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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. THANKS FOR COMING.

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FAMILY WEEKEND STILL HAS PLENTY OF OPENINGS

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And you still have time to register for all events.

ONE LAST WEEKEND TO GO. AND YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR OPEN EVENTS. ITS EASY. COME TO MacGREGOR POINT PARK. MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE VISITOR’S CENTRE (JUST FOLLOW THE ROADSIDE SIGNS). AND TALK TO THE NICE LADIES AT THE REGISTRATION TENT. THEY’LL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO FIT YOU IN – ON THE SPOT. ITS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME AND THE WEEKEND WITH YOUR KIDS.

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SATURDAY JUNE 4

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.

Morning

FAM1 9 am PLUGGING KIDS INTO BIRDING – Richard Tofflemire – Birding with kids can start right in your own backyard or in a provincial park! It is a family friendly activity. Learn about the equipment needed, field guides and apps and the easiest ways to identify birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, we will have some for you to use if you don’t. (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 – Andalyne & Richard Tofflemire – Everyone already has the superpowers they need to explore nature! Come out for a dynamic exploration of the forest and learn how much fun discovering nature can be.

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MONARCH MADNESS – Audrey Armstrong – Not only are monarchs beautiful, but their life cycle and migration is amazing! In this hands-on interactive workshop, children will learn about monarchs and create really cool crafts. To help foster habitat for this Species at Risk, you will make “seed bombs” to take home.

Evening

FAM3 7:15 pm ANIMAL DEFENCES – CAMPFIRE PROGRAM – Park Staff – Join Park Naturalists for an evening of deception, camouflage and chemical warfare as they investigate the defensive nature of MacGregor’s wild inhabitants. (outdoors)

9:00 pm to 10 pm ATTRACTING MOTHS BESIDE VISITOR CENTRE – Andalyne Tofflemire

SUNDAY JUNE 5

Morning

7:00 am to 8:30 am MOTH ID – Andalyne Tofflemire

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

BUILDING FOR THE BIRDS – Kerry Jarvis – Get in the birding spirit. Build your own structure for a nest or wildlife feeder. No carpentry skills are required; just bring your enthusiasm! (kit – $10 extra per child. All tools provided.)

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

Afternoon

FAM5 1:30 pm SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO’S RAPTORS – Wild Ontario – Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do. (outdoors)

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Registration inquiries: AT THE PARK

OR – birdfest@rogers.com

OR – 519-389-6231

ARE WE IN YOUR CALENDAR?

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THIS TOO SHALL MELT

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Its no new revelation…Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are frozen over. The Huron Fringe is encased in frigid whiteness while it awaits both the melt and the migration. Rest assured though, the birds, butterflies, wildflowers, the dragonflies, damsels and frogs, the snow covered, ice-coated landscape and shorelines, the pastures, streams and woodlands that we all love…they will be there…waiting for you when HFBF welcomes you all beginning May 22.

Meantime, as of this writing, over 60 events are still wide open.

Best to guarantee yourself a spot…Now. Why wait for Spring.

Check out our schedule of events and register at: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org.


And here are a couple of Events you might want to consider:


Friday, May 22 – A3 – 6:30 AM – BIRDING INVERHURON & SURROUNDING AREA Marshall Byle

During this birding adventure Marshall will stop at various habitats along the shoreline to Inverhuron Provincial Park including the Tiverton lagoons. In the park you’ll explore the ancient dunes, riverbanks and varied forest types.

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Marshall Byle received his first field guide to birds when he was just four years old. That was the beginning of a life long involvement. Today, with over half a century of experience, he still loves to bird and to share the wonder of birds with others. As a member of the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, Marshall brings years of expertise to his passion. You will enjoy Marshall’s mild manner as he leads you through some of his favourite spots in Bruce County.


 

May 30 – B23 – 9:00 AM – SCOPING IT OUT – Andalynne & Richard Tofflemire

It’s more than just identifying what you see. Andalynne and Richard will focus on how birds and bugs interact with each other. But don’t expect to cover a lot of distance because there’s so much to see right at your feet and above your head!

 May 31 – 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.

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Richard and Andalyne met while working together at a nature hobby store and have been exploring the outdoors together ever since. This husband & wife team leads nature walks at multiple events & venues throughout the year, as well as connecting people with nature on a daily basis through their respective jobs. Richard is still Manager at Wild Birds Unlimited Guelph and Andalyne works as full-time Naturalist at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. With their combined knowledge of birds and bugs, and their similar level of enthusiasm, Richard and Andalyne enjoy guiding all ages to a more intimate connection with the natural world around them.


 

BREAKING NEWS:

Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 FESTIVALS IN ONTARIO.

 

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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

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twitter: @HuronBirdfest

Email: birdfest@rogers.com.

 

WHY IS THIS MAN RUNNING? AND WHY IS HE RUNNING IN A KILT?

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"I'm telling ya' - I saw a Warbler just down the road...there!"

“I’m telling ya’ – I saw a Warbler just down the road…there!”

That’s just Mark Wiercinski. And only Mark knows for sure.

Whatever the answer though, it probably makes a ton of sense…to Mark. Some would say he’s the closest thing to a ROCK STAR you’ll ever see at HFBF. Others would agree that Birders and Biologists can strike you as strange ducks (pardon the pun)… sometimes.

That notwithstanding…be ready to run with Mark on three upcoming events during Huron Fringe 2015. Mark down these dates because he sells out fast…May 25 he’s revealing the mysteries of SEX AND THE SINGLE WARBLERon May 24 he’s WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS…and on May 31 he gets somewhat serious as he is DEBATING THE ISSUES: BIRDING BAYVIEW TO BOGNOR.

Sure this is just a tease. The full story on Mark’s excellent events is coming soon. So, be ready to book.

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

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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

BIRDING ACCORDING TO JAMES

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 If you asked James Turland when and where he likes to bird, he just might say ‘always and everywhere’. His philosophy is simple, “There are birds in all landscapes one just has to look”. Here, in his own words, are his thoughts on birding:

James and Feathered Friend

James and Feathered Friend

The average person seems to think the best places for birds are remote and pristine, and they can be, but often these places are costly to get to. More realistically birders look for their feathered friends close to home. A birders yard is often an oasis of plants and feeders specially placed to lure birds closer. Birding doesn’t get better than finding a rarity right in your own backyard. Birders have a knack for looking at landscapes and seeing the beauty in the birds. A landfill site is not just a pile of garbage but also a mecca for gulls and other scavenging birds. Sewage lagoons are sanctuaries for shorebirds and waterfowl. Some urban parks are bird magnets and havens. I believe with a little urban planning these places could be enriched and turned into truly scenic wildlife habitats. For now we just have to keep up wind and dream a little.

When visiting Bruce County farmland I try to imagine a pristine prairie. Hidden within this idyllic sea of grass are specialized creatures waiting to be discovered. Because of a lack of perches some grassland birds have evolved to sing while flying and also incorporate aerial displays. Even if blindfolded the babblings of Bobolinks conjure images of fields and meadows. The amazing woo woos of the Snipe as it dips and dives way above its chosen territory is not easily forgot. Yet other songs are cleverly devised to misrepresentation. The Grasshopper Sparrows high-pitched trill could easily be mistaken for a Six Legged Hopper. Birds don’t get much more secretive than the Henslow’s Sparrow. It’s weak chip is usually only heard from the tall grass at night. An Upland Sandpipers presence signifies short grass and that probably means grazers are nearby. Other grassland signature birds we hope to see are Eastern Meadow Lark, Clay-Coloured Sparrow, Northern Harrier and Sedge Wrens.  

When Europeans first contacted North America, Ontario was nearly completely forested except for the occasional beaver meadow. By 1900 only 10% of the forest remained. Pockets of grassland species initially benefited and expanded into the newly created habitat. Most recently as pasture decreases and the land is subjected to more intensive farming practices the grasslands and all its inhabitants are in jeopardy. There are solutions and we all can play a part. Like the movie Field of Dreams tells us, ‘Build It And They Will Come’. 

REGISTER NOW AT: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org  FOR YOUR BIRDING EXPERIENCE WITH JAMES

7 OPENINGS – A4 – 6:30 am – BIRDING MacGREGOR’S SOUTHERN BOUNDARY – James Turland. This road trip explores the forest, wetlands and abandoned farms along the park’s southern boundary. A walk to Ducks Unlimited pond includes visits to the viewing tower and bird blind.

9 OPENINGS – A39 – 7:00 am – BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL – James Turland. Walk the Tower Trail from the park road to the Ducks Unlimited pond.  Habitat is a mixture of wetlands and hardwood forests.

ONLY 4 OPENINGS – B2 – 7:00 am – BIRDING THE HURON FRINGE NORTH – James Turland. Huron Fringe refers to the sand and gravel lowlands adjacent to Lake Huron.  This driving tour explores the fringe between MacGregor Point and Sauble Falls to the north. (Bring lunch)

ONLY 3 OPENINGS – B21 – 8:00 am – BIRDING MacGREGOR – OLD FIELDS & TRAILS – James Turland.  A morning walk through varied habitats along the Deer Run and Rotary Way trails in the northeast corner of the Park. These are infrequently birded areas.

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MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO – MAY 23 to MAY 26 & MAY 29 to JUNE 1

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HFBF REGULAR BECOMES FIRST TIME LEADER

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Meet Marilyn Ohler - First Time HFBF Leader

Meet Marilyn Ohler – First Time HFBF Leader

Marilyn Ohler is no stranger to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. She’s been a HFBF regular every season except one…the first. This year, though, is special for her because this is the year that Marilyn attends as a leader. On Friday, May 23, beginning at 7:00 AM, Marilyn, truly a festival veteran, plans a special morning walk to help you learn more about birding on the trails of MacGregor Point Provincial Park. 

Leading is a new adventure for her and a means of sharing what she’s learned from others. She enjoys finding out more about the local birding hotspots but since she doesn’t live in the area, feels more comfortable sharing the experience of spring birding in MacGregor. And Marilyn is particularly skilled at birding by ear, which will prove valuable and informative on the trails.

Marilyn was raised on a dairy operation in rural Oxford County. Growing up so close to nature gave her a great appreciation of it, although at that time, bird watching was not a part of her life. It wasn’t until she turned 40, after buying a pair of binoculars, that she discovered the world of birds.

Eager to learn she joined the Stratford Field Naturalists and learned to bird by joining more experienced birders on field events, such as the time a few members came to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Since then, she joins family and friends to camp at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. To her, spring presents a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the area, the park and its migratory visitors.

Plan to join Marilyn for a birding walkabout on Friday, May 23.   

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

Email: birdfest@rogers.com

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL

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

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO