huronfringefest

One of Canada's Premier Birding and Nature Festivals

It’s Time to Venture out and Enjoy Nature and our Spring Birds !!

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May is always an exciting month and often offers us a variety of weather as well as a variety of chance meetings with nature as the woods and grasslands wake up from their winter rest! The birds are migrating north to start another generation and the ponds and fields are alive with signs of other wildlife starting out their families. It’s a great time to enjoy this renewal of nature before summer and its heat calms down the activities a bit.

If you haven’t joined in with any of the wonderful guided hikes that the Huron Fringe Birding Festival has to offer there is still a bit of time. Several of the first weekend hikes are full but there are a few spots left and some also left on the second weekend of the festival. Check it out at the following address and expand your knowledge of nature as several of our excellent leaders can give you a great head start on your quest to learn about the world around you.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

James Turland, Martin and Kathy Parker, Marshall Byle, Henrique Pacheco, Peter Middleton, Ian Shanahan, Justin Peter, just to name a few, would love to point out some birds, and answer other questions you have about our wonderful world of nature. It’s a great opportunity to take a few hours and get a bit of exercise, possibly a few nice photos and experience the camaraderie with others who enjoy the same type of exposure to the wonders of Bruce and Grey Counties.

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Come out and see the birds in their colourful spring feathers, explore a bit of the area that you seldom see, learn about trees, reptiles, amphibians and whatever nature has to offer. We’re looking forward to seeing you and giving you an experience you won’t soon forget :).

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Check out the link above and give us an opportunity for us at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival to give you some great knowledge and entertainment!

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May 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

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Birding MacGregor with Ian Shanahan

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MacGregor Park is a haven for a wide variety of warblers, vireos, water birds and many other species during the spring migration. There are many of these birds still present during the second weekend of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and having a knowledgeable leader like Ian Shanahan leading two of the events gives you a great opportunity to search some out. Check out Ian’s profile on the festival website http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/ian-shanahan and you will see that his love of birding will benefit anyone lucky enough to get on one of his hikes.

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Come out and see what birds Ian can point out for you as he takes the various trails of MacGregor Park. The warblers are in their best dress at this time of year and can be much easier to spot as they flit from branch to branch searching for insects.

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Around the park there are a variety of habitats to suit each warblers needs and Ian will be able to tell you what you could possibly see along the various trails covered on his two events. The birds are at their best in the mornings and both of Ian’s hikes are morning hikes. Get your binoculars, get your questions and enjoy a mornings walk in the park.

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To register for Ians events go to the registration page of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and sign up for a great time looking for those beautiful feathered friends.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival

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April 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

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Family Programs at the Festival

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Spring is a time to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds the natural world has to offer. What better way is there than to take your children or grandchildren and teach them about nature and how to preserve and treasure what we now can experience in our area. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is much more than just about birds and has several interesting events that are geared towards young learners who want to enjoy what nature has to offer.

The events have knowledgeable leaders and cover subjects such as, Tracks and Scats (identify animal tracks and droppings), Take a Peek at the Beak (learn about shapes and types of bird beaks), Sciensational SSSnakes (a hands-on experience with reptiles and amphibians), Dyes from Nature and Spinning Wool (create a Tie-Dye bandana and also your own wool spindle to take home with you) and Frog Frolic (check out some ponds for species of frogs and toads).

These events cover a variety of nature knowledge and help give kids a much better understanding of the importance of nature in each and every day of our lives. They are FUN and INFORMATIVE!!!

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Bring out the kids and everyone can have fun and enjoy some of what nature offers!

Check out the schedule at: http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events and don’t delay as some of the events are filling up!

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April 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

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Tree ID with Jim Coles

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How often have you walked through a forest looking at the young as well as the mature trees wondering just what kind of tree they were? In the two events Jim is leading in the festival he will show you how to identify those trees using the twigs and leaves and also show why specific trees grow in specific soil and sunlight habitats. Going for a walk through the woods is fun but learning about the woods you walk through is even more satisfying.

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Since birds live in and near trees you will probably also see and hear several species of birds along the way and knowing what species of trees are around will also help you know what species of birds will be inhabiting the area. In one of his hikes Jim will take you through his property and talk about forest management while on the other hike he will talk about the trees around the visitor centre and due to habitat why these are the species of trees that grow here.

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Trees make up a large part of the natural environment and if there’s something you want to know about them, Jim is the person to ask. Check out these half-day hikes on the afternoons of Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th and really let your knowledge of trees start to blossom.

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Check out the events at : http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

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April 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

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The Big Sit with Margaret Anderton

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How often have you gone to look for birds but have them fly away from you as soon as you approach closely enough for a good view? Often it’s better to find a good bird habitat and sit down and wait for the birds to feel comfortable to have you included in their world. At home I find that when I go outside the birds head for the farthest tree to hide but after sitting for a few minutes those same birds come back quite close and don’t mind my presence as long as there are no fast movements.

Therefore we have a relaxing appropriately named event…The Big Sit…!!

Margaret is an excellent and knowledgeable birder and as you can see from her Bio a member of the Bruce Birding Club. If you aren’t up to some longer times hiking the trail, and have some time for a nice relaxing Friday morning to enjoy some birds check this event out.

Bring your binoculars, bring your camera and bring your lawn chair for an enjoyable way to bird and partake of what nature has to offer.

Follow this link and look for The Big Sit on Friday morning June 2 2017.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

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March 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

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Birding the Edge of MacGregor with Henrique Pacheco

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MacGregor Park is always a great spot to find birds in May and hiking with a knowledgeable and experienced leader like Henrique Pacheco will make this hike one to remember. You can see from the leaders biographies that Henrique, although one of the junior leaders in years, has a great deal of birding experience behind him.

 

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As well as seeing many species of warblers and other birds along this hike, Henrique will be able to answer questions you have about the habitat and the birds you see. Some that have been seen along the edge of MacGregor Park are the Hooded, Blue and Golden-winged warblers as well as many water birds. Check out the list of 245 species of birds that have been seen during the past year of the festival.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/species-list

Henrique is leading a Saturday morning hike this year so if you like to wander a few trails, see some nice birds and learn from a keen young leader, sign up and enjoy a leisurely hike in the great outdoors.

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Pied-billed grebes at MacGregor Park in the Ducks Unlimited wetland.

Check out this link for registration information.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/registration

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March 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

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Malcolm Bluffs and Cape Croker with Alfred Raab

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The area that this hike covers does indeed often turn up some very special birds and the person that leads these hikes is a VERY knowledgeable birder. Alfred lives in the Bruce Peninsula in the summer and spends much of the winter birding and leading birding hikes in Panama in the months that only the hardy birds stay here.

Alfred’s eyes and his ears are always tuned to the forest or the grasslands and he can identify more species than I’ve ever seen. I think a trip to Panama in the winter may be in our future J.

Alfred leads OFO hikes as well as local hikes for the Bruce Birding Club and when he takes us up in the Malcolm Bluff and Cape Croker area we’re pretty well assured of seeing some fairly rare and interesting birds. Last year at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival those included Hooded, Cerulean and Mourning warblers to name but a few. Last year the Cape Croker area also provided great views of a Loggerhead shrike as well as several Wilsons snipe. There are always surprise birds that show up and having Alfred leading the hike and describing what he hears and pointing out where the bird might be is invaluable. If you are planning a birding trip in the winter Alfred can also give you an idea as to what might be on the birding list for a trip to Panama.

Here’s the view we had of a Mourning warbler at Malcolm Bluff in 2016.

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This is the Loggerhead shrike that was hunting in the ditch near Cape Croker.

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If you want to see some great birds in their beautiful habitat and have a very knowledgeable leader to learn from check out the Huron Fringe Birding Festival schedule and take a hike with Alfred at Malcolm Bluffs and Cape Croker.

Check out his events with the link below.

http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

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March 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm

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