Perhaps the urban Toronto area is not well known as a bird haven, but close to 200 species nest here. Forested river valleys, ravines, parks, and yards create a mosaic of green spaces that provide breeding sites for birds as different as Pileated Woodpeckers and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. City buildings themselves host nests of at-risk species such as Common Nighthawks, Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows, and Peregrine Falcons.
The Toronto Summer Bird Count systematically and scientifically monitors breeding birds in Canada's largest city. With our partner the Toronto Ornithological Club, we count birds at the same set of predetermined locations annually, allowing us to create a picture of how breeding bird abundance and distribution change in the city over time. With every year of added data, our count reveals new information about the city's breeding species.
To view results, read the most recent count summary.
For more information, contact:
Toronto Projects Coordinator
Bird Studies Canada
Partners and Supporters:
Toronto Ornithological Club