Schedule of Events

The 20th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 26 to 29              and June 1 to 4, 2017.

Online registration for 2017 will be available from February 1 (12am) to May 25 (6pm) 

and again from May 30 (12am) to May 31 (6pm).  

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.

If you have questions, contact the registrar by email at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or by phone at 519-353-8618.

 

 

NEW FOR 2017!      FESTIVAL PRODUCTS FOR ORDER!

Click on FESTIVAL BRANDED CLOTHING on the HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL drop-down menu for more information.  

 

 

The schedule of events & pricing for 2017 is shown below.   Some events involve an additional fee as noted in the event description.

Look for the ❤  indicating a leader from our first Festival 20 years ago.  

Youth are welcome on all regular Festival events, ages 10-12 accompanied by a registered adult.

Look for events marked Age 5+ and Geared for Kids which are also open to ages 5-9 accompanied by an adult chaperone.

 

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

 

2017 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

$30.00

THESE EVENTS HAVE FILLED: A03 / A04 / A05 / A09 / A11 / A14 / A20 / A23 / A28 / A40 / A45 / B08 / B12 / B19 / B24 / B30 / B32 / B33 / B40

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

The list of full events is not updated on Festival days as event status changes frequently; please phone the registrar at the Park Visitor Centre           at 519-353-8618.

 

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 26, 2017
All Day
BRUCE BACKCOUNTRY BIRDING * John Haselmayer
A01 6:00am 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. John’s superb birding skills combine with great birding and 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 519-353-8618) 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 MIDDLE BRUCE PENINSULA* Michael Carlson
A02 6:15am to 4:30pm

Join Michael as he travels from Lake Huron to Georgian Bay. We will visit some of his favorite spots including Stokes Bay, Hopeness and the Malcolm Bluff area. 

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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 NEYAASHIINIGMIING * Jarmo Jalava / Anthony Chegahno
A03 6:30am to 4:30pm

Blending Aniishinaabe culture and traditions with the many interesting ecosystems found in Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) will be the highlight of this all day trip. This is the start of the breeding season and we will definitely find birds singing on territory.  

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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.

BOTANY OF THE BRUCE * Walter Muma
A04 8:00am to 4:30pm

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

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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 (this event has a waitlist) James Turland
A05 7:00am 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 TOWER TRAIL Marshall Byle
A06 7:30am to 11:30am

Diverse habitat along this trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of birds. We will scope the wetland from the observation tower and dyke watching for late migrant warblers. 

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
BIRDS, BEES & BUTTERFLIES – Ages 5+ Kerry Jarvis
A07 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Our pollimators are in trouble.  Learn and discover how the "Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores" (a community based organization) united to assist the birds, bees and butterflies by planting over 1,000 native plants along the majestic Lake Huron shoreline on the Captain Spence Path in Southampton.  Join Kerry for stunning views of the Lake, its many vistas, the iconic range light, Chantry Island, and of course the wildlife who call this eco-system home.  Learn about the "magic plants" that are magnets for birds, butterflies, caterpillars and mammals and the hidden secrets in successful gardening.

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

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
A08 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Terry for a leisurely walk along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. This event is geared for a wide level of birders who simply want to enjoy the MacGregor Point landscape

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
TOUGH CALLS IN THE FIELD (this event has a waitlist) Fred Jazvac
A09 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Join Fred for his annual ‘Birding Tips & Techniques’ festival kickoff presentation. He will compare similar species that are difficult to separate.

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.

"The Nest"
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Come mix, mingle, socialize and share your day’s adventures at The Nest.  Located in the large tent in the VC parking area

Saturday May 27, 2017
All Day
BACKROADS OF SAUGEEN TOWNSHIP James Turland
A10 6:00am to 3:30pm

The back roads offer relaxed touring and good birding.  James knows all the area hot spots. We will visit the Saugeen River, Lake Huron shoreline and numerous trails around the township. 

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.

HURON SHORES TO MALCOLM BLUFFS (this event has a waitlist) Mike Burrell
A11 6:30am to 3:30pm

We’ll see shorebirds, ducks, grassland birds and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the diversity in this section of the Bruce. We may even find 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.

BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE Todd Pepper
A12 7:00am to 3:30pm

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.  Todd is an accomplished birder with extensive field experience.  Participants will benefit from his knowledge of bird song and breeding bird behaviour.  

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 BY EAR Michael Carlson
A13 6:00am to 11:30am

So you are not good at birding by ear. You have a really hard time figuring out bird sound and translating it to actual sounds.  You also have difficulty remembering songs/calls and which birds make them, no matter how often you have heard them! Michael is a natural at mnemonics.  His gentle style and keen ear will definitely enhance your experience.  He will be leading this field workshop which will give you tips and tools that you can use to solve the mysteries of bird song.

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.

WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS Mark Wiercinski ❤
A14 6:15am to 11:30am

Few birds are more annoying than warblers. They move around a lot, hide behind leaves and branches and then move when you finally have your binos focused! Mark's tips about habitat and song will help you sort them out. 

❤ original leader from the first Festival

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

Species: Canada Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow 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 A QUIET CORNER OF MacGREGOR Terry Crabe
A15 7:00am to 11:30am

This outing will explore the 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.

BIRDING THE EDGE OF MacGREGOR Henrique Pacheco
A16 7:30am to 11:30am

Henrique is one of the new generation of keen young birders. Come see what youthful sharp eyes, ears and technique 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.

OLD SHORE ROAD TRAIL Ted Cheskey
A17 9:00am to 11:30am

Pitcher Plant Marl and the area north of the Visitor Centre are favorite areas of this former park naturalist. This walk provides relaxed opportunities to casually bird the shoreline, wetlands, hardwood and coniferous forests.

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 - ENDANGERED & ENDEARING Stew Nutt
A18 1:00pm to 3:30pm

We’ll travel to Sauble Beach to see these imperiled shorebirds at their nesting site. You may observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the challenges these birds face. Life’s a beach for these 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.

SHARE YOUR BEST SHOTS Fran Sanagan ❤
A19 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Come to this non-threatening, non-judgmental session and present some of your shots in a "Show & Tell" workshop. Whether it be on Facebook, a gallery wall or your phone, this is the other side of making a photograph. We will discuss managing files, editing collections and "what’s next?"

❤ original leader from our first Festival

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

TIME TRAVEL TO THE PAST Peter Storck
A20 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Peter will tell us about the skills and inventiveness behind ‘Stone Age’ technology, the Ice Age environment experienced by the first people to colonize Ontario and how, three centuries ago, Native peoples transformed the environment of southern Ontario. A flintknapping demonstration, illustrated talk and two field visits highlight this 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.

FROG FROLIC– Ages 5+ Kerry Jarvis
A21 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Our frolic will take us to  several ponds to revel in the sights and sounds of these amazing creatures. If available,  bring cameras and close­focus binoculars. 

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

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.

DYES FROM NATURE & SPINNING WOOL – Ages 5+ Audrey Armstrong
A22 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Create a tie dye bandana with dyes from nature! While the dye pots simmer, try your hand at spinning wool with a drop spindle. You will make your own spindle and may take it home with you along with your trendy bandana! 

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

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 BANQUET & PRESENTATION - Just Winging It: A Bird Nerd and His Camera - @ St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 920 Wellington St., Port Elgin Ethan Meleg
A23 4:30pm

Bird photography is downright difficult, but amazingly fun and rewarding! Ethan started watching birds when he was a kid and began photographing them over 20 years ago. He will share tips, techniques and funny stories from his adventures photographing birds. 

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 prior to May 1 to discuss other dietary needs.  

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

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:00am to 12 noon

Viewing Scopes will be available at the Viewing Tower on the Tower Trail.

EAGLE OPTICS
11:00am to 1:00pm

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

Eagle Optics are 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 28, 2017
All Day
BIRD ’TIL YOU DROP Michael Carlson
A24 6:00am

Are you a lister?  Do you tick?  Spending a Big Day 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.

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 BEAUTIFUL CABOT HEAD & BEYOND* Ted Cheskey
A25 6:15am to 4:30pm

Visit some of the Peninsula’s best known birding spots such as Dyer’s Bay, the sparrow fields, Crane Lake and the Cabot Head “Important Bird Area”. We’ll observe migration monitoring and bird banding at the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory with Ted, its current President. 

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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.

A26 6:30am to 4:30pm

Experience this new Shining Rainbow Deer Nature Sanctuary with NCC staff. You will see an array of spring wildflowers, many of which are rare elsewhere in southern Ontario. The birding should be 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 519-353-8618) 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.

MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER* Alfred Raab
A27 7:00am to 4:30pm

Bird in a variety of habitats within the Malcolm Bluffs Nature Reserve and the Neyaashiinigmiing territory at the Cape Croker peninsula. These areas in Alfred’s back yard have yielded some special finds in past years and the cliffs 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 519-353-8618) 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
SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER Mark Wiercinski ❤
A28 6:00am to 11:30am

Warblers are the jewels of the forest. Mark will point out their fascinating behaviours, eyecatching colours and sweet songs. They are here because love is in the air. 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 drive to the Ducks Unlimited wetland to see and hear waterfowl, bitterns, herons and egrets.  

❤ original leader from first Festival

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
A29 6:15am to 11:30am

MacGregor Park is bursting with late migrants and birds marking out their territory in full song. Mike’s awesome 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.

BACKROADS OF SAUGEEN James Turland
A30 6:30am to 11:30am

Saugeen’s rural landscapes are a peaceful backdrop for grassland and woodland birds. This is James’ back yard and he is one of our favourite local leaders. 

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 ❤
A31 8:00am to 11:30am

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. 

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.  Can we do it again?

❤ original leader from first Festival

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.

TRACKS & SCATS – Geared for Kids Park Staff
A32 10:00am to 11:30am

Become a wildlife detective by learning how to identify animal tracks and their droppings with songs and games on a hike through the park. You’re sure to be a natural! 

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 / Gwen Lewington
A33 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)

RELAXED NATURE WALK John Reaume
A34 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Come for a leisurely walk from the Visitor Centre along the Old Shore Road Trail. On this general nature hike we will 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE Willy Waterton ❤
A35 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The best camera is the one that’s with you. Phone cameras are a much more powerful tool than most people realize. We will explore the camera’s various functions to expand your photographic horizons. (easy) (limit 12) 

❤ original leader from first Festival

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
A36 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Jim for an exploration of his rural property. We will see and discuss glacial landforms, soils and forest management while viewing abundant birdlife.  

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.

SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO’S RAPTORS – Ages 5+ Wild Ontario
A37 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help raptors do what they do. 

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

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
THE MESSENGER - SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATION Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory & Bruce County Museum
A38 7:00pm

THE MESSENGER is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. Presented in partnership with the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO).

This event is being held at the Bruce County Museum & Archives, 33 Victoria St N, Southampton, ON N0H 2L0.  Please go directly to the museum. (6:30pm cash bar available)

All tickets are $15 per person; the funds raised support the work of the BPBO. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

NOCTURNAL NOISES – Ages 5+ Park Staff
A39 9:30pm

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.

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.

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:00am to 12 noon

Viewing Scopes will be available at the Viewing Tower on the Tower Trail.

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

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

"The Nest"
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Come mix, mingle, socialize and share your day’s adventures at The Nest.  Located in the large tent in the VC parking area

Monday May 29, 2017
All Day
BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE Marshall Byle
A40 6:00am to 4:30pm

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.

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE Bruce Edmunds / Doug Pedwell
A41 6:30am to 4:30pm

Make the most of your telephoto lenses. Your intrepid leaders will take you to a variety of local hotspots where you will have opportunities to capture the images of our feathered friends, and whatever else may appear in front of the camera. 

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 A QUIET CORNER OF MacGREGOR James Turland
A42 6:00am 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 CULTURAL WALKABOUT Bill Fitzgerald
A43 8:00am to 11:30am

Archaeology has been studied extensively at Inverhuron Provincial Park. Bill is an authority on the human history of the park from prehistoric times into the 19th century. This is a fascinating walk through the past. 

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
TREE ID Jim Coles
A44 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Using leaf and twig keys, we will identify the conifers and hardwoods in the vicinity of the  Visitor Centre and learn about the role of site (soil) characteristics in determining species  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.

WILD BOTANY OF MacGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK (this event has a waitlist) Walter Muma
A45 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Walter will lead you on an exploration of the Park to view its spring wildflowers and other wild botany.

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
ORCHIDS OF GREY - BRUCE Walter Muma
A46 7:15pm

Grey and Bruce counties are home to up to 46 species of orchids; 44 in the Bruce Peninsula alone! Walter will take us on a visual journey of the orchids of Grey - Bruce. His presentation will feature just about every species present in this botanically rich and unique area. 

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 30, 2017
Other
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/ 

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 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.

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

Wednesday May 31, 2017
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 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.

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/ 

Thursday June 1, 2017
All Day
PASTURES, STREAMS & WOODLOTS James Turland
B01 6:30am to 4:30pm

This driving tour in Bruce County will take you through varied habitat and will 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.

THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS PART THREE* Willy Waterton ❤
B02 6:45am to 4:30pm

This is the third and most 'extreme' quest in the Bruce Re-Beckons series to rediscover author Sherwood Fox's Bruce Peninsula 64 years later.

❤  indicates original leader from our first Festival

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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: DIFFICULT -- Walking on trails that have uneven terrain. There may be some walking off trail. Participants should be able to negotiate walking on slippery surfaces, where there is unsure footing or where they are climbing over rocks and logs.

Morning
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Marshall Byle
B03 7:30am to 11:30am

Inverhuron comes from the Gaelic word inver meaning confluence. We will bird along the historic Little Sauble River in Inverhuron Park and observe spawning rainbow trout. 

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.

LIVING LANDSCAPES: THE WORLD OF MacGREGOR POINT'S BEACHES Peter Middleton
B04 8:00am to 11:30am

Join this esteemed leader on a walk along the shoreline of MacGregor Point. Experience the brilliant life that blooms in what some might consider harsh conditions.

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 BOAT TOUR Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B05 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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

Please arrive on your own at the Southampton Dock by 12:30pm. Participants will pay the $25 fee at the dock office.  Please 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.

BIRDING FUNDAMENTALS Marshall Byle
B06 1:30pm to 4:30pm

On this short walk from the Visitor Centre, Marshall will introduce you to some birding basics - use of binoculars, bird ID and language, 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.

LIVING LANDSCAPES: THE WORLD OF MacGREGOR POINT'S BEACHES Peter Middleton
B07 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join this esteemed leader on a walk along the shoreline of MacGregor Point. Experience the brilliant life that blooms in what some might consider harsh conditions.

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.

CHANTRY ISLAND BOAT TOUR Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B08 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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

Please arrive on your own at the Southampton Dock by 2:30pm.  Participants will pay the $25 fee at the dock office.  Please 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.

Evening
BIRDING JEOPARDY Sarah Rupert
B09 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Answer: “The mascot of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival”.  Question: “What is an American Redstart?”  Come for a fun-filled interactive evening of birding team trivia. 

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 2, 2017
All Day
CAVES OF THE BRUCE PENINSULA* Bob Gray
B10 6:30am to 4:30pm

Completely different processes have resulted in the creation of three types of caves on the Bruce Peninsula. We will explore all of them: wave-cut, limestone solution and crevice caves. Geology rocks! 

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar directly (huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-353-8618) 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: Canada Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Bobolink

Difficulty: DIFFICULT -- Walking on trails that have uneven terrain. There may be some walking off trail. Participants should be able to negotiate walking on slippery surfaces, where there is unsure footing or where they are climbing over rocks and logs.

MALCOLM BLUFFS & CAPE CROKER* Alfred Raab
B11 7:00am to 4:30pm

Bird in a variety of habitats within the Malcolm Bluffs Nature Reserve and the Neyaashiinigmiing territory at the Cape Croker peninsula. These areas have yielded some special finds in past years and the cliffs 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 519-353-8618) 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.

FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO (this event has a waitlist) Lynne Richardson / Bill Crins / Mark Peck
B12 8:00am to 4:30pm

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

$20 extra per person will be paid at Evergreen Resort.

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.

Morning
BIRDING THE BACKROADS Justin Peter
B13 7:30am to 11:30

India, Galapagos, Bruce County! Justin is a global birding tour leader. He will take us on this driving tour focusing on the threatened and declining birds of 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.

BIRDING MacGREGOR Ian Shanahan
B14 8:00am to 11:30am

A morning walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland always turns up late migrants and early nesters. Ian is another global birding tour leader touching down in MacGregor. We’ll hear about the importance of wetlands for migrating birds as we identify some of 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.

THE BIG SIT Margaret Anderton
B15 8:30am to 11:30am

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

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
WILDFLOWER SCIENCE & MYTHS Heather Starrs ❤
B16 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Legends and superstitions are attached to many common and not so common plants found at MacGregor Point. This easy stroll will identify many wildflowers and look at the stories behind their names and interesting uses. 

❤  indicates original leader from our first Festival

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 WALK IN THE PARK James Turland
B17 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Our popular local leader will show you why any time of day is a good time for a walk in the park. We’ll find the flora that attracts birds, spring flowers and other delights. 

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.

RAIL TRAIL RAMBLE Kerry Jarvis
B18 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Explore the wilds of the Saugeen Shores Rail Trail in Southampton. Join Kerry to learn about the role the railways once played. Our ramble explores wildlife, culture and history.  We will see the area where Hurricane Hazel once de-railed a train.

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
THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE - IN FRANKLIN'S WAKE (this event has a wait list) Audrey Armstrong & Willy Waterton ❤
B19 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Join Willy and Audrey for this presentation on the Northwest passage, learn about a surprise Grey - Bruce connection and revel in Willy's outstanding photography of the Canadian Arctic. 

❤  indicates original leaders from our first Festival

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.

"The Nest" with our Birder-In-Residence Sarah Rupert
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Come socialize at "The Nest" and bring along your questions for our special guest birder-in-residence.  Sarah fields all types of questions from all levels of birders at Point Pelee National Park.

Saturday June 3, 2017
All Day
BIRDING IN & AROUND THE PARK Ian Shanahan
B20 6:30am to 4:30pm

MacGregor Park is bursting with late migrants and 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 THE HURON FRINGE Justin Peter
B21 7:00am to 4:30pm

This driving tour explores the sand and gravel lowlands along the Huron Fringe lakeshore between MacGregor Point and Sauble Falls to the north. 

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.

BACK ROADS OF SAUGEEN TOWNSHIP James Turland
B22 7:30am to 4:30pm

The back roads offer relaxed touring and good birding. We will visit the Saugeen River, Lake Huron shoreline and numerous trails around the township. 

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
SWEET WATER SEA Martin & Kathy Parker ❤
B23 6:30am to 11:30am

Join Kathy and Martin in an early morning birding stroll from the Visitor Centre and along the shoreline road to the tip of Sunset Point to look for breeding species and late migrants. There will be a focus on the birds of the sweet water sea and its shoreline and some of the changes which have happened over time. 

❤  indicates original leaders from our first Festival

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 BIRDS EYE VIEW Jean Iron
B24 7:00am 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.

PIPING PLOVERS - ENDEARING & ENDANGERED Stewart Nutt
B25 7:45am to 11:30am

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plovers at one of their few nesting sites in Ontario. You may observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the many challenges these birds face. Life’s a beach for these 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.

TAKE A PEEK AT THE BEAK – Geared for Kids Park Staff
B26 9:00am to 11:30am

One way birds have adapted to prosper in all corners of our planet is through the various shapes and uses of their beaks! Learn all about beaks on a hike through MacGregor Point. 

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
NATURE BIKE HIKE – Ages 5+ Audrey Armstrong
B27 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Pedal around the Park stopping at different habitats and observing the birds, insects, botany and mammal evidence along the way. 

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

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.

DOWN & DIRTY PHOTOGRAPHY Doug Pedwell
B28 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Through photography, participants will explore wildflowers growing 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.

FIELD SKETCHING / JOURNALING Sarah Rupert
B29 1:30pm to 4:30pm

If you’re not already, you will be after spending time on the beach with these charismatic, endangered 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.

SEDGES HAVE EDGES Bill Crins
B30 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.

Evening
CHICKEN DINNER
B31 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 B31 and B32 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.

BIRDER MURDER MYSTERIES (this event has a waitlist) Steve Burrows
B32 7:15pm to 8:30pm

From a life-long interest in birding to creating the “Birder Murder” mystery series; Steve will show us how birding has lead to a transformation of a nature writer into a birder, murder, mystery writer.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-9)

STARRY STARRY NIGHT (this event has a waitlist) John Hlynialuk
B33 9:15pm

John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events  for 2017. 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)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:00am to 12 noon

Viewing Scopes will be available at the Viewing Tower on the Tower Trail.

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

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

"The Nest" with our Birder-In-Residence Sarah Rupert
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Come socialize at "The Nest" and bring along your questions for our special guest birder-in-residence.  Sarah fields all types of questions from all levels of birders at Point Pelee National Park.

Sunday June 4, 2017
All Day
BIRDING POINT TO POINT James Turland
B34 7:00am to 4:30pm

This driving tour explores the sand and gravel lowlands along the Huron Fringe lakeshore between MacGregor Point and Point Clark. 

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
THE JI LINE WITH JI Jean Iron
B35 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
B36 7:30am to 11:30am

On this leisurely walk in the park, Mark will help you take your birding skills to another level. Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while expanding your observation skills and learning about the nidiology of breeding 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.

PONDS & FIELDS Martin & Kathy Parker ❤
B37 7:45am to 11:30am

Martin and Kathy will take you along the southern boundary of the park to explore their favourite birding locations in this area. Time will be spent visiting the viewing tower on the Ducks Unlimited wetland. We will look for birds in the second growth areas of the park. 

❤  indicates original leaders from our first Festival

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
B38 8:00am to 11:30am

Bill has an incredible background in both birding and botany! The abundant flora and fauna 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
SCIENSATIONAL SSSNAKES – Ages 5+ Sciensational SSSnakes
B39 1:30pm to 4:30pm

A hands-on experience with reptiles and amphibians. You will get to know live animals that are safe, friendly and easy to handle. 

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

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.

SAUGEEN SHORES: WATERSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY (this event has a waitlist) Kerry Jarvis
B40 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Enjoy the majestic vistas in Saugeen Shores while enhancing your photographic skills with tips and techniques for waterscapes. Open to all levels of photographers and all types of cameras (smart phones, tablets, DSLRs, compact cameras). 

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
SUNSET WALK & TALK Doug Pedwell
B41 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.