This spring alone, an estimated 50 million birds will pass through Toronto to reach their breeding grounds on the coast of the Hudson’s Bay Lowlands after wintering in warmer climates. Due to its position on the lake and the varied natural habitats it contains, Colonel Samuel Smith Park is a prime stopover on this journey for over 400 species of migratory birds.
On Saturday, May 28, the City will host the seventh annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W., which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the City said in a release.
“This event offers a great opportunity for Torontonians to get outdoors and connect with one of this city’s parks,” said Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “Toronto has over 1,500 parks and 600 km of trails, so with the nicer weather on the horizon, I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our green spaces.”
“The annual bird festival is a sure sign that spring is in the air,” said Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore). “It’s a great way to get outdoors with the family, spot some rare birds and enjoy the scenery in one of Etobicoke-Lakeshore’s many beautiful parks.”
Festival highlights include hourly guided bird walks, children’s activities, a bird feeder building workshop, a live reptile and amphibian display and other educational exhibits. Admission is free and the festival is accessible by public transit. Parking is limited.
This festival, which helps create greater awareness of the importance of bird habitats, is presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Citizens Concerned about the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW), Friends of Sam Smith Park (FOSS), Humber Arboretum and is generously supported by Birds and Beans coffee shop.- CINEWS