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A New “Festival-Lite” Format

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These uncertain days of Covid have certainly changed the way our lives play out every day now. Seeing that the uncertainty might last well into next year we have decided to alter the format of the 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Unlike 2020’s festival which was theoretically pushed ahead a year to 2021 this one will proceed but in a very different way.

The festival has always been about celebrating birds but has also been a gathering where we meet new people and add to our knowledge of our feathered friends and other aspects of nature. Meeting new people in person presently has its hazards so that part of the festival won’t be happening until another time when its safer to do. However, keep those dates highlighted on your calendars (May 28-31 and June 3-6 2021) as we will be having evening webinars each of these days. That leaves the daytime hours for you to do your birding on your own and enjoy the amazing spring migration event as our colourful warblers and other interesting birds return. We will gather in the evenings to hear from our presenters and remember our birds from the day.

The webinars will give you a chance to relax after a busy day of birding and learn about a variety of topics from exciting speakers. The full list of speakers will be posted later when more of the format and topics to cover are finalized. There will be topics to interest everyone!

During this pandemic birding has flourished as it is one pastime that you can participate in by yourself or in small groups following the Covid protocol for distancing to prevent virus spread. My wife and I love to go for a drive and/or a walk even this time of year to see if anything new has wandered into the area lost or come south to look for food. It’s been a great fall for finches, and Snowy owls have started to show up in small numbers as well. It would be nice to be able to be with other birders to talk about what we see or have seen but for now we’ll just have to share our sightings and photos online and by email and hope next year brings some normality to our birding lives.

Make sure to check out the Huron Fringe Birding Festival website for further information on the festival as it becomes available. Friends of MacGregor Point Park – Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Enjoy your Winter birding days and we look forward to having everyone join in for our “Festival-Lite” event in the spring.

Written by huronfringefest

December 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

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