Schedule of Events

23rd Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival 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!

Thanks to the Friends of MacGregor Point Park the website has been beautifully updated for a clean bright look!

Waiver forms and emergency contact cards will be PRE-PRINTED based on the information provided during the registration process.  The waiver form(s) will be in your registration package ready for signature(s); the emergency contact info will be included in the name badge holder.

You will also be able to log in to your account to edit your personal information as well as your password.

 

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 2020 schedule of events is posted 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 all the leader biographies 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

 

2020 Festival Events

  • Friday May 22, 2020

    All Day

    MID PENINSULA BIRDING
    Leader: Michael Carlson
    20 spots
    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 on the west side of the Peninsula, including Stokes Bay and Greenough Point. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    JARMO’S BIG BACKYARD *
    Leader: Jarmo Jalava
    16 spots
    A02 6:15am to 3:00pm

    Mar, Sky Lake and Red Bay areas host rich bird and botanical habitats. The outing will include a 3.5 km hike through a coastal migration hotspot, and a "Little Big Sit" on the deck of Jarmo's home, which should yield some 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 at 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.

    shortened day

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Car-Pool >100km, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    MALCOLM BLUFF & CAPE CROKER *
    20 spots
    A03 6:30am to 4:30pm

    Bird in the deep interior-forest tract of Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve and the Neyaashiinigmiing territory on the Cape Croker peninsula. These areas have yielded some special finds in past years and the Escarpment 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, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING THE BRUCE WITH BENSETTE
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    20 spots
    A04 6:45am to 4:30pm

    Jeremy is Ontario’s Big Year record holder and a popular tour guide. Join him in his quest for the abundant birds of the Bruce. Locations may include Isaac Lake, Oliphant wetlands, Red Bay, Sauble Beach and the Ferndale Flats.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING & BOTANIZING THE FOREST & THE GLEN
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    20 spots
    A05 7:00am to 4:30pm

    Join Doug for this nature ramble through two Grey Sauble Conservation properties. Home to a variety of species, these two sites contain a number of different ecosystems. Both areas contain a number of nesting species as well as hosting a variety of migrating birds.

    This road trip will feature the Kemble Forest and the Glen Conservation Area and other noteworthy spots nearby. Ferns, flowers, forest birds and geology will be featured as we explore this section of the Niagara Escarpment.

    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.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Washroom Stops

    Morning

    KINCARDINE LAGOONS aka “PELEE NORTH” ^
    Leader: James Turland
    20 spots
    A06 6:30am to 11:30am

    Local birders refer to the Kincardine Lagoons affectionalty as “Pelee North” because of the often spectacular fallouts of warblers that have occurred here. This hot spot is James’s go to place. It has turned up some rarities and is one of the best places to witness a fallout. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER “MacGREGOR STYLE”
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    16 spots
    A07 7:00am to 11:30am

    This is always a fun hike with an emphasis on warblers and all the associated wildlife and habitat around them. Warblers are streaming through on migration and some are settling in for the season. They do it a high speed and operate at elevated metabolisms (techy term for hyper-activity). This makes for a challenge to get a good look at them, and well, who isn’t up for a challenge like that? So let’s go figure it out and find some ways to tap into their world and see it from their perspective. There are two priorities warblers have at this point of the year … breeding (sex) and moving (migration) … what could be more fun than that? Mark will entertain and inform us on these bird activities. 

    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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km

    Afternoon

    BIRD & BOTANY RAMBLE
    Leader: Terry Crabe
    20 spots
    A08 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Botanists and birders will enjoy the riches of the MacGregor Point landscape as seen through the eyes of an experienced Park Ecologist. Terry will take you on a leisurely hike in an unopened campground area of the Park. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    15 spots
    A09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Tim’s fieldwork with Birds Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. We’ll wander the Park’s woods and wetlands looking for late migrants and early birds on territory. The trip will end with a visit to the scenic Ducks Unlimited Pond. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops
    FEN & FRINGE
    20 spots
    A10 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Erik is one of the new generation of highly skilled and passionate young birders. He'll show you the abundant birds of Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats during this walk north from the Visitor Centre.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    SPARROW IDENTIFICATION
    Leader: Fred Jazvac
    59 spots
    A11 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    The commoners, the migrants and those difficult “LBJs” (Little Brown Jobs). Fred is a master teacher and will share his strategy for identifying this confusing family.

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    DENIZENS OF THE DARK
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    20 spots
    A12 9:00pm to 10:30pm

    Nocturnal adaptations are required to rule the night. From owls to crickets to fireflies, we’ll learn how these creatures are able to thrive when darkness descends.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors

    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 23, 2020

    All Day

    BIRDING BLITZ
    Leader: Todd Pepper
    20 spots
    A13 6:30am to 3:30pm

    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 a birding blitz of southern Bruce. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops
    BIRDS OF THE BRUCE
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    20 spots
    A14 6:45am to 3:30pm

    Tim birded much of Ontario in 2017 and holds one of the top records for birds seen in the province in one year. Tim will take you on a tour of some of his favorite and most productive ‘big year’ birding spots in the Bruce.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    MALCOLM BLUFF TO HURON SHORES *
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    20 spots
    A15 7:00am to 3:30pm

    Join Kiah for an exciting day of birding  and explore his favourite hotspots around the lower peninsula. During this hike you will feel Kiah’s infectious enthusiasm for the world of birds. 

    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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    20 spots
    A16 7:15am to 3:30pm

    Jeremy birded the entire province during his record-breaking Big Year and is ready to revisit some of his favorite birding hotspots in this area. Join Jeremy in his never-ending pursuit of the bountiful birds of the Bruce. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops

    Morning

    THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR
    Leader: Michael Carlson
    20 spots
    A17 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 using 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    BETTER LIVING THROUGH BIRDS
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    20 spots
    A18 6:15am to 11:30am

    Birds make everything better – from the common backyard variety to the rarest of species. This area has a great selection of birds to discover and appreciate in so many ways. These hikes are always lively events with a fun biology spin on things … interesting behaviours, cool adaptations and just good ecology. It’s important to remember that birds are fun to watch and this is meant to be relaxing and hilarious activity … okay maybe more hilarious than relaxing but you get the point right. Let’s have some fun doing this. Birds make you cooler.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE
    20 spots
    A19 7:00am to 11:30am

    The habitat mixes around the edges of the Park provide lots of avian action and an eclectic mix of birds for the list. Look, listen and learn about the birds with Henrique, an Algonquin Park Naturalist.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    BIRDING BACKROADS
    Leader: James Turland
    20 spots
    A20 7:15am to 11:30am

    We’ll discover some bountiful birding opportunities as we scout several forested trails, have a look at some pasturelands and scan Lake Huron. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops
    FEN & FRINGE
    20 spots
    A21 7:30am to 11:30am

    Erik is one of the new generation of highly skilled and passionate young birders. He'll show you the abundant birds of the Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats during this walk north from the Visitor Centre. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Afternoon

    AUNT ANNIE’S HOUSE
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    20 spots
    A22 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    The history and culture of the Historic Saugeen Métis will begin with a presentation at the Historic Saugeen Métis interpretive Learning Centre. We will continue with a tour of Aunt Annie's 170-year-old Métis home, with its medicinal plants, Métis artforms and a taste of some traditional foods. 

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Anyone wishing to meet the group in Southampton should contact the registrar to be included on the remote attendee list.  This way the group at the Park will not be delayed waiting for you.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, washroom available downtown Southampton
    BIRDS & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR
    Leader: Terry Crabe
    20 spots
    A23 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Botanists and birders will enjoy the riches of MacGregor Point landscape as seen through the eyes of an experienced Park Ecologist. Terry will guide a leisurely hike in an unopened Campground area of the Park. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL
    16 spots
    A24 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Woodland and wetland birds and habitats are featured as we follow Henrique along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited Pond. This is a favourite walk in the pak. Henrique is a world birder and an experienced naturalist. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    NATURE RAMBLE
    Leader: John Reaume
    20 spots
    A25 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Exploring the south shoreline region on a leisurely walk from the Visitor Centre we will be on the lookout for all that nature has to offer. Be on the lookout for dragonflies, damselflies and spiders that use this habitat. With luck we will see frogs, snakes and turtles; and of course we may just take time to admire the birds along the way.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    COUNTRY ROADS
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    20 spots
    A26 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Local birder, Marshall, will lead us along his favorite backroads and by-ways. Without travelling far we’ll see a variety of habitats, birds and scenic countryside.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops

    Evening

    4:30 pm SOCIAL & SILENT AUCTION / 5:30 pm DINNER & PRESENTATION - EXPLORING THE ART OF DELIVERING SCIENCE (St Joseph's Jubilee Hall, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin)
    Leader: Grant Gilchrist
    88 spots
    A27 4:30pm

    Grant will share what his research of birds is telling us about a rapidly changing Arctic environment and how Inuit are helping us understand these dramatic changes. 

    This event is being held at St. Joseph’s Jubilee Hall, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin.  

    Chicken Buffet from Green Door Catering, vegetarian option available.

    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 - $50 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 Saturday/Sunday package)

    On or after April 15 - $60 per person for all participants. (No single event fee applied)

    Indoors, casual attire, bar available, silent auction, pre-registration required
    $50 extra per person; after April 15, 2020 - $60 extra per person

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    5:30am

    Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

    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.  

    Outdoors, by Visitor Centre
    ARMSTRONG MILLING (vendor booth)
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Sale of a variety of birdseed and accessories

    Outdoors, by Visitor Centre
    ADVENTURE CANADA (vendor booth)
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Learn about available nature trips

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

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

  • Sunday May 24, 2020

    All Day

    BIRD ’TIL YOU DROP
    Leader: Michael Carlson
    20 spots
    A28 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, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring Walking Supper, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    TOP OF THE BRUCE *
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    20 spots
    A29 6:15am to 4:30pm

    Birds at the top of the peninsula are always a fun mix of species where the roads are less travelled and the places less visited. Mark lived there for a bunch of years and loved it with a passion. So let’s go there and see why. From Dyers Bay Road to Cabot Head and a few back roads and side trips to places like Crane Lake, Brinkman’s Corners, and maybe even some parts of the National Park. 

    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, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Walking 3-4 km, Washroom Stops

    Morning

    GRASSLANDS & MORE
    Leader: Todd Pepper
    20 spots
    A30 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE
    20 spots
    A31 7:00am 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 Henrique.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    'POWER' BIRDING AT THE BRUCE
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    20 spots
    A32 7:15am to 11:30am

    Jeremy has spent six breeding seasons conducting Marsh Monitoring survey work with Birds Canada and is very familiar with the wetlands of the Bruce. 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING IN THE PARK
    Leader: James Turland
    20 spots
    A33 7:30am to 11:30am

    The campgrounds offer easy access to MacGregor’s forests. Merlin on occasion nest here and the Winter Wren is often present with its delightful song. 

    Species: Indigo Bunting, Golden-winged Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    UP WITH THE BIRDS & THE FUNDAMENTALS
    Leader: Doug Martin
    20 spots
    A34 7:45am to 11:30am

    This hike has been a tradition from the beginning of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. While not a true ‘early’ hike compared to others now offered at 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 in the Park.

    This hike is geared for novice to intermediate birders and will begin with a review of some of the fundamentals with an information hand-out, followed by a walk on one of the trails around the Visitor Centre. Doug is an avid local birder, specializing in the forest birds. He is not a feather counter but simply enjoys identifying birds by sight and sound in their natural environment.

    Species: Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Sora
    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    FEN & FRINGE
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    20 spots
    A35 8:00am to 11:30am

    This walk features the abundant avifauna of the Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats on a leisurely ramble from the Visitor Centre. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors

    Afternoon

    FOREST BATHING
    Leader: Ron Klea
    19 spots
    A36 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Learn about the vast array of health benefits nature provides, through experiencing sensory connections in the forest. You’ll bask in the restorative powers of nature.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    BIRDING MacGREGOR’S INTERIOR & SHORE
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    20 spots
    A37 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join Tim on a ramble through one of MacGregor’s unopened campground areas to discover what birds abound in open forest habitats and along the Lake Huron shore.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    WATER WALK
    Leader: John Reaume
    20 spots
    A38 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This outing will explore some of the swamps, marshes, ponds, and fens that MacGregor Point has to offer. We will be on the lookout for flora and fauna that make their home in these habitats - from carnivorous plants, to the insects and spiders that hunt in these habitats to the larger critters (frogs, snakes and turtles) and of course some of the birds that specialize in these wetlands. We will make our way from the Visitor Center to explore these amazing areas.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    BUILDING BIRD BOXES
    Leader: Rotary Club of Southampton
    15 spots
    A39 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Build bird boxes for your feathered friends. Members of the Southampton Rotary Club will provide tools, materials and assistance if needed. Following the bird house building, join them on a birding and nature hike around the Visitor Centre trails.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors

    Evening

    THE ANCIENT CLIFF-FACE FOREST OF THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT
    Leader: Peter Kelly
    60 spots
    A40 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Peter Kelly will help you discover this unique forest using his photographs and take you on a journey that does not require ropes and climbing gear!  The most ancient and least disturbed forest ecosystem in eastern North America clings to the vertical cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Prior to 1988 it had escaped detection even though the entire forest was in plain view and was being visited by thousands of people every year. These Eastern White Cedar trees are heavily influenced by their environment and have assumed a variety of shapes due to the harsh realities they face by living on cliffs. 

    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    5:30am

    Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

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

    Learn about available nature trips.

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

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

  • Monday May 25, 2020

    All Day

    SMOKEY HEAD & LION’S HEAD *
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    20 spots
    A41 6:30am to 4:30pm

    Join Doug on this nature ramble through two of the hidden treasures of the Bruce Peninsula. Among the jewels of the Ontario Parks nature reserves, these areas are home to one of the longest undeveloped parts of the Niagara Escarpment. Home to nationally and provincially rare flora species, these reserves are also on a migration corridor for birds and contain some unique geologic features. There will be a lot of walking and the terrain is varied.

    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.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    A BIG SIT AT MARWANDA ESTATE
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    20 spots
    A42 7:30am to 3:00pm

    Wide covered porches offer viewing in all directions, or move about to check out the ponds or wander the groomed trails. Over 100 species of birds can be viewed here during May. Coffee & tea provided. 

    shortened day

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring a lawnchair, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops
    THE GEMS OF GEOMORPHOLOGY
    Leader: Bob Gray
    19 spots
    A43 7:45am to 4:30pm

    This outing will take a look at potholes, sinkholes, disappearing streams and reappearing streams. Bob will take the mystery out of geomorphology!

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors

    Morning

    WHERE WOODS MEET WETLANDS
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    16 spots
    A44 7:30am to 11:30am

    This favorite Park trail has a lot to offer. Join Jere on a trek through the songbird-rich park woodlands to the wetlands of the Ducks Unlimited Pond. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    FEN & FRINGE
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    20 spots
    A45 7:45am to 11:30am

    Kiah will show you the abundant birds of the Lake Huron shoreline, fen and edge habitats during this walk north from the Visitor Centre.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    PHOTOGRAPHY: GOING BEYOND AUTOMATIC
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    12 spots
    A46 8:00am to 11:30am

    Learn the secrets for improving your nature-themed photography using easy-to-understand techniques from an experienced and passionate photographer. Bring a camera that has manual controls. A tripod would be handy but not necessary.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, camera with manual controls, tripod if possible

    Afternoon

    DECORATIVE PADDLE WORKSHOP
    Leader: Gerald Guenkel
    20 spots
    A47 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Create your own custom designed 30“ tall decorative paddle or one-of-a-kind BBQ tool! You will be provided with a White Pine paddle blank, hand tools, wood burners and a custom branding iron to make your creation. Gerald, a professional forester and chainsaw carver artist, will provide guidance on how to make that custom paddle with the equipment and supplies provided. Participants must have the physical dexterity to use hand tools and sandpaper, and not be allergic to sawdust.

     $20 additional fee for materials and supplies

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES
    $20 extra per person
    EVIDENCE OF SPRING
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    20 spots
    A48 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join Arni for an all-inclusive search for migratory birds, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and herps. Bring your binoculars and camera.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    CAST AWAY: THE ISLANDS OF BRUCE COUNTY
    Leader: Sean Liipere
    59 spots
    A49 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    The islands of Bruce County are natural and cultural treasures in the heart of the Great Lakes. Sean will explore ancient processes that have shaped our seascapes, rare and unusual island ecosystems, and the importance of islands for people inhabiting the Great Lakes over thousands of years. 

    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    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 26, 2020

    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.

    Indoors
    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/ 

    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors
    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 27, 2020

    Other

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

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

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

    Phone: 519-797-2080

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

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

    Discover Tobermory

    Sauble Falls Provincial Park

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

    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.

    Indoors
    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/ 

    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors
  • Thursday May 28, 2020

    All Day

    MALCOLM BLUFF & CAPE CROKER *
    20 spots
    B01 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 Escarpment 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, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING THE BRUCE
    Leader: Pete Read
    20 spots
    B02 7:00am to 4:30pm

    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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    KINGHURST NATURE RESERVE ^
    20 spots
    B03 7:30am 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, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool >100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    GREENOCK SWAMP NATURE RAMBLE ^
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    20 spots
    B04 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, some of 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
    Bring Boots, Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, washroom facilities are limited @ the location
    THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS *
    Leader: Willy Waterton
    20 spots
    B05 8:15am 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 wonders still exist after 68 years.

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

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, frequent stops with walks of 1 KM or less

    Morning

    BIRDING MacGREGOR
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    16 spots
    B06 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    CHANTRY ISLAND 1 *
    9 spots
    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! Dryland presentation if boat is cancelled due to weather.

    **Participants will pay the $25 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival**  

    Youth must be at least 4' (120cm) tall.

    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, some of 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
    Boat Tour subject to cancellation due to weather or mechanical issues, Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted), wear weather-appropriate clothing (an additional layer wou

    Afternoon

    CHANTRY ISLAND 2 *
    9 spots
    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! Dryland presentation if boat is cancelled due to weather.

    **Participants will pay the $25 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival**  

    Youth must be at least 4' (120cm) tall.

    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, some of 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
    Boat Tour subject to cancellation due to weather or mechanical issues, Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted), wear weather-appropriate clothing
    INSECT PHOTOGRAPHY
    Leader: Bob Noble
    12 spots
    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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Indoors, Outdoors, Visitor Centre area
    BOTANY IN THE PARK
    Leader: Tyler Miller
    16 spots
    B10 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    WANDERING ON THE BRUCE WITH BEARS, SNAKES AND ALVARS
    Leader: Frank Burrows
    59 spots
    B11 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Join Frank as he reflects about his adventures on the Bruce Peninsula, whether climbing into bear dens, trying to figure out how many bears or Massasauga Rattlesnakes are around, or working to have rare alvar ecosystems recognized. With perspective as both an ecologist and as a park manager, Frank shares insights into the tribulations and rewards of nature conservation on the Bruce Peninsula. 

    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    6:00am

    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 29, 2020

    All Day

    ALVARS
    Leader: Frank Burrows
    20 spots
    B12 7:45am to 4:30pm

    Join ecologist and former park manager, Frank Burrows, on an exploration of habitats of the Northern peninsula with special emphasis on alvar ecosystems and some of their key residents - bears and Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Hike will be moderately strenuous.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops
    FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO
    10 spots
    B13 8:00am to 4:30pm

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

    $25 per person payable at the Lodge 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    LAWN CHAIR BIRDING
    Leader: Sarah Rupert
    16 spots
    B14 8:30am to 3:00pm

    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.

    shortened day

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring a lawnchair, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders
    MÉTIS BEADING WORKSHOP ^
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    12 spots
    B15 8:30am to 3:00pm

    Join Jenna, a local Métis artisan, for an introductory workshop on Métis beadwork. Spend the day creating an applique piece of beadwork while learning about the cultural significance of beadwork to Métis people. Métis history and bead history in North America will also be discussed. 

    ($20 extra fee for materials)

    shortened day

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Washroom Stops
    $20 extra per person

    Morning

    FIELD & FOREST
    Leader: Justin Peter
    20 spots
    B16 7:00am to 11:30am

    Join Justin, a Quest leader, accomplished birder and interpreter on a tour of the bird-rich grasslands and other countryside habitats Bruce County has to offer.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    A BIRD'S EYE VIEW
    Leader: Jean Iron
    20 spots
    B17 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE
    Leader: Pete Read
    20 spots
    B18 7:30am to 11:30am

    The habitats around the edge of the Park provide lots of avian action and an eclectic mix of birds. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors

    Afternoon

    BIRDING & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    16 spots
    B19 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This outing will explore niche habitats along the Tower Trail through the eyes of an experienced ecologist.  

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    INVERHURON
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    16 spots
    B20 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Explore some of the hidden trails along the river and through the dunes of Inverhuron Provincial Park. Groves of tall pines, young woodlands and old cedars round out the diversity of this Park.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Walking on maintained trails, some of 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
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, some steep sections of trail
    PIPING PLOVERS OF SAUBLE BEACH
    Leader: Stewart Nutt
    20 spots
    B21 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join this local plover enthusiast on an excursion to Sauble Beach to observe active nesting sites of this delicate endangered bird. Learn about Piping Plover behavior, challenges and the efforts of many people to assist in re-establishing a population in the Great Lakes region. 

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors

    Evening

    THE CULTURE OF BIRD WATCHING
    Leader: Paul Nicholson
    59 spots
    B22 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    While bird watchers are looking at birds, is anyone watching the bird watchers? Is there an observable bird watching culture? Do Tilley hats and multi-pocketed khaki vests have any meaning? Paul Nicholson, a lifelong birder and bird watching columnist for The London Free Press, will share his insights on this interesting theme. 

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    STARRY STARRY NIGHT
    Leader: John Hlynialuk
    30 spots
    B23 9:15pm

    John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events for 2020. 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, Outdoors weather permitting

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    6:30am

    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 30, 2020

    All Day

    CAPE CROKER - BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING *
    Leader: Jarmo Jalava / Miptoon
    20 spots
    B24 6:30am 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE PENINSULA
    Leader: Justin Peter
    20 spots
    B25 6:45am 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDS & GARDENS
    Leader: James Turland
    20 spots
    B26 8:00am to 3:00pm

    This hike includes the Kincardine Lagoons. In the afternoon we will visit Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley. The gardens act as a teaching centre showcasing ways to be more food self-reliant. With a hands on approach many people have picked their first vegetable here. For more information visit http://www.bbfg.org/about.cfm 

    shortened day

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops

    Morning

    THE BIRD WHISPERER
    Leader: Dave Brewer
    20 spots
    B27 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, by the visitor centre
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    20 spots
    B28 7:00am to 11:30am

    The mixed habitat niches around the edge of the park provide lots of avian action and an eclectic mix of birds for the list. Michael is wildly enthusiastic and entertaining.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    THE JI LINE WITH JI
    Leader: Jean Iron
    20 spots
    B29 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    BIRDING FUNDAMENTALS
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    20 spots
    B30 8:00am 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. This outing will make a better birder out of you! 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT
    20 spots
    B31 9:00am to 11:30am

    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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Afternoon

    BLUEBIRD TRAIL LANDLORDS ^
    20 spots
    B32 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 36 years.  This is a roadside tour, with periodic stops to explore the world of the Bluebird.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Limited walking involved but some uneven ground
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops
    iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
    Leader: Willy Waterton
    10 spots
    B33 1:00pm to 3:30pm

    “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 our photographic horizons.

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Bring iPhone
    FIELD SKETCHING / JOURNALING
    Leader: Sarah Rupert
    12 spots
    B34 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Field sketching helps hone your identification skills. Anyone can do it! Sarah will show how sketching and journaling can be useful in documenting your observations in the field.   (bring pencil & notebook)

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    SEDGES HAVE EDGES
    Leader: Bill Crins
    12 spots
    B35 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    DINNER UNDER THE TENT
    58 spots
    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.  Pulled-pork, salads, dessert by Harrigan’s Catering, Southamption.  

    There is an extra fee of $20 per person 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 indoor presentation are selected as single events, a discount will be applied for the presentation ($25 total for the two events)

    Outdoors, Visitor Centre area, pre-registration required
    $20 extra per person
    Save $5 on B37 if purchased together as a single event with B36
    SEX & BIRDS
    Leader: David Gascoigne
    58 spots
    B37 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    An examination of the mating habits of birds and the similarities to human behaviour – even those we might not want to talk about, without the sanctions of morality, fortunately.

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    DENIZENS OF THE DARK
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    20 spots
    B38 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 darkness descends.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    5:45am

    Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.

    QUEST NATURE TOURS (vendor booth)
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Visit with the representatives from Quest, one of our Corporate Sponsors.

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

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

  • Sunday May 31, 2020

    Morning

    THE BIRD WHISPERER
    Leader: Dave Brewer
    20 spots
    B39 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, by the visitor centre
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL
    Leader: Justin Peter
    16 spots
    B40 7:15am 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 wetland.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    NATURE RAMBLE ‘ROUND THE PARK
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    20 spots
    B41 7:30am 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    BOTANIZING & BIRDING
    Leader: Bill Crins
    20 spots
    B42 7:45am 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders

    Afternoon

    SHRUB & TREE ID
    Leader: Jim Coles
    20 spots
    B43 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. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    BIRD & BOTANY RAMBLE
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    16 spots
    B44 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Ian 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 naturalist. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Car-Pool within Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders

    Evening

    PENGUINS
    Leader: David Brewer
    59 spots
    B45 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Everybody loves penguins! Based on his experience on 25 polar cruises to the Antarctic  (as staff ornithologist, zodiac driver and general dogsbody), David will touch on the biology, breeding, ecology and conservation of these fascinating and wonderful creatures. 

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    SUNSET WALK
    Leader: Chris Tomsett
    20 spots
    B46 8:00pm to 9:30 pm

    End your Festival experience with a leisurely stroll along the shore of Lake Huron with MacGregor’s former Park Superintendent. Discover the sights, sounds and scents of a late May evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park

    Difficulty: EASY -- Walking leisurely on groomed and maintained trails. Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) without any problems.
    Expect some periods of stopping/standing.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain

    Other

    Morning Coffee & Pastries
    5:45am

    Coffee and pastries are available in the Visitor Centre.  

    QUEST NATURE TOURS (vendor booth)
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Come by to speak with a representative from Quest, one of our Corporate Sponsors.

    by 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.