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As a naturalist, outdoor educator and a man with a true passion for birds, Peter Middleton has spent a lifetime in the field…literally. During that time he has always stressed the importance of teaching younger generations the value of the natural world around them. For Peter, outdoor education is a practical extension of what is learned in the classroom.
As proof of this lifelong commitment, his achievements were recently acknowledged with the Latornell Environmental Leadership Award. Peter was one of five recipients recognized for their profound impact on conservation in Ontario.
The Huron Fringe Birding Festival couldn’t be happier for Peter. Over the years he has been one of our key presenters and leaders and a keynote speaker at our Festival Banquet.
And this year, you can experience Peter’s outdoor expertise directly as he is back at HFBF on two dates.
On Friday, May 23, he’ll be your personal guide to Rock Stars of the City – as he introduces you to the over 50 fern species found in Grey/Bruce and in and around Owen Sound.
On Sunday, May 25, Peter will show you The Hidden Treasures of the Huron Coast as you explore Lake Huron coastlines, both present and past, north of Sauble Falls and you’ll visit Petrel Point, Ontario’s oldest reserves and the newest, Sauble Dunes.
So note those dates and plan to spend some quality outdoor time with our award-winning leader, Peter Middleton.
Peter Middleton is a retired outdoor education teacher and principal. He has guided groups, to many areas of the globe, to observe birds, animals and plants, and interpret natural environments. Throughout his life, Peter has had an overarching interest in birds. His passion for birds began as a young boy in northeast Scotland, and continued to develop in Canada when his family immigrated in 1952. He is a respected field ornithologist who, over the years, has contributed to many projects including the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, North America Breeding Bird Surveys, Grey-Bruce Records Committee and Endangered Species Recovery Programs. He was a leader for the endangered Piping Plover Protection Project at Sauble Beach. He served as President of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists and has been a member of OSFN since its inception in 1989. In his spare time he serves as a Director on the Board of the Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning (BALL) and on the Board of Ontario Nature.
HFBF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING, JANUARY 15, 2014
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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL
MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 tor JUNE 1 -2014
MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK
PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO
HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL – MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 to JUNE 1 – 2014
Spread out in front of me is an almost final draft of the upcoming HFBF Schedule of Events. Next steps are final proof reading, design and printing. But here’s even better news – the complete Schedule of Events will be available for viewing ON LINE beginning January 15, 2014. ON LINE REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1, 2014.
By my count there are over 40 birding activities over the two weekends in MacGregor Point Park as well as all over Bruce and Grey Counties and the rugged and beautiful Bruce Peninsula. New this year will be two sessions all about bumblebees. The trip to Flower Pot Island is back. You can bike the trails in MacGregor. You can even stay up late stargazing when even the birds are sleeping.
So if you have an interest in birds, botany, outdoor photography, geology, geomorphology, wildflowers, warblers, bees, bird banding, heritage farms, the secret sex lives of plants, or sex and the single warbler – Huron Fringe Birding Festival is where you want to be. And that’s only a partial list. Your favourite leaders will be back to share their knowledge, plus a new line-up of leaders will join the group to broaden the scope of what the Festival has to offer.
Needless to say, as usual, HFBF has something for everyone whatever your outdoor interest. As soon as the program is finalized, this Blog will begin bringing you more details on all programs and their leaders.
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