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BIRDING WITH BURRELL

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Mike Burrell will be a busy birder at MacGregor Point during this year’s Festival leading three Events. But that’s nothing new to him since he’s been a keen naturalist ever since he was a boy.

MVB_BY_johnBrunjesHis parents introduced him to birds and all other aspects of the natural world at a young age. In high school Mike spent much of his spare time volunteering at Long Point Bird Observatory. He became a “serious” birder at the age of fifteen after learning from some great mentors during his time at the Observatory and working at Algonquin Park where he really got hooked. Since then he has completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University and a Masters of Science in Forestry Degree from the University of Toronto, both while completing fieldwork and theses on bird ecology in Ontario. He has worked for Long Point Bird Observatory, the Ministry of Natural Resources and several private consulting firms. Mike is Ontario Important Bird Areas Co-coordinator for Bird Studies Canada on the Important Bird Area Program and devotes much of his spare time to Citizen Science projects like eBird. Mike is part of Bird Studies Canada and has quickly become one of Canada’s top birders as well as an avid advocate of using eBird to record sightings. His passion about keeping records accessible to everyone has driven his support for the use of eBird. Join Mike as he birds some of our areas prime birding areas and demonstrates the power behind the use of eBird. Since its humble beginnings in 2002, eBird has captured the imagination of thousands of birders around the world. Birders are now flocking to the website to upload their bird sightings into the online database which is maintained by scientists and volunteers. The growth of eBird is incredible and as membership increases so to does our understanding of bird distribution and abundance patterns. eBird is already an important tool for making bird conservation decisions and will continue to be in the future. On top of its conservation implications, it opens up this vast amount of data to anyone interested and will surely make us all better birders and record keepers. There are lots of incentives too, with a variety of user stats available.

Go birding with Mike and talk to him on how you can get involved, and what eBird is already teaching us about Ontario’s birds. Take advantage of his expertise and knowledge and become a better birder by registering for these events at HFBF.

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A7 – 7:00 AM – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S BOUNDARY – Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots around the edge of MacGregor Point. We will rack up a surprising list without going too far. Several warbler species, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak as well as a few grassland species are all possibilities.

A11 – 6:30 AM – HURON SHORE TO MALCOLM BLUFFS – Mike covers all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity. We may even find a Cerulean Warbler.

A41 – 1:30 PM – BIRDING & EBIRD ENTRY – Grab your binoculars AND your notebooks. We’ll go for a short walk to find some birds around the Visitor Centre. Then Mike will introduce you to eBird. You’ll find out how easy it is to contribute your everyday bird observations to this massive citizen science project.

 ON-LINE REGISTRATION http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events

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MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 tor JUNE 1 -2014

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

Email: birdfest@rogers.com

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One of the 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction

One of the 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second straight year. The Only Birding Festival in Ontario to earn this distinction

Photo by John Brunjes

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Meet Dr. Doug Tozer.

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THE “LOVE OF BIRDS”  A VIDEO FEATURING A VERY YOUNG DR. DOUG TOZER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL BANQUET. HIS TOPIC WILL BE “LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US.

Dr. Doug Tozer, a graduate of the Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. program at Trent University, has always been fascinated by birds. And what started out as a childhood hobby, bird watching in Algonquin Park with his parents, has since become his life-long passion and research pursuit. 

Working under the supervision of Trent Biology professor Dr. Erica Nol, Dr. Tozer completed both his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. at Trent. During his masters program, he studied the nesting biology of bitterns, rails, and blackbirds in cattail marshes. Dr. Tozer’s doctoral research explored whether current selection-logging techniques in maple-dominated forests in central Ontario maintain woodpecker populations.

His research and passion for birds is highlighted in a new video, called A Love of Birds. Filmed by Dr. Tozer’s own Ph.D. field assistant, Hugo Kitching and colleague Terry Myers, the short documentary will be used as part of the natural and human history interpretive program run by The Fiends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks in Algonquin Park. The video shows Dr. Tozer in his element, communing with the birds of Algonquin Park.

In speaking about what he enjoys most about his research, Dr. Tozer says: “I love being outside and getting to see inside the nests of woodpeckers, something that virtually nobody else gets to do on a regular basis. Ultimately, though, it’s that the research is applied and that the results are directly usable by land managers. I hope that my research will enhance the quality of how we manage our forests in Ontario.”

Dr. Doug Tozer. See and hear him Saturday May 23, at the HFBF Banquet.

Dr. Doug Tozer. See and hear him Saturday May 23, at the HFBF Banquet.

THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR: A BIRD MIGRATION HOTSPOT

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  A Special Presentation by Justin Peter – B29 – Saturday May 31 – 7:15 PM

Gibraltar

The Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco beyond.

Each autumn, millions of birds that breed in Europe migrate to Africa to spend the winter. The trip is not necessarily a direct one, since many birds will avoid crossing the Mediterranean Sea at all costs. The Strait of Gibraltar in between Spain and Morocco represents the shortest distance between the western half of Europe and Africa and consequently Spain acts as a ‘funnel’ for hundreds of thousands of these birds.

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Short-toed Snake Eagle

The Strait is an ideal location to study migratory patterns of European birds as well as changes in their populations. In 2010, Justin Peter volunteered for a non-profit organization that monitors bird migration there, with a particular interest in raptors and other soaring birds. In his illustrated talk, he will shed some light on the mysteries of bird migration across the Strait of Gibraltar and on his experiences there.

Justin truly lives “for the birds”. In fact, he cannot remember a time when he was not interested in birds and nature.

Justin & Snowy

He spent much of his childhood consulting his considerable nature book collection. At age 14, a family friend invited Justin to attend the birding course he was teaching for adults as part of the local school board’s continuing education program. He soon assumed the role of unofficial assistant in the classroom as well as co-leader and, later, leader of the field excursions.

After university studies that saw his interest in nature fall temporarily to the wayside, he soon re-directed his interests to the outdoors, landing work as a seasonal, and then full-time interpretive naturalist at Gatineau Park, a federally managed park in Quebec near Ottawa.

Three years later, he began full-time work as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin Park, where spent almost 7 years, organizing the park’s educational programming based at the Visitor Centre, recruiting and mentoring promising young interpretive naturalists, and assisting with various park management activities.

Justin joined Quest Nature Tours in 2013 as Director of Programs, where he continues to apply and expand his interests in wildlife (including birds, of course!) On the side, Justin has participated in various bird-related projects. He married his interests in birds and in languages by participating in a migration-monitoring program at the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain.

He also did a stint as a bird-banding assistant at the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac in Quebec. His very favourite thing will always be leading bird walks. He is particularly interested in bird behavior and vocalizations, and enjoys raising others’ awareness of these aspects in the field.

Justin Peter – The Strait of Gibraltar: A Bird Migration Hotspot – B29 – Saturday May 31 – 7:15 PM

ALSO – B32 – Birding the Tower Trail – Sunday, June 1 – 6:30 AM.  Justin guides you on a hike along the Tower Trail and the Ducks Unlimited Pond from both the viewing tower and the bird blind. The habitat is a mixture of wetlands and hardwood  forests.

REGISTER NOW AT: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org 

Come see what he is looking at. Justin counting raptors at the Strait of Gibraltar.

Come see what he is looking at. Justin counting raptors at the Strait of Gibraltar.

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL – ONE OF THE TOP 100 FESTIVALS IN ON TARIO

Huron Fringe Birding Festival  - Recognized as One of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontariobrdfest2

MAY 23 to MAY 26  & MAY 29 to JUNE 1

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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Email: birdfest@rogers.com

MEET MIKE BURRELL

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Photo by John Brunjes

Photo by John Brunjes

Mike Burrell will be a busy birder for his first venture at HFBF. He will be leading two hikes, making two presentations and organizing an information booth over his time at MacGregor Point. But that’s nothing new to him since birds have been an integral part of his life for quite a while.

Mike Burrell has been a keen naturalist ever since he was a boy. His parents introduced him to birds and all other aspects of the natural world at a young age. In high school Mike spent much of his spare time volunteering at Long Point Bird Observatory and working at Algonquin Park where he really got hooked. Since then he has completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University and a Masters of Science in Forestry Degree from the University of Toronto, both while completing fieldwork and theses on bird ecology in Ontario. Since then he has worked for Long Point Bird Observatory, the Ministry of Natural Resources and several private consulting firms. Mike is the Ontario Important Bird Areas Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada on the Important Bird Area Program and devotes much of his spare time to Citizen Science projects like eBird.

Take advantage of his expertise and knowledge and become a better birder by putting these programs on your HFBF agenda.

AROUND THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR – A15 – May 24 –  @ 6:30 AM

Join Mike for a morning of birding some of the hotspots near MacGregor Point. Several warbler species, Indigo Buntings, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, as well as several other unique species are likely finds.

MAKE YOUR SIGHTINGS COUNT – A20 – May 24 –  @1:30 PM

Mike will present an overview of the Citizen Science project eBird, a comprehensive online bird database that is revolutionizing how birders go about their business. Contributing is simple and there are loads of fun tools that allow anyone to explore this huge database. Other Citizen Science projects will also be discussed.

Since its humble beginnings in 2002, eBird has captured the imagination of thousands of birders around the world. Birders are now flocking to the website to upload their bird sightings into the online database which is maintained by scientists and volunteers. Between 2006 (when the Canadian eBird portal was launched) and 2010, nearly 3000 users reported bird sightings to eBird in Ontario. During 2013 in Ontario volunteer eBirders submitted over ONE MILLION bird observations s! The growth of eBird is incredible and as membership increases so to does our understanding of bird distribution and abundance patterns. eBird is already an important tool for making bird conservation decisions and will continue to be in the future. On top of its conservation implications, it opens up this vast amount of data to anyone interested and will surely make us all better birders and record keepers. There are lots of incentives too, with a variety of user stats available. Come hear how you can get involved, and what eBird is already teaching us about Ontario’s birds.

For more information click here: http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/featured-ebirder-mike-burrell/

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BIRD STUDIES CANADA BOOTH – Lunchtime on Saturday

Did you know that 70 sites in Ontario have been identified as Important Bird Areas? Stop in at the Important Bird Areas Booth to find out more about this and other programs that Bird Studies Canada offers and how you can be involved in helping to understand, appreciate and conserve our birds.

BIRDING THE PERIPHERY OF THE PARK  – A38 – May 26 –  @ 6:30 AM

Grab your binoculars AND notebooks! While we are out enjoying the birds we will also be contributing to one of the biggest Citizen Science projects ever – eBird. After the hike we’ll have a quick demo of how simple it is to really make your observations count.  (Easy, car-pool – Limit 20)

Ontario’s Important Bird Areas Program: Critical Sites for Birds and Biodiversity – A42 – May 26 –  @ 7:15 PM (indoors – limit 60)

Come hear about some of Ontario’s most important sites for bird conservation and how your help can make a difference on a global scale. Ontario’s Important Bird Areas Program is a global initiative to identify, monitor, and conserve the world’s most important sites for birds and biodiversity. Using scientific criteria, nearly 600 Canadian sites have been designated. IBAs are found throughout the country. Ontario’s 70 IBAs cover more than 23,000 km2, largely along the coasts of the Great Lakes and Hudson and James Bays. Most sites regularly host large concentrations of birds, or significant numbers of species at risk. Join Mike Burrell to find out more about these amazing sites and learn how you can help make a difference.

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MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 tor JUNE 1 -2014

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org – ON-LINE REGISTRATION 

 Email: birdfest@rogers.com

 Like us on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Friends-of-MacGregor-Point-Park/101912730956