Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station

About Us

The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) was established in 2003 to aid in the understanding and protection of birds and their habitats through monitoring, education and research. Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is recognized as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and its the Canadian partners for its significance to populations of nesting waterbirds and migratory species. The combination of an "urban wilderness" with internationally significant bird life and close proximity to a large city makes TTP an ideal venue for a permanent center for bird studies and education.

The TTPBRS is an initiative of Toronto and Region Conservation and is operated in partnership with the The Living City Foundation.

We are monitoring bird populations at TTP and in various locations across the Toronto region to contribute to national and international bird population studies and also to inform local conservation initiatives. Monitoring programs of TTPBRS serve The Living City vision of TRCA. Our programs include, Migration Monitoring, Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship and the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program among others.

Education is central to our operations and for this purpose we have developed a curriculum-based program for schools called Winged Migration which provides children with an interactive and exploratory introduction to the world of birds, ecology and conservation. In addition to this program, the TTPBRS also offers regular talks and bird banding demonstrations to the general public. Click here to learn more about our educational programs and how you can see first hand what we are doing.

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For more information contact:
c/o Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, Ontario
M3N 1S4

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Hours of Operation

Tommy Thompson Park is open to the public weekends and holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year?s Day. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November to March and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March to November (coinciding with daylight savings time).



Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located at the base or foot of Leslie Street where it meets Unwin Avenue, south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.



Lake Ontario moderates TTP's climate, with less heat & humidity in the summer and less snow in the winter than areas immediately north. Prevailing winds are westerly, with faster speeds and greater wind chill effects. Fogs forms twice as often at TTP than the rest of Toronto.