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Sunday May 2, 2021 9:00 am - 9:45 am
via Zoom

Live music returns to the city and you have free front row tickets from wherever you are!

Dawn Chorus is the bird song before sunrise. Rise early, between 5 and 6 am on International Dawn Chorus Day or any day in advance to experience the magic of bird song from your local ravine, your balcony or from bed with the window open as 50 million migrating birds return to Toronto.

You can record the songs (1 minute max) that are unfamiliar to you and tag the High Park Nature Centre on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) while using the hashtag #TObirdparty or email them to between 6:00 and 8:30 am on May 2. We’ll do our best to identify the birds who sang and share some at our Dawn Chorus.

Our 7th Annual Dawn Chorus will feature experienced birders, Songbirding Podcast host Rob Porter and Toronto Bird Celebration Coordinator, Andrés Jimenez who share a 15-minute recording of the Dawn Chorus from the GTA. Rob and Andrés will story the birds' journeys and offer insights on how to distinguish and identify the songs you hear. There will be lots of time for your bird questions.

This event is brought to you in part by Park People as part of their InTO the Ravines Program in partnership with the City of Toronto.


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CANCELLED due to weather Fri, September 13th, 8:00-9:30 PM: Harvest Moon Star Party

Stay tuned for more dates...

Star Parties:

As the sky fades into night, join volunteer Andrew Yee and see the harvest moon up close with the help of our new telescope! (Supported by Kiwanis Club of Toronto)

Past events:

Urban Bat Walks:

Let's explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations! Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage.

Wed, July 10th, 8:30 - 10:00 PM: Urban Bat Walk
Wed, July 31st, 8:30 - 10:30 PM: Urban Bat Walk & Star Party
Wed, August 28th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Urban Bat Walk & Star Party
CANCELLED due to weather Fri, September 6th, 8:00-9:30 PM: Star Party

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Watch our pre-taped shows inspired by the simplicity of old favourites like The Friendly Giant and Mister Rogers. They are taped outdoors and include nature-based music, stories and a whole lot of magic. We also feature questions kids have about nature AND their nature drawings. So please email me your kids questions and/or artwork. We'll let you know if your child's question or work will be aired. The show is created for kids ages 2-6. Here are the links to our first three episodes:

Episode 1 - Owls

Episode 2 - Black Oak Savannah

Episode 3 - Winter Birds

Watch here!
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