Bronwyn was one of our most passionate volunteers at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research
Station (TTPBRS). She first visited TTPBRS and was eager to become a volunteer when she was only 12
years old. Being too young, she was advised to return once she reached 16, and she did. A high school
student at the time, Bronwyn devoted her weekends to TTPBRS where she quickly honed her birding
skills and advanced through her ornithological training. She then started her undergraduate degree
which allowed her the flexibility to arrange her class schedule so that she could spend more time
volunteering at TTPBRS during the week – dedicating over 500 hours a year since 2009! In 2014
Bronwyn started her master’s degree studying migratory stopover ecology at Tommy Thompson Park.
Through this project Bronwyn assumed the role of volunteer Assistant Bander at TTPBRS where she
played a key role in the migration monitoring efforts, did an excellent job at public outreach and single
handedly input all the data collected during the field seasons, on top of the data analysis she was
undertaking for her project (and her other birding pursuits)! Bronwyn’s passion, dedication, skills and
spirit will be immensely missed by everyone at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station.
The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station is dedicated to the understanding, protection and
awareness of birds in Toronto. Our primary program is Migration Monitoring which takes place at the
station on Peninsula D at Tommy Thompson Park in spring from April 1 to June 9, and in fall from August
5 to November 12. During these migration periods, the station coordinator and a group of dedicated
volunteers work diligently to conduct bird banding and census surveys within the research area. Long-
term trends from these data help guide conservation efforts at local, provincial, national and
international levels. Fundraising efforts, donations and member support help ensure the continued
operation of the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station.