huronfringefest

One of Canada's Premier Birding and Nature Festivals

Time to Plan for Next Year!

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The first in-person festival in three years is now behind us and it’s already time to mark your calendar for the next in 2023. Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2022 was a great success with many new participants as well as many that were glad to be able to participate in-person again. The weather cooperated nicely as people got out to enjoy many facets of nature as well as make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Over 180 bird species were seen and heard so even though the trees had leafed out early this year participants had a chance to see many species as they migrate through the area or arrived to set up their territories in which to raise a family.

Young Pied-bill Grebes

For information on the 2023 festival use this link and be sure to note that the events will be posted online earlier and the registration will also be open earlier than in 2022. This is just a bit more “ back to normal” timing as we hope the Covid status will keep stabilizing.

https://huronfringebirdingfestival.ca/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival

The speaker at the 2023 dinner will be Steve Burrows who is the author of a series of “ Birder Murder” mysteries, the latest of which has recently been released ( A Foreboding of Petrels). Plan to attend the dinner and hear what Steve has to say about his birding past, present and future.

These days the next generation of birds is appearing for those birds fortunate enough to have a successful breeding year. You will see numerous new birds that are able to fly but still give in to a bit of pleading for food if a parent is around. Soon these  2022 birds will be on their own and ready to survive a winter in Bruce County or start their long treks to the southerly locations they spend their winters in. Already some of the shorebirds from this year are making their way slowly south and appearing at some of the ponds and lagoons in Ontario.

Hudsonian Godwit

The 2022 Huron Fringe Birding Festival is only two months behind us but it’s time to get your binoculars cleaned up, your cameras ready, and spotting scopes close at hand ready for the fall migration. Have a good look at your bird guides as the birds we see this fall will look quite different from the brightly coloured ones of the spring. Many of the warblers look quite similar in their fall feathers so study the unique differences of each species to keep confusion to a minimum. The birds songs also may have variations as those new birds don’t quite have their songs practiced enough yet. Fall birding is always a challenge but is also a time when different migrants may wander into the area as they try to find where they are supposed to spend their winter. Special species treats are always welcomed and to stay in touch with the rarer birds others see you can have  Ontbird alerts emailed to you or use the Discord app on your cell phone or tablet to see the alerts posted by other birders.

For Ontbird here’s a link for information: http://www.ofo.ca/site/content/listserv-guidelines

For Discord app go to the app stores on your iPhone or tablet to download the app.

Northern Wheatear

Have a great time getting out to see some migrant birds this fall or even see the different flowers and other treats nature has to offer as the seasons change. Don’t forget to mark up your schedule now to remind you of the timing of the 2023 Huron Fringe Birding Festival and get ready for another fun filled spring in Bruce County. Looking forward to seeing you!

Showy Lady Slipper

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July 21, 2022 at 1:17 pm

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The 2022 Festival Continues

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A bit of rain the first day but even that didn’t stop the birds from showing up. After the first weekend 182 species have been seen or heard by the leaders and participants. I’m sure the seeing part is tough with all the leaves out now but there are indeed still many birds in Bruce County and shorebirds starting to migrate in larger numbers now as well.

Sanderling and a Ruddy Turnstone

One more weekend left and still a few openings in some of the events for people to get out and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. Check the weekend events out and see if something appeals to you.

https://huronfringebirdingfestival.ca/page/schedule-of-events

The “Big Day” event that was lead by the two young birders doing a Big Year of birding in Ontario went quite well with everyone that attended happy with the 124 species seen on that event alone. Even the leaders Kiah Jasper and Ezra Campanelli picked up two new birds each, with the highlight being a juvenile Swainson’s hawk that had been spotted in the area a few days previously. These hawks are a western bird and don’t show up here often but one is indeed around and possibly ready to be seen on other events on weekend 2.

Mourning Warbler

The weekend ahead appears to have some good weather forecast so come on out to see and hear what you can before spring migration winds down any more. Presently some of the resident birds are building nests and getting settled in for the summer so even seeing that action can be interesting and educational.

Cerulean Warbler

Treat yourself to the final weekend of the 2022 Huron Fringe Birding Festival! You just never know what pleasant surprises might await you.

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June 1, 2022 at 7:19 am

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Warm Weather and the Birds Have Arrived

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American Redstart the Festival Mascot

Amazingly warm weather has flooded Ontario in the past week and the migrating birds and trees are loving it. Several species of warblers have arrived along with other species of birds migrating north from their warm winter homes. In early mornings now the bird song gives a new life to the start of each day. At 5:30 AM the resident robins are singing their hearts out along with Northern cardinals, newly arrived Wood thrush and many warbler species.

The countdown is on to the start of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and there are still a few spots left in some of the events. Hopefully everyone will have an opportunity to attend ones that give them a better awareness of the beauty of nature and many new aspects of it to enjoy. Check out the spots left and pick the ones that pique your interest.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Schedule of Events

This time of year, its great to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, the sounds of the birds and a good hike through the woods or grasslands. If you stop beside a grassy meadow or pasture, you’ll hear the happy sounds of Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, and Grasshopper and other various sparrows. Get your online guides out and refresh your hearing with the songs of the various birds you haven’t heard in several months. Its always great to be able to identify those singing birds just by their songs and maybe even their chips if you really want a challenge. Merlin Bird ID is a great app from the Cornell lab of Ornithology that makes identifying birds much easier either by a photo, their song, or just a description. It works great on either Apple or Android devices and can be found at either of the app stores on your specific devices.

Canada Warbler

I started writing this blog yesterday and this morning when I got up to 6 C weather it was a bit of a shock. Quite a change and it will probably slow the birds down a bit but hopefully also the leaf coverage which has been blossoming the past few days. The birds are a bit tougher to see behind those leaves, but it just requires a bit more patience to wait until it clears the vegetation and can be seen clearly for a positive ID. As I mentioned previously though, knowing their song can lead to a positive ID even if they don’t come out of hiding. That’s a great reason to get those bird songs playing now.

Check out your calendar, check out the events of the festival that are still available and come out and have some fun with other folks that are out to enjoy nature and learn a bit more about our natural world. The birds, trees, plants, ferns, and other things that combine for a healthy planet can be fun to see and learn more about. Learn a few more ways to capture this beauty in a photograph or in your mind and store it away to put a smile on your face during the cold months when spring memories are what we have to warm our souls.

Scarlet Tanager

Enjoy the spring and what it has to offer as everything gets renewed for another year. Hope to see you at a few of the interesting events at the 2022 Huron Fringe Birding Festival!

Yellow Lady Slipper Orchid

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May 17, 2022 at 3:58 pm

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Migration is Under Way!

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Pine Warbler

As I look out this morning and see the snowflakes drifting down I wonder how the birds are feeling about heading north already. I’m sure it’s just a bit of a “speed bump” that they’ve had to endure in past years but after 26 C weather it is indeed a bit of a change. These days will pass though as spring progresses and more birds work their way north to start a new breeding season here as well to the north of us.

To fully enjoy these days of bird song and see the bright colours as they flit through the trees check out the events that are still available during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival scheduled for May 27-30 and June 2-5 2022. Registration opened on April 15th and although several of the events are now full there are still many to chose from once you have created an account. Click the link below to see what spaces are still available for the various events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Schedule of Events

With the warm days we just experienced the first of the migrating warblers arrived and entertained many local birders as they zipped through the trees hunting down the many bugs that emerged with the warmer weather. Yellow-rumped, Black and White, as well as Palm and Pine warblers were abundant as they are usually the first to arrive in numbers. Others will come to the area once the weather warms up a bit more and towards the end of May there will be several species of warblers and other interesting birds populating the forests, swamps and wetlands of Bruce and Grey Counties.

Black and White Warbler

With birds here our exceptional leaders are ready to take you out and introduce you to them. The festival is an experience you really must participate in to appreciate the spring migration and all the other aspects of nature this area offers. Birding is the main theme of the festival but other aspects of nature are covered as well and its amazing what you can learn from the knowledgeable leaders we have on the various events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Leader Biographies

May is only a few days away now and I’m sure these snowflakes we see today will soon be a distant memory so take a few moments and sit down at your computer, tablet or phone and look through what the Huron Fringe Birding Festival has to offer. Then later in the month get your camera battery charged, your binoculars cleaned, your water bottle filled and get ready to have some spring fun.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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April 28, 2022 at 4:32 pm

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It’s Time to Think Spring Migration

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Red-headed Woodpecker

April has arrived and with it some warmer weather as well as some bird song in the mornings. The American robins and Northern cardinals are announcing to the neighbourhood that they are claiming their territory. Now is the time to get prepared for the major migration in April, May and June and a great way to do that is plan what events you would like to attend during the 2022 Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Registration for the 97 festival events begins April 15 at 6:00 am so anytime now, if you do not already have an account, set one up so you are prepared to register for your favourite events.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Registration

The “Create An Account” is on the right side of the screen just below the “Login” button. For those that already have an account make sure it is working okay as passwords can easily be forgotten, especially since its been quite a while since you needed it.

New birds are already showing up in yards and at the local pond or wetland. Some winter birds are still around but soon they will wing their way north making way for the new arrivals. Now is a great time to get out and see some of those winter birds before they disappear until late fall. With no leaves on the trees and much of the vegetation compressed by the winter snow its much easier to see and identify any of the birds in the yard or perched in a tree.

The Festival this year has a wide variety of events to chose from so take some time and peruse them all as you pick out your favourites. Pick a few second choices as well as events can fill up quite quickly the first week of registration.

One of my favourite events in past festivals was “ Bird Til You Drop” as it takes you from 6:00 am until after dark as you often see more than 100 species during the day. This year that event is called “A Big Day” and its being led by two young birders who are doing a “Big Year” in Ontario. Kiah Jasper and Ezra Campanelli will take you through a variety of habitats and wonderful birding locations in the area and share their extensive knowledge of birds with you. This year Kiah and Ezra are helping spread the word of our festival as they travel Ontario in search of birds.

Ezra on the left and Kiah on the right checking out some birds in eastern Ontario

They have been on the trail of new birds since January 1st and although their list of birds seen is already formidable, they will be looking to add to their totals as they guide you through a terrific long day of birding. Their goal this year is to try and exceed the record for the number of species seen in Ontario in one year. Presently that total is 346 and was set in 2017 by another of our event leaders, Jeremy Bensette. Jeremy is leading four events at the festival this year so as you can see even from these leaders, its going to be a special festival indeed.

While reading through the events (you can print out a paper copy for future reference) also refer to the “Leader Biographies” and you will really see just how much natural knowledge is going to be available to you on this two-weekend festival (May 27-30 and June 2-5).

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Leader Biographies

Being out seeing new birds as well as familiar birds, enjoying new nature experiences, making new friends, and renewing old acquaintances is what the Huron Fringe Birding Festival is all about. Most of you familiar with this blog will know exactly what I’m talking about so make sure to let your friends know about the festival and about the possibilities for them to get exposed to several facets of nature that we cover with the range of our events.

Cape May Warbler

As I sit here typing, an American robin is perched outside singing his song and I’m sure he’s thankful for the rain last night that would haver brought more worms to the surface for the robin to enjoy. I’m also eagerly watching for the first emergence of those cluster flies that will entice the colourful warblers and other insectivores to head north and enjoy feasting while providing us with wonderful birdwatching.

So get your events picked out, get your account set up for the festival and get ready for April 15th!!!

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April 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

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Spring Migration is About to Start

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Even as we look out the window and see the snowflakes drifting down or flying past, spring is on the way and soon we will be seeing birds that haven’t been here for several months. Another sure sign that spring is on the way is the posting of the Schedule of Events for the first in-person Huron Fringe Birding Festival since 2019. Check out the varied events scheduled for this two-weekend festival in May and June.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Schedule of Events

Registration for these events starts on April 15th as per the information on the festival website so you have some time to see what interests you in respect to birding hikes or other nature events. Chat with some of your friends and introduce them to the festival if they have never experienced the fun of going to it. As you’ll see there’s something for everyone so you can see migrating birds, find out about the world of local botany and maybe even learn how to build and properly place a bird house in your yard.

Here’s where to start for those new to the festival and you can always create an account before registration for the events opens so you’re ready to input your choices on April 15th.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 24th Huron Fringe Birding Festival

To the right of the “Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2022” is an arrow and by selecting it you can access leader biographies, bird species seen at previous festivals as well as the registration page, schedule of events and the sponsors that help make this festival possible with their terrific assistance.

Have some fun checking us out and put some thought into just what you want to enjoy this spring when the birds are returning from their warm winter homes through Bruce and Grey counties. Some stop here to raise their families and some head as far north as possible to find the correct habitat to start off a new generation of their species.

Already local birders have seen the first of the hardy migrants arriving in their yard to grab a snack at their feeders and put in a bit of time while they wait for the snow to melt and the bugs to emerge. Northern Cardinals are beginning to sing, and the odd American Robin is lurking in the bush watching for some bare ground to hopefully find one of the first worms to emerge as the soil thaws in the stronger sun’s rays. This week Killdeer will probably start to show up and Horned Larks are already arriving in numbers and can be seen along the edge of many country roads. Even with the snow still on the ground American Woodcock will soon be doing their “peenting” and putting on their evening aerial displays. So, while you wait for the date to register for some events get out and search out a few of these birds that are arriving this month. It will indeed give you that feeling that spring is just around the corner.

Although some of the first birds to arrive are a bit bland coloured warblers that will arrive when the bugs are out will give you that flash of colour as they flit among the branches all decked out in their spring colours. Even as I type this, I’m already getting distracted as I look out the window to see what bird just landed in the tree nearby.

Enjoy what nature has to offer these days and check out the schedule of events to be ready when the festival event registration opens on April 15th.

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March 3, 2022 at 10:53 am

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Winter Huron Fringe Birding Festival Edition

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Welcome to winter and the birds that decided, even at these -14 C temperatures, to stay and give us some interesting bird activity. Many of these small birds are seed eaters and will forage in the weeds that have their seed heads sticking above the snow.

American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco

To give them a bit of help, seed feeders put out in the winter will give these birds a variety of food for their diets and some protein they need to keep warm. American goldfinches, Dark-eyed juncos, American Tree sparrows, Black-capped chickadees, Red-breasted and White-breasted nuthatches, Northern cardinals, Mourning doves, and other finches will entertain you if you have a feeder at this time of year. As well as the seed eaters you might also find Sharp-shinned, and Cooper’s hawks seeing the activity and coming to try for a bird snack. Bald eagles and a variety of winter ducks will also be gathering near the open water while inland Rough-legged and Red-tailed hawks as well as the odd Golden eagle, Northern shrike and possibly a Gyrfalcon visiting from the north will show up.

Golden Eagle
Northern Shrike
White morph Gyrfalcon

While these birds are keeping us entertained the Huron Fringe Birding Festival program committee has been hard at work getting all the 90 plus birding hikes organized for the 2022 festival that arrives for two 4 day weekends on May 27 to 30th and June 2 to 5th 2022. With Covid being a dynamic issue these past two years it has been difficult to know when to open the registration and post the program. This year we have delayed these initial festival milestones so the programs will be posted on March 1st and the Registration will be active on April 15th at 6:00 am. To keep updated on any changes and for added information on the 2022 festival keep this link handy and visit it a few times even before March 1st.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Huron Fringe Birding Festival

With the latest news from the Ontario government things are looking even more promising for a much more normal in-person festival so lets hope things keep improving in respect to Covid so we can enjoy all those migratory birds together and renew acquaintances.

Even now there are a few preparatory things you can do. Even though registration is not presently active, the registration page has links to some documents you should read beforehand in preparation for the festival. The Friends of MacGregor Point waiver can be downloaded and filled out, the “Be Safe” document can be read so you are well prepared. We also follow the OFO Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct and these can also be found to read via the links on the website.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Registration

The website also has links to the leader biographies so you can be familiar with faces and qualifications of the leaders you will see when the schedule of events is posted on March 1st.

Also mentioned on the website are two young leaders that will be leading a Big Day event within their “Big Year” where they are attempting to break the Ontario record for the most species seen in one year. You can follow Kiah’s blog at this link to see how this pair is doing in respect to birds they haver seen so far this year.

 Chronicles of an Ontario Birder (chroniclesofanonbirder.blogspot.com)

It certainly looks to be a wonderful festival to welcome us back to a more normal lifestyle and at the same time enjoy these very colourful and active spring migrants as they travel through this area heading north to start new families. 

American Redstart
Kirtland’s Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler

Thank you all for staying with us during our online Festival-Lite this past year and hopefully if all keeps improving the Huron Fringe Birding Festival will once again bring birders together to enjoy a wonderful variety of programs to enhance their 2022 birding experiences. We are looking forward to seeing you at MacGregor Point Provincial Park on May 27-30th and June 2-5th to share some stories and sightings. Until then be safe and enjoy these winter birds that are presently making the winter seem just a bit shorter.

Northern Cardinal
Pine Grosbeak
Blue Jay

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January 21, 2022 at 12:39 pm

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Fall Migration is Always a Challenge!

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Bay-breasted Warbler in Inverhuron

Summer is slowly winding down as the temperatures cool off a bit and the length of the days diminish. Even as summer is winding down the fall migration of birds is ramping up and the challenges begin. Most of the trees still have their leaves and as the warblers dodge through the trees catching bugs eyes are straining to see where the bird is and then decide what species the drab fall bird is. The warblers as well as the shorebirds look quite different from their bright breeding colours and its always a challenge to decide just what you are looking at. It is one of the better times of the year to identify birds though as you must look at a variety of features other than just the colour to pin the species name to the bird you are watching. Field guides give you a good idea as what to look for in each non-breeding species but as well as the adults there are also new young birds coming through and some of them can be quite frustrating to identify in the quick views you have of them. In order to give you an idea if migrants are in the area, you can use the Birdcast radar to see what has been migrating over us during the night.

Live bird migration maps – BirdCast

This radar doesn’t cover Canada yet but it will give you a good idea as to roughly where the birds flying during their nocturnal trips, either in the spring or fall. Often the birds will fly right over us but if they hit a bit of rainy weather we then have a chance of having a fallout. Keep an eye on that radar 😊.

Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone in Inverhuron

Shorebirds are usually a little easier as we have better and longer views of them to decide what they are or possibly take a photo to decide later when you have more time. Their colours are different, but their sizes, shapes, leg and beak colours are usually the same as spring birds. The only problem with shorebirds is finding a habitat and hoping some of them stop by long enough to fuel up a bit. With the drier and sunnier summer, we’ve had there are not many ponds of puddles in Bruce County to invite these birds to stop by for a bit so often you must try and identify some fly-bys as they wing their way south.

If you do get lucky enough to get a photo but can’t quite decide what bird you saw you can try Merlin Bird ID app for your phone or pad. It’s a free app and has packages now for many locations in the world so even if you are planning a trip, it will be quite useful. It also now includes identifying birds by the bird sound as well. Here’s where you can find it and then you download the bird packs you need.

Merlin Bird ID – Free, instant bird identification help and guide for thousands of birds – Identify the birds you see (allaboutbirds.org)

Enjoy the season as the leaves change colour and make a walk in the woods a wonderful experience while you are trying to see those birds hiding behind those very leaves. As you enjoy this season also start planning for the Huron Fringe Birding Festival in the spring. The 2022 festival is in the planning stages, and you can see more about it here.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Huron Fringe Birding Festival (friendsofmacgregor.org)

Looking forward to seeing you all in person next year but for now enjoy the fall migration and keep those birding skills tuned up.

Hudsonian Godwit in Oliphant

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October 4, 2021 at 1:18 pm

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Celebrating Birds as the Spring Migration Arrives.

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As the days of Spring move along new migrant birds are arriving from the south to start a new generation for the year. The colder weather has slowed down the migration a bit but soon it will be busy as the temperature rises and the bugs come out to breed as well. These migratory birds pick a variety of areas in Ontario and farther north to breed depending on the particular species but many travel through this area to get to their breeding grounds. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival has celebrated these birds for many years by organizing the festival to run during the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June. This event gives birders a chance to enjoy seeing the birds on organized hikes and renewing friendships made during previous years.

Due to the devastating arrival of the Covid-19 virus last year the festival had to be cancelled but this year it was decided to do something just a bit different rather than cancel the event totally. This year we have planned some virtual events for people to enjoy on the same days that the festival would have originally run. These events will run in the evenings so people can be out in the daylight hours to enjoy seeing and hearing the birds as they work their way through the Bruce and Grey County areas. The added benefit of the virtual programs means that no matter where you are in the world you can enjoy birding in your area and still tune in to hear the knowledgeable speakers that we have lined up to present on a variety of topics. Here is an overview of the festival with dates and presentations.

Registration is still required for the events as outlined in the previous photo and here is the website to register to enjoy one or all these presentations by well known and knowledgeable presenters.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – Registration

Hopefully by 2022 we will again be able to offer in-person hikes and enjoy the days exploring the many natural areas of Bruce and Grey Counties as we enjoy the migratory birds. We will work towards that goal keeping in mind that safety and the health of our participants are the most important components of our festival. So, come join us this year online and in the coming years in person to be a part of this long running festival to Celebrate Birds.

This is also the time of year we find out who is the recipient of the Norah Toth Award. This award is presented annually to someone who has made a significant difference in Bruce or Grey Counties either through the Huron Fringe Birding Festival or due to their involvement in other local nature activities. The award was set up by the Festival Committee to honour Norah’s contributions to MacGregor Point Provincial Park and in particular to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Norah has been a leading figure in maintaining and building the festival since its beginning over 23 years ago.

This year the recipient of the award is John Cummings who in his own words has been birding and interested in nature since he was “knee high to a grasshopper”. He was brought up in a family that was involved in naturalist organizations and continued with this association when moving to this area. He assisted as an atlaser with the second edition of the Breeding Bird Atlas of Ontario and participated in many of the Christmas Bird Counts in the Kincardine, Walkerton and Saugeen Shores areas. He attended his first Huron Fringe Birding Festival in 2003 and being a birder and very social person became hooked on this wonderful event. It also helped that he was the winner that year of the 24-hour birding challenge the festival organized 😊. He was on the festival committee for several years and helped organize and grow the festival over his years on the committee. Many of his ideas and organizational elements brought forward when he was the chair of the committee are still used today. He was also on the board of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park from 2006 to 2014 and assisted with projects both physically and organizationally during that time.

John has been part of the Bruce Birding Club for many years and has also hosted outings from his home. He can strike up a conversation about birding or just about any other topic both with birding friends and others who stop to chat. He continues to enjoy birding and gets out whenever he can to assist with keeping nature as natural as possible. As a very worthy person of this award, we hope to see John out to more of the festival and birding club outings once things get back to a more normal post-Covid time.

It will not be long until the Festival-Lite this year begins so if you would like to enjoy some interesting presentations as well as going out to see, photograph or just enjoy the birds and nature as Spring brings the area to life again log in and register for some of the wonderful evening presentations.

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May 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

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The 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite

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There are still physical limits due to Covid-19 for an in-person festival, but our “Festival Virtual-Lite” has been organized and registration is now ready to go. You can visit our website at:

Friends of MacGregor Point Park – Huron Fringe Birding Festival

and check out the seven evening presentations that have been organized for your delight.

We are excited to announce our webinars for the “Festival Virtual-Lite” which will run during our normal Festival dates of May 28 – 31 and June 3 – 6, 2021. They are scheduled for 7:00 pm on each of the following seven evenings to ensure you have the opportunity to get out birding during the day.

May 28 – Birding in Algonquin Park with Michael Runtz

May 29 – Black Bears of the Bruce Peninsula with Dr. Martyn Obbard

May 30 – Fifteen Years of Ontario Piping Plovers with Andrea Gress

May 31 – A Holistic Approach to Learning Bird Songs and Calls with Ian Shanahan

June 4 – Birders Gone Wild: 24 hour Bruce Peninsula Birdathon with Ethan Meleg

June 5 – Bird Banding at the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory with Stephane Menu

June 6 – The Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas -3: Focus on the Females with Mark Peck

We are so appreciative of the continuing support of our Corporate Sponsors – Quest Nature Tours and Ontario Power Generation, and our Community Sponsors – Handy Andy Services, Hills Insurance, D. C. Johnston Realty and Super 8 Hotel. These sponsors allow us to offer the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite at no cost to our participants.

Being able to get out in the day and safely enjoy the spring migration while having presentations to enjoy in the evening will make for an enjoyable and original approach to a Festival-Lite. We look forward to the years ahead when we can again socialize with our friends as we compare bird stories and unique birding discoveries. For now, we’ll gather in an electronic format to celebrate birds and remember just how special this time of year is.

Migration has already begun for some of our hardy feathered friends as we are welcomed in the morning with Northern cardinals, American robins, Ring-billed gulls and Mourning doves filling the previously quiet morning with their songs. Ponds (whenever the ice thaws) are full of Canada geese and a variety of dabbling and diving ducks and often several Tundra swans that are presently working their way to their breeding grounds. By May, those colourful warblers will be winging their way north feasting on the newly hatched clouds of insects that provide their travel meals. Some will stay in the area to raise their families here while others travel much farther north where food is even more abundant.

Our scheduled evening presentations will give you more of an insight into aspects of birding and nature in our area of Bruce and Grey Counties and even farther afield than that. Plan your birding time and plan your relaxing time to join with us in our 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite.

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March 17, 2021 at 11:37 am

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