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4/24/2015

School Field Trips at Tommy Thompson Park!

The education programs at Tommy Thompson Park provide unique opportunities to experience the phenomenon of migration or explore Toronto’s urban wildlife habitats. We currently offer a series of captivating education programs for students.

For more information, visit www.tommythompsonpark.ca or visit trca.on.ca.


Join TTPBRS for the Great Canadian Birdathon!


The Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly the Baillie Birdathon) is a nation-wide sponsored bird count run by Bird Studies Canada to raise critical funds for bird conservation efforts. It is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America!
How does it work?
Registered Birdathoners go out on one day in May to count as many bird species as they can. Birdathoners collect sponsors at a flat rate or on a per-species basis. Anyone can participate! The Birdathon is a great way to lean about birds and improve your skills!
What Happens to the Data and Money?
The species counts are used by researchers to identify significant population change and to help direct conservation planning.
The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) will receive up to 75% of the funds raised on behalf of the station. TTPBRS relies heavily on these funds to continue its important work. The remainder of the funds go toward Bird Studies Canada for their national and international bird conservation efforts. 
Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station
TTPBRS was established in 2003 to aid in the understanding, protection and awareness of birds in Toronto. It is one of 25 Canadian Migration Monitoring Network stations that collect data for use at local, regional, national and international levels. Migration monitoring methods include bird banding, standard surveys and casual observations. By joining our team, the money you raise go directly to the station to support our various monitoring programs.
Interested in Doing a Birdathon for TTPBRS?
IT'S EASY!
Collect sponsorships from co-workers, friends and family.
Pick one day during the month of May to go our birding. You have 24 hours to find as many species as you can! Try to visit a variety of habitats to increase the number of species you'll find.
Tell your sponsors about how your birding day went. Mention the notable species you saw!
Are You a New Birder Who Needs Help?
Participate in one of our birding hikes during the Spring Bird Festival on Saturday, May 9th, 2015! Expert birders will help you learn how to identify species and give you tips on where to look to find them!
Benefits of Participation
Sponsors
Contributions greater than $10 are tax-credible. For contributions greater than $35 sponsors will receive 4 issues of Bird Studies Canada's BirdWatch Canada.
PARTICIPANTS
Will receive a one-year membership to TTPBRS and will automatically be entered in draws to win great prizes from Bird Studies Canada and TTPRBS.

4/22/2015

Calling all young birders!


A birding hike series just for kids!

The Young Birders' Club is an opportunity for youth, aged 9-12, to go on introductory birding hikes specifically geared for young people. Our goal is to look for birds at Tommy Thompson Park through the spring migration season, and to develop our birding skills. In addition to hiking, other age appropriate activities will take place to complement the birding. The club will meet on four occasions (see dates below), and with every meeting, our bird observation and identification skills will improve. On our fourth and final meeting this season, families are invited to come along on our birding hike to learn from our Young Birders!

Please note that meetings will involve a significant amount of walking. Binoculars and field guides are provided for the meetings. Delivered by a certified teacher.
 
Meeting dates are on April 26, May 3, May 24 and May 31 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. We encourage Young Birders to attend all four meetings, if possible.

Register at YoungBirderTTP.Eventbrite.ca

Please contact Raja Raudsepp with any questions at rraudsepp@trca.on.ca or 647-505-9960.