Celebirdy-spotting is one of the biggest perks of living in Toronto!
During May, glamorous celebirdies flock to the city’s parks and greenspaces for all to enjoy. From the Danforth to James Gardens, celebirdies – like the Chimney Swift and Red-necked Grebe – are spotted every day close to your home.
Can you find one?
Tell us about your bird sighting on social media for your chance to win prizes from Fjällräven, Firefly Books, and more!
How to Enter
The entry period will be open from May 1, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. EST to May 26, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Follow Birds Canada on Instagram (@birds.canada) and Twitter (@birdscanada).
Look for “celebirdies”: birds in your neighbourhood, yard, or garden in the GTA.
Enjoy watching your bird superstar. Then, send us a tweet or leave a comment on one of our Instagram posts mentioning which bird you found and where. Use only the #TOBirdParty and #Celebirdy hashtags and tag Birds Canada (@birds.canada on Instagram and @birdscanada on Twitter).
You can comment more than once, but only one entry per 1-week draw period will be granted per entrant.
One winner per week will be selected by a random draw. The draw dates are May 9, 15, 22, and 29. Each winner will be announced on Instagram and Twitter the week following the draw. The winners will also be notified on Instagram and Twitter by Birds Canada.
Only those in the Greater Toronto Area are eligible to win prizes.
Four winners will be selected from among eligible entries by random draw.
Each winner will receive one out of seven prize packs, valued at $180-$300 each.
The prize packs may include:
- Kowa Optics YF-II 8×30 Porro Prism Binoculars
- Ontario Bird Flashcards Deck by Wandering Canadians
- A cap from Fjällräven
- A Kånken backpack from Fjällräven
- Fjällräven coupon or keychain
- A copy of the book 100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight by Peter Cavanagh, from Firefly Books
- A copy of the book Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures by Janet Eagleson with photography by Rosemary G. Hasnerr, from Firefly Books
- A copy of the book Birds: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior by Jonathan Elphick, from Firefly Books
- A copy of The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs by Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, from Firefly Books
- A copy of the book The Case of the Growing Bird Feeder: A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery by Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford, from Firefly Books
- The online course “At home with birds” from Passerina Bird Connection
- The online course “The Beginners guide to birdwatching: finding birds and happiness” from Passerina Bird Connection
If You Win
The prize winners must provide Birds Canada with a mailing address in order to receive their prizes. The mailing addresses of the prize winners will not be used by Birds Canada for any reason other than to mail the prizes.
If a winner’s mailing address is not provided by 12 June 2023, the winner forfeits their chance to claim to prize. Another winner will be randomly selected until all the prizes have been awarded.
- Comments that are judged by Birds Canada staff to be irrelevant will be deleted and the person who posted the comment will not be entered in the draw.
- The contest is being run by Birds Canada. It is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter or Instagram.
- The approximate value of each prize is $180-$300.
- The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
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!
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.
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!!
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!
We are so grateful for all you are doing for the birders, both backyard feeders and watchers. Thank you.
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!