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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. THANKS FOR COMING.

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HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART 7 – SARAH RUPERT REPORTS IN

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SARAH RUPERT, (one of this year’s leaders), has spent many years exploring the wonder of birds and nature and she loves to share her knowledge with others through interpretive programs, writing and mixed media art. Here, she talks about her recent HFBF Event – Nature Sketching and Journaling – and sends along some photographs of her participants and what they saw.

Sarah RupertOne the best things we can do to learn more about nature is to really take the time to observe what we are seeing in the field. This is where a natural journal becomes and invaluable tool. By taking the time to make careful observations and record these observations, we begin to really understand what we are seeing, rather than just checking a name off a list. Sketching what we see can take our observations to an entirely new level! Everyone can learn to sketch in the field – the quality of the final product is not important…it’s the process of observing and recording that really matters. Nature journaling documents your adventures and helps you hone your observation skills. You’ll be surprised what you’ll be able to capture by the end of the session.

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Participants in the Nature Journaling workshop quickly became part of the environment, enjoying the sounds of a Song Sparrow and the gentle waves along the shoreline, while getting to know their subject matter.

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Dwarf Lake Iris in full bloom, much to the delight of the participants of the first weekend’s hikes.

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The view of from the Tower overlooking the DU Pond on Tower Trail is always a highlight for participants.

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A panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline from MacGregor Point Provincial Park.


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To Sarah Rupert, this windswept pine along the MacGregor Point shoreline is a classic symbol of the Lake Huron Shoreline…and more good memories.

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HFBF HAPPENINGS – PART THREE – BIRDS AND OTHER THINGS

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Jim Punnett sent in these pictures and brief synopsis of the hike with Rod Steinacher.

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ROD STEINACHER – LEADING THE ‘CABOT HEAD – A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT” HIKE

“Our hike was in the Dyers Bay Road, Dyers Bay, Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory, Sparrow Fields by Larks Whistle, and Crane Lake area.”

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“The 1st photos, Eastern Meadowlark, American Bittern & female Red-winged Blackbird on Dyers Bay road. The photos of Rod and participates were also on the road.”

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“Others were taken at the BPBO (Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory). The shipwreck was taken in the bay at the BPBO.”

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WILD COLUMBINE – SOMEWHERE ONE THE ROAD. 

“The last one is taken on Crane Lake Rd listening for sparrows.”

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And one of our young attendees sent in this invitation to all registrants of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Nice to see young folks developing a passion for birding. Could be a future HFBF leader in the making.

Please visit his site.

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Me and my grandpa where at the festival this past weekend.  Here is the link to my website: www.jacobspics.weebly.com.  I have uploaded all of my pictures (Macgregor Point > Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2015) I took of birds, reptiles/amphibians, mammals, and butterflies. Feel free to use any of these pictures for the park use or another use.

 Thanks,

Jacob Schumann


And Bob Taylor (out birding “Hotspots of the Lower Bruce” with Alfred Raab) sent us his shot of a Sandhill Crane and his Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.Bob Tylor -Sandhill crane Bob Taylor's Yellow-bellied sapsucker

THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

IF YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT ON ANY OF THE HFBF HIKES OR IN A WORKSHOP AND HAVE A STORY, PICTURES, THOUGHTS OR WHATEVER, YOU WANT TO SHARE – PLEASE – FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT THEM TO: nanni_4@sympatico.ca – AND WE’LL GET THEM UP ON THIS, YOUR BLOG. THANKS.

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.

church 2church 4 The stain class windows, some with a local wildflower motif, glimmer in the dim interior as the light seeps through. A guest book revealed pages and pages of visitors from all parts of the globe.


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


EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIRDING – AND MORE!

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BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS WITH DOUG PEDWELL- Thursday, May 28 – B5 – 8:30 AM 

Doug Pedwell has designed this event for those who wish to learn about BIRDING – the world’s number one hobby. After a short indoor session, you’re off on a bird hike to learn even more…in the field –  just like a Birder.

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We begin with how to adjust a pair of binoculars for your eyes.

 You’ll learn about topics such as how to use field guides (both paper and electronic) to help identify birds,

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You’ll get familiar with the terminology used by birders when identifying birds as well as what to look for. Most importantly – where to find birds and what birds are associated with which type of habitat. You can’t always see them but you can hear them. Learn the importance of a bird’s song and how to tell someone where the bird you are looking at is located.

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Birding 101 begins with a brief PowerPoint presentation, followed by a walk to look for and identify birds in the field. Our walk begins at the Visitor Centre, HFBF Headquarters. in MacGregor Point Part and wanders along the paths in the area. 

Common birds in this area can be viewed quite closely like Sandhill Crane.

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Beginning Birding for Adults will give participants a solid beginning to a life long hobby which can be done anywhere in the world with a minimum of cost in equipment. 

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A word of warning, Birding can become quite addictive and can lead to traveling to exotic locations in search of more and more species.

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Since retiring from teaching Doug Pedwell has indulged his lifelong passions of nature study, photography and travel. He can often be found wandering the back roads of Grey and Bruce Counties, camera in hand, searching for that perfect shot of flora, fauna, birds and landforms. You will definitely feel that a day with Doug in the field is informative, rewarding and a whole lot of fun. A member of the Bruce Birding Club, the Saugeen Shores Camera Club and a past president of The Friends of MacGregor, Doug has also participated in the Huron Fringe Birding Festival as an event leader and committee member for quite a few years now. Doug will also be leading B37 – A SUNSET WALK at 8:00 PM. Join Doug for leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a late May evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

 

Doug recently made a presentation on behalf of HFBF to Saugeen Shores Council. The following article appeared in the recent issue of The Shoreline Beacon:

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COURTING THE “INVISIBLE TOURIST” 

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SAUGEEN SHORES – If Doug Pedwell has his way, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival would not be one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Pedwell’s efforts to boost interest in the “world’s fastest growing activity” of wild life watching continued when he briefed Saugeen Shores councillors on some of this year’s 47 Festival events on May 22 to 25, and May 28 to 31.

At the March 23 committee of the whole meeting, Pedwell said birders are “The invisible Tourist” and while they may be low key, wild life watching is a $60-billion a year world-wide business, and is a “big-time growth” industry, particularly in Bruce County

Based at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, the Festival has twice made the list of top 100 Ontario festivals, and Pedwell said that’s because they reach beyond birding.

“We are also a nature festival. We do photography, astonomy, sketching and more,” he said, adding they made a deliberate decision to keep all of their events small with limited participation.

Usually recognizable by their Tilly hats, Pedwell said Festival participants slip into town quietly to eat and take bathroom breaks, and spend a lot of money.

One study said the average camper spent $545 per weekend, and local attendees spent $258.

He said a survey showed Festival participants visited 29 local restaurants, bought gas and gift shops items, and that 70 percent would come back for a longer stay, and are a “real economic benefit” to the community.

The Festival is named for the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula that offers birders, naturalists and photographers opportunities to discover nature with two shorelines – rocky and sandy – and all types of habitats that draw thousands of visitors each year to see the 340 documented species of birds.

Activities include guided hikes for wildflowers, butterflies and insects, workshops on bird identification and nature photography, and other natural interests.

Pedwell asked council for some input to help the Festival run more smoothly, including temporary parking provisions along Miramichi Bay Road, a birding “hot spot” where there are no parking areas.

“If we pull off the road on Miramichi Bay we’re on to the bike trail,” Pedwell said, adding habitat retention is also key.

Vice-deputy Mayor Diane Huber suggested the festival stage one of its presentations in the council chamber so it could be televised, and asked staff if temporary “Caution, Birders” signage could be arranged for areas along Miramichi Bay Road for the Festival.


The complete Huron Frige Birding Festival schedule is available at: http://www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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

Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HuronFringeBirdingFestival.

twitter: @HuronBirdfest

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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

 

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

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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

WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT

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Fern Habitat

On Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 AM, Brett Woodman will be WALKING FOR THE FERN OF IT. Brett will introduce you to natural areas along the escarpment where hunting for ferns will also lead you to a variety of interesting habitats. His birding and wildflower identification skills will help to enhance this all day field trip.

You can still register for his hike (B20). Join him as he searches our local countryside for ferns and more.

Brett is an ecological consultant and lives in Kitchener with his wife and three sons. Growing-up, Brett spent his summers in Southampton at his Grandparent’s house. His love of the outdoors is a result of his time here along the shores of Lake Huron; early on building tree forts and biking through the woods, later, birding and botanizing these same areas. As a result MacGreor Park and more broadly the southern Bruce Peninsula became a special place for Brett. It is in this area that he really explored his interest in birds and plants.

He specializes in bird and plant surveys. Brett is a distant member of the Bruce Birding Club. As a volunteer, he participated in the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and now has a Breeding Bird Survey route near his in-laws in Sarnia, Ontario. He is also an ecological advisor for ‘rare’, the largest urban green space in Canada which is owned and managed by the Cruickston Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario.

Brett has three young boys who are quickly finding their own love of the outdoors through their family adventures as they continue to explore the southern Bruce with Brett.

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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

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

The complete schedule is available at: http://www.friendsofmaccgredor.org.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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

Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HuronFringeBirdingFestival.

twitter: @HuronBirdfest

Email: birdfest@rogers.com.