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Preparing for a Festival-Lite

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As the snow is falling and the birds are trying to find enough food to make it through the winter, we can now plan ahead for the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite.

Moving ahead with the 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite!

Our plans for the 2021 Festival Virtual-Lite are coming together and we are excited to give you more details about our on-line event which will run during our normal Festival dates of May 28 – 31 and June 3 – 6, 2021. 

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival Committee hopes that you will join us for our series of Webinars at the end of May! They are planned for 7:00 pm on each of the seven evenings to ensure you have the opportunity to get out birding during the day.

We have excellent presenters lined up for you – Andrea Gress, Ethan Meleg, Stephane Menu, Martyn Obbard, Mark Peck, Michael Runtz and Ian Shanahan.  They will entice you with stories about Bird Banding, Big Days, Breeding Bird Atlassing, Bird Song, Piping Plovers and Black Bears.

Details about each evenings’ presentation will be available in February. Specifics about the registration process will be available in April or before. 

We are so appreciative of the continuing support of our Corporate Sponsors – Quest Nature Tours and Ontario Power Generation, and our Community Sponsors – Handy Andy Services, Hills Insurance, D. C. Johnston Realty and Super 8 Hotel. These sponsors allow us to offer the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite at no cost to our participants. 

Stay tuned for our next update. Until then, good birding and be safe!


Norah Toth, Chair

And the Festival Committee who are committed to ensuring you have an extraordinary experience:

Margaret, Liz, Nancy, Lynne, Norah and Fred – Program Committee

BJ, Anne, Becky, Carole, Norma – the “Tent Ladies” (Registration and Volunteers)

Bob, Bruce, Fred, Norah, Doug P, Doug M – Publicity

Nancy, Kathleen, Bruce – Logistics

Arlene – Silent Auction

Marilyn – Finances

Celebrating Birds

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is a birding and nature event which runs for two four-day weekends. The Festival is sponsored by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.  Festival headquarters are at the Visitor Centre at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, 1593 Bruce Road 33, Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C5. The registrar can be reached at or 519-375-1889. or

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Our corporate sponsors: Ontario Parks / Ontario Power Generation / Quest Nature Tours / Vortex Canada / Armstrong Milling

With this news you can now plan those two weekends out with birding through the day and enjoying presentations in the evening. Hopefully, we will have good opportunities to get out to enjoy Spring and the birds that come with it if Covid-19 is more under control so we can travel a bit farther than our own yards. For now, we have to do our part to help reduce transmission of the virus by staying home and also help our yard birds make it through the winter by making sure they have some food when the snow covers up their normal supply.

Take a bit of time each day to look out the window and see if there are any birds visiting your yard. From early morning to late in the evening its surprising just what might come along to entertain you.  A break to enjoy nature always makes a day go a bit better. The days are now getting longer and soon the buds will start forming on some of the trees indicating even the plants are noticing the lengthening days.

There are presently many online events running that might interest you and keep the thoughts of spring in your mind. Our Facebook page as well as some of our naturalist group pages are good places to look to see what events might interest you now.

Recently we had an evening visitor that dropped by to see what might be coming to clean up some of the bird seeds that spilled from the feeder onto the ground. These are the times we can really appreciate the beauty that nature sometimes blesses us with.

Stay tuned for updates and enjoy your yard!!

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January 26, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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