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.


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


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.


Last chance!

Have you already voted for your favourite Toronto 10-Miler, 5k, half marathon mascot? If not, do so quickly! Polls close this evening at 12:00 a.m.


Green Darner Profile

With the polls closing on Friday, February 5th, the gap between the candidates is narrowing.  With your vote, the Green Darner could become the next Toronto 10-Miler, 5k & half marathon mascot!

To place your vote, click here.
To learn more about the race, click here.
To discover the Living City Foundation, click here.


Eastern Cottontail Profile

Another worthy candidate for the Toronto-10 Miler, 5k and half marathon is the beloved Eastern Cottontail. Place your vote.

Proceeds from this race event go to support the restoration and monitoring work conducted at Tommy Thompson Park. Don't miss this opportunity to have a say in which critter is selected as the Toronto-10 Miler, 5k & half marathon mascot!

Eastern Kingbird Profile

The regal Eastern Kingbird needs your vote to become the Toronto 10-Miler, 5k & half marathon mascot. This is the only bird candidate on the roster!
And remember - all proceeds go to support Tommy Thompson Park!


To place your vote go to and to learn more about the race event, visit


Midland Painted Turtle Profile

Slow and steady will win the mascot race for the Midland Painted Turtle.   Cast your vote for the Toronto 10-Miler, 5k & Half Marathon mascot contest today!


Coyote Profile

Not sure where to cast your vote for the Toronto 10-Miler, 5k & Half Marathon mascot contest?
Maybe this will help!


Fund raising race at TTP


The Toronto 10-Miler, 5k and Half Marathon will be taking place at Tommy Thompson Park on September 17, 2016. Proceeds from the race go towards The Living City Foundation which supports TTP.

Help us make this event a success by voting for your favourite mascot that will represent the run and that will be featured on the medals. 



Calling citizen scientists!

photo credit: Alan Wormington

photo credit: Marci Todd

Have you seen a wing-tagged or banded Great Egret?

Scientists are tagging and banding Great Egrets on their breeding grounds to learn about migration and overwintering patterns.  Since 2001 more than 2000 young flightless egrets have been uniquely wing-tagged or leg banded with red bands.  Re-sightings are needed!

Become a citizen scientist by bringing your binoculars on your Caribbean vacation this winter.  Send your Egret sightings and photos to Chip Weseloh (chip.weseloh (at)  Remember to record the date, time and location, as well as the colour of the wing-tag (orange, green or blue) or the band and the characters on it.

Happy Birding!


Volunteers wanted!

Combine your passion for nature and your love for Tommy Thompson Park by becoming a volunteer! Volunteering at TTP is a rewarding way to share your enthusiasm for the environment and to spend time in Toronto's Urban Wilderness.

This year, we're expanding our volunteering program to include two positions: Weekend Park Ambassadors and Guided Walk Leaders.

Weekend Park Ambassadors are the friendly faces greeting visitors at the entrance. They have the diplomatic role of answering questions about TTP's history, ecosystems and, restoration activities as well as about the park's programs and policies. For more information about this unique volunteering experience, visit Toronto and Region Conservation's 'Get Involved' webpage.

Guided Walk Leaders are energetic individuals eager to share the beauty, perplexity and importance of Tommy Thompson Park. With moderate to advanced birding and/or nature interpretation skills, leaders accompany park visitors throughout the trails, pointing out birds and wildlife, habitat features and explaining ecosystem functions. For more information about becoming a guided walk leader and to apply, check out the position's full description here.

Selected volunteers will receive TRCA training and have the opportunity to refine skills such as public speaking, nature interpretation, and problem solving.  Both of these positions are offered from April 2, 2016 to November 12, 2016.  For more information about volunteering at TTP, email

Spend your summer at TTP - it's well worth it!


Winter blues beaten at TTP

Beat the winter blues with a guided Family Nature Walk at Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) this January.

Once temperatures drop, the allure of curling up with a warm blanket and a good book is often irresistible. However the secret to getting through the upcoming frigid months is not to hibernate, but rather to get out there and find an activity you can enjoy. There's fun to be had outdoors this winter!

Skiing and snowshoeing are a great way to explore the winter landscapes at TTP. Dressed in the proper winter garb and trecking equipment, a journey all the way to the lighthouse can make for a wholesome and rewarding day. The park is also a great destination for winter bird watching. Oh yes - winter bird watching! Many Arctic ducks call TTP home in the winter. Look for the Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers. You can also find hardy local species like the Blue Jay, Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and Cardinal.

Finally, what better way to connect with nature than with a guided tour. The seemingly frozen ecosystems in Tommy Thompson Park hide many secrets. Register for a guided walk this winter and have them revealed! Investigating plant and animal changes, following nature tracks and playing nature-based games with family and friends will surely make for good weekend fun.

With the right attitude and a warm pair of boots, there's no telling what winter adventures await you in Toronto's Urban Wilderness.

Visit TTP's Special Events page for upcoming activities.
For more information, email or call 647-505-9960