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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” 

http://www.shorelinebeacon.com/2015/04/02/court-the-invisible-tourist

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

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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

 

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SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

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brdfest2Yes, there is a lot to look forward to in 2015 as far as planning your HFBF weekends is concerned. New for 2015 a Saturday/Sunday Weekend Package in addition to our 4-day Weekend Package and of course our 8-day Festival Package.The up-coming program brings back popular leaders and  introduce new leaders and events.

An exciting blend of the familiar and new will be the highlight of the festival when the program is first revealed on-line (www.friendsofmacgregor.org) January 15, 2015 and on this blog.

Yes, January 15 is when you’ll get a full description of each event so you can begin pre-planning your HFBF weekends and be ready for on-line registration February 1, 2015.

Remember, some events sold out within the first few days last year, so pre-selection will help you secure the hikes and presentations you want…like our well-attended in depth birding programs.

Now that the final program is at the printers we can tell you that Michael Carlson, Judith King, Kerry Jarvis, Doug Pedwell, Mark Wiercinski, Justin Peters, Mike Burrell, and Larry Lamb, to name a few, will be back. Newcomers Sarah Rupert from Point Pelee and Scott Taylor (who is a Post Doctoral Associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Willy Waterton, Audrey Armstrong and others will join them.

And for those who have been asking, Birding 101 is being introduced for all those who want to start learning how to watch birds.

Our Banquet speaker is Dr. Doug Tozer, Ontario Program Scientist, Bird Studies Canada, whose topic is LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US.

New for 2015 – Parallel to our regular program we now offer an exciting new FAMILY WEEKEND. 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 101as a family friendly activity. There are Afternoon Outdoor Adventures for the children, Nest Box Building, Pond Exploration, Birds of Prey from Wild Ontario and a Campfire Program.

That’s a brief look at what’s in store at HFBF.

The full program will be available on-line January 15th 2015 on the Friends of MacGregor website at: www.friendsofmacgregor.org and right here on this Blog 

Registration starts on February 1st 2015 at: www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Check out this video for a closer look at the festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vvcLJdE74

Be sure to mark your calendars with next year’s dates…22nd May to 25th May and 28th May to 31st May 2015.

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Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

Email: birdfest@rogers.com.

 

DOWN AND DIRTY WITH DOUG PEDWELL

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Dougie twoSince 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 be leading three events at this year’s Festival. Here is his description of what he expects to accomplish on Down & Dirty – Wildflower Photography (B4).

Down and dirty is just what it means.

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I’ll take you along the Old Shore Road trail in MacGregor Point Park. As you amble along the way I’ll stop and explain various techniques to use in shooting photographs of wildflowers. You can expect to be lying on the ground trying to get pictures at the flowers at their level.

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Make sure you have your camera’s manual with you, as you may want to try different settings.  Discussions about aperture, shooting speeds, focal length will be part of the event.

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As with most photography trips there is a theme, but we take advantage of whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

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(All photographs courtesy of Doug Pedwell. Follow our Blog to see more of Doug’s photos as well as comments on his other events.)

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REGISTER NOW FOR ALL OF DOUGS EVENTS:

http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org 

A37 – 1:30 pm – BOTANY & BIRDING IN SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Monday, May 26. This all day event returns by 8:45 pm. (Moderate, car-pool, bring lunch, snacks and water)   

B4 – 7:30 am – DOWN & DIRTY – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY  (see  this blog) – Thursday, May 29.

B10 – 6:45 am – NATURE & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY IN SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Thursday, May 30. We will photograph some of the unique plants and rugged landscapes that the Niagara Escarpment has created.  (Difficult, car-pool, bring lunch)  Bring DSLR camera & accessories.  

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

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MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin, Ontario

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