One of Canada's Premier Birding and Nature Festivals


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Doug Pedwell has designed this event for those who wish to learn about BIRDING – the world’s number one hobby. After a short indoor session, you’re off on a bird hike to learn even more…in the field –  just like a Birder.


We begin with how to adjust a pair of binoculars for your eyes.

 You’ll learn about topics such as how to use field guides (both paper and electronic) to help identify birds,


You’ll get familiar with the terminology used by birders when identifying birds as well as what to look for. Most importantly – where to find birds and what birds are associated with which type of habitat. You can’t always see them but you can hear them. Learn the importance of a bird’s song and how to tell someone where the bird you are looking at is located.

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Birding 101 begins with a brief PowerPoint presentation, followed by a walk to look for and identify birds in the field. Our walk begins at the Visitor Centre, HFBF Headquarters. in MacGregor Point Part and wanders along the paths in the area. 

Common birds in this area can be viewed quite closely like Sandhill Crane.

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 Chipping Sparrow

Beginning Birding for Adults will give participants a solid beginning to a life long hobby which can be done anywhere in the world with a minimum of cost in equipment. 

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A word of warning, Birding can become quite addictive and can lead to traveling to exotic locations in search of more and more species.

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Since retiring from teaching Doug Pedwell has indulged his lifelong passions of nature study, photography and travel. He can often be found wandering the back roads of Grey and Bruce Counties, camera in hand, searching for that perfect shot of flora, fauna, birds and landforms. You will definitely feel that a day with Doug in the field is informative, rewarding and a whole lot of fun. A member of the Bruce Birding Club, the Saugeen Shores Camera Club and a past president of The Friends of MacGregor, Doug has also participated in the Huron Fringe Birding Festival as an event leader and committee member for quite a few years now. Doug will also be leading B37 – A SUNSET WALK at 8:00 PM. Join Doug for 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.


Doug recently made a presentation on behalf of HFBF to Saugeen Shores Council. The following article appeared in the recent issue of The Shoreline Beacon:



SAUGEEN SHORES – If Doug Pedwell has his way, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival would not be one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Pedwell’s efforts to boost interest in the “world’s fastest growing activity” of wild life watching continued when he briefed Saugeen Shores councillors on some of this year’s 47 Festival events on May 22 to 25, and May 28 to 31.

At the March 23 committee of the whole meeting, Pedwell said birders are “The invisible Tourist” and while they may be low key, wild life watching is a $60-billion a year world-wide business, and is a “big-time growth” industry, particularly in Bruce County

Based at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, the Festival has twice made the list of top 100 Ontario festivals, and Pedwell said that’s because they reach beyond birding.

“We are also a nature festival. We do photography, astonomy, sketching and more,” he said, adding they made a deliberate decision to keep all of their events small with limited participation.

Usually recognizable by their Tilly hats, Pedwell said Festival participants slip into town quietly to eat and take bathroom breaks, and spend a lot of money.

One study said the average camper spent $545 per weekend, and local attendees spent $258.

He said a survey showed Festival participants visited 29 local restaurants, bought gas and gift shops items, and that 70 percent would come back for a longer stay, and are a “real economic benefit” to the community.

The Festival is named for the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula that offers birders, naturalists and photographers opportunities to discover nature with two shorelines – rocky and sandy – and all types of habitats that draw thousands of visitors each year to see the 340 documented species of birds.

Activities include guided hikes for wildflowers, butterflies and insects, workshops on bird identification and nature photography, and other natural interests.

Pedwell asked council for some input to help the Festival run more smoothly, including temporary parking provisions along Miramichi Bay Road, a birding “hot spot” where there are no parking areas.

“If we pull off the road on Miramichi Bay we’re on to the bike trail,” Pedwell said, adding habitat retention is also key.

Vice-deputy Mayor Diane Huber suggested the festival stage one of its presentations in the council chamber so it could be televised, and asked staff if temporary “Caution, Birders” signage could be arranged for areas along Miramichi Bay Road for the Festival.

The complete Huron Frige Birding Festival schedule is available at:

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration:

Registration inquiries: or 519-389-6231

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twitter: @HuronBirdfest


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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