Schedule of Events

The 21st Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 25 to 28              and May 31 to June 3, 2018.

 

Online registration for 2018 will be available from February 1 (12am) to May 24 (6pm) 

and again from May 28 (6pm) to May 30 (6pm).

During the Festival when online registration is closed, you can still contact the registrar to arrange registration.

 

Be sure to register on-line in a timely manner as events can fill quickly. Click on the "registration" choice on the drop-down HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL menu button or click the red "click here to register" text below the bird on the main Friends website page.  Create an account, then add attendees to the account.  As events are added to each attendee's registration the single event fees will be tallied with the appropriate package rates applied automatically.  During registration, the number of available spaces will show for each event.  Once the registrations are submitted, payment can be made by cheque (prior to April 1) or credit card.  Click on the "payment by credit card" button at the bottom of the PayPal log-in page to use a guest account.  PayPal does NOT retain your personal information when using a guest account.

 

FESTIVAL CLOTHING FOR ORDER!

Click on FESTIVAL BRANDED CLOTHING on the HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL drop-down menu for more information and order form   (to be posted soon)

 

"THE NEST" will be open daily (except Saturdays) from 3:30 - 5:30pm for socializing and refreshments.

 

If you have questions or need to change your email address, contact the registrar by email at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or by phone at 519-375-1889.

The schedule of events & pricing for 2018 is shown below.   Some events involve an additional fee as noted in the event description.

Youth are welcome on all regular Festival events, ages 10-12 accompanied by an adult also registered for the event.

Look for events on Saturday June 2 marked Geared for Kids which are open to ages 5-9 accompanied by an adult chaperone.

in an event indicates a shortened day

indicates an event suitable for individuals with limited mobility

 

Click on the “Schedule of Events” text (link) below to view a printable copy of the schedule of events.

2018 Schedule of Events

 

PACKAGE DETAILS

ADULT

YOUTH (10-17)

CHILD (5-9)

EVENTS AS MARKED

Single Events




        All Day

$44.00

$32.00

$20.00

        Morning

$22.00

$16.00

$10.00

        Afternoon

$22.00

$16.00

$10.00

        Evening

$10.00

$10.00

$8.00

Festival

$155.00

$93.00

N/A

4 day Weekend

$110.00

$66.00

N/A

Saturday & Sunday

$82.00

$50.00

N/A

FULL EVENTS WILL SHOW "THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL"  AFTER THE EVENT TITLE.  EVENTS WHICH HAVE FILLED AND NOW HAVE A WAITING LIST WILL SHOW "EVENT HAS A WAITLIST" AFTER THE TITLE

Contact the registrar (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com) to request inclusion on a waiting list. 

* The status of individual events is not updated on Festival days as event numbers change frequently; please phone the registrar at 519-375-1889 *

 

For further information on the community of Saugeen Shores, accommodations, where to eat/stay/shop:

The Town of Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce

 

Friday May 25, 2018
All Day
BIRDING SHORE TO SHORE* Michael Carlson
A01 6:00am to 4:30pm

Travel with Michael from Lake Huron to Georgian Bay. We will visit some of his favorite spots including Stokes Bay, Hopeness and Malcolm Bluff.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BRUCE BACKCOUNTRY BIRDING* Mark Wiercinski
A02 6:15am to 4:30pm

Visit the upper Peninsula’s best-known birding spots such as Dyer’s Bay, Cabot Head, the sparrow fields and Crane Lake. You will benefit from Mark’s superb birding skills and enjoy the outstanding scenery.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: warblers

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING INLAND LAKES Judith King
A03 6:30am to 3:00pm

Judith, a popular leader from the past, is back! She will take us birding along the chain of inland lakes and the adjacent fields and forests. The lakes offer classic marshes so marsh birds will be featured.

shortened day

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER* Alfred Raab
A04 7:00am to 4:30pm

Bird in the rich habitats within Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve and Neyaashiinigmiing territory on the Cape Croker peninsula. These areas have yielded some special finds in past years and the bluffs provide spectacular vistas.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

BOTANY OF THE BRUCE * Walter Muma
A05 8:00am to 4:30pm

Walter will explore several sites on the Bruce Peninsula for orchids, spring wildflowers and other wild botany. Stops will include a rich hardwood forest, alvars and Dorcas Bay for its famous orchids.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Morning
KINCARDINE LAGOONS aka “PELEE NORTH” James Turland
A06 6:45am to 11:30am

Hike the trails of this premier birding hotspot, locally known as “Pelee North”. If you missed  seeing birds at Point PeleePelee, chances are you’ll find them here. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING THE PARK PERIMETER Marshall Byle
A07 7:30am to 11:30am

Join our local lifelong birder, Marshall as he leads us through habitats around the Park. The perimeter is a mecca for an eclectic mix of birds.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
SMART PHONE & TABLET PHOTOGRAPHY Kerry Jarvis
A08 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn cool techniques on how to get the most out of your phone and tablet cameras. Quickly learn how to edit your images in the field to give them that professional look. Come armed with your phones and tablets.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

NATURE RAMBLE Terry Crabe
A09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Terry will guide a leisurely walk along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. Botanists and birders will enjoy the riches of the MacGregor Point landscape as seen through the eyes of an experienced Park Ecologist.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
A09.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area. Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
WARBLERS: ONTARIO’S FEATHERED JEWELS John Reaume
A10 7:15pm to 8:30pm

This festival kickoff presentation takes a closer look at warblers, the “jewels” of the bird world. The Huron Fringe hosts many of the 35 regularly occurring species we can see in Ontario. John will explore these and another 10 or so vagrants.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

WAIT UNTIL DARK Matt Cunliffe
A11 9:15pm

Learn what nocturnal adaptations it takes to rule the night life on this interactive hike! From owls to crickets to fireflies, learn how these creatures are able to thrive when the lights go out. 

Event available for Child/Youth/Adult categories; ages 5-12 accompanied by adult chaperone also registered for the event.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Saturday May 26, 2018
All Day
MARK’S MYSTERY TOUR Mark Wiercinski
A12 6:00am to 3:30pm

A tour with Mark is always an adventure. Along the way, Mark's tips about bird habitats and songs will help you sort them out.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING THE BACKROADS James Turland
A13 6:15am to 3:30pm

Join local expert James for a day in the country. We will travel along scenic rural roads searching for declining grassland birds amongst a range of other species.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

MALCOLM BLUFFS TO HURON SHORES Mike Burrell
A14 6:30am to 3:30pm

You’ll be amazed at Mike’s birding skills and the diversity of birds found in this area. There may be a Cerulean or Hooded Warbler on territory. If it's there, Mike will find it!

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

HIDDEN WORLDS IN OUR MIDST-NATURAL & HUMAN Peter Storck
A15 9:00am to 3:00pm

Hidden corners in our midst reveal the dramas of past lives. Through the eyes of an archaeologist, we will discover an Ice Age lagoon possibly visited by the first people in Ontario, a fishing encampment occupied 1600 years ago and a horticultural village from 600 years ago.

shortened day

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Morning
THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR Michael Carlson
A16 6:00am to 11:30am

Do you have difficulty remembering bird songs and calls no matter how often you hear them? Michael is a natural at mnemonics. This field workshop will give you tips to sort out bird songs.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: American Redstart, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING ON THE EDGE Henrique Pacheco
A17 6:30am to 11:30am

Henrique is one of the new generation of outstanding young birders. Come and see what youthful sharp eyes, ears and the latest birding techniques can find.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING THE COUNTRYSIDE Judith King
A18 6:45am to 11:30am

Judith will take us birding through the rural landscapes of the Paisley area. Birds of the farm, forest and field will be featured.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

GRASSLANDS & MORE Todd Pepper
A19 7:00am to 11:30am

Todd is a global birder and loves to share his interest and knowledge of birds with one and all. We’ll explore grasslands and other habitats outside the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING MacGREGOR Terry Crabe
A20 7:15am to 11:30am

This outing will explore habitat niches along the Rotary Way and Deer Run trails through the eyes of an experienced Park Ecologist. Edges, old fields, hedge rows and woodlands provide opportunities for good species diversity.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

OVER HILL & DALE Marshall Byle
A21 7:30am to 11:30am

Over the river and through the woods on this 100 acres we’ll go. Field edge habitat will complete our tour to add to our species list.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

Afternoon
WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PARK Doug Pedwell
A22 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Through the eye of your camera lens, participants will explore wildflowers along the Old Shore Road Trail. All types of cameras welcome. Be prepared to get down and dirty.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

FROG FROLIC Kerry Jarvis
A23 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We will frolic around several ponds to revel in the sights and sounds of these amazing creatures. Bring binoculars and cameras. This hands-on experience will bring out the kid in you.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: American Toad, Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Green Frog, Eastern Gray Treefrog

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

NATURE RAMBLE John Reaume
A24 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We will roam along the Old Shore Road Trail to sample nature's smorgasbord - wildflowers, dragonflies and damselflies, spiders, frogs, reptiles and of course, birds. John has expertise with them all. Bring your binoculars.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

AFTERNOON BIRDING Henrique Pacheco
A25 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Follow Henrique down Kempfs Trail to Watersnake Pond to see what we can see in the quiet of the afternoon. Woodland and shoreline habitats are featured.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Evening
4:30 pm SOCIAL & SILENT AUCTION 5:30 pm DINNER & PRESENTATION - THE LISTLESS LISTER: THE ADDICTION OF BIRDING AND HOW I OVERCAME IT Michael Runtz
A26 4:30pm

Many birders are addicted to adding new ticks to their lifetime species list.  During his highly visual presentation, Michael will detail the transition of a fanatical lister to someone who now enjoys birds and all other living organisms in more pacified ways.

This event is being held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Port Elgin.   

This is a chicken buffet with a vegetarian option available. Green Door Catering, Kincardine.

Please contact the registrar after selecting this event to request a vegetarian serving so that the appropriate number of vegetarian servings can be reported to the caterer.   

Before April 15 - $45 extra per person with Festival, 1st Weekend or 1st Sat/Sun package; $55 per person for banquet/presentation as a single event without a package.

On or After April 15 $55 extra per person

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

VORTEX CANADA
11:00am to 1:00pm

During the lunch break VORTEX CANADA will have binoculars and telescopes on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Vortex Canada is a valued sponsor and supporter of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Sunday May 27, 2018
All Day
BIRD ’TIL YOU DROP Michael Carlson
A27 6:00am to ???

Are you ready for a big day of birding?  Spending a day on the Bruce Penninsula with Michael will certainly increase your festival bird tally.  This dawn to dusk birding marathon will take you to varied habitats in search of a wide variety of species.  From warblers just after dawn to Whip-poor-Wills at dusk, you will keep tallying up your numbers.  If conditions are right, your day’s list could be over 100 species. 

This event will extend into the evening with a possible return after 9pm.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: Brewer's Blackbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, American Bittern, Sora, Green Heron, Marsh Wren

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

BIRDING BLITZ Todd Pepper
A28 6:30am to 4:30pm

This veteran world birder knows how to ensure that we all have a great birding experience. Todd will take us through a number of habitats on this birding blitz of southern Bruce.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

GREENOCK SWAMP Doug Pedwell
A29 9:30am to 3:00pm

Come explore part of Southern Ontario's single largest forested wetland along new trails. This area is home to a number of woodland birds and plants.

Trails can be muddy & wet; rubber boots recommended.

shortened day

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

Morning
SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER Mark Wiercinski
A30 6:00am to 11:30am

Warblers are the jewels of the forest. They sing because love is in the air. Mark will point out their fascinating behaviours, eyecatching colours and sweet (ok, maybe a tad confusing) songs. The varied habitats in MacGregor Point Provincial Park provide the backdrop for the dawn chorus and this hike by a favourite leader.  Mark will challenge and entertain you as you look and listen for warblers and other songbirds. Then we will visit the Ducks Unlimited wetland to see and hear waterfowl, bitterns, herons and egrets.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: Virginia Rail, Sora, Blue-winged Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

AROUND THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR Mike Burrell
A31 6:15am to 11:30am

MacGregor Point is bursting with late migrants and birds in full song marking out their territory. Mike’s remarkable birding skills will ensure you get in on all this avian action.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: Indigo Bunting, Golden-winged Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING THE BACKROADS James Turland
A32 6:30am to 11:30

Rural landscapes are a peaceful backdrop for grassland and woodland birds. This is James’ backyard and he is a popular local leader.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

FIDLER’S GREEN Dave Fidler / Henrique Pacheco
A33 7:30am to 11:30am

Dave has developed trails through the forests and fields of his 50-acre tract in rural Grey County. His “yard list” is one of the best in Grey and Bruce. A bonus wetland is home to a pair of resident nesting Trumpeter Swans.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING THE BRUCE WITH BENSETTE Jeremy Bensette
A34 7:45am to 11:30am

Jeremy is a popular bird guide leader throughout the spring migration at Point Pelee. Join him as he follows the birds migrating through, or on territory along the Huron Fringe, known locally as “Pelee North” for its abundance of birds.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

UP WITH THE BIRDS Doug Martin
A35 8:00am to 11:30am

This hike has been a tradition since before the beginning of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  While not a true ‘early’ hike compared to others now offered in the festival, it continues as an event geared for a wide level of birders who simply want to enjoy the MacGregor Point landscape and the magnificent sights and sounds of a morning walk along the Tower Trail to the Viewing Tower.  Past experience on this hike right here in our own ‘backyard’ has resulted in a species list that will rival many other events.  

The Ducks Unlimited wetland is a former beaver pond which was inadvertently drained over 25 years ago and rehabilitated by Ducks Unlimited Canada in the mid-1980s. Today, this area is a mix of cedar and wetland forests. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Sora

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
PIPING PLOVERS - ENDANGERED & ENDEARING Stewart Nutt
A36 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Stew has been on the front line of the plover recovery program since its beginning. He will make a Plover Lover out of you! You may observe courtship (plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the challenges these charismatic birds face.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

GRASSLANDS, WETLANDS & UPLAND FORESTS Jim Coles
A37 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Jim for a ramble around his rural property. We will explore glacial landforms and learn about forest management while viewing the abundant birdlife of field, forest and marsh.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

POND STUDY Park Staff
A38 1:30pm to 4:30pm

MacGregor Point protects provincially significant wetlands that are home to aquatic species. This hands-on experience will bring out the kid in you. (easy) (limit 20)

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
A38.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area. Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
A BIG YEAR Jeremy Bensette
A39 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Jeremy spent 2017 dashing off in all directions chasing birds and a Big Year record for the province of Ontario. Many of you know the exciting result! Come out and listen to his account of a year in the life of a Big Year birder.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Monday May 28, 2018
All Day
BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING * Jarmo Jalava / Miptoon
A40 6:00am to 4:30pm

Anishinaabe culture and interesting ecosystems found in Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) will be featured on this all-day trip. Birds will be singing, wildflowers will be blooming and the scenery is splendid.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BLACK CREEK RAMBLE * Doug Pedwell
A41 8:00am to 4:30pm

This jewel of a Park is located in the heart of the Huron Fringe migratory flyway. Photographers will enjoy the birds, plants and landscapes of this Park.

Rubber boots recommended.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

Morning
BIRDING MacGREGOR James Turland
A42 6:30am to 11:30am

This outing will explore the habitat niches along the Rotary Way and Deer Run trails. Edges, old fields, hedge rows and woodlands provide opportunities for good species diversity.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Marshall Byle
A43 7:30am to 11:30am

This has been a popular riparian birding event for a number of festivals. This year Marshall has acquired special access to a private river property. Join us on Marshall’s mystery tour.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE Jeremy Bensette
A44 7:45am to 11:30am

Jeremy birded the entire province during his 2017 Big Year and is ready to revisit his favorite birding areas of Bruce County. Join Jeremy in his never-ending pursuit of birds.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

A45 9:00am to 11:30am

A casual yet productive approach to birding. Join Bonnie and Margaret to find out what can be seen from the comfort of a sitting position overlooking a pond, a field, a forest and feeders.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

Afternoon
LIVING LANDSCAPES: THE WORLD OF MacGREGOR POINT'S BEACHES Peter Middleton
A46 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join this accomplished interpreter on a walk along the shoreline of MacGregor Point. Experience the brilliant life that blooms in what appears to be harsh conditions. Peter will make this world come alive.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

WILD BOTANY OF MacGREGOR Walter Muma
A47 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Walter will lead you on an exploration of the Park to view its spring wildflowers and other wild botany. You’ll be surprised at the number of species he can find every step of the way.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
A47.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area. Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
BRUCE TRAIL - END TO END - 856 KILOMETRES OF DISCOVERY Willy Waterton / Audrey Armstrong
A48 7:15 pm to 8:30pm

Join Audrey and Willy as they take you along on their hike exploring the history, science and geology of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Queenston Heights.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Tuesday May 29, 2018
Other
IDEAS FOR THE FESTIVAL "BREAK": pick up brochures in the Visitor Centre

Waterfalls of Grey County   (www.visitgrey.ca/waterfalls)

Discover Tobermory

Sauble Falls Provincial Park

Visit the BRUCE COUNTY MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTRE - explore on your own

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton is open 10am to 5pm for those participants who remain in the area between festival weekends.

Located at 33 Victoria St North in Southampton, a variety of exhibits are open to explore: War of 1812 / HMS General Hunter near-full scale model and interactive exhibit / General Store 

Phone: 519-797-2080

Visit the BUTTERFLY GARDENS OF SAUGEEN SHORES - explore on your own

Visit the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.  Explore on your own (bike or walk). Gardens are located along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton, at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Perkins Park and along the Saugeen Railtrail.  Admission is free.

For map and GPS co-ordinates, please visit:https://butterflygardensofss.ca/map-to-our-butterfly-gardens/ 

Visit the SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP - explore on your own

The SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP is located at 201 High Street in Southampton and is open 9am - 6pm.

The Art Gallery showcases over 40 local & regional artists in the 3000 sq ft gallery, featuring art and crafts.  Free Admission.

Wednesday May 30, 2018
Other
Visit the BRUCE COUNTY MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTRE - explore on your own

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton is open 10am to 5pm for those participants who remain in the area between festival weekends.

Located at 33 Victoria St North in Southampton, a variety of exhibits are open to explore: War of 1812 / HMS General Hunter near-full scale model and interactive exhibit / General Store 

Phone: 519-797-2080

IDEAS FOR THE FESTIVAL "BREAK": pick up brochures in the Visitor Centre

Waterfalls of Grey County   (www.visitgrey.ca/waterfalls)

Discover Tobermory

Sauble Falls Provincial Park

Visit the BUTTERFLY GARDENS OF SAUGEEN SHORES - explore on your own

Visit the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.  Explore on your own (bike or walk). Gardens are located along the Captain Spence Path in Southampton, at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Perkins Park and along the Saugeen Railtrail.  Admission is free.

For map and GPS co-ordinates, please visit:https://butterflygardensofss.ca/map-to-our-butterfly-gardens/ 

Visit the SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP - explore on your own

The SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP is located at 201 High Street in Southampton and is open 9am - 6pm.

The Art Gallery showcases over 40 local & regional artists in the 3000 sq ft gallery, featuring art and crafts.  Free Admission.

Thursday May 31, 2018
All Day
THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS PART 1* Willy Waterton
B01 6:45am to 4:30pm

Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book "The Bruce Beckons". You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 66 years.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE Marshall Byle
B02 7:00am to 4:30pm

The southern Bruce Peninsula is considered the gateway to the Bruce.  It boasts of a number of landform features found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment.  Ecologically, it is rich.  The sand beaches along Lake Huron are favoured by shorebirds, including the endangered Piping Plover; while the escarpment bluffs are home to various warbler species.  Wetlands and lakes, hardwood forests, fields and hedgerows all provide varied habitats for you to discover.  This is car birding at its best using Marshall’s local knowledge. We will follow a scenic route in southern Bruce County, stopping to bird various habitats.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

WILDFLOWER WALK * Esme Batten
B03 7:15am to 4:30pm

Experience Shining Rainbow Deer Nature Sanctuary with Esme. You will see an array of spring wildflowers, many of which are rare elsewhere in southern Ontario. The birding is great too.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

OLD GROWTH FEATURES Clarke Birchard
B04 8:15am to 3:00pm

Clarke will guide us on a discovery trek through the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve. This majestic forest, with 250 to 300-year-old trees, is a rare example of pre-settlement woodlands in southern Ontario. Clarke’s vast knowledge of history, woodland birds, botany and folklore will be featured.

shortened day

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

Morning
BRUCE BIRDS BRUCEDALE Bruce Edmunds
B05 7:15am to 11:30am

Let Bruce show you around the Brucedale Conservation Area. From the south end of MacGregor, we will bird our way into Brucedale. This section of the Huron Fringe should provide us with backyard birds, warblers, waterfowl and migrants. 

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

GETTING STARTED MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Noble
B06 8:00am to 11:30am

Join Bob for an introduction to the photography of insects in their natural habitats. He will cover macro photography concepts, camera set-up and shooting techniques, with lots of practice in the field. Bring your digital camera with macro setting or macro lens and flash.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
CHANTRY ISLAND 1 @Southampton Harbour 86 Saugeen St, Southampton Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B07 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Chantry Island, an international Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting species. This boat trip includes a tour of the lighthouse and historic keeper’s cottage. View active nests from all levels as you ascend the lighthouse!

**Participants will pay the $25 fee at the dock office.  

**Please arrive on your own at the Southampton Dock by 12:30pm.  Allow 30 minutes travel time from the Visitor Centre.  A map and phone number will be provided with your registration materials.  Footwear suitable for hiking is mandatory. Children must be at least 4' (120cm) tall and accompanied by an adult also registered for the event.

A park with picnic tables and washrooms are nearby for anyone wishing to arrive earlier. 

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

ADVANCED MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Noble
B08 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Experienced macro photographers will be provided advanced approaches for capturing high quality images of insects in the field. Various techniques will be explored including image composition.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

GRASSLANDS, WETLANDS & UPLAND FORESTS Jim Coles
B09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Jim for a ramble around his rural property. We will explore glacial landforms and learn about forest management while viewing the abundant birdlife of field, forest and marsh.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

CHANTRY ISLAND 2 @Southampton Harbour 86 Saugeen St, Southampton Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B10 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Chantry Island, an international Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting species. This boat trip includes a tour of the lighthouse and historic keeper’s cottage. View active nests from all levels as you ascend the lighthouse!

**Participants will pay the $25 fee at the dock office.  

**Please arrive on your own at the Southampton Dock by 2:30pm.  Allow 30 minutes travel time from the Visitor Centre.  A map and phone number will be provided with your registration materials.  Footwear suitable for hiking is mandatory. Children must be at least 4' (120cm) tall and accompanied by an adult also registered for the event.

A park with picnic tables and washrooms are nearby for anyone wishing to arrive earlier. 

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
B10.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area. Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
SONGBIRD ID Sarah Rupert
B11 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Warblers and sparrows get a lot of attention, but what about the other songbirds? Sarah will explore vireos to kinglets and wrens to finches. Learn some tips and tricks for identification, listen to some wonderful bird songs and enjoy Sarah’s insights.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Friday June 1, 2018
All Day
THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE PENINSULA Justin Peter
B12 6:30am to 4:30pm

India, Galapagos, Bruce County! Justin is a global tour leader. This driving tour will take you through the bountiful, bird-rich habitats of the Bruce and add a range of species to your Festival bird list.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO Lynne Richardson / Bill Crins / Mark Peck
B13 8:00am to 4:30pm

We’ll bird and botanize our way up to Evergreen Lodge at Red Bay, lunch at the lodge, then embark on a pontoon boat tour of the Fishing Islands. The Islands are remote, scenic and bursting with colonial birds!

Please advise the Registrar of dietary restrictions by May 1.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

B14 9:00am to 3:00pm

Join Marshall and Mike by the scenic ponds at Marwanda Estate. Easy walks and pondside birding will build up our lists. Tea and coffee will be provided.

shortened day

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

Morning
BIRDING MacGREGOR Ian Shanahan
B15 6:15am to 11:30am

Ian is another global birding tour leader touching down in MacGregor. A morning walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland always turns up late migrants and early nesters. Ian has all the tips and techniques for identifying these spring beauties.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

DISCOVER PAISLEY BIRDING Judith King
B16 7:00am to 11:30am

Judith will introduce you to some local birding hotspots. Mixed forest, riparian habitat and grassland fields will be visited on this outing.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
PIPING PLOVERS - ENDEARING & ENDANGERED Stewart Nutt
B17 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Stew has been on the front line of the plover recovery program since its beginning. You may observe courtship (plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the challenges these charismatic birds face. Life’s a beach for these birds!

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE Willy Waterton
B18 1:30pm to 4:30pm

“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Smartphone cameras are much more powerful than most people realize. We will explore the camera’s various functions and attachments to expand your photographic horizons.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
B18.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area.  Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
HUMANS & BIRDS: LOOSING THE TIES THAT BIND Richard Pope
B19 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Richard is the popular author of “The Reluctant Twitcher” - a (quite) truthful account of his big birding year. Now Richard will take us on a more in-depth look at the basis of our relationship to birds, through the ages to modern times.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Saturday June 2, 2018
All Day
MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER* Alfred Raab
B20 7:15am to 4:30pm

Bird Malcolm Bluffs Nature Reserve and the Neyaashiinigmiing territory at the Cape Croker peninsula. These areas in Alfred’s backyard have yielded some special finds in past years and the bluffs provide spectacular vistas.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889) for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. The group needs to know not to wait for you at the Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails which may be rough or rocky. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner. Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) without any problems.

WATERFALLS Kerry Jarvis
B21 8:00am to 4:30pm

Discover the techniques of capturing waterfalls with your camera. Photographers of all levels using all types of cameras: from smartphones, tablets, compact to DSLR will find this informative and fun.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Morning
BIRDING THE BACKROADS Justin Peter
B22 6:30am to 11:30am

Justin will focus his extensive birding tour leadership skills on the threatened and decling birds found in local grasslands.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

A BIRD IN THE HAND Dave Brewer
B23 7:00am to 9:45am

Join Master Bander Dave as birds are caught, banded and released. He will demonstrate banding techniques and explain the recording of scientific data. This is a wonderful opportunity to see birds up close.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

A BIRDS EYE VIEW Jean Iron
B24 7:15am to 11:30am

Look, learn and listen with Jean, OFO’s 2016 ‘Distinguished Ornithologist’ and well known educational leader. We’ll start at the Saugeen First Nations Amphitheatre which overlooks river and riparian habitat, then cross the river to see what’s on the other side. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING SEICHE POND Sarah Rupert
B25 8:30am to 11:30am

We often rush around looking for birds, but sometimes when you just sit and stay in one place you’ll discover a world of birds you didn’t realize was there. We will be overlooking the pond, as we learn to make notes about the birds and their behaviours.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

THE BIRD WHISPERER - Geared for Kids! Dave Brewer
K01 10:00am to 11:30am

Banders have a special way with birds. Watch (and maybe even ‘help’) Dave as birds are caught, banded and released. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and personal.

All children from the same family must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is allowed to participate at no charge. Please do not register the accompanying adult(s) for the event; email the registrar to provide the name(s) to be added to each child's registration as chaperone, as well as the age of the child. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Not Available For: Adult, Youth (age 10-17)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
BLUEBIRD LANDLORDS* Dennis Lewington / Gwen Lewington
A26 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Bluebirds are cavity nesters and natural cavities are not very abundant. Nest boxes give these beautiful birds a helping hand. Dennis and Gwen will take you on their “Bluebird Trail” of nesting boxes which they have been maintaining and monitoring for over 33 years.  This is a roadside tour, with periodic stops to explore the world of the Bluebird.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

BIRD DRAWING BASICS Sarah Rupert
B27 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Sarah for tips on sketching and drawing birds. Studying the shapes and proportions of birds, you’ll work on a final drawing, using a mounted bird as a model.

shortened day

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

SEDGES HAVE EDGES Bill Crins
B28 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Sedges have edges, rushes are round and grasses are hollow right up from the ground. With a PhD in botany, Bill will open your eyes to a whole new world on the forest floor, including the world of sedges, his specialty. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING FUNDAMENTALS Ian Shanahan
B29 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Perplexing plumages? Baffling bird song? On this short walk from the Visitor Centre, Ian will introduce you to some birding basics - use of binoculars, bird ID and song, describing a bird's location and birding etiquette.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

ANIMAL DEFENDERS - Geared for Kids! Park Staff
K02 1:30pm

MacGregor is a sanctuary for many Defenders, each with their own special ability that would make a super hero jealous! Join Park staff to learn more about these natural abilities for defence!

All children from the same family must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is allowed to participate at no charge. Please do not register the accompanying adult(s) for the event; email the registrar to provide the name(s) to be added to each child's registration as chaperone, as well as the age of the child. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Not Available For: Adult, Youth (age 10-17)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Evening
CHICKEN DINNER
B30 5:30pm to 6:30pm

This dinner is held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park near the Visitor Centre.  Provided by Harrigan's Catering, Southamption.  There is an additional charge of $17.  

When both B30 and B31 are selected as single events, dinner plus the presentation is charged as $23.

Suggestion for families: order a meal on one child registration to share between two children.  If a single child portion ($9) is desired, contact the registrar to add the charge manually to that registration (selecting B30 will result in a charge of $17). 

THE JOY OF WATCHING BIRDS Gavin Watson
B31 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Join Gavin, University of Guelph naturalist and Quest leader, as he presents his study on birders and their relationship to the birds they watch.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

STARRY STARRY NIGHT John Hlynialuk
B32 9:15pm

John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events for 2018. Weather permitting, members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will have their telescopes available for viewing the evening sky.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.

Sunday June 3, 2018
All Day
HIDDEN WORLDS IN OUR MIDST-NATURAL & HUMAN Peter Storck
B33 9:00am to 3:00pm

Hidden corners in our midst reveal the dramas of past lives. We will visit an Ice Age lagoon possibly visited by the first people in Ontario, a fishing encampment occupied 1600 years ago and a horticultural village from 600 years ago.

shortened day

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Morning
A BIRD IN THE HAND Dave Brewer
B34 7:00am to 11:30am

Join Master Bander Dave as birds are caught, banded and released. He will demonstrate banding techniques and explain the recording of scientific data. This wonderful opportunity to see birds up close will be followed by a short birdwatching walk.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: SUITABLE FOR LIMITED MOBILITY -- Groomed and maintained trails. Walking only for short distances.

BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL Justin Peter
B35 7:00am to 11:30am

This popular trail always produces a good mix of species. Justin’s superb birding skills will ensure we spot everything that’s to be found along the trail and atop the observation tower overlooking the marsh.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

THE JI LINE WITH JI Jean Iron
B36 7:15am to 11:30 am

We’ll cover the JI Line grasslands and other habitats with Jean, OFO’s 2016 Distinguished Ornithologist and well known educational leader. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

NEST QUEST Mark Peck
B37 7:30am to 11:30am

Sharpen your observation skills and expand your knowledge of bird biology. On this leisurely walk in the Park, Mark, an expert on nidiology, will help you take your birding skills to another level.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING IN & AROUND THE PARK Ian Shanahan
B38 7:30am to 11:30am

MacGregor Point is bursting with birds marking out their territory in full song. Ian’s awesome birding skills will ensure you get in on all this avian action.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

BIRDING & BOTANIZING Bill Crins
B39 8:00am to 11:30am

Bill has an incredible background in both birding and botany! The abundant flora and avifauna of the Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Afternoon
MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT Audrey Armstrong
B40 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn how to nurture monarch butterfly populations by growing your own easy to maintain monarch waystation. You'll discover how to create monarch friendly habitat from the ground up. Free seeds will be distributed to get you started on your own waystation!

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

PIX IN THE PARK Bruce Edmunds
B41 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Bruce loves to photograph anything that moves, and anything that doesn’t move. Focussing on bird photography, Bruce will share his tips and tricks, while capturing whatever is being photogenic.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

"The Nest" - A GATHERING SPOT with REFRESHMENTS
B41.5 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Birds of a feather flock together. Drop in to "The Nest" to socialize and share your day’s adventures. No need to pre-register, but selecting this "event" will display it as a reminder in your event listing.

Located in the large tent in the VC parking area. Entry with Festival name badge.

Not Available For: Youth (age 10-17), Child (age 5-9)

Evening
SUNSET WALK Doug Pedwell
B42 8:00pm to 9:30 pm

End your Festival experience with a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron.  Discover the sights, sounds and scents of an early June evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.  

BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
11:30am to 1:00pm

A variety of barbequed items and drinks are available for purchase near the Visitor Centre.