9 May 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – Toronto is home to over 290 different bird species. Each spring, millions of birds descend on the city’s neighbourhoods and green spaces. Just in time for peak migration, 20 of the city’s leading conservation organizations are coming together to celebrate the city’s incredible bird life and dedicated community of bird lovers. From Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 27, 46 festivals and events will be held across the Greater Toronto Area.
The event line-up has something for everyone, from bird-themed board game nights, to guided bird walks, to all-day bird festivals. Many events are free but may have limited space and require pre-bookings. A full list of events is available at www.torontobirdweek.ca.
“Many of the threats that bird species face, such as window collisions and development, are directly related to our urban lifestyle,” said Becky Stewart, Ontario Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada. “Birds will only be conserved if we value them as integral parts of our urban neighbourhoods and ecosystems. If we do, it will be a ‘win-win’ because birds and humans alike will benefit from conserving our urban green spaces.”
May 12 (World Migratory Bird Day):
Visit the Toronto Bird Celebration online at www.torontobirdweek.ca for the full calendar of events, and resources including a multilingual Map Guide to the Birds of Toronto.
Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada is coordinating the Toronto Bird Celebration and is Canada’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation.
The Toronto Bird Celebration is delivered by a large partnership of Toronto conservation organizations:
Bird Studies Canada, Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront, City of Toronto, Downsview Park, Drake Commissary, Fatal Light Awareness Program, Friends of Sam Smith, High Park Nature Centre, Humber Arboretum, Ontario BioBlitz, Parks Canada: Rouge National Urban Park, Rexdale STEM Club, Royal Ontario Museum, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, Toronto Ornithological Club, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Zoo, Wild Birds Unlimited.
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation