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Tree ID with Jim Coles

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How often have you walked through a forest looking at the young as well as the mature trees wondering just what kind of tree they were? In the two events Jim is leading in the festival he will show you how to identify those trees using the twigs and leaves and also show why specific trees grow in specific soil and sunlight habitats. Going for a walk through the woods is fun but learning about the woods you walk through is even more satisfying.


Since birds live in and near trees you will probably also see and hear several species of birds along the way and knowing what species of trees are around will also help you know what species of birds will be inhabiting the area. In one of his hikes Jim will take you through his property and talk about forest management while on the other hike he will talk about the trees around the visitor centre and due to habitat why these are the species of trees that grow here.

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Trees make up a large part of the natural environment and if there’s something you want to know about them, Jim is the person to ask. Check out these half-day hikes on the afternoons of Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th and really let your knowledge of trees start to blossom.


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April 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

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The Big Sit with Margaret Anderton

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How often have you gone to look for birds but have them fly away from you as soon as you approach closely enough for a good view? Often it’s better to find a good bird habitat and sit down and wait for the birds to feel comfortable to have you included in their world. At home I find that when I go outside the birds head for the farthest tree to hide but after sitting for a few minutes those same birds come back quite close and don’t mind my presence as long as there are no fast movements.

Therefore we have a relaxing appropriately named event…The Big Sit…!!

Margaret is an excellent and knowledgeable birder and as you can see from her Bio a member of the Bruce Birding Club. If you aren’t up to some longer times hiking the trail, and have some time for a nice relaxing Friday morning to enjoy some birds check this event out.

Bring your binoculars, bring your camera and bring your lawn chair for an enjoyable way to bird and partake of what nature has to offer.

Follow this link and look for The Big Sit on Friday morning June 2 2017.

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March 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

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Birding the Edge of MacGregor with Henrique Pacheco

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MacGregor Park is always a great spot to find birds in May and hiking with a knowledgeable and experienced leader like Henrique Pacheco will make this hike one to remember. You can see from the leaders biographies that Henrique, although one of the junior leaders in years, has a great deal of birding experience behind him.


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As well as seeing many species of warblers and other birds along this hike, Henrique will be able to answer questions you have about the habitat and the birds you see. Some that have been seen along the edge of MacGregor Park are the Hooded, Blue and Golden-winged warblers as well as many water birds. Check out the list of 245 species of birds that have been seen during the past year of the festival.

Henrique is leading a Saturday morning hike this year so if you like to wander a few trails, see some nice birds and learn from a keen young leader, sign up and enjoy a leisurely hike in the great outdoors.


Pied-billed grebes at MacGregor Park in the Ducks Unlimited wetland.

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March 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

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Malcolm Bluffs and Cape Croker with Alfred Raab

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The area that this hike covers does indeed often turn up some very special birds and the person that leads these hikes is a VERY knowledgeable birder. Alfred lives in the Bruce Peninsula in the summer and spends much of the winter birding and leading birding hikes in Panama in the months that only the hardy birds stay here.

Alfred’s eyes and his ears are always tuned to the forest or the grasslands and he can identify more species than I’ve ever seen. I think a trip to Panama in the winter may be in our future J.

Alfred leads OFO hikes as well as local hikes for the Bruce Birding Club and when he takes us up in the Malcolm Bluff and Cape Croker area we’re pretty well assured of seeing some fairly rare and interesting birds. Last year at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival those included Hooded, Cerulean and Mourning warblers to name but a few. Last year the Cape Croker area also provided great views of a Loggerhead shrike as well as several Wilsons snipe. There are always surprise birds that show up and having Alfred leading the hike and describing what he hears and pointing out where the bird might be is invaluable. If you are planning a birding trip in the winter Alfred can also give you an idea as to what might be on the birding list for a trip to Panama.

Here’s the view we had of a Mourning warbler at Malcolm Bluff in 2016.

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This is the Loggerhead shrike that was hunting in the ditch near Cape Croker.

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If you want to see some great birds in their beautiful habitat and have a very knowledgeable leader to learn from check out the Huron Fringe Birding Festival schedule and take a hike with Alfred at Malcolm Bluffs and Cape Croker.

Check out his events with the link below.

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March 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm

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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.

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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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