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Spring Bird Festival 2012

Tommy Thompson Park

Saturday, 12 May 2012 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Spring Bird Festival 2012

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders 7:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Early Bird Hike for Intermediate Birders 7:15 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders 7:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders 8:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Early Bird Hike for Intermediate Birders 8:15 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders 8:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Warbler and Woodlands Bird Walk 9:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Nature Photography Workshop 9:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Birding by Bike 9:45 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Family Nature Hike 10:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Learn to Bird Hike 10:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Colonial Waterbird Hike 11:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Warbler and Woodland Bird Walk 11:00 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Kids Photo Safari 11:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Birding by Bike 12:00 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Warbler and Woodland Bird Walk 1:00 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LEAF Tree Tour 12:30 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Birding by Bike 1:15 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Family Nature Hike 1:30 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Marsh Bird Walk 10:30 AM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Colonial Waterbird Hike 2:00 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Learn to Bird Hike 2:00 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Marsh Bird Walk 12:30 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Nature Photography Workshop 2:30 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Warbler and Woodland Birds Walk 3:00 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Marsh Bird Walk 2:30 PM   more info Sold Out Ended Free  

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Join us at the Spring Bird Festival to learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation.  A variety of activities will be offered for people of all ages and birding abilities! 

Hikes

Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders

There’s a reason we say that the early bird gets the worm… birds are early risers!  Birds are most active in the early morning, so pull yourself out of bed and come out for the Early Bird Hike for Beginner Birders.  This hike is great for new or novice birders.  Our expert hike leader will teach participants about the basics of birding, including proper binocular use, species identification, birding ethics and the best places to search for birds at TTP.  This hike will also include a visit to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station to see a bird banding demonstration, weather permitting. Start Times: 7:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Distance: 2.5 km
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat, but most of the hike will be along the un-graded nature trail.
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: 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 hike early if necessary.
* This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

 

 Early Bird Hike for Intermediate Birders

Are you an experienced birder looking to get out birding with a group and perhaps pick up some new tips?  Join other experienced birders on the Early Bird Hike for Intermediate Birders for a guided hike through Tommy Thompson Park’s best birding spots.  This hike will include a visit to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station for a bird banding demonstration, weather permitting. 

Start Times: 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Distance: 2.5 km
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat, but most of the hike will be along the un-graded nature trail.
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: 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 hike early if necessary.
* This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

 

Learn to Bird Hike

Birding is a great pastime and can be many things, be it a connection to nature, a way to find peacefulness or an adventurous challenge for those seeking to find a specific species.  Get a taste of what birding is all about on this Learn to Bird Hike.  Our expert hike leader will teach participants about the basics of birding, including proper binocular use, species identification, birding ethics and the best places to search for birds at TTP.

Start Times: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: less than 1 km
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat, but most of the hike will be along the un-graded nature trail.
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: 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 hike early if necessary.
* This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

 

Warbler and Woodland Birds Walk

The forest is a magical place, especially 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 our expert leader on a walk 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. 

Start Times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: less than 1 km
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat, but most of the hike will be along the un-graded nature trail.
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: 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 hike is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

Colonial Waterbird Hike

Like people who live in urban areas, some birds prefer to nest in large groups, very close to their neighbours.  TTP is home to six 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.

Start Times: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: approx. 2 km
Difficulty: easy to moderate – most of this hike is along the paved Multi-Use Trail, however a short portion will follow the graded Primary Pedestrian Trail.
Meeting Location: Environmental Shelter at Cell One
Notes: Participants should arrive at TTP early to allow time to walk or take the shuttle to the Environmental Shelter, 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.

*This tour is suitable for children.

 

Marsh Bird Walk

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 One wetland, how it was built, how it works and the birds that live around it on the Marsh Bird Walk guided by TRCA staff.

Start Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 1 km
Difficulty:   easy - following the Secondary Pedestrian Trail
Meeting Location: Environmental Shelter at Cell One 

 

*Participants should arrive at TTP early to allow time to walk or take the shuttle to the Environmental Shelter, 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.
*This tour is suitable for children.
 

 Family Nature Hike

As our 2012 slogan say, Bring the Whole Nest and Flock to the Fest!  This hike 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. 

Start Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: 2.25 km
Difficulty: easy – follows the Primary Pedestrian Trail
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: It is strongly recommended that participants dress for the weather.

*This hike is suitable for strollers.
*There are opportunities to leave the hike early if necessary.

 LEAF Tree Tour

Tommy Thompson Park is home to a variety of native trees and shrubs that provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife.  Take a guided tour of the park with LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) Manager of Volunteers and Community Engagement to learn about the different species and roles they play in the local ecosystem.

Start Time: 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: 2 km
Difficulty: easy
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

*There are opportunities to leave the hike early if necessary.
*This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

Birding by Bike

A bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park led by the park manager, 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. 

Start Time: 9:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: 10 km
Difficulty: easy – the Multi-Use trail is a flat, paved surface
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: 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.

Workshops

Nature Photography Workshop

A fun hike through the park led by volunteers from Toronto Photo Walks, with tips and pointers on the various aspects of nature photography including: wildlife, landscape and macro.  Participants will receive guidance on basic camera operation such as settings and shutter speed to create the highest quality photos possible.

All participants are required to bring their own digital camera.  A good pair of walking shoes is also recommended.  Participants are encouraged to bring any additional photography equipment they may have such as a tripod or additional lenses, but these are not required for the workshop. 

Start Times: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: approximately 1.5 km
Meeting Location:  Front Entrance

 

Kids Activities

Kids Photo Safari

Calling all young photographers!  Here’s a chance to work on your photography submission for the Bateman’s Get to Know Contest.  This safari will bring us to a few different habitats at TTP where we’ll have the opportunity to take lots of neat pictures.  Our guide will give us tips and pointers on how to use our digital cameras and how to get good results. 

All participants are required to bring their own digital camera and must be accompanied by an adult.  Please only register the participant, not the parent.

Start Times: 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 1 km
Meeting Location: Front Entrance
Notes: It is strongly recommended to dress for the weather. 

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