The Leslie Street Spit is a man-made stretch of land that juts into Lake Ontario. A good chunk of it was built from the debris of old bank buildings that had been razed to make way for projects like the Toronto Dominion Centre in the 1970s. The Leslie Spit is also the breeding ground for all kinds of migratory songbirds. It’s like our feathered friends are dancing on the graves of the structures they used to fly into! Speaking of which, this Saturday, Toronto and Region Conservation holds its annual Spring Bird Festival at Tommy Thompson Park. If you think that the city’s winged world begins with pigeons and ends with those little brown birds that eat garbage, then the Festival is a great way to connect with avian life. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an Early Bird (get it?) hike at 7 a.m. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Photo by Forced Perfect from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.