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The Huron Fringe Birding Festival

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I’m sitting at a rectangular set-up of tables in the MacGregor Point Park Visitor Centre. It’s a cool fall morning and there is no heat in the room. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival Committee, waiting for their meeting to begin, are still wearing their coats, sweaters and fleece. The stuffed birds and animals looking down on them don’t seem to mind the chill that fills the room. A black bear head stares passively at the group while a turtle in a tank repeatedly bangs against the glass trying to escape only to fall back into the water again and again. No one pays it any attention. This room is like a second home to them. The Centre is the focal point of The Huron Fringe Birding Festival and they are here to discuss and plan for next year’s event.

I’m here as their guest to learn what they have in store for 2013. My plan is to blog about this birding and nature festival its leaders and activities and provide you with a first hand, albeit personal view, of the happenings throughout the two weekends of May 24 – 27 and May 30 – June 2, 2013.

The festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This “Huron Fringe” along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring.  At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom.  From their base at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Huron Fringe is uniquely placed to explore Lake Huron’s shoreline and the Bruce Peninsula to discover all that spring has to offer.

Activities include guided hikes concentrating not only on birds but wildflowers, butterflies, insects and geology in and outside the park.  There are workshops on bird identification and nature photography, plus other interests of a natural nature.  Evening highlights include illustrated programs featuring excellent presenters and night hikes. The festival highlight is a banquet with keynote speaker Peter Middleton. 

Online registration and a fee schedule will be available in February. So will more program updates. If you have questions regarding the Festival please contact the official registrar at birdfest@rogers.com or www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Future postings will cover the Festival, the people, MacGregor Point Provincial Park and the important involvement of the Friends of MacGregor Point. As a non-profit, incorporated, charitable organization they fund-raise and present this Festival as one way to ensure the preservation of the natural legacy of MacGregor Point for future generations.

The meeting lasted the morning. In that time the room, even with all the bodies, never warmed up. It was good to step outside into the sunshine. The sound of the wind in the trees and the waves breaking on the Huron shoreline cleared my head. As I walked to my car the chickadees buzzed by checking for food. I didn’t bring any this time. Next time I will.

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October 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm