By Ellen Jakubowski (Communications Specialist) and Andrés Jiménez (Urban Program Coordinator), Birds Canada
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Photo: Mark Peck
Bird migration is a stunning spectacle that nature lovers enjoy each spring, and this year has been no exception. While sporting events, theatre productions, and drinks with friends were a no-go, migration was bursting forth in its typical splendid fashion. And it seems like more people than ever have been enjoying the show! News outlets and social media feeds have been a-twitter with stories about birdwatching – the perfect activity to enjoy at home with your household.
To those who are new to the world of birds: we welcome you with open arms (albeit from two metres away)! You’ll find plenty of information and resources at birdscanada.org to start you off on your birding journey.
A special thank-you to all of you who have joined us through the Toronto Bird Celebration, “Take-Out” Edition. We had to do a 180 on our plans for the 2020 Celebration, shifting from dozens of in-person events scattered throughout the GTA to a 100%-online format. We’re so pleased to see a warm and enthusiastic response to the online celebration, and hear from participants that it’s helped you keep learning and smiling during your time of distancing from others.
The fun isn’t over yet! If you’re interested in birdsong and bird feeding, you’ll definitely want to check out the upcoming events. On our Facebook page, you can watch recordings of some Celebration events that have already happened. You can also explore our free online courses (coming soon), including a course tailored for those who have sight loss or rely on hearing as a primary way to connect with birds. And until 11:59 pm Eastern on May 31, you have the chance to win great prize packs from Firefly Books and Fjällräven when you share your Toronto “celebirdy” sighting on Twitter or Instagram (click here for contest details).
We invite you to keep checking back at torontobirdcelebration.ca throughout the summer and fall. We will continue to list bird-related events that can be enjoyed in the GTA during the rest of the year.
Blackburnian Warbler Photo: Yousif Attia
We’d like to thank the sponsors who made this year’s successful and much-needed Toronto Bird Celebration possible: Acart, Armstrong Bird Food, Feather Friendly, Firefly Books, Fjällräven, Pattison Outdoor, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Thank you as well to the fantastic partners who joined Birds Canada in bringing the 2020 Celebration to life: City of Toronto, FLAP Canada, High Park Nature Centre, Humber Arboretum, Parks Canada, Planet in Focus Film Festival, Royal Ontario Museum, The Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Toronto Ornithological Club.