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WALKS

 TTP Bird Walk - register now

Spend a couple hours exploring the best birding spots TTP has to offer. Participants will learn about the basics of birding, including proper binocular use, species identification techniques and birding ethics. This walk will also include a visit to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station to see a bird banding demonstration, weather permitting.

* Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide.
* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots (some of the best places to see birds are quite wet during the spring) and to dress for the weather (birding can be great on rainy days!).
* There are opportunities to leave the walk early if necessary.
* This walk is not recommended for children under the age of 8.
* This walk is not recommended for young children or strollers.

 

 Baselands Bird Walk - register now

The Baselands is a magical place during spring migration.  Everywhere you look are magnificent colours - bright oranges, reds, blues, yellows and greens, and your ears are filled with the many tunes of these brightly coloured birds.  Join us on this guided tour through the 'Warbler Woods' to experience these delights.  This hike is suitable for birders of all levels, from those just beginning to those who are seasoned. 

* Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide.
* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots (Warbler Woods attract so many birds because it is quite wet) and to dress for the weather (birding can be spectacular on rainy days!).
* This walk is not recommended for children under the age of 8.
* This walk is not recommended for young children or strollers.

 

Beginner Bird Walk - register now

Newly discovering the joys and fascinating world of our feathered friends? This may be the perfect walk for you! Learn about the basics of birding: how to begin identifying a bird; where to find birds; the ethics of birding and what tools and resources can be used to assist your birding hobby. This walk will take place through the Baselands (Warbler Woods), a particularly excellent spot to view some of the most vibrant bird species in TTP!

* Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide if they own them.
* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots (Warbler Woods attract so many birds because it is quite wet) and to dress for the weather (birding can be spectacular on rainy days!).
* This walk is not recommended for children under the age of 8.
* This walk is not recommended for young children or strollers.

 

Colonial Waterbird Walk - register now

Like people who live in urban areas, some birds prefer to nest in large groups, very close to their neighbours. TTP is home to 6 species of colonial waterbirds that nest in very large numbers. Explore the various colonies including Common Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron and Double-crested Cormorant and learn about these magnificent species and the management programs run by TRCA.

Participants should arrive at TTP early to allow time to walk or take the shuttle to the Outdoor Classroom, approximately 1.5 kilometres from the Front Entrance.
* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots (some of the best places to see birds are quite wet during the spring) and to dress for the weather (birding can be great on rainy days!).

* Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide. It is strongly recommended to dress for the weather. 

* This tour is suitable for children.

 

Cell 1 Bird Walk - register now

Marshes are critical components of our landscapes. They filter our water, recharge our water tables and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including many species of birds. Learn about the Cell 1 wetland and the birds that live around it on the Cell 1 Bird Walk.

* Participants should arrive at TTP early to allow time to walk or take the shuttle to the Outdoor Classroom at Cell One, approximately 1.5 kilometres from the Front Entrance.
* Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide. It is strongly recommended to dress for the weather.

* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots (some of the best places to see birds are quite wet during the spring) and to dress for the weather (birding can be great on rainy days!).
* This tour is suitable for children accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

Family Bird Walk - register now

This walk is for the whole family, so bring everyone from toddlers to grandparents to learn not only about the birds at TTP, but also other wildlife and their habitats. 

* It is strongly recommended that participants dress for the weather.
* This walk is suitable for strollers.
* There are opportunities to leave the walk early if necessary.
* Suitable for children accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

Birding by Bike - register now

A bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park highlighting the various habitats and the birds they support. Stops will include Cell One wetland and Embayment D, the Pedestrian Bridge to view Peninsula C waterbird colonies, the Shorebird Wetland and Embayment A.


* Participants must bring their own bike.
* Participants should bring binoculars and plenty of water.
* It is strongly recommended to dress for the weather.
* This tour may not be suitable for young children or beginner bikers. Please consider the distance and fast pace before registering children under the age of 12.


Nature Walk - register now

This walk is for everyone and anyone interested in learning about the ecology of Tommy Thompson Park. Learn about ecosystems, ecology, flora, fauna and everything in between! Join the guide as you explore the trails and be ready for some hands on activities for the whole family.

* It is strongly recommended that participants dress for the weather.
* This walk is suitable for strollers.
* There are opportunities to leave the hike early if necessary.
* Suitable for children accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

Tommy Thompson Park Litter Pick Up 

Join the Aquatic Park Sailing Club (APSC) as they clean up the trails throughout Tommy Thompson Park to make it a better place for you, me and all the wildlife that make the park home. Visit the APSC booth at the Front Entrance to grab a garbage bag and some gloves before heading into the park. Pick up any garbage you find as you walk and fill your bag. Once you've finished your clean up, tie the bag shut and leave it along the side of the paved Multi-Use Trail for pick up at the end of the event.

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CHILDREN'S GAMES AND EXPLORATION

Part of what makes Tommy Thompson Park so appealing for migratory birds are the wetlands which provide much needed habitat on migratory stopovers. Become a migrating bird and find out what happens if wetlands disappear, discover how birds eat the buffet of food they find in and around wetlands, and explore some of the macro invertebrates (insects and friends) who live in wetlands and are essential for bird survival.

Join us by the Staff Booth for bird games and wetland exploration! Young festival visitors will have an opportunity to learn from students trained as Wetland Ambassadors. Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation have provided an opportunity for high school students to discover the joys of mentoring youth through learning about wetlands and we bring to you this special bird-focused edition of our games and activities.

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TALKS

Introduction to songbird identification - register now

Joshua Ben-Arie will briefly discuss what is involved in songbird identification. This includes an introduction to songbird silhouettes, basic anatomy, life history, and ecology. The effective use and an understanding of binoculars is important to songbird identification. The presentation will also include some basics on binocular varieties, magnifications and how to use this tool. 

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BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATIONS

Visit the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) on Peninsula D to meet our banding coordinator, Nigel Shaw, and see him in action as he bands migratory birds as part of the migration monitoring program.  Learn about migration monitoring, standard protocols and the importance of the research.  Bring your camera as you'll also have the rare opportunity to see migratory birds up close and personal in Nigel's hand! Banding demonstrations are weather dependent. 

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

* It is strongly recommended to wear rubber boots as the trail to the TTPBRS is currently very wet, and flooded in places. 

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