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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS.

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When May of 2017 rolls around we will have been presenting the Huron Fringe Birding festival for 20 years.

From our simple beginning – a one day Festival of 3 0r 4 events – to now with over 80 events over 8 days – we like to think we’ve grown into one of Canada’s Premier Birding and Nature Festivals for good reason. We feature not only birding, but botany, photography, nature hikes, workshops, evening presentations, a Family Weekend Package and more.

In preparation for our 20th Festival we’ve made arrangements with some original and former leaders – like Martin & Kathy Parker, Doug Martin, Will Waterton, and Mark Wiercinski, to bring back their expertise to a new audience. As well as adding new presenters and leaders like Steve Burrows, Erin Mallon, Sciensational Snakes, Walter Muma and Birding By Boat, to name just a few. It will be a brand new and exciting program designed to refresh old acquaintances and develop new ones.

Plus, Ethan Melag will be our keynote presenter at our Social and Banquet Presentation…and that’s always entertaining.

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So, take note of these dates and come share in the celebration of 20 years of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.

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ON-LINE REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1, 2017

And if you want to keep up-to-date on birds and birding until HFBF returns, log on to http://www.bobandannemarie.wordpress.com. Bob and Anne Marie will keep you informed with words and pictures of their birding adventures and the Bruce Birding Club. Well worth following.

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

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ARE WE IN YOUR CALENDAR?

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THAT WAS THE FESTIVAL THAT WAS

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The 18th Huron Fringe Birding Festival is now in the records.

And, what a record it is. Thanks to all our loyal and enthusiastic attendees, the Festival (without considering the Family Weekend) grew in attendance by 10%; with the addition of the Family Weekend the growth was 40%. All in all we welcomed 450 registrants to our home base in MacGregor Point Provincial Park situated at the base of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, which is a natural migration corridor.

A Liz Addison photograph.

A Liz Addison photograph.

The 275 regular program registrants were well above the 259 in 2014. An all-time high of 197 bird species were sighted.

The Festival held its first, highly successful, Family Weekend with 89 registrants…and will continue in 2016.

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We were selected as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario for the second year in a row.

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

Nor can we forget our partners, corporate and community sponsors and our silent auction donors. Their support has helped HFBF immensely.

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Your Program Committee is well on its way with plans to make the 2016 Huron Fringe Birding Festival even better, so take note of the information below.

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This Blog will return with news of the upcoming HFBF program of events sometime in September. Stay linked in. Have a good summer.

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HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART 6 – BIRD BANDING WITH THE KIDS

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Bird Banding was one of the highlights of our Family Weekend.

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It was the one place where children could actually see, touch and learn more about birds. And David Brewer was as attentive with the kids as he was with the birds. Probably because David started birding at their age; when he got his first bicycle, at about age eleven.

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He got his master bird-banding permit at seventeen. By profession he is an organic chemist, with degrees from Cambridge and Glasgow. Much of his spare time in Scotland was spent banding Gannets and has the scars to prove it. After graduation he did a years’ fellowship at the University of Arizona, from where he made many forays into Mexico, thereby starting one of his major interests, Neotropical birds. Since retirement from Uniroyal Chemical in Guelph he has spent his time travelling (to all seven continents), guiding on Polar cruises  (he’s been to Antarctica twenty-five times and the North Pole three) and writing bird books, including a birders’ guide to Central America. His main interests are bird conservation, banding and migration.

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He was asked if the bird was a “boy or girl”. He demonstrates a sure fire way to find the quick answer. Blow on its belly and see what you find.

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Give them a moment and they’ll be gone. No harm done.

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Take off time. See you all next year. You’ll recognize me by my band.

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MAY 27 – MAY 30 AND JUNE 2 – JUNE 5 – 2016

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All photographs courtesy  of Norma Nanni and her IPad. 

HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART 4 – DAMSELFLIES AND DRAGON FLIES – NO BIRDS

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It was a hot and humid afternoon at the DU Pond Friday…perfect weather for Dragon hunting. John Reaume showed us how to capture and identify some of the 171 or so species that have been recorded in Ontario. There are 77 confirmed species in Grey County and 87 confirmed species in Bruce County. At the end of the day I, personally, still couldn’t tell the difference between Dragons and Damsels – or – ever remember how to tell them apart.

But I got some great shots – so, you see, the HFBF is not just about birds. These amazing predators have wings too.

John Reaume explains netting technique…its didn't take us long to start capturing these speedy creatures.

John Reaume explains netting technique…its didn’t take us long to start capturing these speedy creatures.

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BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO HFBF

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 “Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all their senses…”Audubon Nature Preschool

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As one of Canada’s Premier Birding and Nature Festivals we are introducing an exciting new FAMILY WEEKEND PACKAGE parallel to our regular program. It features family-oriented programs and activities on the Saturday and Sunday of the 2nd weekend of the Festival.  

You and your children will witness Bird Banding and be able to Learn Birding 102 as a family friendly activity. There are Afternoon Outdoor Adventures for the children, Nest Box Building, Pond Exploration, Birds of Prey from Wild Ontarioa Campfire Program and so much more.

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL FAMILY WEEKEND

SATURDAY MAY 30

Morning

6:00 am to noon – BIRD BANDING – Dave Brewer

FAM1 – 9:00 AM – BIRDING 101 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell – Birding is a family-friendly hobby. Doug will talk about the equipment needed; how to recognize family friendly field guides and, of course, how to identify birds. (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 – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire –Time to go on an outdoor adventure! With Bino Boy’s binocular vision and Elytra Girl’s power of magnifying, we’ll be out to discover all that can be found in an exciting, entertaining way!

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CHICKADEE NEST BOXES – Kerry Jarvis – Build a chickadee nest box. No carpentry skills are required. Participants will assemble their own boxes. Imagine the thrill of seeing a Black-capped Chickadee choose your nest box to raise its family! (Chickadee nest box kit – $10 extra per child)

Evening

FAM3 – 7:15 PM – DOWN WITH DR. ENTO – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Matt Cunliffe – Fascinated by the insect world? You can learn more about these incredible creepy crawlers from world renowned Dr. EntoMologist, through songs, games and trivia 6 legs, 3 body parts, 1 campfire

SUNDAY MAY 31

Morning

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

POND EXPLORATION – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire – Join Richard and Andalynne 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.

BIRDING 102 FOR FAMILIES – Doug Pedwell – This hike will take place at the Duck’s Unlimited wetland where we will use the bird blind and the tower to see what is in the wetlands. (car required)

Afternoon

FAM5 – 1:30 PM – BIRDS OF PREY – Wild Ontario – Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are supported by non-releasable birds of prey during a program that is loaded with fantastic facts, a healthy dose of humour, an inspiring message and lots of “WOW” moments. (outdoors)

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.

“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, birds and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime.” Robin Moore & Herb Wong - A Joseph Nanni photograph

“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, birds and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime.” Robin Moore & Herb Wong – A Joseph Nanni photograph

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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

 FESTIVAL FEES 

INDIVIDUAL: 

8 Day Festival – $140. – 4 Day Weekend – $100. –  Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend – $75.

STUDENT:

8 Day Festival – $85. – 4 Day Weekend – $60. – Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend – $45.

CHILD: (5 – 12 – accompanied by an adult)

8 Day Festival – $55. – 4 Day Weekend – $40. – Saturday & Sunday/Family Weekend – $30.

SINGLE EVENT FEES: (Single Event Fees Only Apply if your are NOT Purchasing a Festival, 4 Day Weekend, Saturday & Sunday or Family Weekend Pass. All additional fees are per listed event. Fees include Park entrance fee.)

HALF DAY EVENT: Individual – $20. Student – $15. Child – $9.

EVENING EVENT:   Individual – $10. Student – $10. Child – $8.

ALL DAY EVENT:     Individual – $40. Student – $30. Child – $18.

Park camping reservations – www.ontarioparks.com

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Email: birdfest@rogers.com.

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

LAUNCH DAY – HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL

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The day dawned grey, overcast and cold. The chill wind off Lake Huron was unforgiving. After a week of cold, rain- filled days the forecasted promise of sunshine was no where in sight. It was 2 degrees at 5:30 AM at the Registration Tent when the ladies arrived to get ready to welcome the first wave of eager event participants at 6:00 AM.

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A little later Doug Pedwell, on behalf of the HFBF Committee paid tribute to some of its generous sponsors with a special breakfast and presentation in the warmish Visitor’s Centre.

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Not all of our sponsors were there, but those that were  received a “Thank You Plaque” with a beautiful photo of a Piping Plover.

(Left to Right) Peter Harrison, Keith Early, Ian Anderton, Paul and Helen Crysler, John King and HFBF Committee Member Doug Pedwell.

(Left to Right) Peter Harrison, Keith Early, Ian Anderton, Paul and Helen Crysler, John King and HFBF Committee Member Doug Pedwell.

Off we go

And the 2013 Huron Fringe Birding Festival walks into its first day. 

(P.S. The sun broke through in the early afternoon).

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Just follow the signs.