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The 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite

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There are still physical limits due to Covid-19 for an in-person festival, but our “Festival Virtual-Lite” has been organized and registration is now ready to go. You can visit our website at:

Friends of MacGregor Point Park – Huron Fringe Birding Festival

and check out the seven evening presentations that have been organized for your delight.

We are excited to announce our webinars for the “Festival Virtual-Lite” which will run during our normal Festival dates of May 28 – 31 and June 3 – 6, 2021. They are scheduled for 7:00 pm on each of the following seven evenings to ensure you have the opportunity to get out birding during the day.

May 28 – Birding in Algonquin Park with Michael Runtz

May 29 – Black Bears of the Bruce Peninsula with Dr. Martyn Obbard

May 30 – Fifteen Years of Ontario Piping Plovers with Andrea Gress

May 31 – A Holistic Approach to Learning Bird Songs and Calls with Ian Shanahan

June 4 – Birders Gone Wild: 24 hour Bruce Peninsula Birdathon with Ethan Meleg

June 5 – Bird Banding at the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory with Stephane Menu

June 6 – The Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas -3: Focus on the Females with Mark Peck

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.

Being able to get out in the day and safely enjoy the spring migration while having presentations to enjoy in the evening will make for an enjoyable and original approach to a Festival-Lite. We look forward to the years ahead when we can again socialize with our friends as we compare bird stories and unique birding discoveries. For now, we’ll gather in an electronic format to celebrate birds and remember just how special this time of year is.

Migration has already begun for some of our hardy feathered friends as we are welcomed in the morning with Northern cardinals, American robins, Ring-billed gulls and Mourning doves filling the previously quiet morning with their songs. Ponds (whenever the ice thaws) are full of Canada geese and a variety of dabbling and diving ducks and often several Tundra swans that are presently working their way to their breeding grounds. By May, those colourful warblers will be winging their way north feasting on the newly hatched clouds of insects that provide their travel meals. Some will stay in the area to raise their families here while others travel much farther north where food is even more abundant.

Our scheduled evening presentations will give you more of an insight into aspects of birding and nature in our area of Bruce and Grey Counties and even farther afield than that. Plan your birding time and plan your relaxing time to join with us in our 2021 Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite.

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March 17, 2021 at 11:37 am

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