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Updated: June 15, 2021

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The in-person Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park is canceled again this year, but there is a virtual component for 2021.

The hub for all activities related to this year’s festival is the City of Toronto page, toronto.ca/SpringBirdFestival. CCFEW is joining with the City of Toronto and partner organizations,

to bring you an online version of the festival.

Normally, CCFEW volunteers are at the registration table answering questions and organizing walks and door prizes. This year, we are producing videos that attempt to answer some of the most common questions we hear and also point you in the direction of resources that will help you get started in birding when you don’t have an in-person guide to help. So, whether you are a beginner or just want to improve your skills and knowledge, here are some videos to get you going.

The first video covers binoculars, cameras, and more.

The second one is completely devoted to the Merlin bird identification app. This free app (for iOS and Android) from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a must-have for anyone who wants to identify the birds around them.

The third video covers the most useful websites and smartphone apps to get you started or up your game in birding. We look at 3 of the most well-known electronic field guides versus Merlin. We also look at BirdNET, which is like Shazam for bird songs. It can help you identify those birds you hear, but can’t see - a growing problem as the trees leaf-out. Finally it looks at 3 of the most ueseful websites for getting started in finding and identifying birds.

 

 

 

More Virtual Bird Festival Content:

Nature in the City Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NatureInTheCityTO
 
City of Toronto Birder Interviews:
https://fb.watch/5-qIVqoPJF/
  
Video Links:
Tree Swallow Field with Terry Smith
https://youtu.be/P9vgTMyOWFo
 
Journey of Cooper's Hawks, Irene Cholewka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtkvaI-yyUw
 
Nancy Barret: Two videos of Whimbrels at Whimbrel Point, Col. Sam Smith Park:
https://youtu.be/R1WFqBR4s8I
https://youtu.be/uTD2HP2VyYE
 
Chimney Swifts at dusk, from our mid-Toronto balcony:
https://youtu.be/G-p-2i26mJ8

Sadly, there are no in-person events planned for a while.

We hope to resume Bird Walks by September.

Do you know about an event that should be listed here? Let us know!

For more events etc., you can check out information on Bird Walks and Meetings.

Some other activity listings are available on our Links page.