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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.



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




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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

Photo by John Brunjes