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Butterfly Festival Activities and Schedule

TOURS

Nature Walk

Join us to discover why Tommy Thompson Park is designated as an Important Bird Area as well as an Environmentally Significant Area. With fall only a month away learn what our abundant wildlife are up to and learn about the fascinating history of the Park!

Start Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat.
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

*Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Family Butterfly Walk

Explore the diversity of butterflies and wildlife that thrive at TTP. The knowledgeable guide will point out butterflies, birds and plants as you walk along the nature trail and offer tips on nature viewing. Come dressed in bright colours like your favourite butterfly! Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat; most of the walk will be along the graded pedestrian trail
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

Butterfly Walk

Take a walk with local butterfly experts through the meadow habitat at TTP. Learn about the different species of butterflies, caterpillars and larvae you see along the way. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: moderate – terrain is relatively flat but most of the walk will be along the ungraded nature trail
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

Bee Walk

Genevieve Rowe, Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Lead Biologist for their Native Pollinator Initiative, works to protect and recover Canada’s native pollinators. While Toronto’s native bee diversity clocks in at over 300 described species, Genevieve will show you how to identify to which major groups many of these species belong, and will demonstrate how you can play an active role in the conservation of one of Canada’s most important groups of native pollinators—bumble bees! Please dress appropriately and pack water, sunscreen, and whatever camera you like best!

Start Times: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 120 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Butterflies and other Pollinators

Join a local butterfly, pollinator and TTP expert to discover these beauties and learn about a diversity of butterflies, bees, wasps and maybe more. Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start Times: 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Pollinator Plants Walk

Ever wondered if butterflies have a favourite colour? Ever wondered which plants are important for butterflies and pollinators? Come join our pollinator plant expert and learn about the fascinating symbiotic relationship pollinators have with plants and learn to identify them along the way!

Start Times: 12:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy – terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

TTP Bike Tour

Bring your bike and join local experts for a bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park! Explore the park’s various habitats, while experts highlight various bird, butterfly, flower and tree species that inhabit TTP.

Start Times: 10:00 a.m.
Duration: 120 minutes
Difficulty: easy – the multi-use trail is a flat, paved surface
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

*Participants must bring their own bike and safety equipment
*Participants should bring cameras and plenty of water
*Dress appropriately for the bike tour and weather
*This tour may not be suitable for young children or beginner bikers. Please consider the distance and the pace before registering children under the age of 12.

Pollinator Walk

What bees and other pollinators are in Tommy Thompson Park? Learn about these significant and sometimes missunderstood creatures. Join a local pollinator expert to discover the diversity of pollinating insects that often go missed! Please meet at the front entrance – pack water, sun screen and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Start time: 1:30 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy- terrain is relatively flat
Meeting Location: Front Entrance

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Workshops and Presentations

Macro Photography:

Getting Close to Nature Workshop

Professional photographer Max Skwarna will provide an introduction presentation to close-up and macro photography of flowers, insects and other small subjects. The interactive workshop involves an indoor presentation geared towards photographers with basic photographic knowledge. Techniques to create stunning close-ups and macro photography will be discovered throughout this workshop. An outdoor session will follow to practice the techniques you have learned in the beautiful setting of Tommy Thompson Park.

Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
End Time: 1:00 p.m.
Presentation Duration: 1 hour
Outdoor Session: 1 hour
Meeting Location: Nature Centre

*Please wear appropriate clothing as outdoor session could be held in long grass areas (hat, pants, closed toe shoes, etc).

What to Bring:
Camera (DLSR) or point-and-shoot with macro capabilities
Close up lens (optional) *Macro lens or telephoto lens with close focus
On camera flash (optional)
Tripod (optional)
Charged batteries
Extra memory card
Notebook and pen

Visit www.maxskwarna.com to view photos or flashbulb555 on Instagram.

Gardening for Wildlife Habitat

Join garden writer and native plant expert Lorraine Johnson (author of 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens) for a session on gardening to attract butterflies, birds, bees and other beautiful creatures to your backyard or balcony garden! Whatever your conditions (sun, shade), and wherever you’re gardening (front yard, back yard, balcony, apartment grounds, community garden, etc.), you can create valuable habitat and a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape with native plants, and this talk will tell you how!

Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: Nature Centre

EXHIBITORS

The list of exhibitors are from the following organizations :

Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Entomological Association
Wild Ontario
LEAF

and more!

DEMONSTRATIONS

Live Bird Banding Demonstrations

Visit the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) on Peninsula D to see and meet our banding coordinator , Nigel Shaw, and see him in action as he bands migratory birds as part of the migration monitoring program. Learn about migration monitoring, the standard protocols and the importance of the research. Bring your camera as you’ll also have the rare opportunity to see migratory birds up close and personal in Nigel’s hand! Banding demonstrations are weather dependant.

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Peninsula D, at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Banding Station

Schedule

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Butterfly festival displays and activities

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bird Banding Demonstrations at TTPBRS

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wild Ontario Live Bird Demonstration

Tours

10:00 a.m.
Butterfly Walk
10:30 a.m.
Bee Walk
10:45 a.m.
Butterflies and other Pollinators
11:00 a.m.
Nature Walk
11:30 a.m.
Family Butterfly Walk
12:00 p.m.
Pollinator Plants Walk
12:30 p.m.
Butterfly Walk
1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk
1:15 p.m.
Butterflies and other Pollinators
1:30 p.m.
Pollinator Walk
1:45 p.m.
Family Butterfly Walk

Workshops & Activities

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Macro Photography
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Gardening for Wildlife Habitat

3:00 p.m.
Festival Ends

* Activities and schedule is subject to change.
** Please confirm your registration before attending the festival.