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Birding South Bruce with Todd Pepper

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As the Huron Fringe Birding Festival approaches I’ll try to give you a bit more information on some of the excellent and knowledgeable leaders that take their time out to help us learn about and appreciate birding as well as other interesting topics in nature. This blog post will highlight the achievements of Todd Pepper as he became the first Canadian member of the American Birding Association to see a representative of each of the world’s 234 living avian families. That’s quite a feat in that it requires a LOT of travel and even more determination to achieve this goal.

Here are a few of the links to some of the articles written after Todd achieved his goal.

This give you an idea as to the qualifications of Todd and the good fortune you would have to be on the hike he will be leading at the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival. If there’s something you want to know about birds, he’s a person to ask. It’s difficult for me to imagine just how much knowledge Todd has stored away and I’m sure he’d love to share as much as he can of his love of birds with fellow birders. Here’s an article that was written after he achieved his world record.

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Todd will be leading an all day hike titled “Birding South Bruce” so sign up before the spots are all filled up and let Todd tell you about his birding adventures as he shows you the birds from the area.

You can check out the festival schedule of events at :

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March 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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Spring is Approaching Quickly as is the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival

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The initial rush for registration has passed by, as has February. Now as the snow has almost disappeared it’s time to take another look at other interesting events that still have a bit of room left to register for.

To find out a bit about the leaders of the events simply click on their names on the “Schedule of Events” page or on the schedule while you are considering registering for an event. You will find some of the most qualified and knowledgeable people in respect to the event they are leading. If you want to learn more about any given topic in nature these are the folks to ask. When you go on any hike they will be more than happy to answer any of your questions about nature. It’s a terrific way to learn as you also get to physically participate and feel and see nature in the beautiful areas of Bruce or Grey County.

The varied types of events in the festival include birds, trees, wildflowers, butterflies, amphibians, photography (both learning and participating), history of the areas, and natural ways of how nature provided for our ancestors. Every one of the events has a LOT to offer. I wish I could spread myself thinner and participate in them all but I’m sure over the coming years I will do just that. This festival is a terrific opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty nature has to offer and learn from some of the most knowledgeable leaders, both old and new!

Take a look over the events and fill up your weekends. It’s a once a year opportunity to get out, enjoy nature, learn more about nature and meet new friends with similar interests. There are challenging hikes, very relaxed hikes and all hikes and other events will enhance your knowledge of the natural world around you.

I’m booked solid for both weekends and looking forward to each and every early morning 🙂 Come out and join in the fun!!!

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February 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm

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The Time Has Almost Arrived!

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As midnight approaches so does the time to register for the events you would like to attend during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. February 1st is the first day for registration and since some of the events fill up quite quickly it would be good to get to your computer, log in and make sure you secure the events you are interested in!

Even if you see that some of the events you wanted to register for are full, don’t despair. There are many interesting events this year with leaders from the past festivals, new leaders, and leaders that have been giving people a chance to enjoy nature for many years. Their knowledge and expertise on several facets of nature will make it a VERY worthwhile time no matter what event you register for.

Take a look, pick your event, take a chance on something new, schedule yourself a time to thoroughly enjoy two wonderful weekends of spring.

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January 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

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20th HFBF Schedule of Events

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The chill of winter has many birds far to the south enjoying the warmth of the sun while some of us are still here enjoying the birds that spend the winter with us.

It won’t be long until the migration north starts and the sounds and colour of migrating birds fills the woods and the meadows.

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It’s time to start planning your spring and to help that along the schedule of events for the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival is now available to look over and plan for at:

then select ‘Huron Fringe Birding Festival’ tab and Schedule of Events

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There are all day events, half day events, birding events, nature events, and a banquet with keynote speaker Ethan Meleg! Depending on what level of activity you want there’s something for everyone!! Check out the events and be sure to look over the Festival Products that are available as a new addition to the festival page this year. Registration opens on February 1 2017 so be prepared as some of the events fill up quite quickly.

Come out and enjoy nature, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances!!

Several of the original leaders from the first festival 20 years ago will again share their knowledge with you as they lead some of the events! Check out the schedule and get ready for the beginning of registration on February 1st 2017.

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January 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

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Think Spring Thoughts !

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As we sit and listen about road closures, hear the wind and see the snow and ice building up in the yards it’s always nice to think about Spring and imagine how we might enjoy it!!


Here’s a Great way to enjoy the return of the birds and the smells of the great outdoors!

The 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2017


Take your calendar and mark off May 26 to May 29 and June 1 to June 4 2017. Then when Christmas is behind you and January 15th 2017 has just arrived go to the website:

and browse the schedule of events to see what most appeals to your love of birds and nature. Then February 1 2017 register online and choose your events to attend during the festival. Some events do fill up quickly so keep that in mind as you plan your choices.

Bring your binoculars and camera and join in the fun as we welcome the birds that have been living far to the south back for another season.

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There are events for all the family and a nice variety to take you places in Bruce and Grey County that you might never have visited before.

There are knowledgeable leaders that have returned from previous festivals as well as new leaders who bring their wealth of knowledge with them to lead events this year!

 Get your questions answered, experience nature at its best and meet new friends!


 Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !


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December 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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Getting Ready for the 20th Festival.

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Hello all you Followers and of course anyone that enjoys just dropping by to catch up on the Huron Fringe Birding Festival information. As the “S” word is now coming up in weather forecasts (Snow or Squalls) it’s time to enjoy the snow if you are so inclined but also to start planning your spring activities. It would be wonderful if you could include us in your plans and block off May 26-29th and June 1-4th 2017 in order to come on out and enjoy the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival. It actually includes much more than just birding so when the Schedule of Events is finalized check it out and see what events you would like to participate in. It’s always a great time to see spring birds in their finest plumage, take photos of any subject that decides to stick around long enough to zoom in on, meet new friends or renew acquaintances from past years and just enjoy whatever nature has to offer!!

This year we’ll have former leaders returning to lead some events, new leaders and new events to select from and of course many of our favourite leaders to lead events that always seem to turn up many species of birds and other wildlife to enjoy and learn about. There will be more information regarding leaders and their love of the outdoors as the spring approaches and this blog is updated 😉

The Huronfringefest blog has links on the “Blogroll” that will help you see what’s happening in this area as well as some of the other close counties to give you an idea as to what you might see while in the Bruce-Grey area. Even as the flakes of snow fall it’s always great to think about spring and the wonders of nature that appear as the ice disappears and the winter snowmen melt ;). Check out our blog to see what has been seen in past Huron Fringe Birding Festivals as well as some information already available on leaders and the fun people have had participating in the festival.

It can be this blog, links to other blogs or links to other naturalist group websites that will give you some interesting reading over the winter months and show you what might be in store for you during the time spent at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and in the area in general. Last year Snowy owls even stuck around until the middle of June and could be seen at some of the events.

In order to have an idea as to what birds are possible in the area you can go to the eBird website and “explore data” in the “region” of “Bruce” or “Grey” to see what birders have been seeing now or at other times of the year. There are various search criteria and it’s a Very good database to be able to access for birding information in other locations in the world as well. If you are in some warm place this winter (other than beside a warm stove like us) take a few minutes to become familiar with eBird see what’s happening “back home” :).

Most people now have data tablets or cell phones and an excellent app to have is “Audubon Bird Guide” App. You can set your location and quickly see what birds have been seen in a 30 mile area around you and also what rare birds have been seen in that area (using the button for “Find Birds with eBird”). Using this app you can also see what the birds will look like in spring and even check out their sounds so you’re all prepared when you head off on one of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival events 😉

Now that I’ve talked about birds and nature so much I think I’ll sign off and head out to see just what might be hiding in the hedge or what might have just blown in on this wind today. Hope to see many of you in the spring at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival and until then keep an eye on this as well as other local blogs so you’re prepared for all the fun ahead.

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November 19, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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A New Blogger at the Helm

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As one festival year ends and another starts a new blogger has also started to look after this Huron Fringe Birding Festival blog. Many thanks to Ed for his years of keeping all of you up-to-date on the events of the festival and the information on the knowlegeable presenters that make the progams so interesting. Now I (Bob Taylor) am going to try and tune my blogging skills up and hopefully don’t make too many blunders as I get the information out to you. I also have another blog as some followers might have noticed and already posted my blog to the wrong site today but hopefully I can keep things sorted out in the future :).

WIth the 20th Huron Fringe Briding Festival ahead keep tuned and get your time next year set aside as I’m sure it will a great time for birding as well as other nature activities.


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June 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

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