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BIRDING WITH BURRELL

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Mike Burrell will be a busy birder at MacGregor Point during this year’s Festival leading three Events. But that’s nothing new to him since he’s been a keen naturalist ever since he was a boy.

MVB_BY_johnBrunjesHis parents introduced him to birds and all other aspects of the natural world at a young age. In high school Mike spent much of his spare time volunteering at Long Point Bird Observatory. He became a “serious” birder at the age of fifteen after learning from some great mentors during his time at the Observatory and working at Algonquin Park where he really got hooked. Since then he has completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University and a Masters of Science in Forestry Degree from the University of Toronto, both while completing fieldwork and theses on bird ecology in Ontario. He has worked for Long Point Bird Observatory, the Ministry of Natural Resources and several private consulting firms. Mike is Ontario Important Bird Areas Co-coordinator for Bird Studies Canada on the Important Bird Area Program and devotes much of his spare time to Citizen Science projects like eBird. Mike is part of Bird Studies Canada and has quickly become one of Canada’s top birders as well as an avid advocate of using eBird to record sightings. His passion about keeping records accessible to everyone has driven his support for the use of eBird. Join Mike as he birds some of our areas prime birding areas and demonstrates the power behind the use of eBird. Since its humble beginnings in 2002, eBird has captured the imagination of thousands of birders around the world. Birders are now flocking to the website to upload their bird sightings into the online database which is maintained by scientists and volunteers. The growth of eBird is incredible and as membership increases so to does our understanding of bird distribution and abundance patterns. eBird is already an important tool for making bird conservation decisions and will continue to be in the future. On top of its conservation implications, it opens up this vast amount of data to anyone interested and will surely make us all better birders and record keepers. There are lots of incentives too, with a variety of user stats available.

Go birding with Mike and talk to him on how you can get involved, and what eBird is already teaching us about Ontario’s birds. Take advantage of his expertise and knowledge and become a better birder by registering for these events at HFBF.

Mike Burell

A7 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots around the edge of MacGregor Point. We will rack up a surprising list without going too far. Several warbler species, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak as well as a few grassland species are all possibilities.

A11 – 6:30 AM – HURON SHORE TO MALCOLM BLUFFS – Mike covers all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity. We may even find a Cerulean Warbler.

A41 – 1:30 PM – BIRDING & EBIRD ENTRY – Grab your binoculars AND your notebooks. We’ll go for a short walk to find some birds around the Visitor Centre. Then Mike will introduce you to eBird. You’ll find out how easy it is to contribute your everyday bird observations to this massive citizen science project.

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MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 tor JUNE 1 -2014

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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One of the 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction

One of the 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction

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WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT

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Fern Habitat

On Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 AM, Brett Woodman will be WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT. Brett will introduce you to natural areas along the escarpment where hunting for ferns will also lead you to a variety of interesting habitats. His birding and wildflower identification skills will help to enhance this all day field trip.

You can still register for his hike (B20). Join him as he searches our local countryside for ferns and more.

Brett is an ecological consultant and lives in Kitchener with his wife and three sons. Growing-up, Brett spent his summers in Southampton at his Grandparent’s house. His love of the outdoors is a result of his time here along the shores of Lake Huron; early on building tree forts and biking through the woods, later, birding and botanizing these same areas. As a result MacGreor Park and more broadly the southern Bruce Peninsula became a special place for Brett. It is in this area that he really explored his interest in birds and plants.

He specializes in bird and plant surveys. Brett is a distant member of the Bruce Birding Club. As a volunteer, he participated in the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and now has a Breeding Bird Survey route near his in-laws in Sarnia, Ontario. He is also an ecological advisor for ‘rare’, the largest urban green space in Canada which is owned and managed by the Cruickston Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario.

Brett has three young boys who are quickly finding their own love of the outdoors through their family adventures as they continue to explore the southern Bruce with Brett.

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One of the 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is One of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction.

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THE LATEST UPDATE

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FRIDAY MAY 22

SOLD OUT – A1 – 6:00 AM – BIRDING THE 45TH PARALLEL – Michael Carlson

Bruce Road 9 is known as the 45th Parallel Road.  Michael will explore the Bruce Peninsula from the Lake Huron to the Georgian Bay coast; concentrating on birding opportunities found near this latitude.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A2 – 6:30 AM – LOVING LAGOONS IN LOWER BRUCE – Judith King

Explore the Ripley and Kincardine lagoons, and then continue up the shore of Lake Huron.  The emphasis will be on warblers, with as many as 20 species possible at the lagoons.  Pockets of migrating warblers may be found along the shore.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A3 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING INVERHURON & SURROUNDING AREA – Marshall Byle

During this birding adventure we will stop at various habitats along the shoreline to Inverhuron Provincial Park including the Tiverton lagoons.  In the park explore the ancient dunes, riverbanks and varied forest types.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A4 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Mike Burrell

Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots around the edge of MacGregor Point.  We will rack up a surprising list without going too far.  Several warbler species, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak as well as a few grassland species are all possibilities.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A5 – 7:30 AM – BIRDS OF WOODLAND, WETLAND & FOREST EDGE: TOWER TRAIL – Justin Peter

Diverse habitat along the Tower Trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes.  Justin will help us find these birds using his fine-tuned hearing skills, and will share tips for the interpretation of bird behaviour.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A6 – 1:30 AM – BIRDING OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL SOUTH – Mike Burrell

Join Mike for a leisurely walk in search of songbirds, waterbirds and probably a few reptiles and amphibians.  There will be a special stop on the new boardwalk at Watersnake pond.  (easy – limit 20)

A7 – 1:30 PM – NATURE RAMBLE – TOWER TRAIL – Terry Crabe

Ramble along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland.  This event is geared for a wide level of birders who simply want to enjoy the MacGregor Point landscape.  There is always an abundance of species to discover along this trail.  (easy – limit 20)

SOLD OUT /WAITLIST- A8 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHING THE MacGREGOR POINT SHORELINE – Kerry Jarvis

This photography workshop will explore various areas of the park shoreline.  Join Kerry as he shares photographic tips and techniques used to capture the beauty of MacGregor Point.  Open to all skill levels.  Tripods are recommended.  (easy, car-pool, bring compact and/or digital SLR – limit 12)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A9 – 7:15 PM – TIPS & TECHNIQUES ON WATERFOWL IDENTIFICATION – Fred Jazvac

Headaches caused by difficult waterfowl identification can’t be solved with aspirin.  Fred will present tips and techniques that can be used to deal with the complications that waterfowl present to the birder.  (indoors – limit 60)

SATURDAY MAY 23

A10 – 6:00 AM – CAPE CROKER – FROM BLUFFS TO SHORES – Joy Albrecht

Explore the seldom-birded Cape Croker peninsula with its abandoned fields, Georgian Bay shoreline and wetlands.  As a special added treat we will visit the bird rich woodlands of Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve.  (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A11 – 6:30 AM – HURON SHORE TO MALCOLM BLUFFS – Mike Burrell

We’ll cover all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds.  You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity.  We may even find a Cerulean Warbler on territory.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A12 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Todd Pepper

The southern Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of landform features found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment.  Wetlands and lakes, hardwood forests, fields and hedgerows all provide varied habitats for you to discover.  Participants will benefit from Todd’s knowledge of birdsong and breeding bird behaviour.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A13 – 6:00 AM -BIRDING BY EAR – Michael Carlson

Do you have difficulty remembering songs/calls and which birds make them, no matter how often you have heard them?  Michael is a natural at mnemonics.  This field workshop will give you tools that you can use to solve the mysteries of birdsong.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A14 – 6:00 AM – SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER – Mark Wiercinski

In nature, spring is all about sex and Mark is the right one to make sure you know what it’s all about.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A15 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Justin Peter

Join Justin as he explores old fields, edge habitat and abandoned orchards.  As we travel around the edges of MacGregor Point, we will employ the soundscape (birdsong) to help us find birds most effectively.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A16 – 8:00 AM – BIRDING THE EDGE – Terry Crabe

Bird the Lake Huron shoreline on a leisurely walk along the Old Shore Road Trail.  We will walk through a variety of habitats that should enable us to view a variety of birds.  (easy – limit 20)

11:00 AM – EAGLE OPTICS – During the lunch break Eagle Optics will have binoculars and telescopes on display and for sale.

A17 – 1:30 PM – Keeping the Birds & the Bees on the Farm – Art Wiebe & Janice McKean

You will see both wetland and grassland birds on the farm that Art and Janice manage.  They will point out farming practices that enhance wildlife habitat as you walk the trails around their ponds and pastures.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A18 – 1:30 PM – A LOT TO NATURALIZE: HOW TO ATTRACT CRITTERS TO YOUR YARD – Kerry Jarvis

Interested in turning your yard into a natural wildlife paradise?  Not sure what are the best plants, shrubs and trees to attract critters?  Join Kerry as he showcases his recently converted property, “Casita de Mariposa”.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A19 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby.  You will observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face, and how local involvement has helped this species recover.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A20 – 1:30 PM – Being a Bluebird Landlord – Dennis & Gwen LewingtonBluebirds are cavity nesters and natural cavities are not very abundant.  Dennis and Gwen will take you on their “Bluebird Trail” which they have been maintaining and monitoring for over 32 years.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A21- 4:30 PM – SOCIAL – 5:30 PM – BANQUET & PRESENTATION – LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US – Doug Tozer

The Common Loon is a popular indicator of the state of the environment.  This presentation will overview revolutionary discoveries of how loons survive and reproduce and whether human activities are negatively influencing the loon’s unique way of life.  (St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Southampton, Chicken Buffet, Harrigan’s Catering) (Early Bird price – $35 extra per person.  After April 15 or for banquet/presentation only – $45 extra per person) Casual, bar available, pre-registration required, silent auction. Contact registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions.  (limit 90)

SUNDAY MAY 24

A22 – 6:00 AM – A BIG DAY ON THE BRUCE – Michael Carlson

Are you a ‘lister’?  Do you ‘tick’?  From warblers just after dawn to Whip-poor-will at dusk, you will keep tallying up your numbers.  Your day’s list could be over 100 species.  Michael found a Kirkland’s Warbler in 2014 and plans to revisit that spot.  (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A23- 6:30 AM – FLOWERPOT ISLAND – A REMOTE GEORGIAN BAY HABITAT – Don Wilkes

An exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park.  Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching.  If Lake Huron is too rough, a “Tip of the Bruce” tour will be a worthy … no amazing …substitute!  (difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch – $40 extra per person – limit 22)

A24 – 8:00 AM – INVERHURON – BIRDING & BOTANY HIKE – Scott Taylor

Inverhuron Provincial Park may be small, but the diversity of habitat and its shoreline location make it an excellent place to look for migrating songbirds and unique plants.  Join us for a day-long exploration of the forest and shoreline habitats.  (easy, car-pool –  limit 20)

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A25 – 6:00 AM – WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS – Mark Wiercinski

Warblers are very annoying to identify!  They move around a lot and hide behind the most inconvenient leaves and branches.  Mark’s humour and tips about habitat and sounds will definitely keep you interested.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A26 – 7:00 AM – AROUND THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR – Ken Burrell

Birding enthusiast and expert Ken will lead us around the periphery of MacGregor Point.  We will look for Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and many other bird species.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A27 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE J/I LINE – Todd Pepper

Grasslands are in decline and grassland bird species are in jeopardy.  Bruce County provides a community pasture where Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured sparrows can still be found.  Todd’s experience and hearing skills make him an excellent choice to take you on this driving tour.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A28 – 8:00 AM – UP WITH THE BIRDS – Doug Martin

This hike has been a tradition since before the beginning of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival –a morning walk along the Tower Trail to the Viewing Tower.  Past experience on this hike has resulted in a species list that will rival many other events.  Can we do it again? (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A29 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby.  You will observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face.  You will find out how local involvement has helped this species recover. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A30 – 1:30 PM – TREE IDENTIFICATION USING LEAVES & NEEDLES – Jim ColesWe will identify the conifers and the hardwoods in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre by leaf and needle characteristics.  The use of botanical keys will help differentiate between species. (easy – limit 20)

A31 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’KeefeWe will visit O’Keefe Grange, a heritage apple and pear farm.  Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing these fruit trees.  These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion as you browse their farm store and taste apple cider donuts.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A32 – 1:30 PM – DOWN & DIRTY – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – Doug Pedwell

Participants will explore, through photography, the wildflowers growing along the Old Shore Road Trail.  All types of cameras welcome.  Be prepared to get down and dirty.  (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 15)

A33 – 1:30 PM – NATURE SKETCHING & JOURNALING – Sarah Rupert

Nature journaling documents your adventures and helps you to hone your observation skills.  Everyone can keep a nature journal, even if you think you can’t draw.  Sarah will show you some easy tricks to start sketching and really observing nature in the field.  (easy, bring pencil & notebook – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A34 – 7:15 PM – WARBLERS – Sarah Rupert

Warbler identification in the field is often obscured by brief and obstructed views.  Sarah will talk about the identification features that are often missed and how we can enhance our observations.  (indoors -limit 60) 

MONDAY MAY 25

A35 – 6:00 AM – HOTSPOTS OF THE LOWER BRUCE – Alfred Raab

Habitats will be varied on this outing.  We will visit Sauble Beach for a chance to see Piping Plovers; inland lakes including Boat, Isaac and Sky lakes; grasslands around Ferndale and Black Creek Provincial Park.  Alfred is a favourite leader for local birding outings.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A36 – 6:30 AM – CABOT HEAD – A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT – Rod Steinacher

This driving tour will take us to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO), the Bruce Alvar Nature Reserve, and a nearby Nature Conservancy property.  Rod is a retired science teacher and President of the BPBO.  He is always eager to share his expertise.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A37 – 8:00 AM – THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton

Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book “The Bruce Beckons”.  You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A38 – 6:00 AM – BRANT TRACT, PAISLEY & BLIND LINE – Judith King

Explore the Brant Tract with its mixed woods and stream by travelling along an old road to the bottom of the valley.  Paisley will showcase bird feeders and several species of swallows.  The Blind Line parallels the Saugeen River and passes through fields and mixed forest.  (easy, car-pool, bring water – limit 20)

A39 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR – Scott Taylor

A late spring walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland is sure to turn up migrants.  Join Scott to hear about the importance of wetlands for migrating birds.  You will also identify some of these spring beauties.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – A40 – 1:30 PM – FUN FROG FROLIC: OBSERVING FROGS AT MacGREGOR POINT – Kerry Jarvis

Searching for frogs in the park can be a lot of fun!  Join Kerry as he looks and listens for several species of frogs, and of course the American Toad.  If you have them, bring close-up binoculars and camera.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A41 – 1:30 PM – BIRDING & EBIRD ENTRY – Mike Burrell

Grab your binoculars AND your notebooks.  We’ll go for a short walk to find some birds around the Visitor Centre.  Then Mike will introduce you to eBird.  You’ll find out how easy it is to contribute your everyday bird observations to this massive citizen science project.  (easy – limit 20) 

A42 – 1:30 PM – BOTANY ON THE FRINGE – Laura Cook

The Huron Fringe is made up of wave-cut terraces, gravel bars and sand dunes found adjacent to the Lake Huron shoreline.  Within MacGregor Point, this habitat contains unique shoreline plants including Dwarf Lake Iris.  Laura will introduce you to these plants and more.  (easy – limit 20)

A43 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO’S TRUE NORTH – Mike Burrell

Over the past several years Mike has had the chance to visit Ontario’s little known north coast at sites on James and Hudson bays.  Come on this visual journey about these amazing landscapes.  You will learn about the plants, animals and habitats that are found there.  (indoors – limit 60)

SECOND WEEKEND – THURSDAY MAY 28

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B1 – 6:30 AM – BACK ROADS OF SAUGEEN TOWNSHIP – James Turland

The back roads offer relaxed touring and good birding.  We will visit the Saugeen River, Lake Huron shoreline and numerous trails around the township.  (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B2 – 7:30 AM – GEOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA – Bob Gray

Join Bob in exploring the unique geology of the Bruce Peninsula and Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B3 – 9:00 AM – BUTTERFLY WORKSHOP – Audrey Armstrong

This workshop will teach you how to nurture butterfly populations by learning about their lifecycle, threats to the monarch population and how to create monarch friendly habitat including growing your own butterfly garden.  There will be a slide show in the morning.  The afternoon will be outdoors looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B4 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE SAUGEEN AMPHITHEATRE – Joy Albrecht

The beautiful amphitheatre gardens high above the Saugeen River will be the setting for this hike.  Stone stairways and walkways provide access to locations where we can overlook the river and riparian habitat.  We will be observing spring migrants, nesting species, shorebirds and raptors.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B5 – 8:30 AM – BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS – Doug Pedwell

This event is designed for those who wish to know about the world’s number one hobby – Birding.  Topics include binoculars, field guides and identification marks of birds.  There will be a short indoor session and a bird hike.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B6- 1:30 PM – BOTANY OF THE FRINGE – Barbara Palmer

The Huron Fringe is a physiographic unit between the former glacial Lake Algonquin shoreline and the present day Lake Huron shoreline.  Former cobble beach ridges, swales and ancient miniature dunes each provide their own combination of plants.  Barbara will help you identify them.  (easy – limit 12)

B7 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby.  You will observe their courtship as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face.  You will find out how local involvement has helped this species recover.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B8 – 7:15 PM – THE WONDERS OF BIRD MIGRATION – Dave Brewer

Dave gets lost in Toronto but Bobolinks navigate to Argentina.  Are they smarter than Dave?  Dave’s talk about bird migration will emphasize their navigation.  He will look at historical interpretations and recent techniques including satellite tracking and geolocators.  (indoors – limit 60)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B9 – 7:45 PM – SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Willy Waterton

Most people go inside after the sun sets.  This is when some of the most stunning light occurs.  This workshop will give you tips on taking images of the setting sun and twilight using cameras from smart phones to DSLRs.  If you have a tripod bring it along.  (easy, bring camera or smart phone – limit 10)

FRIDAY MAY 29

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B10 – 6:30 AM – MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER – Alfred Raab

Birding in a variety of habitats within the Malcolm Bluffs Nature Reserve and Cape Croker Peninsula.  The cliffs above the shoreline provide spectacular vistas.  (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B11 – 7:00 AM – PASTURES, STREAMS & WOODLOTS – James Turland

Pasturelands in Bruce County are home to a number of grassland species, some of which are species at risk.  This driving tour will take you through varied habitat.  The result will be an extensive birding list for the day.  James is a favourite festival leader.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

 B12 – 8:30 AM – LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY – Kerry Jarvis

Grey and Bruce counties beckon all photographers to capture their raw beauty.  Kerry will help you learn techniques which will enhance your landscape photography skills as you discover some of the majestic vistas in Grey Bruce.  Tripods recommended.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch, compact or digital SLR – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B13 – 7:30 AM – TOWER TRAIL – Joy Albrecht

Join Joy as she leads you along the Tower Trail, a favourite spot for local birders.  You will see bird species that will nest in the boreal forest and you will spend some time on an observation tower and bird blind.  (easy – limit 20)

B14 -1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre.  Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!)  (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B15 – 1:30 PM – DRAGONS & DAMSELS – John Reaume

We will search for the ultimate insect predators – damselflies and dragonflies.  The biology of these “toothed ones” and their proper handling techniques will be discussed.  Should the weather not cooperate we will have an indoor presentation / slide show.  Bring binoculars and butterfly nets if you have them.  (easy – limit 12) 

B16 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPES & NATURE WALK – Fran Sanagan

Fran will facilitate this hands-on workshop.  Participants will learn how careful observations of the environment around them will improve their photos of nature and landscapes.  Bring tripod if you have one.  (easy, bring camera – limit 15)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B17 – 7:15 PM – BIRDING BY EAR – John Reaume

This presentation will review tips used to study and identify birdsong.  Using a technique popularized by the Peterson Field Guide’s Birding by Ear series, we will learn many of the common songs heard in the spring chorus.  (indoors – limit 60)

SATURDAY MAY 30

B18 – 6:30 AM – WINGED PURSUITS – HUNTING BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES – Nathan Miller

Join Nathan as he pursues the winged jewels of MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce County.  We will focus on finding birds during the morning and insects as the day warms up; although all of these creatures will be discussed as they are found!  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B19 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING THE INLAND LAKES – Mike Cadman

Several inland lakes located between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay serve as a bird migration route for safe passage between these two large bodies of water.  Mike is a songbird biologist and will share his knowledge of songbirds and their habitats.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B20 – 8:00 AM – WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT – Brett Woodman

Brett will introduce you to natural areas along the escarpment where hunting for ferns will also lead you to a variety of interesting habitats.  His birding and wildflower identification skills will help to enhance this all day field trip.  (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B21 – 6:30 AM – GRASSLAND BIRDS OF THE J/I LINE – SPECIES AT RISK – Mark Peck

Pastureland along the J/I Line makes it possible to find Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Meadowlark, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured Sparrow.  Join Mark to have great looks at these and other grassland specialties.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B22 – 8:00 PM – BIRDING THE OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL – Bill Crins

The Lake Huron shoreline as well as fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk north from the Visitor Centre.  Bill is an active birder and naturalist.  We always benefit from his experience as an interpretive naturalist.  (easy – limit 20)

B23 – 9:00 AM – SCOPING IT OUT – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

It’s more than just identifying what you see.  We will focus on how birds and bugs interact with each other.  But don’t expect to cover a lot of distance because there’s soo… much to see right at your feet and above your head!  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B24 – 1:30 PM – PUZZLED BY SEDGES? – Bill Crins

“Sedges have edges, rushes are round and grasses are hollow right up from the ground.”  Bill will provide you with tips about how to identify sedges and open your eyes to a whole new world on the forest floor.  (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B25 – 1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre.  Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!)  (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B26 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’Keefe

Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing over two hundred varieties of apple and pear trees.  These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B27 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LOOKING AT MacGREGOR CLOSE UP – Fran Sanagan

Fran will be facilitating this hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to look at nature close up, through a macro setting or lens.  Bring a tripod if you have one.  (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 20)

B28 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – BRUCE COUNTY BEEF DINNER – Harrigan’s Catering, Southampton

MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Additional charge of $17.  Dinner combined with B29 as a single event, $23.  (Pre-registration required – limit 60)

B29 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO NEST RECORD SCHEME & PROJECT NESTWATCH – Mark Peck

Join Mark as he discusses the metamorphosis of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme into Project NestWatch and learn how as a citizen scientist you can both learn and have fun providing valuable information to conservation initiatives.  (indoors – limit 60)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B30 – 9:15 PM – AN EVENING OF ASTRONOMY – WHAT’S UP IN THE NIGHT SKY FOR 2015 – John Hlynialuk

During an indoor astronomy talk, John will look at sky events for 2015.  Outdoors, weather permitting; members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will make available their telescopes for viewing the night sky.  (indoors/outdoors – limit 30)

SUNDAY MAY 31

B31 – 6:30 AM – DEBATING THE ISSUES – BIRDING BAYVIEW TO BOGNOR – Mark Wiercinski

Invasive species, forest fragmentation, hedgerow removal and wetland modifications are all happening at unparalleled speeds in southern Ontario.  On this walking / driving tour Mark will talk about issues that are affecting the bird populations in Ontario.  (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B32 – 8:00 AM – BIRDS & BEACHES: HOW DO OUR BEACHES LOOK FROM THE SKY? – Karen Alexander

During this shoreline tour of varied coastal areas, Karen will describe how different types of beach stewardship can influence the health and quality of coastal ecosystems.  (easy, car-pool, bring lunch -limit 20)

6:00 am to noon  – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST- B33 – 7:00 AM – BEYOND ID – FOREST BIRD MONITORING – Mike Cadman

You will visit several active monitoring stations along the Lake Ridge Trail where Mike will demonstrate the field protocol for conducting the Forest Bird Survey.  Mike likes to go “beyond ID” by providing tidbits about signs of breeding birds.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT/WAITLIST – B34 – 8:00 AM – BEYOND ID – NEST FINDING – Mark Peck

On a leisurely walk in the park, you will take your love of birding to the next level.  Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while improving their observation skills and learning about the behaviour of breeding birds.  (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B35 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments.  (outdoors)

B36 – 1:30 PM – BEYOND ID – SHRUBS & TREES – Bob Gray

Bob will help you use identifying features, including bark characteristics and leaf shape, to identify trees and shrubs found in a variety of habitats within the park.  (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B37 – 8:00 PM – SUNSET WALK – Doug Pedwell

Join Doug for a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a late May evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park.  (easy – limit 20)

FAMILY WEEKEND

One parent/guardian must accompany children from the same family.  This person is allowed to participate in the event free of charge.  See the website for parent/guardian registration details.

SATURDAY MAY 30

Morning

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

FAM1 – 9:00 AM – BIRDING 101 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell

Birding is a family-friendly hobby.  Doug will talk about the equipment needed; how to recognize family friendly field guides and, of course, how to identify birds.  (limit 40)

FAM2- 1:30 PM – AFTERNOON ADVENTURES  (Children will be divided into two groups.  Each child will attend both afternoon programs – limit 40)

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Time to go on an outdoor adventure!  With Bino Boy’s binocular vision and Elytra Girl’s power of magnifying, we’ll be out to discover all that can be found in an exciting, entertaining way!

AND

CHICKADEE NEST BOXES – Kerry Jarvis

Build a chickadee nest box.  No carpentry skills are required.  Participants will assemble their own boxes.  Imagine the thrill of seeing a Black-capped Chickadee choose your nest box to raise its family!  (Chickadee nest box kit – $10 extra per child)

FAM3 – 7:15 PM – DOWN WITH DR. ENTO – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Matt Cunliffe

Fascinated by the insect world?  You can learn more about these incredible creepy crawlers from world renowned Dr. Ento…Mologist, through songs, games and trivia… 6 legs, 3 body parts, 1 campfire

SUNDAY MAY 31

FAM4 – 9:00 AM – MORNING EXPLORATIONS  (Children will be divided into two groups.  Each child will attend both morning programs.) (limit 40)

POND EXPLORATION – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Join Richard and Andalynne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home.  Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often-unseen animals that live in pond water.

AND

BIRDING 102 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell

This hike will take place at the Duck’s Unlimited wetland where we will use the bird blind and the tower to see what is in the wetlands.  (car required)

FAM5 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments.  (outdoors)

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The complete schedule is also available at:  www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

2015 FESTIVAL FEES

INDIVIDUAL: 8 Day Festival  $140     4 Day Weekend  $100     Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend  $75

STUDENT:      8 Day Festival  $85       4 Day Weekend  $60     Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend  $45

CHILD:*          8 Day Festival  $55      4 Day Weekend  $40     Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend  $30

* 5 – 12 accompanied by an adult

SINGLE EVENT FEES: Please Note: Single Event Fees Only Apply if you are NOT Purchasing a Festival, 4 Day Weekend, Saturday & Sunday or Family Weekend Pass.

HALF DAY EVENT:  Individual $20 / Student $15 / Child $9

EVENING EVENT:  Individual $10 / Student $10 / Child $8

ALL DAY EVENT:  Individual $40 / Student $30 / Child $18

All additional fees are listed per event / Fees include Park entrance fee.

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival uses online registration and payment at http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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Detailed refund information is available on the website.

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For the second year in a row the Huron Fringe Birding Festival has been selected by Festival and Events Ontario as one of the top 100 Festivals in the province of Ontario! We are happy and proud of this distinction. Even more proud of everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. We thank our committee, our volunteers and especially all of you who join us each year for all the Festival has to offer.

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Our Schedule of Event listed below might appear different than normal. That’s because we have not included those events (26 if them) that are sold out. The Events listed are open for registration. Some are close to full though, so register sooner rather than later.

Registration NOW open at: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

FRIDAY MAY 22

 A2 – 6:30 AM – LOVING LAGOONS IN LOWER BRUCE – Judith King

Explore the Ripley and Kincardine lagoons, and then continue up the shore of Lake Huron. The emphasis will be on warblers, with as many as 20 species possible at the lagoons. Pockets of migrating warblers may be found along the shore. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A3 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING INVERHURON & SURROUNDING AREA – Marshall Byle

During this birding adventure we will stop at various habitats along the shoreline to Inverhuron Provincial Park including the Tiverton lagoons. In the park explore the ancient dunes, riverbanks and varied forest types. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A4 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Mike Burrell

Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots around the edge of MacGregor Point. We will rack up a surprising list without going too far. Several warbler species, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak as well as a few grassland species are all possibilities. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A5 – 7:30 AM – BIRDS OF WOODLAND, WETLAND & FOREST EDGE: TOWER TRAIL – Justin Peter

Diverse habitat along the Tower Trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes. Justin will help us find these birds using his fine-tuned hearing skills, and will share tips for the interpretation of bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A7 – 1:30 PM – NATURE RAMBLE – TOWER TRAIL – Terry Crabe

Ramble along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. This event is geared for a wide level of birders who simply want to enjoy the MacGregor Point landscape. There is always an abundance of species to discover along this trail. (easy – limit 20)

SATURDAY MAY 23

A10 – 6:00 AM – CAPE CROKER – FROM BLUFFS TO SHORES – Joy Albrecht

Explore the seldom-birded Cape Croker peninsula with its abandoned fields, Georgian Bay shoreline and wetlands. As a special added treat we will visit the bird rich woodlands of Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A11 – 6:30 AM – HURON SHORE TO MALCOLM BLUFFS – Mike Burrell

We’ll cover all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity. We may even find a Cerulean Warbler on territory. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A12 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Todd Pepper

The southern Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of landform features found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment. Wetlands and lakes, hardwood forests, fields and hedgerows all provide varied habitats for you to discover. Participants will benefit from Todd’s knowledge of birdsong and breeding bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

A16 – 8:00 AM – BIRDING THE EDGE – Terry Crabe

Bird the Lake Huron shoreline on a leisurely walk along the Old Shore Road Trail. We will walk through a variety of habitats that should enable us to view a variety of birds. (easy – limit 20)

11:00 AM – EAGLE OPTICS – During the lunch break Eagle Optics will have binoculars and telescopes on display and for sale.

A17 – 1:30 PM – Keeping the Birds & the Bees on the Farm – Art Wiebe & Janice McKean

You will see both wetland and grassland birds on the farm that Art and Janice manage. They will point out farming practices that enhance wildlife habitat as you walk the trails around their ponds and pastures. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A21- 4:30 PM – SOCIAL – 5:30 PM – BANQUET & PRESENTATION – LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US – Doug Tozer

The Common Loon is a popular indicator of the state of the environment. This presentation will overview revolutionary discoveries of how loons survive and reproduce and whether human activities are negatively influencing the loon’s unique way of life. (St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Southampton, Chicken Buffet, Harrigan’s Catering) (Early Bird price $35 extra per person. After April 15 or for banquet/presentation only $45 extra per person) Casual, bar available, pre-registration required, silent auction. Contact registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions. (limit 90)

SUNDAY MAY 24

A22 – 6:00 AM – A BIG DAY ON THE BRUCE – Michael Carlson

Are you a ‘lister’? Do you ‘tick’? From warblers just after dawn to Whip-poor-will at dusk, you will keep tallying up your numbers. Your day’s list could be over 100 species. Michael found a Kirkland’s Warbler in 2014 and plans to revisit that spot. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A23- 6:30 AM – FLOWERPOT ISLAND – A REMOTE GEORGIAN BAY HABITAT – Don Wilkes

An exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching. If Lake Huron is too rough, a “Tip of the Bruce” tour will be a worthy … no amazing …substitute! (difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch – $40 extra per personlimit 22)

A24 – 8:00 AM – INVERHURON – BIRDING & BOTANY HIKE – Scott Taylor

Inverhuron Provincial Park may be small, but the diversity of habitat and its shoreline location make it an excellent place to look for migrating songbirds and unique plants. Join us for a day-long exploration of the forest and shoreline habitats. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

A26 – 7:00 AM – AROUND THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR – Ken Burrell

Birding enthusiast and expert Ken will lead us around the periphery of MacGregor Point. We will look for Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and many other bird species. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A27 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE J/I LINE – Todd Pepper

Grasslands are in decline and grassland bird species are in jeopardy. Bruce County provides a community pasture where Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured sparrows can still be found. Todd’s experience and hearing skills make him an excellent choice to take you on this driving tour. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A28 – 8:00 AM – UP WITH THE BIRDS – Doug Martin

This hike has been a tradition since before the beginning of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival –a morning walk along the Tower Trail to the Viewing Tower. Past experience on this hike has resulted in a species list that will rival many other events. Can we do it again? (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A30 – 1:30 PM – TREE IDENTIFICATION USING LEAVES & NEEDLES – Jim Coles

We will identify the conifers and the hardwoods in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre by leaf and needle characteristics. The use of botanical keys will help differentiate between species. (easy – limit 20)

A31 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’Keefe

We will visit O’Keefe Grange, a heritage apple and pear farm. Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing these fruit trees. These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion as you browse their farm store and taste apple cider donuts. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A32 – 1:30 PM – DOWN & DIRTY – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – Doug Pedwell

Participants will explore, through photography, the wildflowers growing along the Old Shore Road Trail. All types of cameras welcome. Be prepared to get down and dirty. (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 15)

A33 – 1:30 PM – NATURE SKETCHING & JOURNALING – Sarah Rupert

Nature journaling documents your adventures and helps you to hone your observation skills. Everyone can keep a nature journal, even if you think you can’t draw. Sarah will show you some easy tricks to start sketching and really observing nature in the field. (easy, bring pencil & notebook – limit 20)

MONDAY MAY 25

A35 – 6:00 AM – HOTSPOTS OF THE LOWER BRUCE – Alfred Raab

Habitats will be varied on this outing. We will visit Sauble Beach for a chance to see Piping Plovers; inland lakes including Boat, Isaac and Sky lakes; grasslands around Ferndale and Black Creek Provincial Park. Alfred is a favourite leader for local birding outings. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A36 – 6:30 AM – CABOT HEAD – A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT – Rod Steinacher

This driving tour will take us to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO), the Bruce Alvar Nature Reserve, and a nearby Nature Conservancy property. Rod is a retired science teacher and President of the BPBO.  He is always eager to share his expertise. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A37 – 8:00 AM – THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton

Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book “The Bruce Beckons”. You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A38 – 6:00 AM – BRANT TRACT, PAISLEY & BLIND LINE – Judith King

Explore the Brant Tract with its mixed woods and stream by travelling along an old road to the bottom of the valley. Paisley will showcase bird feeders and several species of swallows. The Blind Line parallels the Saugeen River and passes through fields and mixed forest. (easy, car-pool, bring waterlimit 20)

A39 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR – Scott Taylor

A late spring walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland is sure to turn up migrants. Join Scott to hear about the importance of wetlands for migrating birds. You will also identify some of these spring beauties. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A41 – 1:30 PM – BIRDING & EBIRD ENTRY – Mike Burrell

Grab your binoculars AND your notebooks. We’ll go for a short walk to find some birds around the Visitor Centre. Then Mike will introduce you to eBird. You’ll find out how easy it is to contribute your everyday bird observations to this massive citizen science project. (easy – limit 20)

A42 – 1:30 PM – BOTANY ON THE FRINGE – Laura Cook

The Huron Fringe is made up of wave-cut terraces, gravel bars and sand dunes found adjacent to the Lake Huron shoreline. Within MacGregor Point, this habitat contains unique shoreline plants including Dwarf Lake Iris. Laura will introduce you to these plants and more. (easy – limit 20

A43 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO’S TRUE NORTH – Mike Burrell

Over the past several years Mike has had the chance to visit Ontario’s little known north coast at sites on James and Hudson bays. Come on this visual journey about these amazing landscapes. You will learn

about the plants, animals and habitats that are found there. (indoors – limit 60)

THURSDAY MAY 28

B2 – 7:30 AM – GEOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA – Bob Gray

Join Bob in exploring the unique geology of the Bruce Peninsula and Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B3 – 9:00 AM – BUTTERFLY WORKSHOP – Audrey Armstrong

This workshop will teach you how to nurture butterfly populations by learning about their lifecycle, threats to the monarch population and how to create monarch friendly habitat including growing your own butterfly garden. There will be a slide show in the morning. The afternoon will be outdoors looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B4 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE SAUGEEN AMPHITHEATRE – Joy Albrecht

The beautiful amphitheatre gardens high above the Saugeen River will be the setting for this hike. Stone stairways and walkways provide access to locations where we can overlook the river and riparian habitat. We will be observing spring migrants, nesting species, shorebirds and raptors. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B5 – 8:30 AM – BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS – Doug Pedwell

This event is designed for those who wish to know about the world’s number one hobby – Birding. Topics include binoculars, field guides and identification marks of birds. There will be a short indoor session and a bird hike. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B6- 1:30 PM – BOTANY OF THE FRINGE – Barbara Palmer

The Huron Fringe is a physiographic unit between the former glacial Lake Algonquin shoreline and the present day Lake Huron shoreline. Former cobble beach ridges, swales and ancient miniature dunes each provide their own combination of plants. Barbara will help you identify them. (easy – limit 12)

B7 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby. You will observe their courtship as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face. You will find out how local involvement has helped this species recover. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B8 – 7:15 PM – THE WONDERS OF BIRD MIGRATION – Dave Brewer

Dave gets lost in Toronto but Bobolinks navigate to Argentina. Are they smarter than Dave? Dave’s talk about bird migration will emphasize their navigation. He will look at historical interpretations and recent techniques including satellite tracking and geolocators. (indoors – limit 60)

FRIDAY MAY 29

B12 – 8:30 AM – LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY – Kerry Jarvis

Grey and Bruce counties beckon all photographers to capture their raw beauty. Kerry will help you learn techniques which will enhance your landscape photography skills as you discover some of the majestic vistas in Grey Bruce. Tripods recommended. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch, compact or digital SLR – limit 20)

B14 -1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre. Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!) (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B16 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPES & NATURE WALK – Fran Sanagan

Fran will facilitate this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how careful observations of the environment around them will improve their photos of nature and landscapes. Bring tripod if you have one. (easy, bring camera – limit 15)

SATURDAY MAY 30

B18 – 6:30 AM – WINGED PURSUITS – HUNTING BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES – Nathan Miller

Join Nathan as he pursues the winged jewels of MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce County. We will focus on finding birds during the morning and insects as the day warms up; although all of these creatures will be discussed as they are found! (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B20 – 8:00 AM – WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT – Brett Woodman

Brett will introduce you to natural areas along the escarpment where hunting for ferns will also lead you to a variety of interesting habitats. His birding and wildflower identification skills will help to enhance this all day field trip. (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

B22 – 8:00 PM – BIRDING THE OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL – Bill Crins

The Lake Huron shoreline as well as fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk north from the Visitor Centre. Bill is an active birder and naturalist. We always benefit from his experience as an interpretive naturalist. (easy – limit 20)

B23 – 9:00 AM – SCOPING IT OUT – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

It’s more than just identifying what you see. We will focus on how birds and bugs interact with each other. But don’t expect to cover a lot of distance because there’s soo… much to see right at your feet and above your head! (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B24 – 1:30 PM – PUZZLED BY SEDGES? – Bill Crins

“Sedges have edges, rushes are round and grasses are hollow right up from the ground.” Bill will provide you with tips about how to identify sedges and open your eyes to a whole new world on the forest floor. (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B25 – 1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre. Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!) (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B26 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’Keefe

Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing over two hundred varieties of apple and pear trees. These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B27 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LOOKING AT MacGREGOR CLOSE UP – Fran Sanagan

Fran will be facilitating this hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to look at nature close up, through a macro setting or lens. Bring a tripod if you have one. (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 20)

B28 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – BRUCE COUNTY BEEF DINNER – Harrigan’s Catering, Southampton

MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Additional charge of $17. Dinner combined with B29 as a single event, $23. (Pre-registration required – limit 60)

B29 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO NEST RECORD SCHEME & PROJECT NESTWATCH – Mark Peck

Join Mark as he discusses the metamorphosis of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme into Project NestWatch and learn how as a citizen scientist you can both learn and have fun providing valuable information to conservation initiatives. (indoors – limit 60)

SUNDAY MAY 31

B31 – 6:30 AM – DEBATING THE ISSUES – BIRDING BAYVIEW TO BOGNOR – Mark Wiercinski

Invasive species, forest fragmentation, hedgerow removal and wetland modifications are all happening at unparalleled speeds in southern Ontario. On this walking / driving tour Mark will talk about issues that are affecting the bird populations in Ontario. (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B32 – 8:00 AM – BIRDS & BEACHES: HOW DO OUR BEACHES LOOK FROM THE SKY? – Karen Alexander

During this shoreline tour of varied coastal areas, Karen will describe how different types of beach stewardship can influence the health and quality of coastal ecosystems. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch -limit 20)

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

B35 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments. (outdoors)

B36 – 1:30 PM – BEYOND ID – SHRUBS & TREES – Bob Gray

Bob will help you use identifying features, including bark characteristics and leaf shape, to identify trees and shrubs found in a variety of habitats within the park. (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B37 – 8:00 PM – SUNSET WALK – Doug Pedwell

Join Doug for a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a late May evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park. (easy – limit 20)

FAMILY WEEKEND

One parent/guardian must accompany children from the same family. This person is allowed to participate in the event free of charge. See the website for parent/guardian registration details.

SATURDAY MAY 30

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

sFAM1 – 9:00 AM – BIRDING 101 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell Birding is a family-friendly hobby. Doug will talk about the equipment needed; how to recognize family friendly field guides and, of course, how to identify birds. (limit 40)

FAM2- 1:30 PM – AFTERNOON ADVENTURES (Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both afternoon programs – limit 40)

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Time to go on an outdoor adventure! With Bino Boy’s binocular vision and Elytra Girl’s power of magnifying, we’ll be out to discover all that can be found in an exciting, entertaining way!

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CHICKADEE NEST BOXES – Kerry Jarvis

Build a chickadee nest box. No carpentry skills are required. Participants will assemble their own boxes. Imagine the thrill of seeing a Black-capped Chickadee choose your nest box to raise its family! (Chickadee nest box kit – $10 extra per child)

FAM3 – 7:15 PM – DOWN WITH DR. ENTO – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Matt Cunliffe

Fascinated by the insect world? You can learn more about these incredible creepy crawlers from world renowned Dr. Ento…Mologist, through songs, games and trivia… 6 legs, 3 body parts, 1 campfire

SUNDAY MAY 31

FAM4 – 9:00 AM – MORNING EXPLORATIONS (Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both morning programs.) (limit 40)

POND EXPLORATION – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Join Richard and Andalynne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home. Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often-unseen animals that live in pond water.

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BIRDING 102 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell

This hike will take place at the Duck’s Unlimited wetland where we will use the bird blind and the tower to see what is in the wetlands. (car required)

FAM5 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments. (outdoors)


The complete schedule is also available at: http://www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

Bruce Edmonds, our itinerant committee member, shot these Snow Geese northward bound in Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, near Carlyle Illinois, a little east of St. Louis Missouri.

Bruce Edmonds, our itinerant committee member, shot these Snow Geese northward bound in Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, near Carlyle Illinois, a little east of St. Louis Missouri.

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THE MIGRATION IS ON!

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS LIZ ADDISON AND BRUCE EDMUNDS HAVE BEEN DOWN SOUTH ON A BIRDING ADVENTURE. THEY’RE HEADING HOME AND THIS IS THEIR REPORT.Bruce FB

Registration is open at: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

HFBF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – FIRST WEEKEND

FRIDAY MAY 22

All Day

SOLD OUT – A1 – 6:00 AM – BIRDING THE 45TH PARALLEL – Michael Carlson

Bruce Road 9 is known as the 45th Parallel Road. Michael will explore the Bruce Peninsula from the Lake Huron to the Georgian Bay coast; concentrating on birding opportunities found near this latitude. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A2 – 6:30 AM – LOVING LAGOONS IN LOWER BRUCE – Judith King

Explore the Ripley and Kincardine lagoons, and then continue up the shore of Lake Huron. The emphasis will be on warblers, with as many as 20 species possible at the lagoons. Pockets of migrating warblers may be found along the shore. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A3 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING INVERHURON & SURROUNDING AREA – Marshall Byle

During this birding adventure we will stop at various habitats along the shoreline to Inverhuron Provincial Park including the Tiverton lagoons. In the park explore the ancient dunes, riverbanks and varied forest types. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

Morning

A4 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Mike Burrell

Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots around the edge of MacGregor Point. We will rack up a surprising list without going too far. Several warbler species, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak as well as a few grassland species are all possibilities. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A5 – 7:30 AM – BIRDS OF WOODLAND, WETLAND & FOREST EDGE: TOWER TRAIL – Justin Pete

Diverse habitat along the Tower Trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes. Justin will help us find these birds using his fine-tuned hearing skills, and will share tips for the interpretation of bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

SOLD OUT – A6 – 1:30 AM – BIRDING OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL SOUTH – Mike Burrell

Join Mike for a leisurely walk in search of songbirds, waterbirds and probably a few reptiles and amphibians. There will be a special stop on the new boardwalk at Watersnake pond. (easy – limit 20)

A7 – 1:30 PM – NATURE RAMBLE – TOWER TRAIL – Terry Crabe

Ramble along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. This event is geared for a wide level of birders who simply want to enjoy the MacGregor Point landscape. There is always an abundance of species to discover along this trail. (easy – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A8 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHING THE MacGREGOR POINT SHORELINE – Kerry Jarvis

This photography workshop will explore various areas of the park shoreline. Join Kerry as he shares photographic tips and techniques used to capture the beauty of MacGregor Point. Open to all skill levels. Tripods are recommended. (easy, car-pool, bring compact and/or digital SLRlimit 12)

Evening

SOLD OUT – A9 – 7:15 PM – TIPS & TECHNIQUES ON WATERFOWL IDENTIFICATION – Fred Jazvac

Headaches caused by difficult waterfowl identification can’t be solved with aspirin.  Fred will present tips and techniques that can be used to deal with the complications that waterfowl present to the birder. (indoors – limit 60)

SATURDAY MAY 23

All Day

A10 – 6:00 AM – CAPE CROKER – FROM BLUFFS TO SHORES – Joy Albrecht

Explore the seldom-birded Cape Croker peninsula with its abandoned fields, Georgian Bay shoreline and wetlands. As a special added treat we will visit the bird rich woodlands of Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A11 – 6:30 AM – HURON SHORE TO MALCOLM BLUFFS – Mike Burrell

We’ll cover all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity. We may even find a Cerulean Warbler on territory. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A12 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Todd Pepper

The southern Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of landform features found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment. Wetlands and lakes, hardwood forests, fields and hedgerows all provide varied habitats for you to discover. Participants will benefit from Todd’s knowledge of birdsong and breeding bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

Morning

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

SOLD OUT – A13 – 6:00 AM -BIRDING BY EAR – Michael Carlson

Do you have difficulty remembering songs/calls and which birds make them, no matter how often you have heard them? Michael is a natural at mnemonics. This field workshop will give you tools that you can use to solve the mysteries of birdsong. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A14 – 6:00 AM – SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER – Mark Wiercinski

In nature, spring is all about sex and Mark is the right one to make sure you know what it’s all about. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A15 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Justin Peter

Join Justin as he explores old fields, edge habitat and abandoned orchards. As we travel around the edges of MacGregor Point, we will employ the soundscape (birdsong) to help us find birds most effectively. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A16 – 8:00 AM – BIRDING THE EDGE – Terry Crabe

Bird the Lake Huron shoreline on a leisurely walk along the Old Shore Road Trail. We will walk through a variety of habitats that should enable us to view a variety of birds. (easy – limit 20)

11:00 AM – EAGLE OPTICS – During the lunch break Eagle Optics will have binoculars and telescopes on display and for sale.

Afternoon

A17 – 1:30 PM – Keeping the Birds & the Bees on the Farm – Art Wiebe & Janice McKean

You will see both wetland and grassland birds on the farm that Art and Janice manage. They will point out farming practices that enhance wildlife habitat as you walk the trails around their ponds and pastures. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A18 – 1:30 PM – A LOT TO NATURALIZE: HOW TO ATTRACT CRITTERS TO YOUR YARD – Kerry Jarvis

Interested in turning your yard into a natural wildlife paradise? Not sure what are the best plants, shrubs and trees to attract critters? Join Kerry as he showcases his recently converted property, “Casita de Mariposa”. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – A19 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby. You will observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face, and how local involvement has helped this species recover. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A20 – 1:30 PM – Being a Bluebird Landlord – Dennis & Gwen Lewington

Bluebirds are cavity nesters and natural cavities are not very abundant. Dennis and Gwen will take you on their “Bluebird Trail” which they have been maintaining and monitoring for over 32 years. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Evening

A21- 4:30 PM – SOCIAL – 5:30 PM – BANQUET & PRESENTATION – LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US – Doug Tozer

The Common Loon is a popular indicator of the state of the environment. This presentation will overview revolutionary discoveries of how loons survive and reproduce and whether human activities are negatively influencing the loon’s unique way of life. (St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Southampton, Chicken Buffet, Harrigan’s Catering) (Early Bird price $35 extra per person. After April 15 or for banquet/presentation only $45 extra per person) Casual, bar available, pre-registration required, silent auction. Contact registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions. (limit 90)

SUNDAY MAY 24

All Day

A22 – 6:00 AM – A BIG DAY ON THE BRUCE – Michael Carlson

Are you a ‘lister’? Do you ‘tick’? From warblers just after dawn to Whip-poor-will at dusk, you will keep tallying up your numbers. Your day’s list could be over 100 species. Michael found a Kirkland’s Warbler in 2014 and plans to revisit that spot. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A23- 6:30 AM – FLOWERPOT ISLAND – A REMOTE GEORGIAN BAY HABITAT – Don Wilkes

An exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching. If Lake Huron is too rough, a “Tip of the Bruce” tour will be a worthy … no amazing …substitute! (difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch – $40 extra per personlimit 22)

A24 – 8:00 AM – INVERHURON – BIRDING & BOTANY HIKE – Scott Taylor

Inverhuron Provincial Park may be small, but the diversity of habitat and its shoreline location make it an excellent place to look for migrating songbirds and unique plants. Join us for a day-long exploration of the forest and shoreline habitats. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Morning

6:00 AM to Noon – BIRD BANDING – Brendan Toews

SOLD OUT – A25 – 6:00 AM – WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS – Mark Wiercinski

Warblers are very annoying to identify! They move around a lot and hide behind the most inconvenient leaves and branches. Mark’s humour and tips about habitat and sounds will definitely keep you interested. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A26 – 7:00 AM – AROUND THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR – Ken Burrell

Birding enthusiast and expert Ken will lead us around the periphery of MacGregor Point. We will look for Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and many other bird species. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A27 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE J/I LINE – Todd Pepper

Grasslands are in decline and grassland bird species are in jeopardy. Bruce County provides a community pasture where Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured sparrows can still be found. Todd’s experience and hearing skills make him an excellent choice to take you on this driving tour. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A28 – 8:00 AM – UP WITH THE BIRDS – Doug Martin

This hike has been a tradition since before the beginning of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival –a morning walk along the Tower Trail to the Viewing Tower. Past experience on this hike has resulted in a species list that will rival many other events. Can we do it again? (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

SOLD OUT – A29 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby. You will observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face. You will find out how local involvement has helped this species recover. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A30 – 1:30 PM – TREE IDENTIFICATION USING LEAVES & NEEDLES – Jim Coles

We will identify the conifers and the hardwoods in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre by leaf and needle characteristics. The use of botanical keys will help differentiate between species. (easy – limit 20)

A31 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’Keefe

We will visit O’Keefe Grange, a heritage apple and pear farm. Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing these fruit trees. These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion as you browse their farm store and taste apple cider donuts. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A32 – 1:30 PM – DOWN & DIRTY – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – Doug Pedwell

Participants will explore, through photography, the wildflowers growing along the Old Shore Road Trail. All types of cameras welcome. Be prepared to get down and dirty. (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 15)

A33 – 1:30 PM – NATURE SKETCHING & JOURNALING – Sarah Rupert

Nature journaling documents your adventures and helps you to hone your observation skills. Everyone can keep a nature journal, even if you think you can’t draw. Sarah will show you some easy tricks to start sketching and really observing nature in the field. (easy, bring pencil & notebook – limit 20)

Evening

SOLD OUT – A34 – 7:15 PM – WARBLERS – Sarah Rupert

Warbler identification in the field is often obscured by brief and obstructed views. Sarah will talk about the identification features that are often missed and how we can enhance our observations. (indoors –limit 60)

MONDAY MAY 25

All Day

A35 – 6:00 AM – HOTSPOTS OF THE LOWER BRUCE – Alfred Raab

Habitats will be varied on this outing. We will visit Sauble Beach for a chance to see Piping Plovers; inland lakes including Boat, Isaac and Sky lakes; grasslands around Ferndale and Black Creek Provincial Park. Alfred is a favourite leader for local birding outings. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A36 – 6:30 AM – CABOT HEAD – A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT – Rod Steinacher

This driving tour will take us to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO), the Bruce Alvar Nature Reserve, and a nearby Nature Conservancy property. Rod is a retired science teacher and President of the BPBO.  He is always eager to share his expertise. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

A37 – 8:00 AM – THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton

Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book “The Bruce Beckons”. You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

Morning

A38 – 6:00 AM – BRANT TRACT, PAISLEY & BLIND LINE – Judith King

Explore the Brant Tract with its mixed woods and stream by travelling along an old road to the bottom of the valley. Paisley will showcase bird feeders and several species of swallows. The Blind Line parallels the Saugeen River and passes through fields and mixed forest. (easy, car-pool, bring waterlimit 20)

A39 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR – Scott Taylor

A late spring walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland is sure to turn up migrants. Join Scott to hear about the importance of wetlands for migrating birds. You will also identify some of these spring beauties. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

SOLD OUT – A40 – 1:30 PM – FUN FROG FROLIC: OBSERVING FROGS AT MacGREGOR POINT – Kerry Jarvis

Searching for frogs in the park can be a lot of fun! Join Kerry as he looks and listens for several species of frogs, and of course the American Toad. If you have them, bring close-up binoculars and camera. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

A41 – 1:30 PM – BIRDING & EBIRD ENTRY – Mike Burrell

Grab your binoculars AND your notebooks. We’ll go for a short walk to find some birds around the Visitor Centre. Then Mike will introduce you to eBird. You’ll find out how easy it is to contribute your everyday bird observations to this massive citizen science project. (easy – limit 20)

A42 – 1:30 PM – BOTANY ON THE FRINGE – Laura Cook

The Huron Fringe is made up of wave-cut terraces, gravel bars and sand dunes found adjacent to the Lake Huron shoreline. Within MacGregor Point, this habitat contains unique shoreline plants including Dwarf Lake Iris. Laura will introduce you to these plants and more. (easy – limit 20)

Evening

A43 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO’S TRUE NORTH – Mike Burrell

Over the past several years Mike has had the chance to visit Ontario’s little known north coast at sites on James and Hudson bays. Come on this visual journey about these amazing landscapes. You will learn

about the plants, animals and habitats that are found there. (indoors – limit 60)

SECOND WEEKEND – THURSDAY MAY 28

All Day

SOLD OUT – B1 – 6:30 AM – BACK ROADS OF SAUGEEN TOWNSHIP – James Turland

The back roads offer relaxed touring and good birding. We will visit the Saugeen River, Lake Huron shoreline and numerous trails around the township. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B2 – 7:30 AM – GEOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA – Bob Gray

Join Bob in exploring the unique geology of the Bruce Peninsula and Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B3 – 9:00 AM – BUTTERFLY WORKSHOP – Audrey Armstrong

This workshop will teach you how to nurture butterfly populations by learning about their lifecycle, threats to the monarch population and how to create monarch friendly habitat including growing your own butterfly garden. There will be a slide show in the morning. The afternoon will be outdoors looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

Morning

B4 – 7:30 AM – BIRDING THE SAUGEEN AMPHITHEATRE – Joy Albrecht

The beautiful amphitheatre gardens high above the Saugeen River will be the setting for this hike. Stone stairways and walkways provide access to locations where we can overlook the river and riparian habitat. We will be observing spring migrants, nesting species, shorebirds and raptors. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B5 – 8:30 AM – BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS – Doug Pedwell

This event is designed for those who wish to know about the world’s number one hobby – Birding. Topics include binoculars, field guides and identification marks of birds. There will be a short indoor session and a bird hike. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

B6- 1:30 PM – BOTANY OF THE FRINGE – Barbara Palmer

The Huron Fringe is a physiographic unit between the former glacial Lake Algonquin shoreline and the present day Lake Huron shoreline. Former cobble beach ridges, swales and ancient miniature dunes each provide their own combination of plants. Barbara will help you identify them. (easy – limit 12)

B7 – 1:30 PM – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby. You will observe their courtship as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face. You will find out how local involvement has helped this species recover. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Evening

B8 – 7:15 PM – THE WONDERS OF BIRD MIGRATION – Dave Brewer

Dave gets lost in Toronto but Bobolinks navigate to Argentina. Are they smarter than Dave? Dave’s talk about bird migration will emphasize their navigation. He will look at historical interpretations and recent techniques including satellite tracking and geolocators. (indoors – limit 60)

SOLD OUT – B9 – 7:45 PM – SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Willy Waterton

Most people go inside after the sun sets. This is when some of the most stunning light occurs. This workshop will give you tips on taking images of the setting sun and twilight using cameras from smart phones to DSLRs. If you have a tripod bring it along. (easy, bring camera or smart phone – limit 10)

FRIDAY MAY 29

All Day

SOLD OUT – B10 – 6:30 AM – MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER – Alfred Raab

Bird in a variety of habitats within the Malcolm Bluffs Nature Reserve and Cape Croker Peninsula. The cliffs above the shoreline provide spectacular vistas. (moderate, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – B11 – 7:00 AM – PASTURES, STREAMS & WOODLOTS – James Turland

Pasturelands in Bruce County are home to a number of grassland species, some of which are species at risk. This driving tour will take you through varied habitat. The result will be an extensive birding list for the day. James is a favourite festival leader. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B12 – 8:30 AM – LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY – Kerry Jarvis

Grey and Bruce counties beckon all photographers to capture their raw beauty. Kerry will help you learn techniques which will enhance your landscape photography skills as you discover some of the majestic vistas in Grey Bruce. Tripods recommended. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch, compact or digital SLR – limit 20)

Morning

SOLD OUT – B13 – 7:30 AM – TOWER TRAIL – Joy Albrecht

Join Joy as she leads you along the Tower Trail, a favourite spot for local birders. You will see bird species that will nest in the boreal forest and you will spend some time on an observation tower and bird blind. (easy – limit 20)

Afternoon

B14 -1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre. Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!) (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

SOLD OUT – B15 – 1:30 PM – DRAGONS & DAMSELS – John Reaume

We will search for the ultimate insect predators – damselflies and dragonflies. The biology of these “toothed ones” and their proper handling techniques will be discussed. Should the weather not cooperate we will have an indoor presentation / slide show. Bring binoculars and butterfly nets if you have them. (easy – limit 12)

B16 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPES & NATURE WALK – Fran Sanagan

Fran will facilitate this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how careful observations of the environment around them will improve their photos of nature and landscapes. Bring tripod if you have one. (easy, bring camera – limit 15)

Evening

SOLD OUT – B17 – 7:15 PM – BIRDING BY EAR – John Reaume

This presentation will review tips used to study and identify birdsong. Using a technique popularized by the Peterson Field Guide’s Birding by Ear series, we will learn many of the common songs heard in the spring chorus. (indoors – limit 60)

SATURDAY MAY 30

All Day

B18 – 6:30 AM – WINGED PURSUITS – HUNTING BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES – Nathan Miller

Join Nathan as he pursues the winged jewels of MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce County. We will focus on finding birds during the morning and insects as the day warms up; although all of these creatures will be discussed as they are found! (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – B19 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING THE INLAND LAKES – Mike Cadman

Several inland lakes located between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay serve as a bird migration route for safe passage between these two large bodies of water. Mike is a songbird biologist and will share his knowledge of songbirds and their habitats. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B20 – 8:00 AM – WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT – Brett Woodman

Brett will introduce you to natural areas along the escarpment where hunting for ferns will also lead you to a variety of interesting habitats. His birding and wildflower identification skills will help to enhance this all day field trip. (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

Morning

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

SOLD OUT – B21 – 6:30 AM – GRASSLAND BIRDS OF THE J/I LINE – SPECIES AT RISK – Mark Peck

Pastureland along the J/I Line makes it possible to find Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Meadowlark, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured Sparrow. Join Mark to have great looks at these and other grassland specialties. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B22 – 8:00 PM – BIRDING THE OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL – Bill Crins

The Lake Huron shoreline as well as fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk north from the Visitor Centre. Bill is an active birder and naturalist. We always benefit from his experience as an interpretive naturalist. (easy – limit 20)

B23 – 9:00 AM – SCOPING IT OUT – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

It’s more than just identifying what you see. We will focus on how birds and bugs interact with each other. But don’t expect to cover a lot of distance because there’s soo… much to see right at your feet and above your head! (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

B24 – 1:30 PM – PUZZLED BY SEDGES? – Bill Crins

“Sedges have edges, rushes are round and grasses are hollow right up from the ground.” Bill will provide you with tips about how to identify sedges and open your eyes to a whole new world on the forest floor. (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B25 – 1:30 PM – ROADSIDE BOTANY RAMBLE – Larry Lamb

Explore various roadside habitats in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre. Learn to use identification keys and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (bring yours along!) (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

B26 – 1:30 PM – O’KEEFE GRANGE – A HERITAGE APPLE FARM – Bill & Lyn O’Keefe

Bill and Lyn O’Keefe have spent many years collecting and growing over two hundred varieties of apple and pear trees. These citizen scientists will share their knowledge and passion. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

B27 – 1:30 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: LOOKING AT MacGREGOR CLOSE UP – Fran Sanagan

Fran will be facilitating this hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to look at nature close up, through a macro setting or lens. Bring a tripod if you have one. (easy, car-pool, bring camera – limit 20)

Evening

B28 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – BRUCE COUNTY BEEF DINNER – Harrigan’s Catering, Southampton MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Additional charge of $17. Dinner combined with B29 as a single event, $23. (Pre-registration required – limit 60)

B29 – 7:15 PM – ONTARIO NEST RECORD SCHEME & PROJECT NESTWATCH – Mark Peck

Join Mark as he discusses the metamorphosis of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme into Project NestWatch and learn how as a citizen scientist you can both learn and have fun providing valuable information to conservation initiatives. (indoors – limit 60)

SOLD OUT – B30 – 9:15 PM – AN EVENING OF ASTRONOMY – WHAT’S UP IN THE NIGHT SKY FOR 2015 – John Hlynialuk

During an indoor astronomy talk, John will look at sky events for 2015. Outdoors, weather permitting; members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will make available their telescopes for viewing the night sky. (indoors/outdoors – limit 30)

SUNDAY MAY 31

All Day

B31 – 6:30 AM – DEBATING THE ISSUES – BIRDING BAYVIEW TO BOGNOR – Mark Wiercinski

Invasive species, forest fragmentation, hedgerow removal and wetland modifications are all happening at unparalleled speeds in southern Ontario. On this walking / driving tour Mark will talk about issues that are affecting the bird populations in Ontario. (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch – limit 20)

B32 – 8:00 AM – BIRDS & BEACHES: HOW DO OUR BEACHES LOOK FROM THE SKY? – Karen Alexander

During this shoreline tour of varied coastal areas, Karen will describe how different types of beach stewardship can influence the health and quality of coastal ecosystems. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch -limit 20)

Morning

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

SOLD OUT – B33 – 7:00 AM – BEYOND ID – FOREST BIRD MONITORING – Mike Cadman

You will visit several active monitoring stations along the Lake Ridge Trail where Mike will demonstrate the field protocol for conducting the Forest Bird Survey. Mike likes to go “beyond ID” by providing tidbits about signs of breeding birds. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

SOLD OUT – B34 – 8:00 AM – BEYOND ID – NEST FINDING – Mark Peck

On a leisurely walk in the park, you will take your love of birding to the next level. Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while improving their observation skills and learning about the behaviour of breeding birds. (easy, car-pool – limit 20)

Afternoon

B35 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments. (outdoors)

B36 – 1:30 PM – BEYOND ID – SHRUBS & TREES – Bob Gray

Bob will help you use identifying features, including bark characteristics and leaf shape, to identify trees and shrubs found in a variety of habitats within the park. (easy, car-pool – limit 12)

Evening

B37 – 8:00 PM – SUNSET WALK – Doug Pedwell

Join Doug for a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a late May evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park. (easy – limit 20)

 FAMILY WEEKEND

One parent/guardian must accompany children from the same family. This person is allowed to participate in the event free of charge. See the website for parent/guardian registration details.

SATURDAY MAY 30

Morning

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

FAM1 – 9:00 AM – BIRDING 101 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell

Birding is a family-friendly hobby. Doug will talk about the equipment needed; how to recognize family friendly field guides and, of course, how to identify birds. (limit 40)

Afternoon

FAM2- 1:30 PM – AFTERNOON ADVENTURES (Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both afternoon programs – limit 40)

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Time to go on an outdoor adventure! With Bino Boy’s binocular vision and Elytra Girl’s power of magnifying, we’ll be out to discover all that can be found in an exciting, entertaining way!

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CHICKADEE NEST BOXES – Kerry Jarvis

Build a chickadee nest box. No carpentry skills are required. Participants will assemble their own boxes. Imagine the thrill of seeing a Black-capped Chickadee choose your nest box to raise its family! (Chickadee nest box kit – $10 extra per child)

Evening

FAM3 – 7:15 PM – DOWN WITH DR. ENTO – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Matt Cunliffe

Fascinated by the insect world? You can learn more about these incredible creepy crawlers from world renowned Dr. Ento…Mologist, through songs, games and trivia… 6 legs, 3 body parts, 1 campfire

SUNDAY MAY 31

FAM4 – 9:00 AM – MORNING EXPLORATIONS (Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both morning programs.) (limit 40)

POND EXPLORATION – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Join Richard and Andalynne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home. Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often-unseen animals that live in pond water.

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BIRDING 102 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell

This hike will take place at the Duck’s Unlimited wetland where we will use the bird blind and the tower to see what is in the wetlands. (car required)

FAM5 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments. (outdoors)

 The complete schedule is also available at: http://www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

TUNDRA SWANS - THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY

TUNDRA SWANS – THEY’RE ON THEIR WAY

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org



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THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS

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Sherwood Fox had a life-long love affair with the Bruce Peninsula. He knew and loved the land, the waters surrounding it, its natural history, richly varied wildlife and folklore. So much so that in 1952 his book The Bruce Beckons was published and immediately acclaimed as a delightful guide to a uniquely beautiful and fascinating part of Ontario. W. Sherwood Fox, was a distinguished scholar and president of the University of Western Ontario for twenty years, as well as honorary president of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists for several years. 

Now you can join award-winning photographer Willy Waterton in his quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s beloved Bruce Peninsula in The Bruce Re-Beckons (A37) on Monday May 25. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is offering this exciting daylong journey exploring the Bruce through the stories of Fox’s book with Willy Waterton as your personal guide. 

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Willy’s family settled in the Balaclava area of Grey County in the 1840’s, where a creek still bears the family name. For the last 36 years as a full time photo journalist, he has recorded the people, places and events while exploring the nooks and crannies of Grey Bruce by foot, car, canoe, airplane, helicopter, skis and bicycle.

As Chief Photographer for The Sun Times. Waterton’s newspaper photographs have won over 100 provincial and national awards. He was named Ontario News Photographers’ Association “Photographer of the Year” in `1990. Willy Waterton has shot for numerous publications: the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life, Bruce Trail News, Ontario Out of Doors, Canadian Geographic, Harrowsmith, Mountain Life, New York Times, Seasons, Ski Canada and the United Church Observer. He has photographed many assignments for The Canadian Press in this area. He is a contract photographer for Parks Canada, National Defence and the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

This is one eventful journey into the heart of the Bruce Peninsula you will want to be part of. So register now because there are only a few spots open.

Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

HFBF – Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals Two Years in a Row

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

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twitter: @HuronBirdfest

Email: birdfest@rogers.com.

 

THIS TOO SHALL MELT

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Its no new revelation…Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are frozen over. The Huron Fringe is encased in frigid whiteness while it awaits both the melt and the migration. Rest assured though, the birds, butterflies, wildflowers, the dragonflies, damsels and frogs, the snow covered, ice-coated landscape and shorelines, the pastures, streams and woodlands that we all love…they will be there…waiting for you when HFBF welcomes you all beginning May 22.

Meantime, as of this writing, over 60 events are still wide open.

Best to guarantee yourself a spot…Now. Why wait for Spring.

Check out our schedule of events and register at: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org.


And here are a couple of Events you might want to consider:


Friday, May 22 – A3 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING INVERHURON & SURROUNDING AREA Marshall Byle

During this birding adventure Marshall will stop at various habitats along the shoreline to Inverhuron Provincial Park including the Tiverton lagoons. In the park you’ll explore the ancient dunes, riverbanks and varied forest types.

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Marshall Byle received his first field guide to birds when he was just four years old. That was the beginning of a life long involvement. Today, with over half a century of experience, he still loves to bird and to share the wonder of birds with others. As a member of the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, Marshall brings years of expertise to his passion. You will enjoy Marshall’s mild manner as he leads you through some of his favourite spots in Bruce County.


 

May 30 – B23 – 9:00 AM – SCOPING IT OUT – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

It’s more than just identifying what you see. Andalynne and Richard will focus on how birds and bugs interact with each other. But don’t expect to cover a lot of distance because there’s so much to see right at your feet and above your head!

 May 31 – POND EXPLORATION – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

Join Richard and Andalynne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home. Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often-unseen animals that live in pond water.

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Richard and Andalyne met while working together at a nature hobby store and have been exploring the outdoors together ever since. This husband & wife team leads nature walks at multiple events & venues throughout the year, as well as connecting people with nature on a daily basis through their respective jobs. Richard is still Manager at Wild Birds Unlimited Guelph and Andalyne works as full-time Naturalist at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. With their combined knowledge of birds and bugs, and their similar level of enthusiasm, Richard and Andalyne enjoy guiding all ages to a more intimate connection with the natural world around them.


 

BREAKING NEWS:

Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 FESTIVALS IN ONTARIO.

 

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The complete schedule is available at: http://www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

 Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HuronFringeBirdingFestival.

twitter: @HuronBirdfest

Email: birdfest@rogers.com.