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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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BIRDBANDING WITH BRENDAN IS BACK

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LIVE BIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATIONS – Saturday May 24 – Sunday May 25 – 6:00 AM to Noon

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Brendan and Friend

Brendan and Friend

A birder, photographer (http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com) and bird bander…when it comes to birds, Brendan does it all. For the past 7 years, he’s spent most summers on the Bruce Peninsula. This will be his 4th year working with the Huron Fringe Birding Festival, going from a hike assistant to hike leader, to daily banding demos.

He banded his first bird (a Gray Catbird) in the summer of 2008 while a participant in the Young Ornithologists Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory. The following year he was accepted into the Young Ornithologists Internship, a month-long program that helped to hone his banding skills. He has spent over 7 months staying full-time at bird observatories, and has banded close to 4000 birds of 127 species.  In that time he’s had the opportunity to see and band many interesting species, such as Yellow-breasted Chat, Connecticut Warbler, Barred Owl, Northern Shrike, Bonaparte’s Gull, Baird’s Sandpiper and many more.

Bird banding data has many scientific uses, including documenting population dynamics, migration routes and species’ life spans.  It also helps us understand the daily life of an individual bird, especially when colour bands are used.  Banding helps to determine the size of territories, and how faithful certain birds are to specific breeding and wintering territories.

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Brendan will run banding demos on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, starting close to sunrise 6:00 A-mish) and going until around noon. For the safety of the birds, bird banding is weather dependent. Sessions are free. There is no need to register…just show up…early.

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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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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

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BIRD BANDING WITH BRENDAN

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Brendan and Friend

Brendan and Friend

“I’m a birder, photographer and bird bander from Ottawa, ON. 

For the past 6 years, I have spent most of my summers on the Bruce Peninsula. This will be my 3rd year working with the Huron Fringe Birding Festival, going from a hike assistant to a hike leader, and now I will be doing daily banding demos.

I banded my first bird (a Gray Catbird) in the summer of 2008 while I was a participant of the Young Ornithologists Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory. The following year I was accepted into the Young Ornithologists Internship, a month-long program that helped to hone my banding skills. Since then I have spent over 7 months staying full-time at bird observatories, and I have banded close to 4000 birds of 127 species. In that time I have had the opportunity to see and band many interesting species, such as Yellow-breasted Chat, Connecticut Warbler, Barred Owl, Northern Shrike, Bonaparte’s Gull, Baird’s Sandpiper and many more.

Yellow Breasted Chat

Yellow Breasted Chat

Connecticut Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

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Bonaparte’s Gull

Bird banding data has many scientific uses, including documenting population dynamics, migration routes and species’ life spans. It also helps us understand the daily life of an individual bird, especially when colour bands are used.  Banding helps to determine the size of territories, and how faithful certain birds are to specific breeding and wintering territories.

I will be running banding demos on both of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival’s weekends, starting close to sunrise and going until around noon on Saturdays and Sundays. I look forward to meeting many of you this spring, and until then, good birding!” 

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Brendan’s Bird Banding Demonstrations take place on Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26 and again on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. Sessions start at 6:00 AM and end at Noon. For the safety of the birds, bird banding is weather dependent. Sessions are free. There is no need to register.

Just show up…early.

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL ON-LINE REGISTRATION. 

 http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events 

REGISTER NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE ON THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

Some events are already full

Brochures are available at MacGregor Point Provincial Park plus a number of other locations

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL, 2013

MAY 24 – MAY 27

MAY 30 – JUNE 2

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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