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Celebrate The Return of Songbirds This Spring At The Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival On May 14

May 05, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release               

(TORONTO, May 5, 2011)

WHAT: Go Wild, Go Birding! Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and the return of songbirds this spring at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival. Bring your family and participate in guided bird hikes, family nature walks, fun activities and interesting displays, plus see birds up close in the researcher's hands at bird banding demonstrations at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station!

The Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival encourages visitors to experience bird watching, one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America, while learning about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation from local experts.  Tommy Thompson Park is the city's only public urban wilderness designated as a globally Important Bird Area, with 312 native species, plus 10 introduced, recorded to date at the park! More than 1500 visitors are expected at the festival.

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 07:00 AM- 04:00 PM

Schedule

All Day  Family Activities and Educational Displays

Morning: Early Guided bird hikes (please check website for times)

7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Live Bird Banding demonstration

12 p.m  Birding by Bike

12:30 p.m. LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) Tree Tour

2 p.m.  Colonial Waterbird Hike

Please check www.springbirdfestival.ca for complete event details and pre-registration information for some of these activities.  Please note pets are not permitted within the park.

WHERE:  Tommy Thompson Park @ Leslie St. and Unwin Ave. Toronto, ON

PARKING: Limited free parking available in the TTP parking lot and along Leslie St. and Unwin Ave.

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca; www.ttpbrs.ca; www.springbirdfestival.ca

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