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WINGS OF CHANGE

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Consider the Monarch Butterfly and the troubles they must contend with throughout North America. Illegal logging, use of pesticides and herbicides, habitat loss and the misunderstanding of milkweed (its only host plant) have led to its demise.

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Thankfully, concerned groups have taken up the cause. In the fall of 2014, a newly formed community group, “Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores” spearheaded by naturalists’, Melitta Smole, Stew Nutt and Kerry Jarvis was formed. They were determined to make a difference with their ambitious plans of creating butterfly garden friendly pods throughout Saugeen Shores to help save the Monarchs. Their purpose was to provide a food source for Monarchs and other pollinators – enhance the visitors experience in Saugeen Shores and educate people on the plight of Monarch butterflies and native gardening.

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By the end of 2015, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores had planted over 1,400 native plants in 13 different pods. The largest pods are along the Lake Huron shoreline in the newly created Captain Spence Path in Southampton. Other pods were created at: Saugeen First Nation, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Perkins Park, and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. All of these pods have been certified and registered as Monarch Way Stations. Lending a hand is something Canadians do well. In year one of this project, over 60 volunteers contributed over 1,720 hours to assist our troubled Monarchs. (Story and photographs by Kerry Jarvis)

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Join Kerry Jarvis as he showcases some very special gardens throughout Saugeen Shores.

A34 – SUNDAY, MAY 29 – 1:30 pm – SAUGEEN SHORES BUTTERFLY TRAIL This workshop will start with a walk along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton, where Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores planted over 1000 native plants! Planting native plants and providing shelter, water and food are key ingredients in attracting birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to your property. You’ll learn about the “magic plants” that are magnets for birds, butterflies, caterpillars and mammals and the hidden secrets in successful gardening.

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HOW TO BECOME AN EXPERT ‘BIRD LISTENER’

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So you are not good at birding by ear.

You have a tough time telling an American Redstart song from a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Canada Warbler, Golden-Winged Warbler or whatever. You struggle to figure out bird sounds and then translate them to the actual bird sound. You also have difficulty remembering songs/calls and which birds make them, no matter how often you have heard them! Do you wish someone would give you the tips and tools that you can use to solve the mysteries of bird song?

Well. Michael Carlson is a natural at mnemonics. His gentle style and keen ear will definitely enhance your ‘listening’ experience.

michael3On Saturday, May 28, he will be leading A14BIRDING BY EAR. This field workshop will give you an up-close and personal tutorial on how to demystify bird songs.

Michael is an internationally recognized field ornithologist and a popular HFBF leader. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival welcomes him back in three special events that are sure to showcase his scouting talents and patience and, as always, enhance your birding experience.

If you want to learn how to listen to and identify bird vocalization…Michael is your man.

SO REGISTER, ON-LINE – NOW AT:

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Michael Carlson – looking and listening.

Michael Carlson has over 45 years of experience in the field identification of birds. He is an expert at identifying birds by sound and has led workshops in birding by ear at the the Huron Fringe Birding Festival for many years. Michael was a member of the elite Canadain team KOWA, which won the E.S. Stearns Award in 1989/1992 and the coveted Urner Stone Cup in1992 at the New Jersey World Series of Birding. From 2002 to 2005 he conducted bird density surveys on the Bruce Peninsula for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario (2007). Formerly from Rochester, New York, Michael spent his formative years birding the Lake Ontario shoreline. In the early 1980s he was biologist-in-charge of studies examining the utlization of urban microhabitat by avian migrants and the collision of nocturnal avain with tall buildings in Rochester, New York, and Detroit, Michigan. Michael organized the Letchworth-Silver Lake, New York Christmas Bird Count for 30 years. He also developed bird identification and nature appreciation programs, including training for Christian youth camps in Michigan. Professionally, Michael is an environmental consultant providing regulatory compliance and wildlife management services to industry. In addition to frequenting the Brue Peninsula, Michael regularly birds Point Pele in Leamington, Ontario, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and southeastern Arizona. He has also birded in England, Isreal and Costa Rica. Participants of his tours and field trips have praised his bird finding abvilities and his identification skills.                               (Bio courtesy Bruce Bird Tours website)

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KATHY & TONY HIGHLY RECOMMEND HURON FRINGE

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Talk to anyone in Marketing/Advertising and they will tell you: ‘The best advertising is word of mouth.’ Well, in May 2014, Kathy and Tony deGroot spent some time in MacGregor Point Park and attended the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. They posted a blog about their experiences on their site: http://www.tonydegroot.com. We’re reposting it with their permission…because we think it speaks for itself.

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The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is hosted by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park and is held each year on the first two weekends after the long weekend in May. We arrived on the Thursday before the festival to get settled in as we were camping in the park until Monday. It was a full five days of photography, hiking and pure nature appreciation in a wonderful setting.

Travelling to the Huron shores, we watched the temperatures drop from 18C at 8am in the morning to a cool 7C by the time we reached McGregor Point. Fortunately, the weather turned warm and sunny the next day and stayed that way for the rest of our visit.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is one of our favourite parks for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it is a wildly natural park with little human interference. Because of all the shoreline development, farming and residential land covering most of the area, this natural forest and shoreline seems to attract a vast variety of wildlife and is home to some unique and rare flora.
It was our second time participating in the Huron Fringe Birding Festival (HFBF). It’s a fantastic experience for birders and all types of nature lovers. They have a vast range of events with passionate and knowledgeable leaders. It was a great learning experience, plus a chance to meet other people who share the passion for nature appreciation, protection and enjoyment.

Our package from the HFBF included a checklist of birds and wildflowers in the park. We counted 56 different bird sightings during the weekend, including a few “lifers”. On one of our guided walks, we found 4 different snake species: Common Garters, Ribbon Snakes, Northern Watersnakes and a Smooth Green Snake. The Smooth Green Snake was very exciting for us as it was our first time seeing one and I have been searching for them for many decades. On another guided event, we were treated with another great find, an adult Eastern Newt. Although I have seen a few Newts in their terrestrial eft form, this was the first time for the aquatic adult.

Each morning we were greeted with an ensemble of singing birds all competing for the leading role. We could hear them from our tent starting before the sunrise. In the evening, many birds continued singing, and at night we enjoyed the antics of a pair of American Woodcocks as they were very active and vocal, calling and occasionally circling above our campsite. They looked so amazing with their silhouettes against the indigo blue evening sky. It was an unforgettable experience.

Another memorable moment occurred while photographing the sunset on Sunday evening. Every night at 9:10pm, the coyotes would start to howl. On this evening we were on the shoreline when they started and it sounded like it came from directly behind us, just past the treeline. We really felt honoured to experience such a close encounter as that pack went crazy with the adults howling and the pups all yelping.

The park is a Mecca for birders. Our campground had Nashville, Chestnut-sided and Yellow warblers, Ovenbirds, Veery’s, Red-eyed Vireos, Redstarts, Great Crested Flycatchers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Grey-blue Gnatcatcher, a variety of woodpeckers and many other of our more common yet much appreciated birds. On our hikes, outings and guided events we seen many other species such as the Blackburnian and Black & White Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Sora, Green Heron, American Bittern, Great Egret, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vultures, Hummingbirds, just to name a few. The park has a good population of White-tailed Deer and we also sighted Porcupines, Beaver and Snowshoe Hares.

The festival and weekend was such an amazing time. We highly recommend the Huron Fringe Birding Festival as an enjoyable and affordable event of educational and social adventure. We will, without a doubt, be going back again and again.

Huron Sunset photo by Tony deGroot

Huron Sunset photo by Tony deGroot

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Full HFBF program will be available January 15, 2015 on: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org 

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

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

“…AND THAT’S A WRAP.”

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“Well, we’re off to a late start.” So said a smiling Jim Duncan, outgoing Chair of the Huron Fringe Bird Festival organizing committee, of this his last meeting. The committee had grown over this season reflecting the pull it has with local birders and naturalists who want to part of a growing and successful birding and natural festival. Point being that the meeting set up was too small to accommodate all present. It wasn’t long before tables and chairs were rearranged and the group got down to review the Festival that just finished.

Results are happily stated in the following account by local birding author and legend Mike Pickup.

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The Huron Fringe Birding Festival came to a successful conclusion on Sunday the 1st, June 2014.

HFBF drew approximately 259 registered participants, 104 of which were brand new to the Festival, a record for us.

All were treated to two weekends of great weather. With 80 events and 43 leaders, participants were taken on events throughout MacGregor Park, covering all four corners and travelling the many trails on their hikes. Also many hikes traversed on the roads up and down the Bruce Peninsula. The southern part of Bruce County was covered on many outings as well.

Places visited ranged from Kincardine and Inverhuron in the south to Dyers Bay, Cabot Head, Malcolm Bluffs and Tobermory including a sold-out tour of Flowerpot Island, in the north. Grey County was also explored near Owen Sound and the Bognor Marsh.

Events included Birding Hikes, Nature Rambles, Wildflower Hikes, Butterfly and Dragonfly Hikes, Insect Hikes, Tree Identification Rambles, Photography Hikes, an evening of Astronomy, Fern Hikes, Geology and Geomorphology Hikes and coastal habitats Of the Huron coast.

Many attendees commented on how well organized they found the festival, that it was family-friendly and on the quality of the leader’s local knowledge. Our surveys show favourable comments such as: “Having a great time” “Your leaders are great, friendly and knowledgeable” “Fantastic weather and lots of birds” The friendliness and low cost, brings many participants back each year.

The overall 2014 attendance was up from previous years.

Our leaders are also returnees, with many having been there for a number of years. Naturalists such as Mark Wiecinski, Judith King, Peter Middleton, Doug Martin, Kerry Jarvis, Mark Peck, Michael Carson, Bob Gray, keep returning to lead our hikes. We attracted some new folks as leaders this year that included Marilyn Ohler, Nobert Woerns, Judith Jones, Mike Burrell, Bill and Lynne O’Keefe, David Lamble, Sheila Colla, Mike Cadman, Barbara Palmer, Justin Peter, Tanya Pulfert and Catherine Jimenea.

Our workshop and evening programs covered topics from Identification of Hawks, The Plight of the Bumblebee, IBA’s Important Bird Areas, Astronomy, Ontario Bird Surveys, A Fling with Shorebirds, and Migration on the Strait of Gibraltar.

Our banquet was held on May 24th at St. Joseph Parish hall in Port Elgin catered by Harrigan’s Cartering of Southampton. Our guest speaker renowned Master Bander David Lamble gave and informative and entertaining presentation about Birds and Some of Their Mysteries.

As I said earlier the Festival was a success. The 190 species total is a recent high with a late migrating Orange Crowned Warbler seen the first weekend and a Connecticut Warbler singing at the Visitor Centre on the last weekend. During the 10 days of the Festival a total of 27 Warblers, 11 Sparrows, 12 raptors, 9 Flycatchers, 7 Woodpeckers plus 15 shorebirds, along with all the other species, were located by all participants.

I would also like to send out great big thank you to our Volunteer Committee that was responsible for organizing the Festival. They have spent many months organizing and setting up the program for all to enjoy. Also a big thank you to the approximately 50 volunteers who helped during the festival setting up the registration tent, working at registration, introducing our leaders, and our hike coordinators without who our hikes would not be conducted.

Also a great big thank you to our sponsors for their generosity without whom we would not have a Festival. Thanks to our corporate sponsors, Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation, and Eagle Optics. Thanks to our local Event sponsors: The Colonial Motel of Port Elgin, Handy Andy of Southampton, Grey Suable Conservation Authority of Owen Sound, Harrigan’s Catering of Southampton, Hills Insurance of Southampton, John King Law Office of Port Elgin, Mild may Tent Rental of Mild may, Natures Millworks of Paisley, The Rotary Club of Southampton, Synergistic Solutions of Southampton, and a couple of new ones this year, The Elk and Finch restaurant of Southampton and The Woodpecker Restaurant of Port Elgin.

Please mark your calendars with next year’s dates…22nd May to 25th May and 28th May to 31st May 2015. Registration starts on 1st Feb 2015, with the program being available on line by 21st Jan 2015 on the Friends website at www.friendsofmacgregor.org or follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HuronFringeBirdingFestival. Email: birdfest@rogers.com.

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Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

 

ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS WITH BRETT WOODMAN

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On Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 AM, Brett Woodman will be ‘ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS’. You can still register (B19) for his hike and join him as he searches our local countryside for the elusive nesting grassland birds of Saugeen Shores. Brett sent us his thoughts on the hike. And here they are.

I am an ecological consultant by day and live in Kitchener with my wife and two sons. Growing up, my grandparents lived in Southampton and to this day our family still has their house. As a result MacGreor Park and more broadly the southern Bruce Peninsula is a special place for me. It is in this area that I have really explored my interest in birds and plants. I met Mike Pickup, a well-known local birder in the mid-90s while birding. From that chance encounter he led me on a number of birding forays to some of his favourite birding spots in the area. Many of those spots are now favourite spots of my own. For the Road Birding for Grassland Birds hike I will lead the group to a variety of spots south and east of the Park. We will be targeting open country birds like bobolink, grasshopper sparrows, and upland sandpipers, but will also explore old farm fields that are regenerating as shrub thicket communities. In these areas we will be looking for blue and golden winged warblers, clay-coloured sparrows, eastern towhees, cuckoos, etc. The habitat in this area is really high quality and there is a chance we could get lucky and find something much rarer like a Henslow’s sparrow, lark sparrow or loggerhead shrike. This spring has been really late and I feel like migration is somewhat delayed as a result.

Bobolink Male (Paul Nickleson, Special to QMI Agency)

Bobolink Male (Paul Nickleson, Special to QMI Agency)

I leave today for 4 days of birding at Pelee Island with my seven year-old son and some friends. We are very excited. This is an annual trip for me and the second year for my son. He too is an enthusiastic naturalist and the opportunity to bird and botanize with him has made it all the more rewarding for me.

Brett and Son on an early spring hike.

Brett and Son on an early spring hike.


For an up-close look at the what you can expect to experience at this year’s Huron Fringe Birding Festival click on: http://youtu.be/0_vvcLJdE74

 REGISTER NOW – ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS (B19) 7:00 AM – Saturday May 31: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org

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Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL  – MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 to JUNE 1 -2014

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK – PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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WEEKEND 2 – HFBF – ITS GOING TO BE A BIG ONE!

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Word is that the second weekend of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival promises to be one for the birds – i.e. – there will be lots and lots of them.

That’s what the local birders are all excited about. Why? Well, remember that frigid ‘Arctic Vortrex’ that made the winter of 2014 a thing of legend? It delayed everything spring such that the migration should be ramping up for the first HFBF weekend and the second should be busier than usual bird-wise.

All the more reason to visit: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org and check out our second weekend event availabilities. There are lots of hikes available designed to give you a most satisfying birding experience. It will be a peak time for birds that you won’t want to miss.

Two optimal viewing spots to see what is incoming are the Tower Trail and the Ducks Unlimited pond. The viewing tower and the bird blind are perfect for sightings. The habitat, a mix of wetlands and hardwood forests is just what the birds are looking for.

And, it so happens, that Justin Peter is leading a hike called BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL’ (B32) on SUNDAY JUNE 1 at 6:30 AM and there are 16 OPENINGS AVAILABLE .

Come see what he is looking at. Justin counting raptors at the Strait of Gibraltar.

Come see what he is looking at. B32 – Birding the Tower Trail. June 1.

You’ll want to take advantage of this because Justin truly lives “for the birds”. In fact, he cannot remember a time when he was not interested in birds and nature.

He spent much of his childhood consulting his considerable nature book collection. At age 14, a family friend invited Justin to attend the birding course he was teaching for adults as part of the local school board’s continuing education program. He soon assumed the role of unofficial assistant in the classroom as well as co-leader and, later, leader of the field excursions.

After university he eventually landed work as a seasonal, and then full-time interpretive naturalist at Gatineau Park. Three years later, he began full-time work as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin Park, where spent 7 years, organizing the park’s educational programming based at the Visitor Centre, recruiting and mentoring promising young interpretive naturalists, and assisting with various park management activities.

Justin joined Quest Nature Tours in 2013 as Director of Programs, where he continues to apply and expand his interests in wildlife (including birds, of course!). Justin has participated in various bird-related projects. He married his interests in birds and in languages by participating in a migration-monitoring program at the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain.

He did a stint as a bird-banding assistant at the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac in Quebec.

His very favourite thing will always be leading bird walks. He is particularly interested in bird behavior and vocalizations, and enjoys raising others’ awareness of these aspects in the field.

That’s why Justin Peter is the perfect guide to a unique birding experience. REGISTER NOW FOR ‘BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL’ (B32) on SUNDAY JUNE 1 AT: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Follow Justin Peter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justin.peter.75

And on Ontario Birds: https://www.facebook.com/groups/377736792291721/

For an up-close look at your Huron Fringe Birding Festival experience

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Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

Recognized as One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL – MAY 23 to MAY 26 & MAY 29 to JUNE 1

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK, PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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JOIN THE ‘PLOVER LOVERS’

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 “Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach and Oliphant.”

A few years ago, that headline appeared in the Saugeen Times of Saugeen Shores. To area birders this was significant news. To Stew Nutt of Southampton it was especially significant. He stated, “We are celebrating the Piping Plover’s return to the Canadian shores of Lake Huron”. Their presence so close to home marked the beginning of a quest by Stew to lead in the efforts to see that the Plover’s return would become an annual event, helping to secure their survival. Under that headline came an article by author and birding expert Mick Pickup that went on to describe Stew’s involvement with the plovers.

Image 6Volunteers with guidance from Stew Nutt of Southampton have undertaken to monitor the birds on a daily basis at both sites. Their duties are to protect the birds from predation, human disturbance, educate beach visitors about the status of the birds and to cooperate with the municipality, local residents and cottagers, MNR and CWS in protecting the birds and their habitat. From the middle of May to the beginning of August, many volunteers have generously donated their time to this project…

To which Stew has commented: StewSometimes, we are presented with unique opportunities that can change our lives. For me this opportunity came in the summer of 2007 when the endangered Piping Plovers arrived and established a nest at Sauble Beach. These birds build their nests, mere scrapes in the sand, on the beach close to the shoreline and usually in the same area. This becomes their habitat for feeding, nesting and raising young. Such habitats are mostly inhospitable for survival as many beach areas are used for beach and water-based recreation. They are also of course used for development.  As such Piping Plovers are struggling to survive. They are forced to battle the elements, human encroachment, and many predators. As a special event at this year’s Huron Fringe Birding Festival I invite you to join me as we travel to the nesting area(s) at Sauble Beach and observe the plovers’ behaviors including: courtship, feeding, life history, territorial displays and fierce protection will be observed and/or explained as well as local attempts to protect this delicate species. Be a ‘Plover Lover’! Sign up for A17 – 7:30 AM – SATURDAY, MAY 24 – or B23 – 1:30 PM – SATURDAY, MAY 31 – THE TALE OF THE PIPING PLOVER and experience the unique, fragile world of these special birds and what is being done to help this species survive.

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For up-to-date information on the progress of the Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach click on: http://saublepipingplover.com

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Stewart Nutt is a retired educator and local naturalist who led the Piping Plover recovery project for five years. His Piping Plover knowledge was gained through countless hours of both personal and project participant observations, along with current information from visiting longer established projects in Michigan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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REGISTER NOW FOR A17 or B23: http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org

Take a up-close look at the what you can expect to experience at this year’s Huron Fringe Birding Festival click on: http://youtu.be/0_vvcLJdE74

Recognized as One of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals

 One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL  – MAY 23 to MAY 26 – MAY 29 to JUNE 1 -2014

MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK – PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

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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:

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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

MAY 23 to MAY 26  & MAY 29 to JUNE 1

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WILDFLOWER FACT AND FICTION WITH HEATHER STARRS

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Heather Starrs and MacGregor Point Provincial Park are well acquainted with each other.

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After completing her Honours Degree in Biology, with a focus on wildlife biology and ecology, at Trent U and then earning her Teaching Certificate at Brock University, she worked at MacGregor from 1988-1997, and again in 1999.

Heather was responsible for all Visitor Centre programming, summer students and volunteers. She assisted with the organization of the first Huron Fringe Birding Festival, spent 6 years on the board of Friends of MacGregor, and was manager of the Huron Fringe Shop for several years and editor of the Spotted Turtle Newsletter.

Heather’s programming interests included carnivorous plants, spiders and wildflowers. Currently she spends her time with her “four wonderful children,” and volunteers at the school and church.

When the weather allows she likes to venture out on her bike with her camera to search for local wildflowers to add to her photo collection.

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Here’s how Heather describes her event – WILDFLOWERS: HISTORICAL FACTS & FICTION – B13 – 1:30 pm – Friday, May 30

Legends and superstitions are attached to many common and not so common plants found at MacGregor. Our walk will introduce you to some and their stories. My hike will be leisurely and informal. I have stories, poems, mythology, medicinal and biological information for many wildflowers we may see as well as a few herbs, trees and shrubs. I welcome any stories and information that others on the hike might like to share.”

Stripped Coralroot

Stripped Coralroot 

Dwarf Lake Iris

Dwarf Lake Iris 

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Yellow Lady-Slipper

Yellow Lady-Slipper

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A BOTANY AND BIRDING DAY WITH DOUG

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A member of the Bruce Birding Club, the Saugeen Shores Camera Club and a past president of The Friends of MacGregor, Doug Pedwell has also participated in the Huron Fringe Birding Festival as an event leader and committee member for quite a few years now.

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Since retiring from teaching Doug 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. Doug will be leading three events at this year’s Festival. Here is his description of what he expects to accomplish on Botany and Birding in the South Bruce Peninsula.

A new concept is being offered this year – Botany and Birding in South Bruce Peninsula. It begins with afternoon sessions at 1:30 pm and runs into the evening.  Travelling to the area around Wiarton, the group will head towards Skinner’s Bluff and Bruce’s Caves. These properties of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority are homes to a variety of ecosystems which will provide us opportunities to encounter some spring wildflowers and some uncommon ferns.

Walking Fern

Walking Fern

We will follow sections of the Bruce Trail along the top of the Niagara Escarpment in the Skinner’s Bluff area, which will give us some great views of Colpoy’s Bay as well as a chance to see and hear some forest birds. From there we will head to Bruce’s Caves for some botany and geology. This area is a fern lover’s paradise and also contains a number of spring wildflowers.

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

Walking in this area ranges from medium to difficult. The Talus slope at Bruce’s Caves is the most difficult portion.

Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

From Bruce’s Caves we head to Wiarton where we will have a bite to eat. Bring your supper or you can get something at Tim Horton’s where we will make a pit stop for a civilized washroom.

Bluebird

Bluebird

We then bird our way back towards MacGregor Point Park via Wiarton Lagoons, Isaac Lake, Sky Lake, Red Bay, Oliphant, and Sauble Beach. All of which are local birding hotspots. We should see a variety of waterfowl and songbirds, grassland birds, nesting Bald Eagles and if they return, Piping Plovers.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

(All photographs courtesy of Doug Pedwell. Follow our Blog. We will be posting more of Doug’s photos as well as comments on his other events over the next few weeks.)

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

B4 – 7:30 am – DOWN & DIRTY – WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – Thursday, May 29.

B10 – 6:45 am – NATURE & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY IN SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Thursday, May 30. (Difficult, car-pool, bring lunch)  Bring DSLR camera & accessories.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival  - Recognized as One of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario

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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