through this globally significant Important Bird Area, BYOBinoculars! Meet at the Park Entrance and bring waterproof footwear, weather appropriate clothing and water. www.tommythompsonpark.ca/events