Schedule of Events

The 23rd Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival

will be held

May 22 to 25 and May 28 to 31, 2020.

Online registration for 2020 will be available

March 1 (6am) to May 21 (6pm) and again on May 25 (6am) to May 27 (6pm)

 

NEW FOR 2020!

Waiver forms will be PRE-PRINTED and in the registration packages, ready for each attendee signature at check-in.  Please be sure to provide the correct contact information as well as an emergency contact name and phone number (someone NOT at the Festival) for each attendee at the time of registration

 

 

 

To give you an idea of the broad scope of events available, the 2019 events and fees are still posted below.

The 2020 schedule of events and pricing will be posted January 15, 2020 for viewing only.  

 

2019 FESTIVAL FEES

PACKAGE DETAILS

ADULT

YOUTH (10-21)

Single Events

        All Day

$44.00

$22.00

        Morning

$22.00

$11.00

        Afternoon

$22.00

$11.00

        Evening

$10.00

$5.00

Festival

$173.00

$86.00

4 day Weekend

$130.00

$65.00

Saturday & Sunday

$82.00

$41.00

 

The complete schedule of events for 2019 is still shown below.

  Click on the green date bar to view events for each day.

To learn more about the leader, click on the leader name in the event description. You can also access the leader bios from the drop-down menu of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival button.

 

 

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 24, 2019
All Day
BIRDING MID PENINSULA Michael Carlson
A01 6:00am to 4:30pm

Travel with veteran leader Michael from Lake Huron to Georgian Bay. We will visit some of his favorite spots including Stokes Bay, Greenough Point and Hopeness.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

JARMO’S BIG BACKYARD * (this event is full) Jarmo Jalava
A02 6:15am to 4:30pm

Mar, Sky Lake and Red Bay host rich bird and botanical habitats. The outing will include a 3.5 km hike through a coastal migration hotspot, and will finish off with a "Little Big Sit" lunch picnic on the deck of Jarmo's home, which should yield great views of some Bruce Peninsula avian specialties.

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.

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 BLUFF & CAPE CROKER* (this event is full) Alfred Raab
A03 6:30am 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.

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 THE BRUCE WITH BENSETTE Jeremy Bensette
A04 6:45am to 4:30pm

Jeremy is Ontario’s Big Year record holder and a popular tour guide in the Point Pelee area. Join him as he follows the birds migrating or on territory along a number of sites on the Bruce Peninsula. Locations may include Isaac Lake, Oliphant wetlands, Red Bay, Sauble Beach and the Ferndale Flats.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING & BOTANIZING BRUCE’S CAVES * Doug Pedwell
A05 7:30am to 4:30pm

Doug will show us ferns, wildflowers, forest birds and geological features as we explore this scenic section of the Niagara Escarpment. This road trip will feature Bruce’s Caves and Skinner’s Bluff conservation areas and other unique spots nearby.

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.

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 WALK IN THE PARK WITH MARK Mark Wiercinski
A06 6:00am to 11:30am

Mark is always entertaining and informative. Mark’s birding and interpretive skills will keep you looking and listening as you explore MacGregor Point, one of his most productive stops during his annual Big Day.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

DISCOVER PAISLEY BIRDING Judith King
A07 6:15am to 11:30am

Judith, a popular local leader, 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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

KINCARDINE LAGOONS aka “PELEE NORTH” ^ James Turland
A08 6:30am to 11:30am

Hike the trails of this premier birding location, one of James' favourite local hotspots.  If you missed  seeing birds at Point Pelee, chances are you’ll find them here. 

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
BIRD & BOTANY 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MÉTIS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE & AUNT ANNIE’S Jenna McGuire
A10 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The history and culture of the Historic Saugeen Métis will begin with a presentation at the Historic Saugeen Métis interpretive centre and finish with a tour of Aunt Annie's 170-year-old Métis home. We will have a close look at medicinal gardens, Métis artforms and try some traditional foods!

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MAGICAL MacGREGOR (this event is full) Tim Arthur
A11 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Tim’s fieldwork with Bird Studies Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. We’ll visit the wetlands and forests of the park looking for migrant and breeding birds. The trip will end with a visit to the scenic Ducks Unlimited Pond.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
SPARROWS & FINCHES OF ONTARIO (this event is full) John Reaume
A12 7:15pm to 8:30pm

In Ontario we have 43 species of finches and sparrows (LBJs) of which 23 have been seen during the Festival. With John’s tips and phenomenal photography, you’ll learn interesting facts about their natural history and how to identify these species. You’ll never again refer to them as LBJs!

DENIZENS OF THE DARK (this event is full) Mark Wiercinski
A13 9:00pm

Nocturnal adaptations are required to rule the night. From owls to crickets to fireflies, learn how these creatures are able to thrive when the lights go out.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

TOBAGO & BEYOND (vendor booth)
10:00am to 5:00pm

Visit with the representatives from Tobago Tourism and learn about the culture and birding in Tobago.

ADVENTURE CANADA (vendor booth)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Learn about available nature trips

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 25, 2019
All Day
MARK’S MYSTERY TOUR Mark Wiercinski
A14 6:00am to 3:30pm

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MALCOLM BLUFFS TO HURON SHORES* Mike Burrell
A15 6:15am 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!

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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

HURON SHORES TO MALCOLM BLUFFS (this event is full) Ken Burrell
A16 6:30am to 3:30pm

You’ll be amazed at Ken’s birding skills and the diversity of birds found in this area. There may be a Cerulean or Hooded Warbler on territory. If Mike doesn't find it, Ken will!

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE Jeremy Bensette
A17 6:45am to 3:30pm

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Morning
THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR Michael Carlson
A18 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 birding by ear mnemonics. This field workshop will give you tips to sort out bird songs.

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 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING ON THE EDGE Henrique Pacheco
A19 6:15am to 11:30am

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING BACKROADS (this event is full) James Turland
A20 6:30am to 11:30am

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

GRASSLANDS & MORE Todd Pepper
A21 6:45am 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MAGICAL MacGREGOR Tim Arthur
A22 7:00am to 11:30am

Tim’s fieldwork with Bird Studies Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. We’ll visit the wetlands and forests of the park looking for migrant and breeding birds. The trip will end with a visit to the scenic Ducks Unlimited Pond.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

OVER HILL & DALE Marshall Byle
A23 7:15am to 11:30am

Over the river and through the woods searching for birds we'll go. Field edge habitat will complete our tour to add to our species list. Marshall is a local lifelong birder who loves to share the wonder of birds with others.

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
BIRDS & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR Terry Crabe
A24 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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 good species variety.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING THE FRINGE Henrique Pacheco
A25 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Woodland and shoreline habitats are featured as you follow Henrique down Kempf’s Trail to Watersnake Pond. Henrique is a world birder and a senior naturalist at Algonquin Park.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

SPIDERMAN John Reaume
A26 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Spiders lead fascinating lives! With over 830 species in Ontario we'll find a few jumpers, wolfs, crabs, fishing and orb weavers and learn about their life history, feeding techniques and mating rituals. Bring binoculars, cameras and a keen eye as "Spiderman" introduces you to the amazing world of arachnids.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY Doug Pedwell
A27 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
4:30 pm SOCIAL & SILENT AUCTION / 5:30 pm DINNER & PRESENTATION - BEST PLACES TO BIRD IN ONTARIO @St Joseph's Parish Hall 920 Wellington St., Port Elgin (this event is full) Ken Burrell / Mike Burrell
A28 4:30pm

Since kids, Mike and Ken have been obsessed with birds and traveled across the province in search of them.  They'll share their favourite spots, strategies and stories and how they decided which would make the cut for their new book, Best Places to Bird in Ontario.  Book signing to follow.

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

Chicken buffet from Green Door Catering.

Please contact the registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegetarian) so that requests can be reported to the caterer.   

Before April 15 - $45 extra per person for the meal plus the $10 evening single event fee.   (No single event fee applied with a Festival, 1st Weekend or 1st Sat/Sun package)

On or after April 15 $55 extra per person for all participants.  (No single event fee applied)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

VIEWING SCOPES AT THE TOWER
8:00am to 12:00pm

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

TOBAGO & BEYOND (vendor booth)
10:00am to 5:00pm

Visit with the representatives from Tobago Tourism and learn about the culture and birding in Tobago.

VORTEX CANADA (vendor booth)
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.  

ADVENTURE CANADA (vendor booth)
11:00am to 1:00pm

Learn about available nature trips

ARMSTRONG MILLING (vendor booth)
11:00am to 1:00pm

Sale of a variety of birdseed and accessories

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 26, 2019
All Day
BIRD ’TIL YOU DROP (this event is full) Michael Carlson
A29 6:00am to ???

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

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 (and later if you're up to it) 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.

 

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 THE BACKROADS Henrique Pacheco
A30 6:15am to 3:00pm

 

  1. Join Henrique for a day in the country.  Travelling along scenic rural roads we will find grassland specialties and species form other habitats found in the countryside.  We've had a few surprise finds in the past.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING BLITZ Todd Pepper
A31 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Morning
SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER Mark Wiercinski
A32 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.  

Please note that the entire Tower Trail is 3km; Mark may only walk half of the trail.

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 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING ON THE EDGE (this event is full) Ken Burrell
A33 6:15am to 11:30am

The habitat mixes around the edge of the Park provide lots of avian action and an eclectic mix of birds for the list. Look, listen and learn about the birds and their habitats with Ken.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING IN THE PARK (this event is full) Mike Burrell
A34 6:30am to 11:30am

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

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 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

POWER BIRDING AT THE BRUCE Jeremy Bensette
A35 6:45am to 11:30am

Jeremy has spent five breeding seasons conducting Marsh Monitoring survey work with Bird Studies Canada and is very familiar with the wetlands of Bruce Peninsula. Join him for a visit to the marshes of Baie du Dore near Bruce Power, paired with a few other fruitful birding stops along the way.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING THE PARK PERIMETER Marshall Byle
A36 7:15am 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING THE BYWAYS James Turland
A37 7:30am to 11:30am

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

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

UP WITH THE BIRDS Doug Martin
A38 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. 

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 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
PIPING PLOVERS OF SAUBLE BEACH Stewart Nutt / Don Kennedy
A39 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Stew and Don have been on the front line of the plover recovery program since its beginning. They 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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

A FASCINATION OF FROGS (this event is full) Kerry Jarvis
A40 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This hands-on experience will bring out the kid in you.

We will explore several ponds to revel in the sights and sounds of these amazing creatures. Bring binoculars and cameras on this frog frolic. 

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 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

FEEDER PHOTOGRAPHY Fran Sanagan
A41 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Fran will provide tips and tricks to capture natural-looking images of the birds and wildlife at your backyard feeders.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
BIRDING TOBAGO Newton George
A42 7:15pm

Widely acclaimed as Tobago’s premier bird-watching and natural-history guide, Newton is an experienced and knowledgeable ornithologist. 

Join him as he highlights the birds and culture of Tobago, one of the most southerly Islands in the Caribbean and home to approximately 220 species of birds.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

VIEWING SCOPES AT THE TOWER
8:00am to 12:00pm

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

TOBAGO & BEYOND (vendor booth)
10:00am to 5:00pm

Visit with the representatives from Tobago Tourism and learn about the culture and birding in Tobago.

ADVENTURE CANADA (vendor booth)
11:00am to 1:00pm

Learn about available nature trips.

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 27, 2019
All Day
BIRDING THE COUNTRYSIDE Judith King / Newton George
A43 6:00am to 4:30pm

Judith and special guest Newton will introduce you to local birding hotspots. Mixed forest, riparian habitat and grassland fields will be visited on this outing. Newton will provide a tropical perspective on Canadian birds.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

A BIG SIT Marshall Byle
A44 7:30am to 3:00pm

Join Marshall by the scenic ponds at Marwanda Estate. Easy walks and pondside birding will build up our lists. Green Herons nest in the nearby pine plantations. Tea and coffee will be provided.

shortened day

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

LANDFORMS OF GREY COUNTY Bob Gray
A45 8:00am to 4:30pm

With Bob, geology rocks! Explore the geomorphology of Grey County. A driving tour with many stops along the way, we’ll look at drumlins, eskers, cobble beaches, disappearing streams, moraines and more.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Morning
WOODS MEET WETLANDS Jeremy Bensette
A46 6:00am to 11:30am

Join Jeremy, Ontario’s Big Year record holder, for a walk through the songbird-rich woodlands of MacGregor Point Provincial Park on the way to the wetland habitat of the Ducks Unlimited Pond, where woods meet wetlands!

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MAGICAL MacGREGOR Tim Arthur
A47 6:30am to 11:30am

Tim’s fieldwork with Bird Studies Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Provincial Park. Join Tim as we visit the wetlands and forests of the park looking for migrant and breeding birds. We will end the trip with a visit to the spectacular Ducks Unlimited Pond.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING THE FRINGE James Turland
A48 7:00am to 11:30am

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MÉTIS HISTORY OF THE FISHING ISLANDS Jenna McGuire
A49 7:30am to 11:30am

From fur-trading voyageurs to fishermen, boat-builders and lighthouse keepers the Saugeen Métis have had a strong connection to the waters and islands of Lake Huron.  Discover their marine culture and their connections to the Fishing Islands in the best way possible, aboard a boat and on the water!  This is a guided historical boat tour of the Fishing Islands.

(weather permitting, weather appropriate clothing - bring an extra layer)

$40 cash per extra person to be paid at the dock Tour Base.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
SMART PHONE & TABLET PHOTOGRAPHY Kerry Jarvis
A50 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Kerry will show us 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

A FARM RAMBLE Jim Coles
A51 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Jim is a retired forester who loves and practices the concept of “forest bathing”. On this outing become acquainted with grassland and wetland birds, landforms, species/site relationships and a bit of upland hardwood forest management.

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
SPECIES AT RISK: A WORLD OF CHANGE Peter Middleton
A52 7:15pm

An important issue facing the living planet today is mass extinction. Species around the world are encountering the reality of diminishing resources and conditions for their survival. How we can play a part in mediating, if not stopping the problem in our local environment will be presented.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

TOBAGO & BEYOND (vendor booth)
10:00am to 5:00pm

Visit with the representatives from Tobago Tourism and learn about the culture and birding in Tobago.

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 28, 2019
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

Enjoy MacGregor Point Provincial Park on your own; pick up a bike trail map!

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.

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 29, 2019
Other
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/ 

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

Enjoy MacGregor Point Provincial Park on your own- pick up a bike trail map!

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

Thursday May 30, 2019
All Day
CAPE CROKER - BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING * Jarmo Jalava / Miptoon
B01 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MALCOLM BLUFF & CAPE CROKER* (this event is full) Alfred Raab
B02 6:30am 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.

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.

KINGHURST NATURE RESERVE^ Nikki May / Clarke Birchard
B03 6:45am to 3:00pm

Nikki and Angus will guide us on a discovery trek through the Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve. This majestic forest, with its century trees, is a rare example of lightly touched woodlands in southern Ontario. History, woodland birds, botany and folklore will be featured. 

shortened day

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.

SILVERWATER - PHOTOGRAPHING WATERFALLS ^ Willy Waterton
B04 8:15am to 4:30pm

We are blessed in Bruce-Grey with many waterfalls tumbling over the Niagara Escarpment. Whether you are using your smartphone, tablet, compact or DSLR camera there are tricks and tools to “crafting” images that go beyond the snapshot. Bring tripod and remote shutter release if available. 

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
B05 7:15am 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

PIPING PLOVERS OF SAUBLE BEACH Stewart Nutt / Don Kennedy
B06 8:00am to 11:30am

Stew & Don have been on the front line of the plover recovery program since its beginning. They 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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

CHANTRY ISLAND 1 @Southampton Harbour 86 Saugeen St, Southampton* EVENT CANCELLED (boat repairs) Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B07 8:15am to 10:15am

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 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival*  

Children must be at least 4' (120cm) tall and accompanied by an adult also registered for the event.  Contact the registrar directly to add a child to the participant list.

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.

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
CHANTRY ISLAND 2 @Southampton Harbour 86 Saugeen St, Southampton* EVENT CANCELLED (boat repairs) Marine Heritage Society / Margaret Anderton
B08 12:15pm to 2:15pm

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 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival* 

Children must be at least 4' (120cm) tall and accompanied by an adult also registered for the event. Contact the registrar directly to add a child to the participant list.

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.

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.

INSECT PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Noble
B09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Bob for an introduction to close-up (macro) photography of the big world of insects and other small things. Bring your digital camera with a macro setting or macro lens and flash and learn how you can capture the beauty and diversity of this hidden world.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BOTANY IN THE PARK Barbara Palmer
B10 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The Huron Fringe is made up of former cobble beach ridges, swales and ancient miniature dunes. Barbara will help you identify the unique plants found amidst these features.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
ALGONQUIN WILD Michael Runtz
B11 7:15pm

This talk is a celebration of the plants and wildlife of Algonquin Park. From peatlands to coniferous forests, spring peepers to beavers, moose to osprey to yellow toadflax and spotted salamanders, the park teems with life all year round. Book signing to follow.

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 May 31, 2019
All Day
THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE PENINSULA Justin Peter
B12 6:30am to 4:30pm

India, Galapagos and now 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE Marshall Byle
B13 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, birding hotspots along the way.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO (this event is full) WL Lynne Richardson / Bill Crins / Michael Runtz
B14 8:00am to 4:30pm

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

$25 per person payable at the Resort covers lunch & the boat tour

Please advise the Registrar of dietary restrictions by May 1.

In the event the boat tour is cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues, an alternate program is planned for the afternoon.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Morning
A BIRDS EYE VIEW Jean Iron
B15 7:15am to 11:30am

Look, listen and learn with Jean, an OFO Distinguished Ornithologist and well-known educational leader. We’ll bird along river and riparian habitats amongst others throughout the morning.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THE WORLD OF MacGREGOR POINT’S BEACHES Peter Middleton
B16 8:00am to 11:30am

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 makes this world come alive.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

ADVANCED MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Noble
B17 8:15am to 11:30am

Macro photographers will be provided with techniques to improve their images of insects and other small subjects. We will address some of the technical and composition issues that must be overcome in order to create amazing macro images.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

LAWNCHAIR BIRDING AT BONNIE’S Sarah Rupert / Bonnie Patterson-Collins
B18 8:30am to 11:30am

A casual yet productive approach to birding. Join Sarah and Bonnie 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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
BIRDING & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR Doug Pedwell (for Ian Shanahan)
B19 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This outing will explore niche habitats along the wooded Rotary Way and the open Gore Drain trails through the eyes of an experienced ecologist. Edges, old fields, hedge rows and woodlands provide good species diversity. Vesper Sparrow is almost guaranteed!

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THE WORLD OF MacGREGOR POINT’S BEACHES Peter Middleton
B20 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 makes this world come alive.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MÉTIS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE & AUNT ANNIE’S (this event is full) WL Jenna McGuire
B21 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The history and culture of the Historic Saugeen Métis will begin with a presentation at the Historic Saugeen Métis interpretive centre and finish with a tour of Aunt Annie's 170-year-old Métis home. We will have a close look at medicinal gardens, Métis artforms and try some traditional foods!

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT Audrey Armstrong
B22 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn to nurture monarch butterfly populations by establishing your own monarch waystation. Life cycle, biology, issues and threats to the monarch population and the value of choosing native versus non-native plants will be covered. Free seeds will be distributed to get you started.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
SOUTHBOUND SHOREBIRDS (this event is full) Jean Iron
B23 7:15pm

Jean has spent the past 14 summers surveying shorebirds on the coasts of Hudson and James bays. From the end of June to freeze-up, southbound shorebirds from the Canadian Arctic stop over in Ontario. Jean will give us tips to identify and age these sometimes confusing species in her clear interpretive style.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
11:00am to 1:30pm

During the lunch break PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings 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.

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
3:00pm to 5:00pm

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings is a valued sponsor and supporter of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
6:00pm to 7:00pm

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings is a valued sponsor and supporter of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  

Saturday June 1, 2019
All Day
BIRDING THE BRUCE Pete Read
B24 7:00am to 4:30pm

New to our festival, Pete a popular Quest leader, has spent his life inspiring awareness about the natural world. Enjoy a great birding experience with this world-class birder.,

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

GREENOCK SWAMP NATURE RAMBLE^ Doug Pedwell
B25 8:00am to 3:00pm

Explore part of southern Ontario's largest forested Class 1 wetland. The new boardwalk and trails have opened this wooded wetland environment to us. Bring your binoculars and cameras. 

Trails can be muddy & wet; rubber boots recommended.

shortened day

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
THE BIRD WHISPERER Dave Brewer
B26 6:15am to 11:30am

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Banders have a special way with birds. Watch (and maybe even ‘help’) Dave as birds are collected from mist nests, banded and released. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and personal.

Suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING THE BACKROADS (this event is full) WL Justin Peter
B27 6:30am to 11:30am

Justin will focus his extensive birding tour leadership skills on the birds of the rural countryside including threatened and declining grassland species.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THE JI LINE WITH JI Jean Iron
B28 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. 

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING FUNDAMENTALS Doug Martin (for Ian Shanahan)
B29 7:45am to 11:30am

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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR iPHONE Willy Waterton
B30 8:00am to 11:30am

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

LAWNCHAIR BIRDING Sarah Rupert
B31 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 birds you didn’t realize were there. We will be overlooking the lake, as we learn to make notes about birds and their behaviours.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY* boat canc ALT PROGRAM Fran Sanagan
B32 12:15pm to 4:30pm

There’s so much to photograph on Chantry - colonial nesting birds, the lighthouse, and the many artifacts with low light challenges. Fran can help you with it all.

$25 extra per person to be paid at the dock Tour Base. 

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.

In the event the boat is cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues, an alternate photography program is planned around historic Southampton.

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.

BLUEBIRD TRAIL LANDLORDS^ Dennis Lewington / Gwen Lewington
B33 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.

SEDGES HAVE EDGES Bill Crins
B34 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A NATURALIST (this event is full) Dave Brewer
B35 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Dave will guide a leisurely walk along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. Enjoy the riches of the MacGregor Point landscapes as seen through the eyes of an experienced naturalist.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
DINNER IN THE PARK
B36 5:30pm to 6:30pm

A casual dinner held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park in the large tent in the grassy field area adjacent to the Visitor Centre parking lot.  Provided by Harrigan's Catering, Southamption. 

There is a charge of $19 for the meal.  (No single event fee applied) 

Please contact the registrar by May 1 with dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegetarian) so that requests can be reported to the caterer.   

When both B36 and B37 presentation are selected as single events, a discount will be applied for the presentation ($25 total for the two events)

BIRDS OF THE GAMBIA & SENEGAL Justin Peter
B37 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Locked together in an eternal grip on Africa’s west coast, the unassuming nations of The Gambia and Senegal are located in a transition zone between the dry north and the humid south and host a wonderful array of bird life. Justin will share his insights from his visits to these countries. 

STARRY STARRY NIGHT John Hlynialuk
B38 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

VIEWING SCOPES AT THE TOWER
8:00am to 12:00pm

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

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
11:00am to 1:30pm

During the lunch break PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings 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.

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
3:00pm to 5:00pm

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings is a valued sponsor and supporter of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE (vendor booth)
6:00pm to 7:00pm

PELEE WINGS NATURE STORE will have optics on display and for purchase near the Visitor Centre.  Look for other nature-related items as well!

Pelee Wings is a valued sponsor and supporter of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  

Sunday June 2, 2019
Morning
BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL Justin Peter
B39 6:45am 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 from the observation tower overlooking the marsh.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

NATURE RAMBLE ‘ROUND THE PARK James Turland (for Ian Shanahan)
B40 7:00am to 11:30am

Birds are nesting, flowers are blooming, and it’s a great time to be in the park with a passionate interpretive naturalist. Ian will point out the intricacies of nature. 

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BOTANIZING & BIRDING Bill Crins
B41 7:15am to 11:30am

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

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

BIRDING ON THE EDGE Pete Read
B42 7:30am to 11:30am

This outing will explore niche habitats along the wooded Rotary Way and the open Gore Drain trails with an experienced interpretive naturalist. Edges, old fields, hedge rows and woodlands provide good species diversity. Vesper Sparrow is almost guaranteed!

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

THE BIRD WHISPERER Dave Brewer
B43 7:45am to 11:30am

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush! Banders have a special way with birds. Watch (and maybe even ‘help’) Dave as birds are collected from mist nests, banded and released. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and personal.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Afternoon
BIRDING TRIVIA Sarah Rupert
B44 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Sarah for one of her fun and famous birding quizzes in the outdoor atmosphere of the amphitheatre. Test your skills and learn something new.

suitable for individuals with limited mobility

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

SHRUB & TREE ID (this event is full) Jim Coles
B45 1:30pm to 4:30pm

If a tree falls in the forest, can anybody identify it? Using leaf and twig characteristics and botanical keys, you’ll learn to identify native conifer and deciduous species common to the Huron Fringe and the role site plays in determining species composition.

 

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Evening
SUNSET WALK Doug Pedwell
B46 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.

Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Sturdy shoes recommended. Participants should be able to walk up to 3 kilometres without any problems. Expect some periods of stopping/standing.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.  

VIEWING SCOPES AT THE TOWER
8:00am to 12:00pm

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.