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Tick. Tock. HFBF start date is May 27.

 

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Opening day is not that far away. If you haven’t registered for any event just yet there is still time. But procrastination time is really, officially over. Yes, there are still some open events available. Be warned, though, some only have a few spaces left. As for birding events, its not to late. Well known leaders like Joy Albrecht, Justin Peter, Brett Woodman, James Turland, Mike Burrell, Michael Carlson, Mark Peck, even Mark Wiercinski still have room on their events. So, what are you waiting for.

 

Register online NOW – http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Here’s what’s open.

FRIDAY MAY 27                                                              

All Day

A3 8:00 am NORTH OF THE SAUGEEN – Joy Albrecht – Explore the backroads north of the Saugeen River. You will travel through the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway territory and inland habitats at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

Morning

A4 6:30 am KINCARDINE LAGOONS – James Turland – Hike the trails of this premier birding hotspot, locally known as “Pelee North”. If you missed seeing birds at Pelee, chances are you’ll find them here. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A5 7:30 am BIRDING THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR – Terry Crabe – The MacGregor landscape offers a variety of habitats that provide the right niches for a good number of different species. Travelling by car to these areas, we will seek them out on short walks into each habitat. (easy,car-pool) (limit 20)

Afternoon

A6 (NEW) 1:30 pm LET THERE BE LIGHT – Fran Sanagan – Learn how lighting influences your photographs. In this workshop, you will learn a variety of natural lighting techniques, and how to get the most out of outdoor flash photography. There will be an opportunity to share your photos and discuss the results. (easy) (limit15)

A7 1:30 pm ARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER? – Stew Nutt – If you’re not already, you will be after spending time on the beach with these charismatic, endangered birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A8 1:30 pm SHRUB & TREE ID IN MacGREGOR – Jim Coles – Using leaf and twig keys, we will identify the conifers and hardwoods in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre and learn about the role of site (soil characteristics) in determining species composition. (easy) (limit 20)

SATURDAY MAY 28

All Day

A12 7:00 am INVERHURON BIRDING & BOTANY – Dr. Scott Taylor – Inverhuron Provincial Park may be small, but the diversity of habitat and its shoreline location make it an excellent place to look for songbirds and unique plants. Join us for this exploration of the forest and shoreline habitats. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

A13 (NEW) 9:00 am MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT – Audrey Armstrong – Learn how to nurture monarch butterfly populations by growing your own easy to maintain monarch waystation garden. Following a slide show in the morning, the afternoon will be outdoors, making seed balls, looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae along the Lake Huron shore and visiting local waystations. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

Morning

A14 6:00 am BIRDING BY EAR – Michael Carlson – Do you have difficulty remembering bird songs and calls no matter how often you hear them? Michael is a natural at mnemonics. This field workshop will give you tips and tools you can use to sort out bird songs. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A15 6:00 am SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER – Mark Wiercinski – In spring, love is in the air. Let Mark explain the unseen action in the trees. It’s always fun when Mark tackles this topic. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A16 6:30 am BIRDING THE 4 CORNERS OF MacGREGOR – James Turland – Visit wetlands, shorelines, forests and fields along the margins of MacGregor Park. You will enjoy James’ relaxed style and his ability to locate the birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A18 7:30 am PAISLEY BIRDING – Joy Albrecht – Join Joy birding the back roads from MacGregor to Paisley, with a stop at the Old Mill, Schmidt Lake and some roadside birding in the swamp on the way back to the Park. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

11:00 am EAGLE OPTICS

During the lunch break Eagle Optics will have binoculars and telescopes on display and for sale.

Afternoon

A19 (NEW) 1:30 pm ETHICS OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY – Terry Crabe – The Tower Trail provides many opportunities to view birds but what are the challenges for thecasual or professional photographer who wants to get the best shot. A birder and photographer, Terry will share the principles he follows. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A22 1:30 pm FROG FROLIC – Kerry Jarvis – Listen to, enjoy and locate the frogs who call MacGregor Park home. Our frolic will take us to several ponds to revel in the sights and sounds of these amazing creatures. If available, bring cameras and close-focus binoculars. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

SUNDAY MAY 29

All Day

A25 6:00 am FLOWERPOT ISLAND – Doug Pedwell – An exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching. If Lake Huron is too rough, a Tip of the Bruce tour will be an equally worthy substitute! (difficult, car-pool, jet boat, bring backpack & lunch) ($45 extra per person) (limit 22)

A27 7:30 am BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Todd Pepper – The southern Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of landform features providing a variety of bird habitat found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment. Participants will benefit from Todd’s knowledge of birdsong and breeding bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

 A28 6:00 am WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS – Mark Wiercinski – Warblers are very annoying. They move around a lot and hide behind the most inconvenient leaves and branches. Mark’s humour and tips about habitat and song will definitely keep you interested. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A30 7:00 am eBIRDING THE PARK – Mike Burrell – Mike will take you birding, then introduce you to eBird, the amazing online repository of bird sightings, abundance, distribution and seasonal occurrence. You’ll find out how easy it is for you to become a citizen scientist and contribute your sightings to this awesome database. (easy) (limit 20)

Afternoon

A33 1:30 pm DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES – John Reaume – Damselflies and dragonflies are members of the order Odonata meaning “toothed ones” which reference their awesome mouth parts. We will attempt to capture some of them in butterfly nets for closer examination. (easy, car-pool, bring binoculars/cameras/butterfly nets/field guides if you have them) (limit 20)

A34 (NEW) 1:30 pm SAUGEEN SHORES BUTTERFLY TRAIL – Kerry Jarvis – Want to know the best plants, trees and shrubs to attract wildlife? Join Kerry as he showcases various gardens throughout Saugeen Shores. Learn about the “magic plants” that are magnets for birds, butterflies, caterpillars and mammals. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

A35 1:30 pm SONGBIRDS & SALAMANDERS ON THE FARM – Art Wiebe & Janice McKean – All living things need water to survive. Let Art and Janice introduce you to their backyard pond as they explain “natural habitat” and what it means to migrating birds, and the little critters who call it home. They will also talk about conservation programs that have assisted them in enriching these habitats. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

Evening

A36 (NEW) 7:15 pm SPIDERS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA – John Reaume – Spiders have a bad reputation but in reality they are fascinating creatures. John will talk about their unique anatomy and interesting behaviours. Webs are not just for catching prey! Learn how to observe them. Understanding spiders will make you appreciate them more – it’s true! (indoors) (limit 60)

MONDAY MAY 30

All Day

A37 6:00 am HOTSPOTS OF THE LOWER BRUCE – Alfred Raab – Habitats will be varied on this outing. We will visit Sauble Beach for a chance to see Piping Plover; inland lakes including Boat, Isaac and Sky lakes; grasslands around Ferndale and Black Creek Provincial Park. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

A38 8:00 am THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton – Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book The “The Bruce Beckons”. You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

Morning

A40 7:30 am BIRDING IN AN AMPHITHEATREJoy Albrecht – The elevated steps of the Saugeen amphitheatre provide viewpoints over the river and riparian habitat. Here you will get a bird’s-eye view. (moderate, car-pool) (limit 20)

Afternoon

A42 1:30 pm DOWN & DIRTY PHOTOGRAPHY – Doug Pedwell – Participants will explore through photography the wildflowers growing along the Old Shore Road Trail. All types of cameras welcome. Be prepared to get down and dirty. (easy, car-pool, bring camera) (limit 15)

Evening

A43 (NEW) 7:15 pm WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT? – Paloma Plant – The Fatal Light Awareness Program is sustained by a terrific group of volunteers. FLAP was the first organization in the world to raise concerns about bird collisions. They have instigated many changes to building design and lighting in urban areas. (indoors) (limit 60)

THURSDAY JUNE 2

Morning

B3 6:30 am BIRDING KINCARDINE & AREA – James Turland – Hike the trails of Kincardine’s premier birding hotspot, locally known as “Pelee North”. You will see a variety of warblers, ducks and other migrants. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B4 8:30 am THE BIG SIT – Margaret Anderton – Join Margaret to see what can be seen from the comfort of a sitting position overlooking a pond, a field, forest and feeders. (easy, car-pool, bring a lawnchair) (limit 20)

Afternoon

B6 (NEW) 1:30 pm WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION? – Fran Sanagan – Bring your photographic questions to Fran. With his many years of experience, he will offer insights into how to get the photos you’re after. From raw images to photo editing, Fran can help you improve your technique with his tips of the trade. (easy) (limit15)

Evening

B7 (NEW) 7:15 pm TICK TALK: LYME DISEASE IN ONTARIO – Dr. Andrew Peregrine – Lyme disease is an infection that primarily occurs in wildlife. However, infections also occur in people. This talk will review current information on the importance of identifying Lyme disease in wildlife and people across Ontario. Practices to prevent infection in people and pets will also be discussed. (indoors) (limit 60)

FRIDAY JUNE 3

All Day

B9 6:30 am BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE – Marshall Byle – This is car birding at its best. We will follow a scenic route in Southern Bruce County, stopping to bird various habitats. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B10 7:30 am A GEOLOGICAL JOURNEY – Bob Gray – Join Bob in exploring spectacular caves, deep gorges and a scenic broad glacial re-entrant valley along the Niagara Escarpment in eastern Grey County. (difficult, car pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

Morning

B11 6:30 am BIRDING THE 4 CORNERS OF MacGREGOR – James Turland – Visit wetlands, shorelines, forests and fields along the margins of MacGregor Park. You will enjoy James’ relaxed style and his ability to locate the birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B12 7:00 am BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL – Ellen Smout – Join Ellen as she leads us along the Tower Trail, a favourite spot for local birders. We will see species that will nest in the boreal forest. We will scope the wetland from the observation tower and dyke. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

Afternoon

B14 1:30 pm WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY – Stewart Nutt – Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plovers at one of their few nesting sites in Ontario. You may observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the many perils these birds face. You will find out how local involvement is helping this species recover. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B16 1:30 pm SAUGEEN SHORES: WATERSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY – Kerry Jarvis – Saugeen Shores is a treasure chest for photographers. Learn photographic waterscape techniques to enhance your photography skills and discover some of the majestic vistas in Saugeen Shores. (easy, car-pool, bring camera/accessories) (limit 15)

Evening

B17 (NEW) 7:15 pm SPARROWS – Sarah Rupert – Do little brown jobs have your head spinning? Join Sarah for a light-hearted presentation on sparrow identification. She’ll break the sparrows down into small groups, give you tips and tricks to figure out one of the more challenging groups of birds and show you some imposters that are often confused for sparrows. (indoors) (limit 60)

SATURDAY JUNE 4

All Day

B18 6:30 am BIRDING THE BEYOND – Mark Peck will travel backroads and byways beyond the Park boundaries searching for various habitats and their niche birds. Knowing Mark, an expert on “nidiology”, you’ll find a nest or two also. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B19 7:00 am BIRDING THE HURON FRINGE – James Turland – A visit to Inverhuron Provincial Park and the Lake Huron shoreline will provide dune grassland as well as edge and shoreline habitats. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B20 (NEW) 8:00 am BEACHES & BIRDS – Karen Alexander – During this shoreline tour of varied coastal areas north of Sauble Beach, Karen will describe how different types of beach stewardship can influence the health and quality of coastal ecosystems. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B21 6:30 am BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL – Justin Peter – Diverse habitat along the Tower Trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of warblers, flycatchers, thrushes and more. Justin will help us find these birds by sight (and sound!) and will share tips about bird behaviour. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B22 7:00 am ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND SPECIES – Brett Woodman – Tour the local countryside looking for elusive nesting grassland birds of Saugeen Shores. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B23 7:30 am BIRDING HIDDEN SPOTS OF MacGREGOR – Ellen Smout – Travel some of the lesser known areas in the park looking for hidden gems. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B24 8:00 am BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS – Doug Pedwell – This event is for those who wish to learn about the world’s number one hobby – birding. Topics include binoculars, field guides and apps, identification marks of birds and eBird. (easy, indoor/outdoor, car-pool) (limit 20)

Afternoon

B26 1:30 pm WILDFLOWER DIVERSITY WITHIN THE FRINGE – Brett Woodman – Here’s your chance to learn about and appreciate some of MacGregor Point’s varied wildflowers. Brett will show you some of his favourite plants. (easy, car-pool) (limit 12)

B27 1:30 pm FIELD SKETCHING &/or JOURNALING – Sarah Rupert – Field sketching helps you hone your identification skills. Everyone can do it. Sarah will show you how sketching can help you document your observations in the field. (easy, bring pencil & notebook) (limit 20)

B28 1:30 pm BLUEBIRD LANDLORDS – Dennis & Gwen Lewington – Bluebirds are cavity nesters and natural cavities are not very abundant. Dennis and Gwen will take you on their “Bluebird Trail” which they have been maintaining and monitoring for over 32 years. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B29 1:30 pm ARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER? – Stew Nutt – If you’re not already, you will be after spending time on the beach with these charismatic, endangered birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

Evening

B30 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm BRUCE COUNTY CHICKEN DINNER(MacGregor Point Provincial Park, additional charge of $17. Dinner combined with B31 as a single event $23. Pre-registration required) (limit 60)

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm ATTRACTING MOTHS – Andalyne Tofflemire

B32 9:15 pm STARRY STARRY NIGHT – John Hlynialuk – John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events for 2016. Weather permitting, members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will have their telescopes available for viewing the evening sky. (easy, indoor, outdoor weather permitting) (limit 30)

SUNDAY JUNE 5

All Day

B33 6:00 am DEBATING THE ISSUES, & MORE, WITH MARK – Mark -Wiercinski This walking / driving tour travels between Bayview Escarpment and Bognor Marsh. Along the way, Mark will highlight issues affecting bird populations in Ontario. You will find out what this has to do with sex, which of course it does! (difficult, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B34 6:30 am WINGED PURSUITS – Nathan Miller – Join Nathan as he pursues the winged jewels of MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce County. We will focus on finding birds during the morning and winged insects as the day warms up. All creatures found will be discussed. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

7:00 am to 8:30 am MOTH ID – Andalyne Tofflemire

B35 7:00 am BIRDING THE PERIMETER OF THE PARK – Justin Peter – Driving the varied habitats along the edge of the park provides a mix of warblers, flycatchers and other possibilities. An opportunity to view wetlands and the shoreline will also enhance this outing. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

B36 7:30 am BIRDING & BOTANIZING – Dr. Bill Crins – The Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. We always benefit from Bill’s broad experience as an interpretive naturalist. (easy) (limit 20)

B37 8:00 am NEST QUEST – Mark Peck – On a leisurely walk in the park, you will take your love of birding to the next level. Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while expanding their observation skills and learning about the nests of breeding birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

Afternoon

B38 1:30 pm SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO’S RAPTORS – Wild Ontario – Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do. (outdoors)

B39 1:30 pm WITCHES & WILDFLOWERS – Heather Starrs – Legends and superstitions are attached to many common, and not so common, plants found at MacGregor Point. Heather’s walk will introduce you to stories about plants. (easy) (limit 20)

Evening

B40 8:00 pm SUNSET WALK – Doug Pedwell – Join Doug for a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds and scents of an early June evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park. (easy) (limit 20)

FAMILY WEEKEND

One parent/guardian must accompany children from the same family. This person is allowed to participate in the event free of charge. See the website for parent/guardian registration details.

SATURDAY JUNE 4

Morning

FAM1 9 am PLUGGING KIDS INTO BIRDING – Richard Tofflemire – Birding with kids can start right in your own backyard or in a provincial park! It is a family friendly activity. Learn about the equipment needed, field guides and apps and the easiest ways to identify birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, we will have some for you to use if you don’t. (limit 40)

Afternoon

FAM2 1:30 pm AFTERNOON ADVENTURES(Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both afternoon programs.) (limit 40)

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalyne & Richard Tofflemire – Everyone already has the superpowers they need to explore nature! Come out for a dynamic exploration of the forest and learn how much fun discovering nature can be.

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MONARCH MADNESS – Audrey Armstrong – Not only are monarchs beautiful, but their life cycle and migration is amazing! In this hands-on interactive workshop, children will learn about monarchs and create really cool crafts. To help foster habitat for this Species at Risk, you will make “seed bombs” to take home.

Evening

FAM3 7:15 pm ANIMAL DEFENCES – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Park Staff – Join    Park Naturalists for an evening of deception, camouflage and chemical warfare as they investigate the defensive nature of MacGregor’s wild inhabitants. (outdoors)

9:00 pm to 10 pm ATTRACTING MOTHS BESIDE VISITOR CENTRE – Andalyne Tofflemire

SUNDAY JUNE 5

Morning

7:00 am to 8:30 am MOTH ID – Andalyne Tofflemire

FAM4 9:00 am MORNING EXPLORATIONS(Children will be divided into two groups. Each child will attend both morning programs.) (limit 40)

BUILDING FOR THE BIRDS – Kerry Jarvis – Get in the birding spirit. Build your own structure for a nest or wildlife feeder. No carpentry skills are required; just bring your enthusiasm! (kit – $10 extra per child. All tools provided.)

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POND EXPLORATION – Andalyne & Richard Tofflemire – Join Richard and Andalyne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home. Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often unseen animals that live in pond water.

Afternoon

FAM5 1:30 pm SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO’S RAPTORS – Wild Ontario – Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do. (outdoors)

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Register online NOW  www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

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WHAT’S THE ‘FLAP’ ALL ABOUT?

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1FLAPGRAPHIC (1)One has only to log on to their website www.flap.org to fully understand what the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is all about.

There, at the top right hand corner of their Home Page is a silhouette of a bird on its back. Beside it is a digital counter. 30,765 is the estimated number of migratory birds that have died in window collisions across North America as I write this. The counter doesn’t stop. The numbers keep climbing.

That is the cold hard truth that FLAP CANADA battles with every day. They are the first organization in the world to address the issue of birds in collisions with buildings and are constantly working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education, policy development, research, rescue and rehabilitation.

Across North America, the estimated number of migrating birds killed annually in collisions with buildings ranges from 100 million to 1 billion birds.

Many ornithologists now claim that collisions with human-built structures are the leading cause of migratory bird mortality in North America. North America sits beneath four of the world’s busiest migratory bird corridors: the Pacific, Central, Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. The Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways send birds across and around the Great Lakes. This natural passage offers visual cues for birds to follow and provides major stopover areas where birds rest and feed throughout their journey. Tragically, coastlines that were once unobstructed to migration are now obstructed by the tall, lighted office towers and reflective buildings of our urban areas—a deadly obstacle course for migrating birds.

HOW FLAP HELPS MIGRATING BIRDS

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The Fatal Light Awareness Program is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, and sustained by the tremendous efforts of approximately 100 dedicated volunteers. Since 1993, volunteers have picked up tens of thousands of injured or dead birds from 167 species in the Toronto region alone. Sadly, about 60% of the birds recovered by FLAP are found dead. Over 80% of the injured birds rescued by FLAP volunteers are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP 

Join us Monday May 30 at 7:15 PM for A43 – WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT? PalomaplantPaloma Plant, a founding member and the project coordinator for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, will talk about this migratory bird rescue and advocacy group. The Fatal Light Awareness Program is sustained by a terrific group of volunteers. FLAP was the first organization in the world to raise concerns about bird collisions. They have instigated many changes to building design and lighting in urban areas. Paloma Plant is one of 3 staff, and is responsible for all the public outreach and education programs, as well as coordinating the more than 90 volunteers and all rescue activities for the building collision monitoring programs that FLAP has pioneered since its inception in 1993. She has been working with wildlife in one capacity or another for over 25 years, and is also a founding member of OWREN, the Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network. She lives with her family and pets in a rural community where she can enjoy birds in a more relaxed setting.

 

A43 – 7:15 pm MONDAY MAY 30 – WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT?

Register and pay online

http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

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WINGS OF CHANGE

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Consider the Monarch Butterfly and the troubles they must contend with throughout North America. Illegal logging, use of pesticides and herbicides, habitat loss and the misunderstanding of milkweed (its only host plant) have led to its demise.

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Thankfully, concerned groups have taken up the cause. In the fall of 2014, a newly formed community group, “Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores” spearheaded by naturalists’, Melitta Smole, Stew Nutt and Kerry Jarvis was formed. They were determined to make a difference with their ambitious plans of creating butterfly garden friendly pods throughout Saugeen Shores to help save the Monarchs. Their purpose was to provide a food source for Monarchs and other pollinators – enhance the visitors experience in Saugeen Shores and educate people on the plight of Monarch butterflies and native gardening.

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By the end of 2015, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores had planted over 1,400 native plants in 13 different pods. The largest pods are along the Lake Huron shoreline in the newly created Captain Spence Path in Southampton. Other pods were created at: Saugeen First Nation, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Perkins Park, and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. All of these pods have been certified and registered as Monarch Way Stations. Lending a hand is something Canadians do well. In year one of this project, over 60 volunteers contributed over 1,720 hours to assist our troubled Monarchs. (Story and photographs by Kerry Jarvis)

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Join Kerry Jarvis as he showcases some very special gardens throughout Saugeen Shores.

A34 – SUNDAY, MAY 29 – 1:30 pm – SAUGEEN SHORES BUTTERFLY TRAIL This workshop will start with a walk along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton, where Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores planted over 1000 native plants! Planting native plants and providing shelter, water and food are key ingredients in attracting birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to your property. You’ll learn about the “magic plants” that are magnets for birds, butterflies, caterpillars and mammals and the hidden secrets in successful gardening.

 REGISTER FOR A34 – SAUGEEN SHORES BUTTERFLY TRAIL – ONLINE – NOW

http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

Registration inquiries: 519-389-6231 birdfest@rogers.com

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‘MR. LONELY’ IS LOOKING FOR “PLOVER LOVERS”!

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Mr. Lonely

With permission, Hart’s Tongue Herald (Spring, 2016) Owen Sound Field Naturalists

We know there are more than a few Plover Lover’s out there. If not, the above story  from Cheryl Ferguson should be enough to pique your interest, or at least warm your heart.

On that note, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival invites you to join Stewart Nutt for a trip to the Piping Plover nesting sites at Sauble Beach to experience the unique, fragile world of these special birds and what is being done to help this species survive.

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StewHere’s what Stewart has to say about there brave and beautiful birds:Sometimes, we are presented with unique opportunities that can change our lives. For me this opportunity came in the summer of 2007 when the endangered Piping Plovers arrived and established a nest at Sauble Beach. Their presence so close to home marked the beginning of now continuing efforts to see that the Plover’s return becomes an annual event, helping to secure their survival. These birds build their nests, mere scrapes in the sand, on the beach close to the shoreline and usually in the same area. This becomes their habitat for feeding, nesting and raising young. Such habitats are mostly inhospitable for survival as many beach areas are used for beach and water-based recreation. They are also, of course, used for development. As such Piping Plovers are struggling to survive. They are forced to battle the elements, human encroachment, and many predators.

Image 3You’ll observe the Plovers’ behaviors including: courtship, feeding, life history. Territorial displays and fierce protection will be observed and explained as well as local attempts to protect these charismatic, endangered birds.

Stewart will be leading three separate events to the nesting sites. All you need to do is pick one to become an official Plover Lover.

A7Friday, May 27 – 1:30 pmARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER?

B29 – Saturday, June 4 – 1:30 pmARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER?

B14Friday, June 3 – 1:30 pm – WOULDN’T IT BE PLOVERLY

 REGISTER ON LINE: http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

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Wiercinski Weights In…

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Mark BinocsMark Wiercinski is an original (in more ways than one). He has been leading HFBF events year after year with the same passion and enthusiasm as he did on his very first hike…but with more (or less) gray hair. If you haven’t signed up for any of Mark’s popular events…do so now. They fill up fast. His rambling humour in the field is not to be missed. We asked Mark what he would sign up for if he wasn’t busy leading three events himself. Here’s his inside look at his favourites. You might want to register for his recommendations yourself.

“What would I attend? says Mark….

Anything with Willy Waterton…He is just too good of a photographer to pass up and he has a lot of very good local history and passion for the place here.”

Willy Waterton ww copyA10 (NEW) 8:15 pm SUNSET AT THE HURON SHORE – Willy Waterton – Most people go inside after the sun sets but this is when some of the most stunning light occurs. This workshop will give you tips on taking images of the setting sun and twilight using your smartphone to DSLR. If you have a tripod, bring it along.

A38 8:00 am THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton takes you on a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book The “The Bruce Beckons”. You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years.

B2 (NEW) 8:00 am MORE OF THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS – Willy Waterton – icontinue his quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book “The Bruce Beckons”. You will spend the day hiking and exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years. This trip involves more hiking than A38.

“Lyle Freisen’s Key Note presentation should be good and you get a meal to boot and umm wine ! duh ! Gotta go to the Saturday night show.”

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A23 4:30 pm SOCIAL 5:30 pm BANQUET & PRESENTATIONLust & Domain: An Exploration into Why Birds Sing Dr. Lyle Friesen – Recent advances in the field of bioacoustics have revealed that birds communicate in highly sophisticated ways. The mysteries of the dawn chorus, a sublime avian phenomenon, will be highlighted. Champion singers, those with the most complex songs, the largest repertoire or that are marathon singers, will be identified. (St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Port Elgin, Roast Beef Buffet, vegetarian option available). (Early Bird Price – $40 extra per person – after April 15 or for banquet/presentation only – $50 extra per person). Casual, bar available, pre-registration required, silent auction. Contact registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions. (limit 110)

Brewer6“I am always drawn to the mist nets/banding demos and whatever is in the nets.I am addicted to the data and the hands-on part of it. I would be a lousy participant though…would have to get my hands in there

BIRD BANDING – 6:00 am to noon – weather permittingSaturday May 26 – Sunday May 29 – Saturday June 4 – Sunday June 5

 

Bob Gray“Bob Gray’s way with Geology. He can make anything interesting .. and he is pretty darned smart too.”

B10 7:30 am A GEOLOGICAL JOURNEYBob Gray – Exploring spectacular caves, deep gorges and a scenic broad glacial re-entrant valley along the Niagara Escarpment in eastern Grey County. (difficult, car pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

“The Dragonfly/Damselfly and The Spider Programs. I need to brush up on them. I have tried to get better at them. I suspect they would keep me going. And spiders have pretty twisted sex lives…bondage and stuff.”

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A33 1:30 pm DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES John Reaume – Damselflies and dragonflies are members of the order Odonata meaning “toothed ones” which reference their awesome mouth parts. We will attempt to capture some of them in butterfly nets for closer examination. (easy, car-pool, bring binoculars/cameras/butterfly nets/field guides if you have them) (limit 20)

A36 (NEW) 7:15 pm SPIDERS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA – John Reaume – Spiders have a bad reputation but in reality they are fascinating creatures. John will talk about their unique anatomy and interesting behaviours. Webs are not just for catching prey! Learn how to observe them. Understanding spiders will make you appreciate them more – it’s true! (indoors) (limit 60)

“The Wild Ontario demo that’s part of the Family Weekend. Anything with hawks is awesome.”

IMG_1359.JPGFAM5 1:30 pm SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO’S RAPTORS – Wild Ontario – Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do. (outdoors)

“And Mark Peck’s programs…his dad is a legend and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree for Mark…smart guy…lots of talent and manages the biggest database of bird stuff in Eastern Canada.”

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B18 6:30 am BIRDING THE BEYOND – Mark will travel backroads and byways beyond the Park boundaries searching for various habitats and their niche birds. Knowing Mark, an expert on “nidiology”, you’ll find a nest or two also. (easy, car-pool, bring lunch) (limit 20)

B37 8:00 am NEST QUEST – On a leisurely walk in the park, Mark will show you how to take your love of birding to the next level. Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while expanding their observation skills and learning about the nests of breeding birds. (easy, car-pool) (limit 20)

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Registration and payment is available online now!

http://www.huronfringebirdingfestival.ca

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Registration inquiries: birdfest@rogers.com or 519-389-6231

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HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART 5 – FAMILY TIME! AND MORE.

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New for 2015 – Parallel to our regular program we offered an new FAMILY WEEKEND PACKAGE that included Bird Banding, Birding 101, Afternoon Outdoor Adventures, Nest Box Building, Pond Exploration, Birds of Prey from Wild Ontario and a Campfire Program…all for the children. And it looks like they’re having a great time!

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire – With Bino Boy’s binocular vision and Elytra Girl’s power of magnifying, the kids use their senses to discover what can be found in nature in an entertaining way!

Richard Tofflemire dons his giant binoculars to transform himself into BINO BOY!

Richard Tofflemire dons his giant binoculars to transform himself into BINO BOY!

Looking at the world through insect eyes…when he puts on Bino Boy's special glasses.

Looking at the world through insect eyes…when he puts on Bino Boy’s special glasses.

HAPPY CHICKADEE NEST BOXES BUILDERS. No carpentry skills required. 

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DAVE BREWER SET UP HIS NETS AND SPREAD SOME SEED TO ATTRACT BIRDS FOR HIS NEXT MORNING’S BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATION. THIS WET AND HUNGRY CREATIVE WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE.

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KERRY JARVIS SENT IN THIS NOTE ABOUT SCOTT TAYLOR’S  BIRDING AND BOTANY HIKE AT INVERHURON PROVINCIAL PARK

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Scott is holding a water snake. Scott grew up in this area as a boy and is now working with Cornell University Ornithology. This interesting thing is that his dad, Bob Taylor was on the hike. It was nice to see father and son on an outing.

Scott and participants use Newcombe’s book to identify a plant.

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KERRY JARVIS ALSO CONDUCTED TWO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS DURING THE FESTIVAL. HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF HIS PARTICIPANTS PRACTICING THIER NEWLY LEARNED TIPS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE FIELD.

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 Landscape Photography along Southampton Beach

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“Landscape Photographyis a new photo workshop where we made 7 stops from the park to Southampton exploring and photographing the theme of water, nature and man’s intervention with nature. 

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Photographing the MacGregor Point shoreline was a new photo workshop at this year’s festival led by Kerry Jarvis. Participants had an opportunity to photograph the unique, rugged shoreline.

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“You really don’t need to travel the world to see beauty, its all here at MacGregor,” explained one enthusiastic photographer. 

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HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART TWO – BIRDS AND OTHER THINGS.

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Bill O’Keefe explains why the apples at the O’Keefe Grange are so special. After years of collecting and growing over 200 varieties of apples and pears trees, he has a lot to talk about. And the blossoms behind him testify to another great year.

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This was Todd Pepper’s first experience as a HFBF Leader and he was happy with what he found on his Friday hike…an Acadian Flycatcher at Isaac Lake. (Correction…A mistake was made on the photo of the bird and it was determined by some that it was a Least Flycatcher. The Acadian was heard according to the hike leader but that is not the picture of the Acadian Flycatcher that was heard. )

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This little tidbit (as it were) from Fred Jazvac:

ploverWe opened our day at with Alfred Raab at Sauble where the Piping Plovers are. A Merlin flew within feet of us, made an abrupt turn and picked up a brown small bird right off the ground and began eating it on a near by post in full view.  He ate the bird in minutes. The agility and speed of this bird was amazing as it plucked the bird from the ground.  The bird didn’t have a chance.  The Merlin was not intimidated by our presence. This is worrying news as the brown bird was taken about 100 feet from the Piping Plover cage.  Thanks for the great day, Alfred.  We saw 81 species of birds on an all day hike with Alfred starting at 6:00 AM.  We started at Sauble and finished at Sky Lake.

 The Bruce Re-Beckons with Willy Waterton and Audrey Armstrong.

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Willy took us on a tour rediscovering the Peninsula based on the 1952 book The Bruce Beckons by Sherwood Fox. While we covered many sites of historical interest, this gem stood out.  

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Heading up the 40 Hills Road we stopped at St. Margaret’s Chapel.

It’s a beautiful little church, “built of the stones of its own hills and valleys,” in true turn of the century Anglican tradition.The dolomite limestone blocks are cut large and thick giving the small building a stance that says it will stand for ages.

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 The interior is finished in dark timber with oak pews.

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THERE WILL ME MORE HFBF HAPPENINGS AS THEY HAPPEN AS THE SECOND HURON FRINGE LONG WEEKEND IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. KEEP US LOGGED IN.