Special Events

Christmas Bird Count

Snowy Owl

Come be a part of a century old tradtion with the Christmas Bird Count for Saugeen Shores! January 2, 2020

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a Citizen Science project that was initiated by American ornithologist Frank Chapman

in 1900. The project has since grown to include 2000 localities across Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Now in its 120th year, the Christmas Bird Count has a huge database of information reflecting the distribution of winter bird populations over the past century. This information plays a large role in determining species-specific migration patterns, population size estimates and ultimately aids in significant conservation measures. 

The Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 and January 5 each year and are carried out within a determined 24-km diameter circle (similar to the North American Butterfly Association’s Butterfly Count).

For 2020, the Christmas Bird Count within the Saugeen Shores district will be held on Thursday January 2, 2020.

Participants meet at Tim Hortons in Southampton at 8am to be assigned their portion of the 24km area before breaking off into groups, returning around 5:00pm to compile the sightings and enjoy dinner.

To participate, please contact
Kiah Jasper at kiahjasper@gmail.com

If you are unable to attend the Saugeen Shores Christmas Bird Count but would still like to participate, Click Here for a directory of the Christmas Bird Counts in your area.

If you can't seem to find a count near you and are interested in starting one in your local area, contact National Christmas Bird Count Coordinator Dick Cannings at:

Dick Cannings
705 Sunglo Drive,
Penticton, BC, V2A 8X7
250-493-3393
dcannings@birdscanada.org

For more information, please take a look at the following links:

National Audubon Society - Christmas Bird Count

Bird Studies Canada - Christmas Bird Count


Mystery Evening

Each year we carry out a special event called 'Mystery Evening'. The Mystery Evening is a play where characters have to solve a mystery or problem about an aspect of MacGregor Point with the help of the audience. This is a major theatrical undertaking involving the whole education staff. It is performed only three times throughout the summer and requires a number of rehearsals. If you find yourself in the park during one of those performances, you definitely don't want to miss it!