4/27/2016

Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival - Registration Now OPEN!

Registration is now open for walks and talks at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival!  The festival takes place Saturday May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Join us for a day of guided bird walks, great displays, kids activities, bird banding demonstrations and special presentations.  Bring your family, binoculars and a good pair of waterproof boots!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Spring Migration Monitoring




April 1st signified the start another season of migration monitoring at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS).  While the season started out slowly due to some lingering winter weather conditions, the spring migrants have begun to trickle in to the Toronto Region and we have already made some interesting observations.

Before the winter weather returned we had one day of banding on April 1, dominated by golden-crowned kinglets.  We were then closed for 11 days during the cold snap and upon reopening on April 12 we re-captured many of the kinglets banded the week before, and they had gained fat!  This is a great sign that the habitat at Tommy Thompson Park provides ideal shelter and food for migratory birds!

Visit TTPBRS on weekend and holiday mornings until June 5.  We are located on Peninsula D at Tommy Thompson Park.  Support our monitoring and research programs by becoming a member or purchasing a Gift of A Local Nature.

3/29/2016

Bronwyn Dalziel

TRCA and TTPBRS are greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Bronwyn Dalziel on March 27, 2016 in an automobile accident.

Bronwyn first came to TTPBRS when she was only about 12 years old and wanted to volunteer.   Being a bit too young she was told to return when she was 16, which she did.  Still in high school Bronwyn devoted her weekends to the station and quickly honed her birding skills and advanced through her ornithological training.  After starting university she was able to schedule her classes so that she could devote more time to TTPBRS during the week.  In fact, since 2009 she volunteered over 500 hours every year to TTPBRS, not to mention her other birding pursuits!  In 2013 she received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award that recognized her commitment to volunteerism (if not to birds).  In 2014 Bronwyn received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada scholarship to further her, and our, understanding of migratory bird stopover ecology at Tommy Thompson Park, which she was due to complete later this year.  She had become a fixture at TTPBRS and the official volunteer Assistant Bander that Coordinator Nigel Shaw, and all the volunteers came to depend on.  Bronwyn’s love of birds and dedication to bird research was contagious.   Everyone who met and came to know Bronwyn recognized her skills and devotion, and her dry sense of humour was always welcome.  She was clearly passionate about birds, whether it was analyzing grackle behavior (her favourite bird), sitting in the cold waiting for gulls to arrive at her trap, or travelling to South Africa with her TTPBRS pals to further her banding experience.  On Sunday March 27th we lost a young, very bright ornithologist who will be deeply missed by her friends and colleagues at TRCA and TTPBRS.

Visit Jerrett Funeral Homes for obituary and funeral information.
To make a donation in Bronwyn's memory please visit thelivingcity.org/BronwynDalziel

2/08/2016

And the mascot winner is....


In a surprise twist, a last minute surge in votes nudged the Eastern Kingbird into first place!  Not only is this regal bird prominently featured in the TTPBRS logo, it will also be the star and mascot for the Toronto 10-Miler, 5K & half marathon.

Thank you to everyone who has participated! Stay tuned for more updates on the race event, including details about how to register.