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THE HFBF BANQUET. DAVID LAMBLE, THE NORAH TOTH AWARD & MORE

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TWO MAJOR EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL BANQUET ON MAY 24.

This year’s not-to-be-missed Keynote Speaker is Master Bird Bander David Lamble. And the evening’s festivities will recognize a long-time, key HFBF contributor Bette Jean Martin with the Norah Toth Award. It all happens at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Port Elgin beginning with a social ‘meet and greet’ at 4:30 PM, followed by a buffet dinner from Harrigan’s Catering.

DAVID LAMBLE PRESENTS – BIRDS AND SOME OF THEIR MYSTERIES*

Consider the varied interests of this year’s HFBF Keynote Speaker David Lamble. For 35 years a high school chemistry teacher, now a singer, actor and TV host in his retirement, but more importantly for us, a Master Bird Bander – one of only 100 in Canada.

Bird Bander

Since 1978 he has banded 171,759 birds of 193 species (as of this writing), but who’s counting. As David says, “I am not good at keeping track…the totals are really personal goals/achievements…banding is not a competitive sport.”

David will be at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Port Elgin on May 24 evening to inform, entertain and enlighten us. He has titled his presentation: BIRDS AND SOME OF THEIR MYSTERIES. He’ll be talking about bird intelligencebird vision and of course bird banding and how it all contributes to our understanding of birds.

hero_DavidLamble-300x250David’s love of birds began in 1978 with a banding study of Tree Swallows. He received his Master Bander Permit in 1986. By 1999 he had banded some 60,000 birds and received the Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award. His interest in our feathered friends expanded to include all species found in Southern Ontario. His major studies have now branched out to include Bobolinks, Snow Buntings, Ducks as well as his all-time favourite – the Tree Swallow.

He spends about 200 days a year in the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area north of Grand Valley where he meticulously documents each banding to better understand the habitat and needs of birds.

David’s banding goals are simple: find out where they go – try to ascertain if they return to the same place and measure a bird’s longevity.

“Banding opens us a range of things for research,” says David. “I think there are 286 species in Ontario. I’ve banded 193 so far. There are lots more areas in which I can still experience something new.”

Plan to joins us for the banquet and discover for yourself why David Lamble is no ordinary bird lover.

BETTE JEAN MARTIN IS THIS YEAR’S NORAH TOTH AWARD WINNER

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival has grown from a one-day event where people just “showed up” and hoping for room on events, to eight days of events within a 14-day period than now requires a pre-registration process. This transition would never have been possible without the commitment for excellence and customer service demonstrated by Bette Jean Martin (BJ).

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As Mary Rapati retired from her duties with the Festival, BJ moved in. For a couple of years she worked with paper registration – the final year for this involved learning how to develop a fillable form. With determination, she did it! However, this involved a lot of volunteer time, BJ’s time; and she was still working full-time as an audiologist at the Kitchener hospital and had children at home. A stickler for detail and with a desire to develop a system that would make life less hectic, BJ worked with the Friends of MacGregor internet provider to create the automated registration program that we use today.

Many people will know BJ as the person on the other end of the phone answering questions about the program or registration process. She has also been one of the common denominators at the registration desk, where, in recent years, she has committed many hours to being there before you arrive for your day to ensure that each registrant has a positive Festival experience. More recently, BJ has accepted the challenge of helping with the program committee where she has followed up on guest leader recommendations. Several years ago she even shared her profession by talking about hearing loss and birding; a topic many of us find challenging as we get older.

It is with pride and thanks that the Norah Toth Award will be presented to BJ Martin at the Festival Banquet on May 24.

 A23 – 4:30 pm – SOCIAL.  5:30 pm – BANQUET & PRESENTATION. REGISTER ON-LINE NOW @ http://friendsofmacgregor.org

 Email: birdfest@rogers.com

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL – MAY 23 to MAY 26  & MAY 29 to JUNE 1 

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

 *(With notes and photography courtesy of Jeff Rollings (In The Hills) and Janet Baine (Grand Actions)

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