Spit critters celebrated at fest

An amazing birding festival is taking place on May 11 just minutes from the Beach at Tommy Thompson Park.  Come learn about migration and the importance of bird conservation.  A variety of activities will be available for individuals of all ages and abilities. You can explore the trails looking for seasonal birds, birds of prey, turtles, nesting birds, ducks and many more – remember to bring binoculars and cameras!  Be prepared for a hike with sunscreen, a hat and good walking shoes.  You can go for an hour or for the whole day and discover many of the native species (more than 314) in your own neighbourhood.

Garter snake
The garter snakes, above, and the black crowned night heron, below, are some of the wildlife that may be spotted at the Spring Bird Festival at Tommy Thompson Park on May 11.
PHOTOS: Ann Brokelman

Some of the great activities that I plan to attend include hikes (for both beginners and intermediates, led by experts who will teach participants the basics of birding and proper binocular use) and talks on species identification, birding ethics and the ideal bird-spotting locations at the park.

Also check out bird banding at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station – see the birds up close and study their feather colours, especially their beautiful tails. You can join one of the specialty hikes to see colonial water birds (egrets, black crowned night herons and cormorants), warblers and marsh creatures (turtles, great blue herons and marsh sparrows).  Family nature hikes and activities for kids will take place all day long.black crowned night heron

Check out the website to see which activities are best suited to you and your family at springbirdfestival.ca.

Please note, pets and vehicles are not permitted in the park.  Come prepared for rain or sunshine. The park is only open on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information call 416-661-6600.

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