Schedule of Events

The 19th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 27 to 30               and June 2 to 5, 2016.

Online registration for 2016 will be available from February 1 (12am) to May 26 (6pm) 

and again from May 31 (12am) to June 1 (6pm).  

Be sure to register on-line in a timely manner as events can fill quickly.

The schedule of events & pricing for 2016 is shown below.   Some events involve an additional fee as noted.

 

2016 Schedule of Events

PACKAGE DETAILS

ADULT

YOUTH (11-17)

CHILD (5-10)

FAMILY EVENTS ONLY

Single Events

        All Day

$40.00

$30.00

$18.00

        Morning

$20.00

$15.00

$9.00

        Afternoon

$20.00

$15.00

$9.00

        Evening

$10.00

$10.00

$8.00

Festival

$140.00

$85.00

N/A

4 day Weekend

$100.00

$60.00

N/A

Saturday & Sunday

$75.00

$45.00

$30.00

THESE EVENTS ARE FULL: A01/A02/A09/A10/A11/A17/A20/A21/A23/A24/A26/A29/A31/A32/A37/A39/A41 and B01/B02/B05/B08/B13/B25/B31

Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.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 519-389-6232

 

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 27, 2016
All Day
BIRDING THE 45TH PARALLEL * (event has a waitlist) Michael Carlson
A01 6:00am

Bruce Road 9, at Ferndale, is known as the 45th Parallel Road.  Michael will explore the Bruce Peninsula from the Lake Huron to the Georgian Bay coast; concentrating on birding opportunities found near this latitude.  This tour takes place just after the peak of the passerine migration.  Michael will show you some of his favourite spots - Greenough Point, a terrific location for migrants, Black Creek Provincial Park and Lion’s Head.  You might even encounter a threatened Massasauga Rattlesnake!  

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: Blackburnian Warbler, Pine Warbler, Bald Eagle, Common Tern

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

BRUCE BACKCOUNTRY BIRDING * (event has a waitlist) John Haselmayer
A02 6:00am

Visit the upper Peninsula’s best known birding spots such as Dyer’s Bay, Cabot Head, the  sparrow fields and Crane Lake. This outing combines great birding and outstanding scenery.  

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

NORTH OF THE SAUGEEN Joy Albrecht
A03 8:00am

Explore the backroads north of the Saugeen River. You will travel through the Chippewas of  Saugeen Ojibway territory and inland habitats at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 James Turland
A04 6:30am

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

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 Terry Crabe
A05 7:30am

The MacGregor landscape offers a variety of habitats that provide the right niches for a good  number of different species. Travelling by car to these areas, we will seek them out on short  walks into each habitat. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
LET THERE BE LIGHT Fran Sanagan
A06 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn how lighting influences your photographs. In this workshop, you will learn a variety of  natural lighting techniques, and how to get the most out of outdoor flash photography. There  will be an opportunity to share your photos and discuss the results. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

ARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER?  Stewart Nutt
A07 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Stew to visit endangered Piping Plover at their nesting grounds located nearby. You will observe courtship (Plovers) as well as other behaviours and learn about the perils these birds face, and how local involvement has helped this species recover.  There will be ample time for photography.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

SHRUB & TREE ID IN MacGREGOR Jim Coles
A08 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 5-10)

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
BIRDING BY IMPRESSION & ALL THAT JIZZ (event has a waitlist) Fred Jazvac
A09 7:15pm

Join Fred for his annual Festival kickoff ‘tips and techniques’ presentation. We all bird by  JIZZ (birding by impression, GISS, right­brain birding, holistic birding, gestalt birding).  Explore insights into how using impression applies to bird identification. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

SUNSET AT THE HURON SHORE (event has a waitlist) Willy Waterton
A10 8:15pm

Most people go inside after the sun sets. This is when some of the most stunning light occurs.  This workshop will give you tips on taking images of the setting sun and twilight using your smart phone to DSLR.  If you have a tripod, bring it along.   

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

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

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

Saturday May 28, 2016
All Day
HURON SHORES TO MALCOLM BLUFFS (event has a waitlist) Mike Burrell
A11 6:00am to 3:30pm

We’ll cover all the birding bases – stops for shorebirds, ducks, grassland and forest birds. You’ll be amazed at the incredible diversity. We may even find a Cerulean Warbler on territory.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

INVERHURON BIRDING & BOTANY Dr. Scott Taylor
A12 7:00am to 3:30pm

Inverhuron Provincial Park may be small, but the diversity of habitat and its shoreline  location make it an excellent place to look for songbirds and unique plants. Join us for this  exploration of the forest and shoreline habitats. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: American Redstart, Merlin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Chestnut-sided 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.

MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT Audrey Armstrong
A13 9:00am to 3:30pm

Learn how to nurture monarch butterfly populations by growing your own easy to maintain  monarch waystation garden. Following a slide show in the morning, the afternoon will be  outdoors, making seed balls, looking for monarchs, eggs and larvae along the Lake Huron  shore and visiting local waystations.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
A14 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 5-10)

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.

SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER Mark Wiercinski
A15 6:00am to 11:30am

In spring, 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.  A walk on the concession road adjacent to the wetland usually results in views of Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and more warblers. Mark has a keen ear and identifies birds by song, habitat and sight.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

BIRDING THE 4 CORNERS OF MacGREGOR James Turland
A16 6:30am to 11:30am

Visit wetlands, shorelines, forests and fields along the margins of MacGregor Park. You will  enjoy James’ relaxed style and his ability to locate the birds. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: warblers, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, grassland species

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 (event has a waitlist) Todd Pepper
A17 7:00am to 11:30am

Back by popular request, Todd will bird the Lake Huron shoreline along the Old Shore Road  Trail. He will lead us through habitats including fens, forests and wet beaches. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

PAISLEY BIRDING Joy Albrecht
A18 7:30am to 11:30am

Join Joy birding the back roads from MacGregor to Paisley, with a stop at the Old Mill,  Schmidt Lake and some roadside birding in the swamp on the way back to the Park.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
ETHICS OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY Terry Crabe
A19 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The Tower Trail provides many opportunities to view birds but what are the challenges for  the casual or professional photographer who wants to get the best shot. A birder and  photographer, Terry will share the principles he follows. 

Please be considerate of the birds as well as other participants and stay on the trail when taking photographs.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 (event has a waitlist) Ken Burrell
A20 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Ken is among the top birders in Ontario. With Ken leading, you may be surprised at the birds  you can find on a lazy afternoon. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

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

BIRDING BRUCEDALE TO MacGREGOR (event has a waitlist) Joy Albrecht
A21 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wooded and open areas beside the shore from Brucedale Conservation Area to MacGregor  Point’s Koehler Pasch property provide great birding opportunities. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

FROG FROLIC Kerry Jarvis
A22 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Listen to, enjoy and locate the frogs who call MacGregor Park home. 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. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

Evening
4:30 pm SOCIAL 5:30 pm BANQUET & PRESENTATION -Lust & Domain: An Exploration into Why Birds Sing (event has a waitlist) Dr. Lyle Friesen
A23 4:30pm

Recent advances in the field of bioacoustics have revealed that birds communicate in highly  sophisticated ways. The mysteries of the dawn chorus, a sublime avian phenomenon, will be  highlighted. Champion singers, those with the most complex songs, the largest repertoire or  that are marathon singers, will be identified.  

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

This is a roast beef buffet with a vegetarian option available.  Please contact the registrar prior to May 1 to discuss other dietary needs.  

Before April 15 - $40 extra per person with Festival, 1st Weekend or 1st Sat/Sun package; $50 per person for banquet/presentation as a single event without a package.

After April 15 $50 extra per person

 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

Viewing Scope at the Bird Blind
6:00am to 4:00pm

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

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:30am to 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 29, 2016
All Day
BIG DAY ON THE BRUCE (event has a waitlist) 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.  From sunrise to sunset, Michael 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; bring a walking supper.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

FLOWERPOT ISLAND - A Remote Georgian Bay Habitat * Doug Pedwell
A25 6:00am to 4:30pm

An exhilarating open-air jet boat will take you from Tobermory to the showcase island of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flowerpot Island is famous for shoreline flowerpots, perched caves, rare orchids and birdwatching.

If Lake Huron is too rough, a “Tip of the Bruce” tour will be a worthy … no amazing …substitute!  

Additional fee includes National Park admission and jet boat transportation to the island. The jet boat will be leaving at 9:00 am sharp.  

PLEASE ADVISE THE REGISTRAR if you wish to meet the group at the Blue Heron Dock in Tobermory at 8:30 am.  An accurate attendee list is needed for each meeting location (Park vs the Blue Heron Dock).  Blue Heron has a parking lot just north of the dock and their new office is right on highway 6 one block past the turn for the harbour.  Ample parking there.

 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

WILDFLOWER WALK * (event has a waitlist) Nature Conservancy of Canada Staff
A26 6:30am to 4:30pm

Experience a section of a recently secured 1000 acre NCC property near the Johnson Harbour Road. You will see an array of wildflowers, many of which are rare elsewhere in  Southern Ontario. 

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA Todd Pepper
A27 7:30am 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 along Georgian Bay 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 5-10)

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
WRESTLING WITH WARBLERS Mark Wiercinski
A28 6:00am to 11:30am

Warblers are very annoying to identify! They move around a lot and hide behind the most inconvenient leaves and branches. Mark’s humour and tips about habitat and sounds will definitely keep you interested.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 BEYOND THE J/I LINE (event has a waitlist) Ken Burrell
A29 6:30am to 11:30am

The Burrell brothers rank among the top birders in Ontario. Take your pick of either expert  for a great morning of birding. Join Ken on a driving tour which will focus on the threatened  and declining birds of the grasslands in nearby Bruce County. 

Grasslands are in decline and grassland bird species are in jeopardy. Agricultural practices in Ontario are changing. Pastureland is steadily being converted to cropland. Bruce County continues to provide a community pasture within close proximity to the J/I Line where pastureland still rules. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, Clay-coloured Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Meadowlark

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.

eBIRDING THE PARK Mike Burrell
A30 7:00am to 11:30am

Mike will take you birding, then introduce you to eBird, the amazing online repository of bird  sightings, abundance, distribution and seasonal occurrence. You’ll find out how easy it is for  you to become a citizen scientist and contribute your sightings to this awesome database.   

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 (event has a waitlist) 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?

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

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

Afternoon
BIRDING & BIRD RESEARCH (event has waitlist) Dr. Scott Taylor
A32 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Scott in a walk to the Ducks Unlimited wetland and hear about some of his research  projects at Cornell while looking for late migrants and resident birds settling in to nest.   

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES John Reaume
A33 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join us as we search for the ultimate insect predators.  Damselflies and dragonflies are members of the order Odonata meaning “toothed ones” which reference their awesome mouth parts.  Bring binoculars and butterfly nets if you have them as we search for members of this ancient order.  We will learn about some of their fascinating biology and the proper handling of these beautiful insects that are commonly found in the park.  Should the weather not cooperate we will have an indoor presentation / slide show of these wonderful insects with an emphasis on the species found in Ontario.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 BUTTERFLY TRAIL Kerry Jarvis
A34 1:30 pm to 4:30pm

Want to know the best plants, trees and shrubs to attract wildlife? Join Kerry as he  showcases various gardens throughout Saugeen Shores. Learn about the “magic plants”  that are magnets for birds, butterflies, caterpillars and mammals. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

SONGBIRDS & SALAMANDERS ON THE FARM Art Wiebe / Janice McKean
A35 1:30pm to 4:30pm

All living things need water to survive. Let Art and Janice introduce you to their backyard  pond as they explain "natural habitat" and what it means to migrating birds, and the little  critters who call it home. They will also talk about conservation programs that have assisted  them in enriching these habitats. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
SPIDERS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA John Reaume
A36 7:15pm

Spiders have a bad reputation but in reality they are fascinating creatures. John will talk  about their unique anatomy and interesting behaviours. Webs are not just for catching prey!  Learn how to observe them. Understanding spiders will make you appreciate them more ­  it’s true! 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:30am to 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.

Monday May 30, 2016
All Day
HOTSPOTS OF THE LOWER BRUCE * (event has a waitlist) Alfred Raab
A37 6:00am to 4:30pm

Habitats will be varied on this outing. We will visit Sauble Beach for a chance to see Piping Plover; inland lakes including Boat, Isaac and Sky lakes; grasslands around Ferndale and Black Creek Provincial Park. Alfred is a favourite leader for local birding outings.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: Piping Plover, Black Tern, Osprey, various warbler species

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 RE­BECKONS * Willy Waterton
A38 8:00am to 4:30pm

Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book "The Bruce Beckons". You will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
BACKROADS OF SAUGEEN (event has a waitlist) James Turland
A39 6:30am to 11:30am

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

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

BIRDING IN AN AMPHITHEATRE Joy Albrecht
A40 7:30am to 11:30am

The elevated steps of the Saugeen amphitheatre provide viewpoints over the river and  riparian habitat. Here you will get a bird’s-eye view. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
RIVER WALK (event has a waitlist) Marshall Byle
A41 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Enjoy a walk through beautiful habitats ranging from cedars to mixed hardwood, all the while  following a trout stream. Observe spawning rainbows and spring migrants including Scarlet Tanagers and warblers. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

DOWN & DIRTY PHOTOGRAPHY Doug Pedwell
A42 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Participants will explore, through photography, the 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 5-10)

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
WHAT’S THE FLAP ALL ABOUT?  Paloma Plant
A43 7:15pm

The Fatal Light Awareness Program is sustained by a terrific group of volunteers. FLAP was  the first organization in the world to raise concerns about bird collisions. They have  instigated many changes to building design and lighting in urban areas. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 31, 2016
Other
Visit the SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP - explore on your own

Open 9am - 6pm, located at 201 High Street in Southampton.

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

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

Wednesday June 1, 2016
Other
Visit the SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY & SHOP - explore on your own

Open 9am - 6pm, located at 201 High Street in Southampton.

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

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

Thursday June 2, 2016
All Day
MALCOLM BLUFFS & AREA BIRDING * (event has a waitlist) Alfred Raab
B01 6:00am to 4:30pm

You will bird in a variety of habitats within the Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve and area. The soaring Escarpment cliffs provide spectacular vistas of Colpoys Bay.

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

MORE OF THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS * (event has a waitlist) Willy Waterton
B02 8:00am to 4:30pm

Join Willy in a continuing quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on his landmark 1952 book "The Bruce Beckons". You will spend the day hiking and exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what still exists after 63 years. This trip involves more hiking than A38. 

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
BIRDING KINCARDINE & AREA James Turland
B03 6:30am to noon

Hike the trails of Kincardine's premier birding hotspot, locally known as “Pelee North”. You will see a variety of warblers, ducks and other migrants.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
B04 8:30am to 11:30am

Join Margaret to see what can be seen from the comfort of a sitting position overlooking a pond, a field, forest and feeders.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
BOTANY OF THE FRINGE (event has a waitlist) Barbara Palmer
B05 1:30pm to 4:00pm

The Huron Fringe is a physiographic unit between the former glacial Lake Algonquin shoreline and the present day Lake Huron shoreline. Former cobble beach ridges, swales and ancient miniature dunes each provide their own combination of plants. Barbara will help you identify them.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION? Fran Sanagan
B06 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Bring your photographic questions to Fran. With his many years of experience, he will offer insights into how to get the photos you're after.  From raw images to photo editing, Fran can help you improve your technique with his tips of the trade.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
TICK TALK: LYME DISEASE IN ONTARIO Dr Andrew Peregrine
B07 7:15pm

Lyme disease is an infection that primarily occurs in wildlife.  HOwever, infections also occur in people.  This talk will review current information on the importance of identifying Lyme disease in wildlife and people across Ontario.  Practices to prevent infection in people and pets will also be discussed.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 3, 2016
All Day
BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING * (event has a waitlist) Jarmo Jalava / Anthony Chegahno
B08 6:00am 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 height 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 (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE Marshall Byle
B09 6:30am to 4:30pm

This is car birding at its best. We will follow a scenic route in southern Bruce County, stopping to bird various habitats.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 GEOLOGICAL JOURNEY * Bob Gray
B10 7:30am to 4:30pm

Join Bob in exploring spectacular caves, deep gorges and a scenic broad glacial re-entrant valley along the Niagara Escarpment in eastern Grey County.  

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

Morning
BIRDING THE 4 CORNERS OF MacGREGOR James Turland
B11 6:30am to 11:30am

Visit wetlands, shorelines, forests and fields along the margins of MacGregor Park. You will enjoy James’ relaxed style and his ability to ferret out the birds.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 Ellen Smout
B12 7:00am to 11:30am

Join Ellen as she leads us along the Tower Trail, a favourite spot for local birders. We will see species that will nest in the boreal forest. We will scope the wetland from the observation tower and dyke.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 (event has a waitlist) Marine Heritage Society
B13 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Chantry Island, an international Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting  species such as egrets, herons, gulls and cormorants. 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 $30 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; no flip-flops. 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.

WOULDN'T IT BE PLOVERLY Stewart Nutt
B14 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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 perils these birds face. You will find out how local involvement is helping this species recover.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Species: Piping Plover

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
B15 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Chantry Island, an international Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting  species such as egrets, herons, gulls and cormorants. 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 $30 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; no flip-flops. 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. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

SAUGEEN SHORES: WATERSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY Kerry Jarvis
B16 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Saugeen Shores is a treasure chest for photographers. Learn photographic waterscape techniques to enhance your photography skills and discover some of the majestic vistas in Saugeen Shores.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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
SPARROWS Sarah Rupert
B17 7:15pm

Do little brown jobs have your head spinning? Join Sarah for a light­hearted presentation on  sparrow identification. She’ll break the sparrows down into small groups, give you tips and  tricks to figure out one of the more challenging groups of birds and show you some  imposters that are often confused for sparrows. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

Other
Morning Coffee & Pastries
5:30am

Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

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

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

Saturday June 4, 2016
All Day
BIRDING THE BEYOND Mark Peck
B18 6:30am to 4:30pm

Mark will travel backroads and byways beyond the Park boundaries searching for various habitats and their niche birds. Knowing Mark, an expert on “nidiology”, you’ll find a nest or two also.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 James Turland
B19 7:00am to 4:30pm

A visit to Inverhuron Provincial Park and the Lake Huron shoreline will provide dune grassland as well as edge and shoreline habitats. James’ birding skills will enhance this all day field trip.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

BEACHES & BIRDS* Karen Alexander
B20 8:00am to 4:30pm

During this shoreline tour of varied coastal areas north of Sauble Beach, Karen will describe how different types of beach stewardship can influence the health and quality of coastal ecosystems.  

There is a pre-arranged alternate meeting location available for this event. Contact the registrar directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list.

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 TOWER TRAIL Justin Peter
B21 6:30am to 11:30 am

Diverse habitat along the Tower Trail makes it a mecca for an eclectic mix of warblers, flycatchers, thrushes and more. Justin will help us find these birds by sight (and sound!) and will share tips about bird behaviour.    

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

ROAD BIRDING FOR GRASSLAND BIRDS Brett Woodman
B22 7:00am to 11:30 am

Tour the local countryside looking for elusive nesting grassland birds of Saugeen Shores.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 HIDDEN SPOTS OF MacGREGOR Ellen Smout
B23 7:30am to 11:30am

Travel some of the lesser known areas in the park looking for hidden gems.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

BEGINNING BIRDING FOR ADULTS Doug Pedwell
B24 8:00am to 11:30am

This event is for those who wish to learn about the world’s number one hobby - birding. Topics include binoculars, field guides and apps, identification marks of birds and eBird.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

PLUGGING KIDS INTO BIRDING Richard Tofflemire
FAM01 9:00 am to 11:00 am

All children from the same family must be accompanied by a parent/guardian; one or both parents are 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. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Birding with kids can start right in your own backyard or in a provincial park! It is a family friendly activity. Learn about the equipment needed, field guides and apps and the easiest ways to identify birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, we will have some for you to use if you don't.  

Not Available For: Adult

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
A BIT BAFFLED BY BOTANY? (event has a waitlist) Bill Crins
B25 1:30pm to 4:30pm

“Sedges have edges, rushes are round and grasses are hollow right up from the ground.”  Bill helped compile the plant list for MacGregor Park; he can provide you with tips on how to identify any plant, including his specialty, sedges, and open your eyes to a whole new world on the forest floor.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

WILDFLOWER DIVERSITY WITHIN THE FRINGE Brett Woodman
B26 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Here’s your chance to learn about and appreciate some of MacGregor Point’s varied wildflowers. Brett will show you some of his favourite plants.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 &/or JOURNALLING Sarah Rupert
B27 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Field sketching helps you hone your identification skills. Everyone can do it. Sarah will show you how sketching can help you document your observations in the field.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

BLUEBIRD LANDLORDS Dennis & Gwen Lewington
B28 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Bluebirds are cavity nesters and natural cavities are not very abundant. Dennis and Gwen will take you on their “Bluebird Trail” which they have been maintaining and monitoring for over 32 years.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

ARE YOU A PLOVER LOVER? Stewart Nutt
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 5-10)

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.

FAM02 1:30pm to 4:30pm

All children from the same family must be accompanied by a parent/guardian; one or both parents are 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. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Children may be divided into two smaller groups (siblings will be kept together).  Each child will attend both afternoon programs. 

BINO BOY & ELYTRA GIRL – Andalyne & Richard Tofflemire

Everyone already has the superpowers they need to explore nature! Come out for a dynamic exploration of the forest and learn how much fun discovering nature can be.

AND

MONARCH MADNESS – Audrey Armstrong

Not only are monarchs beautiful, but their life cycle and migration is amazing! In this hands-on interactive workshop, children will learn about monarchs and create really cool crafts. To help foster habitat for this Species at Risk, you will make “seed bombs” to take home.

Not Available For: Adult

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
BRUCE COUNTY CHICKEN DINNER
B30 5:30pm to 6:30pm

This dinner is held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park near the Visitor Centre. There is an additional charge of $17.  When combined with B31 as a single event, dinner plus the presentation is $23.

STORIES FROM THE SUBCONTINENT: A NATURALIST'S RAMBLES IN INDIA (event has a waitlist) Justin Peter
B31 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Justin has visited India several times and will share some of his experiences and  observations during this illustrated talk. Visit some of India’s signature sites, see the  countryside and people, and of course, some of its amazing wild things and places!   

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

STARRY STARRY NIGHT John Hlynialuk
B32 9:15pm

John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events  for 2016. Weather permitting, members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will have their  telescopes available for viewing the evening sky. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

ANIMAL DEFENCES - CAMPFIRE PROGRAM Park Staff
FAM03 7:15pm to 8::00pm

All children from the same family must be accompanied by a parent/guardian; one or both parents are 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. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Join Park Naturalists for an evening of deception, camouflage and chemical warfare as they investigate the defensive nature of MacGregor’s wild inhabitants.  

Not Available For: Adult

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
8:30am to 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.

ATTRACTING MOTHS - live demonstration Andalyne Tofflemire
9:00pm to 10:00pm

Join Andalyne near the Visitor Centre as she sets up her lights to attract moths

Sunday June 5, 2016
All Day
DEBATING THE ISSUES, & MORE, WITH MARK * Mark Wiercinski
B33 6:00am to 4:30pm

A day with Mark is always an adventure. This walking / driving tour travels between Bayview Escarpment and Bognor Marsh. Along the way, Mark will highlight issues affecting bird populations in Ontario. You will find out what this has to do with sex, which of course it does!  

This event starts at the Park. There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.  Contact the registrar (birdfest@rogers.com) directly for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

WINGED PURSUITS Nathan Miller
B34 6:30am to 4:30pm

Join Nathan as he pursues the winged jewels of MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Bruce County. We will focus on finding birds during the morning and winged insects as the day warms up; although all of these creatures will be discussed as they are found!  

 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 PERIMETER OF THE PARK Justin Peter
B35 7:00am to 11:30 am

Driving the varied habitats along the edge of the park provides a mix of warblers, flycatchers and other possibilities. An opportunity to view wetlands and the shoreline will also enhance this outing.   

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 & BOTANIZING Bill Crins
B36 7:30am to 11:30am

The Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats are featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. We always benefit from Bill’s broad experience as an interpretive naturalist.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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

NEST QUEST Mark Peck
B37 8:00am to 11:30am

On a leisurely walk in the park, you will take your love of birding to the next level. Find out how citizen scientists provide valuable conservation information while expanding their observation skills and learning about the nests of breeding birds.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

FAM04 9:00am to 11:30am

All children from the same family must be accompanied by a parent/guardian; one or both parents are 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. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Children may be divided into two smaller groups (siblings will be kept together). Each child will attend both morning programs.  Kit  $10 extra per child.  All tools provided.

BUILDING FOR THE BIRDS - Kerry Jarvis

Get in the birding spirit. Build your own structure for a nest or wildlife feeder. No carpentry skills are required; just bring your enthusiasm!  

AND

POND EXPLORATION – Andalyne & Richard Tofflemire

Join Richard and Andalyne for an informal, hands-on look at the fascinating critters that make the pond their home. Dip nets, basins and hand lenses will help us look at the often unseen animals that live in pond water.

 

Not Available For: Adult

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
SPEED, STRENGTH & STEALTH: ONTARIO'S RADICAL RAPTORS Wild Ontario
B38 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do.  

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.

WITCHES & WILDFLOWERS Heather Starrs
B39 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Legends and superstitions are attached to many common, and not so common, plants found at MacGregor Point. Heather’s walk will introduce you to some stories about plants. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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 RADICAL RAPTORS Wild Ontario
FAM05 1:30pm to 3:00pm

All children from the same family must be accompanied by a parent/guardian; one or both parents are 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. A Festival name badge and parking pass will be provided for each chaperone.

Ontario is home to some of the most amazing hunting birds on the planet! Come get nose-to-beak with these stunning predators, and learn about the incredible skills and abilities that help them do what they do.  

This event is also listed as B38. 

Not Available For: Adult

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 Doug Pedwell
B40 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Lake Huron shoreline offers some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.  From Sunset Point you can view Chantry Island and the Light Station as well as the mainland north to Southampton and south to MacGregor Point.  Join Doug for a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron to discover the sights, sounds  and scents of an early June evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park. 

Not Available For: Child (age 5-10)

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.  

MOTH ID - live demonstration Andalyne Tofflemire
7:00am to 8:30am

Join  Andalyne as she discovers the moths who visited during the night.

Viewing Scopes at the Tower
8:30am to 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.