Welcome to the Toronto Bruce Trail Club

Close to nature.   Close to home.

What We Do


Invasive Species Removal

We are working to remove the invasive buckthorn on BTC property near Limehouse, Ontario. We have used chainsaws and bowsaws to cut down the trees and treat the fresh cuts so that they will not regrow. Our TBTC Conservation Teams have made a dent on getting this species under control, but they have been mightily assisted by 401st Toronto Cub Scout Pack and by corporate volunteer events with companies whose employees seek to assist us.

Team members have also worked on that property to rid it of garlic mustard, another invasive species difficult to get under control.

Education

We host public events with speakers who are involved with conservation projects in the Toronto area. In addition to planning and organizing these our own education events, our Conservation Committee volunteers have staffed the information booths at outdoor shows around the GTA and have given lectures in the public libraries about our work.

You can help us with "indoor" projects like these events, or if you prefer getting your boots-on-the-ground and getting your hands dirty, we are always looking for help brush clearing, gardening, chain sawing, and other "outdoor" projects.

Planting for Pollinators

Milkweed planted by many volunteers, especially the group from 3rd Waterdown Scouting, over the past few years has taken hold and now is spreading nicely on its own. It is now hosting a good number of Monarch Butterflies, as well as several other species of butterflies during the summer. Migration numbers this past August and September were higher than in previous years.

This past spring and summer, we recovered over 100 Monarch butterfly eggs from the milkweed, hatched and reared them to adults, and then released them back on our property. This required daily trips to obtain fresh milkweed leaves to feed the hungry larvae. Monarchs are a Species of Special Concern in Ontario. Less than 1% of their eggs or larvae survive in the wild to become adult butterflies.

Our crews have scattered wildflower seeds around our property throughout last spring and summer, but it may be a year before we see results in new plants. We continue to prepare for new planting this coming year and are recording any wildflowers that we are already finding on the property. We have installed artificial nesting habits for various species of native bees and bumblebees.

Bird Nesting

On just one of the properties overseen by the TBRC, we have placed 31 bluebird boxes and many other bluebird boxes and wood duck nests on other properties. Many of the nesting boxes have been prepared by the 6th Willowdale Scouts. These boxes need to be inspected and cleaned after each season. We record the species found in each box as they can be used by tree swallows and house wrens as well as bluebirds.

Can you help us?

You can help us with "indoor" projects like planning and organising our education events, or if you prefer getting your boots-on-the-ground and getting your hands dirty, we are always looking for help brush clearing, gardening, chain sawing, and other "outdoor" projects.