Doug is an avid local birder with a special interest in forest birds and specifically MacGregor Point Provincial Park. He is not a feather counter but simply enjoys identifying birds by sight and sound in their natural environment. He has had lifelong experiences with the Park and knows many of the natural and historical features that the area offers. The founding President of the Friends of MacGregor Point, Doug and his family's committment to the Park is always evident. His "Up with the Birds" hike is a tradition that predates the Festival and continues to be a vibrant part of our Festival.
Doug is a 30 year participant in the Forest Bird Survey and participated in both Breeding Bird Atlases. He is also a steward of three properties for the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy and a member of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Waterloo Region Nature and Saugeen Nature. He has produced graphics for the Friends of MacGregor Point, the Huron Fring Birding Festival and the Bruce Birding Club. He is a frequent contributor to the Friends Spotted Turtle newsletter, producing a special Friends newsletter celebrating the 20th Huron Fringe Birding Festival.