Thursday, April 25, 2019

MORE SAM SMITH BIRD HIKES - "WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED"


Spring Bird Hikes for Beginner Birders
 
Our Spring Migration Beginner Bird hike schedule is now set.  We plan to bird the local birding hot spot, Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Kyle and Barb from Wild Birds Unlimited will be leading the hikes. We will be looking for our returning migrants: warblers, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, thrush and many more. Please bring binoculars and dress appropriately.
Hike Details
  1. Please call or email the store and sign up for the hike/hikes date/s you wish to attend. Please provide the number of attendees.
  2. Colonel Samuel Smith Park - meet at 7:45 am at the first parking lot. Download park map - Sam Smith Parking Lot Location
  3. Hikes will run until 10 am.
  4. Hikes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check our website for updates or call the store Saturday during working hours (10 am - 6 pm) for a hike update.
  5. These hikes are free.
  6. Store telephone number - 416-233-3558; store email - wildbirdsunlimited@rogers.com                     
  7. Website for hike updates - Bird Hike Info and Updates
Please note: Participants in hikes take part at their own risk and Wild Birds Unlimited assumes no responsibility for any loss or injury however sustained.

Hike Schedule
Hikes will take place on the following Sundays:
April 28      May 5      May 12      May 19      May 26

SAM SMITH BIRD WALK - SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH

Leader: Bob Yukich

There are never guarantees with weather and wild birds, but the April walk is historically the one when we see the greatest diversity of birds.
Note: This is Launch Weekend at the yacht club, so the south parking lot will be full by 7:00 am. If you are driving, plan to use the parking lot at the Power House (beside the skating trail).


Friday, April 19, 2019

MAY 11 - 25, 2019 - "TORONTO BIRD CELEBRATION"

50 Million performers! No cover charge! The Toronto Bird Celebration, May 11-25, 2019, is Toronto's biggest spring music festival. See hundreds of species of wild birds share a stage as big as the city, singing love songs you’ll never forget! Find out where and when to see your favourite performers at www.torontobirdcelebration.ca/

10TH ANNUAL SPRING BIRD FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, MAY 25TH


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ALAN ROY'S REPORT ON LAST SUNDAY'S PARK CLEAN-UP


The 14th of April was another stellar day for a park clean up.... I apologize. 
I have put in my request already for good weather for next year’s event and am waiting to hear back about it. 
For the less-stout hearted; it was a good day to stay home. For the 60 happy volunteers who braved the elements; nothing could have been finer. Except the weather, of course. 
As always, the stalwarts were in attendance and spirits weren’t dampened by the cold rain. 
My many thanks to all who supported and all who attended. I would be at the park by myself and I would be happy and contented. To be there in the midst of such good friends and neighbours puts a smile on my face every time. Thank you all. 
Set up was completed in a shower of ice pellets and the weather only got better from there. Mostly a cold rain that had a couple of short, welcomed breaks throughout the day. 
Tim Horton's kindly supplied hot chocolate and timbits to stave off the morning cold and hunger. 
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s estimation of total weight collected was 642 lbs or??? kg. A conservative Conservation estimate I feel. Thank you to their team for crunching the numbers. TRCA also brought a shelter and apples and cookies!!
Panago Pizza supplied some of the finest outdoor lunch at 12:30pm and for all those who sampled, there were great comments about the flavour!
The crew from Home Depot were able to come down and lend a hand. In their bright orange shirts. 

The Martingrove Collegiate Institute group were instrumental in skimming the catchment basin and removing a great deal of debris before it made it into the Lake. 
As always the Friends of Sam Smith Park and Citizens Concerned for the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront were of great help. 
Thank you to Parks and Recreation Toronto for their continued support and to Solid Waste Management for the pick-up. 

Alan