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Micael Carlson - looking and listening.

Michael Carlson – looking and listening.

Michael Carlson is an internationally recognized field ornithologist and a popular HFBF leader. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival welcomes him back in three special events that are sure to showcase his scouting talents and patience and, as always, enhance your birding experience.

If you want to learn how to listen to and identify bird vocalization then IS IT A BIRD OR YOUR MNEMONIC ? (B11) on Friday May 30, beginning at 6:00 am should be on your list. Its a field workshop on the Tower Trail where Michael will have you listening for orioles, woodpeckers, warblers, flycatchers and waterfowland more, all under his expert guidance.

The highlight of the festival happens on Saturday May 21 starting at 6:00 am…its the infamous BIG DAY ON THE BRUCE (B17). If you’re serious about birding, you won’t want to miss this full day of birding; a true morning to night birding marathon on the Bruce Peninsula. Bring you lunch, snacks and a walking dinner…you’ll be out and about for a while.

Finally, on Sunday June 1 at 8:00 am, Michael will take you SEARCHING FOR STRAGGLERS – MacGREGOR’S LATE MIGRANTS (B34). He’ll be guiding you to select spots in MacGregor for breeding birds as well as late spring migrants, such as Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Gray-cheeked Thrush. Its the last day of the Festival and a great way to  see who flew in at the last minute.



michael3Michael Carlson has over 45 years of experience in the field identification of birds. He is an expert at identifying birds by sound and has led workshops in birding by ear at the the Huron Fringe Birding Festival for many years. Michael was a member of the elite Canadain team KOWA, which won the E.S. Stearns Award in 1989/1992 and the coveted Urner Stone Cup in 1992 at the New Jersey World Series of Birding. From 2002 to 2005 he conducted bird density surveys on the Bruce Peninsula for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario (2007). Formerly from Rochester, New York, Michael spent his formative years birding the Lake Ontario shoreline. In the early 1980s he was biologist-in-charge of studies examining the utlization of urban microhabitat by avian migrants and the collision of nocturnal avain with tall buildings in Rochester, New York, and Detroit, Michigan. Michael organized the Letchworth-Silver Lake, New York Christmas Bird Count for 30 years. He also developed bird identification and nature appreciation programs, including training for Christian youth camps in Michigan. Professionally, Michael is an environmental consultant providing regulatory compliance and wildlife management services to industry. In addition to frequenting the Brue Peninsula, Michael regularly birds Point Pele in Leamington, Ontario, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and southeastern Arizona. He has also birded in England, Isreal and Costa Rica. Participants of his tours and field trips have praised his bird finding abvilities and his identifcation skills,

(Bio courtesy Bruce Bird Tours website)

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Michael and company from the 2013 HFBF Archives


MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 to JUNE 1



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