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Go Birding in the Big City at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival

May 07, 2013


For Immediate Release               

(TORONTO, May 7, 2013)

Birding hikes, family nature walks, kids activities and live birds are all on deck at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival on Saturday, May 11.  This free, family friendly, event hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) attracts hundreds of people each year.  The highlight of the festival is the live bird banding demonstrations that will be featured all morning at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS). 

Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit is a great weekend spot for anyone looking for a nature fix without leaving the city.  Its location and the rich landscape make the park an ideal stopover for migrating birds to rest and refuel before heading to their more northern nesting grounds, which also makes it a great place to bird watch.

 "There is no better place in Toronto to experience spring migration than at TTP, especially at the bird festival when experts will be available to give the whole family bird watching tips," said Karen McDonald, Toronto and Region Conservation.  "Of the 316 bird species recorded at the park, we're hoping to see over 100 of them at the festival."

This year's festival will not only celebrate the return of migratory birds.  During the festivities, Waterfront Toronto, together with the three orders of government and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), will celebrate the official opening of the improvements to Tommy Thompson Park, marking the completion of Phase I of the Master Plan.  Master Plan festivities start at 9:15 AM.  Key features of the project include significant natural area enhancements, a new Ecological Research Station - the new home of TTPBRS, a Staff Booth and an Environmental Outdoor Classroom, all supporting the enjoyment, management and interpretation of the Park. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 7:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Please check  for a complete list of scheduled activities. Most activities require pre-registration.  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;;



Rowena Calpito, Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5632 E-mail:               

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