The Toronto Bird Celebration is brought to you by the vision, effort and sponsorship of the following partners. We thank them for enabling connections between people and birds in the city.


The Roberta Bondar Foundation

The Roberta Bondar Foundation responds to the recognized need within society to educate and improve knowledge of the environment in a way that stimulates interest, excitement, creativity, responsibility, and for some, the desire for study in this area.

Mike Layton

Councillor, City of Toronto

As Councillor, Mike has worked tirelessly to protect and improve City services that people depend on, and to preserve the diverse character of the city’s neighbourhoods. He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. He has also championed building new affordable housing, investments in arts and culture, aboriginal issues and reconciliation, and better public transit and cycling infrastructure.

Alex Miller

President, ESRI Canada

Alex Miller is president and founder of Esri Canada, the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in Canada, founded in 1984. Mr. Miller is a pioneer in transforming geography and mapping into a 21st century digital tool used by millions around the world. His work has helped people see location as a unifying lens through which land and resources are understood.

Joe Pitawanakwat

Founder & Director of Creators Garden

Joe is Ojibway from Wiikwemkoong, married with one daughter. He is the Founder & Director of Creators Garden, an Indigenous outdoor, and now fully online, education based business, focused on plant identification, beyond-sustainable harvesting, and teaching every one of their linguistic, historical, cultural, edible, ecological and medicinal significance through experiences.

Creators Garden

Steering Committee

Since 2017, each year a dedicated group supports the planning, hosting and evaluating of the Celebration.

Monika Craydon
Toronto Ornithological Club

Andrea Chreston

Jenny Davis
High Park Nature Centre

Ruth Friendship-Keller
Birds Canada

Emily Heidendahl
City of Toronto

Andrés Jiménez
Birds Canada

Kevin Kerr
Toronto Zoo

Caiti McLelland
Parks Canada

John Nishikawa
Toronto Ornithological Club

Mark Peck
Royal Ontario Museum

Justin Peter
Toronto Ornithological Club

Raja Raudsepp

Jon Spero
Toronto Zoo

Jennifer Smith

Jimmy Vincent
Humber Arboretum

Bird Champions

Over $10,000 dollar donation to create FREE opportunities to experience nature and birds in the City.

Armstrong Bird Food

Armstrong Bird Food is produced by Armstrong Milling, a family owned & operated Canadian manufacturer. Armstrong Milling has been in business for over 30 years, and is proudly based out of Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.

Government of Ontario

Ontario’s vibrant multiculturalism and varied landscapes make this a great place to live and to visit. Find out more about Ontario’s people, places, and history.

Pattison Outdoor

Canada’s leading Out-of-Home (OOH), Transit and Digital display advertising company. With the widest variety of products in over 200 markets coast to coast, our advertisers benefit from unparalleled advertising opportunities. Based in Toronto, we are powered by over 400 sales professionals and support associates across the country, providing clients with unmatched service, insights and campaign innovation.

With roots reaching back to 1908, innovation and a client-first approach have been key to our success. We’ve experienced incredible changes in our industry, but one thing that has remained is our commitment to providing the best in OOH.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada.

Kowa Optic

From the invention of the original spotting scope in the 1950s, to the legendary Kowa Six medium format camera and anamorphic lenses of the ‘60s – every decade has seen Kowa continue to innovate in the world of optical design & technology. Kowa manufactures optical instruments to view the beauty of our natural world – a world that Kowa wants to protect for future generations.

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Our participants are having a great time!

I learned about the success we can have if we work together to foster biodiversity and protect endangered species. Made me think anything is possible!

Participant from Toronto, Monty and Rose Documentary Screening with the Director

It took me back to my roots and reminded us that we can find joy in nature anywhere we want to look. A reminder that we can find nature anywhere we look for it.

Brian Morris (Owen Sound, ON), Urban Birding with David Lindo

I am inspired to make my environment as natural as possible, to be in the same habitat space with nature. I want to get more involved in activities around the city and I will look up more often!!

Valerie Kang (Danforth, Toronto), Urban Birding with David Lindo

What did I love the most? Its reach– to see migration as a pattern, an activity through which more than birds move– and to ask questions about that. The making of connections between the human and the more than human. Four different encounters with the world– so lovely! The range of voices. Thanks to everyone!

Participant from Toronto, Flyways, Highways and Byways Migration Stories

We are so grateful for all you are doing for the birders, both backyard feeders and watchers. Thank you.

Harriet Eisenkraft (Toronto), Intro to Bird Sounds with Chris Early

Ankur explained everything well and was very encouraging and inspiring. Andrés was very positive and enthusiastic and moderated the event well. I especially appreciated that it touched on ethical bird photography. Thank you so much!

Participant from Toronto, Urban Birding with Ankur Kurana

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