Did you know we have one of the most advantageous spots to bird watch in the GTA down on the Leslie Street Spit? You can see approximately 314 bird species at the Tommy Thompson Park. This year’s annual Tommy Thompson Spring Bird Festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 10, 2014, will give you an opportunity to explore this urban natural habitat located on the man-made peninsula at activities that include nature hikes, family walks, birding by bike and nature photography workshops.
The park, a significant wildlife area, is home to all types of wildlife due to its meadows, coastal marches, forests and sand dunes and is a popular migration resting point for birds. Over 55 species of birds have nested at Tommy Thompson Park including the Ring-billed Gull, the Black-crowned Night Heron, the Double-crested Cormorant, the Great Egret, the Caspian Tern and American Kestrel.
If you’re bringing the kids to the Tommy Thompson Spring Bird Festival, they can participate in numerous activities including educational displays, a scavenger hunt, Bird Detectives, Check Your Wingspan and the Get to Know art contest.
Tommy Thompson Spring Bird Festival is on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tommy Thompson Park is located at the foot of Leslie Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard East. There is limited free parking at the Tommy Thompson Park parking lot or on Unwin Avenue. Pets are not permitted in the park.
If travelling by TTC, you can take the #83 Jones S bus to Commissioner Street and Leslie Street and then walk to the park entrance from Commissioner. Alternatively, take the Queen streetcar to Leslie Street; however, this is a longer walk to the park front entrance.