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Archive for June 22nd, 2013

FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

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Parking at a Trail Head somewhere on the Bruce.

It seemed apt and perhaps somewhat poetic that on the morning of this summer’s first day, the longest day of the year, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Committee gathered to take stock and think about ‘what’s next.’

The 2013 Festival Surveys were in, a preliminary budget compared our progress to last year and committee members came well-armed with new ideas and a view to what needs to be done to make the 2014 Festival even more attractive and successful than what had just passed. This summer solstice gathering was an opportunity to look back and more importantly, look ahead.

This years’s introduction of PayPal made things easier for people to sign-up online. Four events were full on the first day, fourteen by the end of February and six more in March. Compared to last year, attendees were up, as were registrations in single events. Of 76 events, 41 were more than 80% full at the start of the Festival. On May 24, the Festival’s first day 87 people signed up, more than twice as many as 2012.

“Its not radical growth,” commented Committee Chair Jim Duncan, “ but it shows we are indeed growing.”

Careful examination of the survey results yielded some insights that will help with future planning, procedures and organization. Web-based registration will be streamlined to make event selection for attendee’s easier.

Bruce and Grey Counties are a natural paradise. They contain 48 species of orchids and 50 species of ferns accounting for two thirds of Ontario’s totals. There are at least 78 species of butterflies in the area. A local expert claims that there are 19 species of warblers nesting in the counties and perhaps the most nesting birds in Southern Ontario.Our objective is to help you enjoy this natural wonderland through the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.

Event planning begins in earnest in August. From registration, to events, to hike leaders, we are committed to bringing you a premium nature experience wrapped up in a smooth running festival program.

This blog will be bringing you updates and information on the 2014 Festival as soon as they are available…so follow us…and be ready for HFBF registration day, February 1, 2014.

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 The 2014 Huron Fringe Birding Festival runs from  May 23 to May 26 and May 29 to June 1.

Registration begins February 1, 2014 at:

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

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