Schedule of Events

 

The 24th Huron Fringe Birding Festival

will be held
May 27 to 30 and June 2-5, 2022.

 

Registration will be active on April 15 at 6 am

 

NEW: We are offering early bird (6:00 to 8:30) and mid-morning (9:00 to 11:30) events in the Park

Generally, morning events return to the Visitor Centre by 11:30 am; afternoon and all-day events return by 4:30 pm; ⭐events by 3:00 pm. We also offer some mobility limited events.   🚗 indicates where vehicle transportation is required.  

At the Visitor Centre – Coffee is available every morning. BBQ lunches hosted by Friends of MacGregor Point Park from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm every day (cash and debit). 
Drop-in Bird Banding the 1st Saturday/Sunday. Vortex Vendor Booth the 1st Saturday.  Quest Nature Tours Booth the 2nd Saturday/Sunday.

Youth (10-21) are welcome on Festival events (ages 10 & 11 accompanied by an adult who is also registered for that event). Children under 10 are not allowed on Festival events.

Everyone involved with the Festival must be fully vaccinated as per government Covid-19 guidelines  

Masking is required at the registration tent and all events in enclosed spaces
 

Festival Fees

PACKAGE DETAILSADULTYOUTH (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
Saturday & Sunday$82.00$41.00
4 day Weekend$130.00$65.00
Festival$173.00$86.00

As events are selected during registration, the fee will be adjusted automatically to the appropriate package when the applicable total is reached.

You can create an account at any time from the Registration Log - in Page.  You can also log-in and edit your personal information by clicking on the Edit Account tab to view your profile

Please read the printable REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to registering (available until May 1)

View the printable SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (available until May 1)

 

 
 

The 2022 schedule of events is posted below.  Click on the date bar to view events for each day.  If an event is full when registering, contact the Registrar to be added to the waiting list.  Most waiting lists are accommodated by the time of the event; the Registrar will contact you when spots become available.

To learn more about a 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

 

2022 Festival Events

  • Friday May 27, 2022

    All Day

    JARMO’S BIG BACKYARD * 🚗
    Leader: Jarmo Jalava
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A01 6:15am - 3:00pm

    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 great views of some Bruce Peninsula avian specialties.

    This event starts at the Park.  

    *There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available, remote from the Park along the route.   Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    shortened day

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring a lawnchair, Driving <150km, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    MALCOLM BLUFF & CAPE CROKER * 🚗
    Leader: Alfred Raab
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A02 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, remote from the Park along the route.  Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE BRUCE WITH BENSETTE 🚗
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    Only 1 spot left!
    A03 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    CANCELLED
    A04 7:00am to 4:30pm

    We regret that we have had to cancel Birding & Botanizing the Forest & Glen with Elaine and Bob.

    Difficulty: DIFFICULT -- Participants should be able to walk where there is unsure footing or where obstacles need to be negotiated.

    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER 1
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    10 spots
    A05 6:00am - 8:30am

    Warblers have two priorities at this time of the year… breeding (sex) and moving (migration). Mark will entertain and inform us on these bird activities. 

    This Early Bird event ends at 8:30am

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors
    KINCARDINE LAGOONS aka “PELEE NORTH” ^ 🚗
    Leader: James Turland
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A06 6:30am to 11:30am

    Local birders affectionately refer to the Kincardine Lagoons as “Pelee North” because of the often-spectacular fallouts of warblers. A favourite local leader, this is one of James’ favorite birding areas. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR 🚗
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A07 7:30am to 11:30am

    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 birds on territory. 

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER 2
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A08 9:00am to 11:30am

    Warblers have two priorities at this time of the year… breeding (sex) and moving (migration). Mark will entertain and inform us on these bird activities. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Suitable for less experienced birders

    Afternoon

    BIRD & BOTANY RAMBLE 🚗
    Leader: Terry Crabe
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    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 through his favorite places in the Park. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR 🚗
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    Only 1 spot left!
    A10 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 birds on territory. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    FEN & FRINGE
    Leader: David Turner
    Only 1 spot left!
    A11 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    The abundant avifauna and flora of the Lake Huron shoreline are featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. David is an avid birder and botanist and an enthusiastic leader.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    SPECULATING ON SPARROWS
    Leader: Fred Jazvac
    5 spots
    A12 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    How to identify a sparrow before you see it. The commoners, the migrants and those difficult “LBJs”. Fred is a master teacher who will share his strategies for identifying this confusing family. 

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    AFTER DARK IN THE PARK WITH MARK 🚗
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A13 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:30am

    Coffee is 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.

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Saturday May 28, 2022

    All Day

    BIRDS OF THE BRUCE 🚗
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    10 spots
    A14 6:45am - 3:30pm

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    MALCOLM BLUFF TO HURON SHORES * 🚗
    Leader: Mike Burrell
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A15 7:00am - 3:30pm

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

    This event starts at the Park.  

    *There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available, remote from the Park along the route.   Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE 🚗
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A16 7:15am - 3:30pm

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    A SONG IN THE AIR 1
    Leader: Emily Rondel
    Only 1 spot left!
    A17 6:00am - 8:30am

    Although many call the pastime bird ‘watching’, it is as much about listening as looking! We’ll take a ramble ‘round MacGregor and decipher the bird songs we hear. We may even do some mock “point counts”, to get your ears tuned up for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas!

    This Early Bird event ends at 8:30am.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders
    BETTER LIVING THROUGH BIRDS 🚗
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    5 spots
    A18 6:15am to 11:30am

    Birds make everything better, from the common backyard variety to the rarest of species. Mark gives us a fun biological spin on things - interesting behaviours, cool adaptations and just good ecology.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    NEST QUEST 🚗
    Leader: Mark Peck
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A19 7:00am to 11:30am

    The Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas (OBBA) is one of the most important conservation initiatives in the Province. Join Mark for a walk in the Park as he shows you his secrets to finding nests and contributing valuable information to the OBBA. 

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING BACKROADS 🚗
    Leader: James Turland
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A20 7:15am to 11:30am

    We’ll discover bountiful birding opportunities with James as we explore forested trails, scan pasturelands and Lake Huron shoreline. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    FEN & FRINGE
    Leader: David Turner
    4 spots
    A21 7:30am to 11:30am

    The abundant avifauna and flora of the Lake Huron shoreline are featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. David is an avid birder and botanist and an enthusiastic leader.

     

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    A SONG IN THE AIR 2
    Leader: Emily Rondel
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A22 9:00am to 11:30am

    Although many call the pastime bird ‘watching’, it is as much about listening as looking! We’ll take a ramble ‘round MacGregor and decipher the bird songs we hear. We may even do some mock “point counts”, to get your ears tuned up for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas!

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km

    Afternoon

    AUNT ANNIE’S HOUSE * 🚗
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    Only 3 spots left!
    A23 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Saugeen Métis history and culture will be featured during a presentation at the Historic Saugeen Métis Interpretive Learning Centre, followed by a tour of Aunt Annie's 170-year-old culturally significant home. 

    This event starts at the Park.  

    *Anyone wishing to meet the group in Southampton must contact the registrar directly at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to request inclusion on a remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, washroom available in downtown Southampton
    BIRDS & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR 🚗
    Leader: Terry Crabe
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A24 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    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 through his favorite places in the Park. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL 🚗
    Leader: Dana Latour
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A25 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Woodland and wetland birds are featured as Dana leads us along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited pond. Dana is a graduate of the prestigious OFO Young Birders program and a conservation biologist scholar.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    NATURE RAMBLE
    Leader: John Reaume
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A26 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    John will be on the lookout for all that nature has to offer - dragonflies, damselflies, spiders, turtles, frogs, snakes, and will also check out birds along the way. John is an expert on wetland creatures great and small. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    COUNTRY ROADS 🚗
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A27 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Marshall will lead us along his favorite backroads and by-ways. Without travelling far, this entertaining local leader will introduce us to a variety of habitats, birds and scenic countryside. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    4:30 pm SOCIAL & SILENT AUCTION / 5:30 pm DINNER & KEYNOTE SPEAKER - EXPLORING THE ART OF DELIVERING SCIENCE (St Joseph's Jubilee Hall, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin)
    8 spots
    A28 4:30pm

    Through Grant's Arctic research collaborator Rick, we will learn about the teamwork necessary to carry out research on what the study of birds is telling us about a rapidly changing Arctic 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.  

    Meal from Tim & Sarah's Kitchen Catering (formerly Green Door Catering), chicken entrée with vegetarian option available.

    Please contact the registrar by May 1 for the vegetarian option so that requests can be reported to the caterer.   

    $65 special event fee per person; no single event fee will be applied.

    Masking is required during this event except when eating.

    The serving method will comply with Public Health Unit regulations at the time of the event.  If Public Health Unit regulations do not allow a meal, participants will be advised of the new start time for the evening activities and a partial refund will be issued.

     

    Indoors, event off-site, casual attire, cash bar available, silent auction, pre-registration required
    $65 per person. No single event fee will be applied.

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:30am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BIRD BANDING (drop in as you wish)
    Leader: David Brewer
    6:15am to 10:30am

    This drop-in event is a great opportunity to see birds up close. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Watch as Master Bander David collects birds from mist nets, records data and explains the benefits of bird banding.

    Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, LOCATED BESIDE THE VISITOR CENTRE
    VORTEX CANADA (vendor booth)
    11:00am to 1:00pm

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

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Sunday May 29, 2022

    All Day

    A BIG DAY 🚗
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A29 6:00am to ???

    Two obsessed birders on an Ontario Big Year will take you birding till you drop! This popular dawn to dusk birding marathon on the Bruce Peninsula could give you a day’s list of over 100 species! 

    This event has a possible return after 9pm.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring Walking Supper, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    TOP OF THE BRUCE * 🚗
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    Only 2 spots left!
    A30 6:15am to 4:30pm

    Mark will take you on roads less travelled and places less visited. The tip of the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula offers top birding at several hidden hot spots. 

    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, remote from the Park along the route.  Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Walking 3-4 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    MAGICAL MacGREGOR 1
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    10 spots
    A31 6:00am - 8:30am

    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 birds on territory. 

    This event ends at 8:30am.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops
    GRASSLANDS & MORE 🚗
    Leader: Abby Collins
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A32 6:45am to 11:30am

    Abby loves to share her keen interest in birds with one and all. Explore grasslands and other habitats outside the Park with this Ontario Master Naturalist.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE 🚗
    Leader: Mike Burrell
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A33 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 Mike.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    'POWER' BIRDING AT THE BRUCE 🚗
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    Only 3 spots left!
    A34 7:15am to 11:30am

    Jeremy has spent several breeding seasons conducting Marsh Monitoring surveys with Birds Canada. Join him for a visit to the wetlands around Bruce Power, paired with other fruitful birding stops along the way.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING IN THE PARK 🚗
    Leader: James Turland
    Only 3 spots left!
    A35 7:30am to 11:30am

    The Park offers a variety of bird-rich habitats. James will take us to where the birds are. Merlin may be nesting and the Winter Wren may serenade us with its sweet song.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL 🚗
    Leader: Dana Latour
    4 spots
    A36 7:45am to 11:30am

    Woodland and wetland birds are featured as Dana leads us along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited pond. Dana is a graduate of the prestigious OFO Young Birders program and a conservation biologist scholar.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR 2
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A37 9:00am to 11:30am

    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 birds on territory.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km

    Afternoon

    FOREST BATHING 🚗
    Leader: Rob Klea
    Only 3 spots left!
    A38 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING MacGREGOR’S INTERIOR & SHORE 🚗
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    Only 1 spot left!
    A39 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join Tim on a ramble through MacGregor to discover what birds abound in open forest habitats and along the Lake Huron shore.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    WETLANDS WALK
    Leader: John Reaume
    Only 3 spots left!
    A40 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Discover flora and fauna that make their home in swamps, marshes and ponds - from carnivorous plants to insects, spiders, frogs, snakes and turtles, and of course the birds that specialize in these wetlands.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    BUILDING A BETTER BIRD BOX 
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    9 spots
    A41 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This is a hands-on event. Work with a master tradesman as Marshall reveals the scientific secrets of his Bluebird/Tree Swallow house design. Each participant will build a box and learn the best mounting practices.

    $20 extra fee for materials

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility
    $20 extra per person

    Evening

    PENGUINS
    Leader: David Brewer
    4 spots
    A42 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. 

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:30am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BIRD BANDING (drop in as you wish)
    Leader: David Brewer
    6:15am to 10:15am

    This drop-in event is a great opportunity to see birds up close. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Watch on as Master Bander David collects birds from mist nets, records data and explains the benefits of bird banding.

    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility
    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:30am to 1:00pm

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Monday May 30, 2022

    All Day

    CANCELLED
    A43 6:30am to 4:30pm

    We regret that we have had to cancel Nature Rambles on the Bruce with David Turner.

     

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    A BIG SIT AT MARWANDA ESTATE 🚗
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A44 7:30am - 3:00pm

    Wide covered porches offer viewing in all directions. 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring a lawnchair, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE GEMS OF GEOMORPHOLOGY 🚗
    Leader: Bob Gray
    12 spots
    A45 8:00am to 4:30pm

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

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Walking 3-4 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    PHOTOGRAPHY: GOING BEYOND AUTOMATIC 🚗
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A46 8:00am to 11:30am

    Learn 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.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, bring camera with manual controls, tripod if possible
    WHERE WOODS MEET WETLANDS 🚗
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A47 8:00am to 11:30am

    Join Jeremy on a trek through the songbird-rich park woodlands to the wetlands of the Ducks Unlimited pond. This area of the Park has lots to offer.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    BOTANY OF THE HURON FRINGE
    Leader: Barbara Palmer
    4 spots
    A48 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Barbara will show you the unique flora along the shoreline, fen and edge habitats of Lake Huron during this walk from the Visitor Centre.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    CANCELLED
    A49 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    We regret that we have had to cancel the Decorative Paddle Workshop with Gerald Guenkel

    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors, Event will be held near the Visitor Centre
    $20 extra per person
    SIGNS OF SPRING 🚗
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    A50 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    CAST AWAY: THE ISLANDS OF BRUCE COUNTY
    Leader: Sean Liipere
    9 spots
    A51 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Bruce County islands are natural and cultural treasures. 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.

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:00am

    Coffee is 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.

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Tuesday May 31, 2022

    Other

    Visit GREY SAUBLE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY PROPERTIES - explore on your own
    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

    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 Rail Trail.  Admission is free.  There is also a Butterfly Garden outside the Visitor Centre at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. 

    For map and GPS co-ordinates, please visit:https://butterflygardensofss.ca/map-to-our-butterfly-gardens/ 

    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors
    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
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022

    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
    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 Rail Trail.  Admission is free.  There is also a Butterfly Garden outside the Visitor Centre at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. 

    For map and GPS co-ordinates, please visit:https://butterflygardensofss.ca/map-to-our-butterfly-gardens/ 

    Bring Drinking Water, Outdoors
    IDEAS FOR THE FESTIVAL "BREAK": pick up brochures in the Visitor Centre

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

    Discover Tobermory

    Sauble Falls Provincial Park

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

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

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

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

    Phone: 519-797-2080

    Visit GREY SAUBLE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY PROPERTIES - explore on your own
  • Thursday June 2, 2022

    All Day

    MALCOLM BLUFF & CAPE CROKER * 🚗
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    12 spots
    B01 6:30am to 4:30pm

    Bird in the deep interior-forest tract of Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve and Neyaashiinigmiing territory on the Cape Croker peninsula. The Escarpment bluffs provide spectacular vistas. 

    This event starts at the Park.  

    *There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available, remote from the Park along the route.  Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE BRUCE 🚗
    Leader: Pete Read
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    KINGHURST NATURE RESERVE ^ 🚗
    8 spots
    B03 7:30am - 3:00pm

    This majestic old growth forest, with its century trees, is a rare example of lightly touched woodlands in southern Ontario. History, woodland birds and botany will be featured

    shortened day

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving >100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, Washroom available onsite
    GREENOCK SWAMP NATURE RAMBLE 🚗
    Leader: Shannon Wood
    4 spots
    B04 8:00am - 3:00pm

    Explore southern Ontario's largest forested Class 1 wetland. A 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Boots, Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, washroom facilities are limited
    THE BRUCE RE-BECKONS * 🚗
    Leader: Willy Waterton
    12 spots
    B05 8:15am to 4:30pm

    Join Willy in a quest to rediscover Sherwood Fox’s Bruce Peninsula, based on Fox’s landmark 1952 book "The Bruce Beckons" on the 70th anniversary of his historic publication. We will spend the day exploring Fox’s Bruce to see what wonders still exist today. 

    This event starts at the Park.  

    *There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available, remote from the Park along the route. Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, frequent stops with walks of 1km or less

    Morning

    BIRDING MacGREGOR 🚗
    Leader: Abby Collins
    8 spots
    B06 7:15am to 11:30am

    A morning walk around the Ducks Unlimited wetland always turns up late migrants and early nesters. An Ontario Master Naturalist, Abby loves to share her keen interest in birds.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    CHANTRY ISLAND 1 * 🚗 (Tour Base 519-797-5862)
    Only 2 spots left!
    B07 8:15am to 10:15am

    Chantry Island, an Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting species. View active nests from all levels as you ascend the lighthouse! A tour of the lighthouse and historic keeper’s cottage is included. 
    Dryland presentation if boat is cancelled due to weather.

    Wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted) and weather-appropriate clothing (an extra layer is recommended).

    **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.  
    * If you wish to meet the group at the dock in Southampton, contact the registrar directly at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is also your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Boat Tour subject to cancellation due to weather or mechanical issues, Bring Drinking Water, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    CHANTRY ISLAND 2 * 🚗 (Tour Base 519-797-5862)
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B08 12:15pm to 2:15pm

    Chantry Island, an Important Bird Area, offers protection of colonial nesting species. View active nests from all levels as you ascend the lighthouse! A tour of the lighthouse and historic keeper’s cottage is included. 

    Wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted) and weather-appropriate clothing (an extra layer is recommended).
    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.  
    * If you wish to meet the group at the dock in Southampton, contact the registrar directly at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is also your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Boat Tour subject to cancellation due to weather or mechanical issues, Bring Drinking Water, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    INSECT PHOTOGRAPHY 🚗
    Leader: Bob Noble
    9 spots
    B09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

     Join Bob for an introduction to macro (close-up) 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 to capture the beauty and diversity of this hidden world. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Indoors, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BOTANY IN THE PARK
    Leader: Tyler Miller
    7 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    EXPLORING THE GEOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN PENINSULA & BEYOND
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    15 spots
    B11 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Jenna will share what she has learned exploring the geology to the north of Grey Bruce and how it ties into local geological and cultural stories.  

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:00am

    Coffee is 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.

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Friday June 3, 2022

    All Day

    CANCELLED
    B12 7:45am to 4:30pm

    We regret that we have had to cancel Peninsula Treasures with Victor Last. 

     

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO ^ 🚗
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    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 (extra) 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, bring an extra layer of clothing for on the water
    CANCELLED
    B14 8:30am - 3:00pm

    We regret that we have had to Lawn Chair Birding with Sarah Rupert.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring a lawnchair, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    MÉTIS BEADING WORKSHOP * 🚗
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B15 8:30am - 3:00pm

    Join Jenna, a local Métis artisan, for an introductory workshop on Métis beadwork. You’ll create 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

    * Anyone wishing to meet the group in Southampton must contact the registrar directly at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to request inclusion on a remote attendee list. We must know where you will be meeting the group . It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is also your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    $20 extra per person

    Morning

    FIELD & FOREST 🚗
    Leader: Mike Kent
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B16 7:00am to 11:30am

    Join Justin, Quest’s Senior Naturalist, accomplished birder and interpreter, on a tour of the bird-rich grasslands and countryside habitats of beautiful Bruce County. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    A BIRD'S EYE VIEW 🚗
    Leader: Jean Iron
    Only 1 spot left!
    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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE 🚗
    Leader: Pete Read
    4 spots
    B18 7:30am to 11:30am

    Join Pete as we explore the habitats around the eastern edge of the Park. These areas provide lots of avian action and an eclectic mix of birds.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    BIRDING & BOTANY IN MacGREGOR 🚗
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B19 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    INVERHURON 🚗
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    Only 1 spot left!
    B20 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Explore some of the little-known 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required, some steep sections of trail
    PIPING PLOVERS OF SAUBLE BEACH 🚗
    Leader: Stewart Nutt
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B21 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join this plover enthusiast on an excursion to Sauble Beach to observe nesting sites of this endearing endangered bird. Learn about the birds’ behavior, challenges and the efforts made to re-establish a population in the Great Lakes. 

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- Participants should be able to walk up to 4.5 kilometres (3+ hours) without any problems. Brisk walking may be required to get from one location to another in a timely manner.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC - NO ALTERNATES, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    THE CULTURE OF BIRD WATCHING
    Leader: Paul Nicholson
    16 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, a lifelong birder and bird columnist for The London Free Press, will share his insights.

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    STARRY STARRY NIGHT
    Leader: John Hlynialuk
    6 spots
    B23 9:15pm

    John will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky, and tell you about dark sky events for 2022. Weather dependent, members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will have their telescopes available for viewing the evening sky.

    Indoor presentation / outdoors

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, Outdoors weather permitting

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:30am

    Coffee is 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.

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Saturday June 4, 2022

    All Day

    CAPE CROKER - BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING * 🚗
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    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, remote from the Park along the route.  Once you have completed your registration, contact the registrar at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 for more details and to request inclusion on the remote attendee list. It is critical that the group at the Park know you will be meeting remotely.
    Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, the registrar will contact you to coordinate the necessary registration paperwork (signed/witnessed waiver and proof of vaccination) prior to the event.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE PENINSULA 🚗
    Leader: Mike Kent
    Only 1 spot left!
    B25 6:45am to 4:30pm

    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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDS & GARDENS ^ 🚗
    Leader: James Turland
    14 spots
    B26 8:00am - 3:00pm

    Bird the Kincardine Lagoons then travel to the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley. The gardens are a teaching centre showcasing ways to be more food self-reliant. With a hands on approach many people have picked their first vegetable here. 

    shortened day

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <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, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    CANCELLED
    B27 6:00am - 8:30am

    We regret that we have had to cancel Birding Fundamentals 1 with Ian Shanahan. 

     

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE 🚗
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B28 7:00am to 11:30am

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

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE JI LINE WITH JI 🚗
    Leader: Jean Iron
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B29 7:15am to 11:30 am

    We’ll cover the JI Line grasslands and other rural habitats with Jean, an OFO Distinguished Ornithologist and well-known educational leader. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING FUNDAMENTALS 2
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B30 9:00am to 11:30am

    Perplexing plumages? Baffling bird song? On this walk from the Visitor Centre, Ian will introduce you to some birding basics - use of binoculars, bird ID and song, describing a bird's location and birding etiquette. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    MONARCH FRIENDLY HABITAT
    14 spots
    B31 9:00am to 11:30am

    Join Audrey for this illustrated talk to learn how to create nature friendly habitat in our own backyards. Discover how easy it is to make positive changes for the natural world. Free seeds and resources will be provided.

    suitable for individuals with limited mobility

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors

    Afternoon

    BLUEBIRD TRAIL LANDLORDS ^ 🚗
    Only 3 spots left!
    B32 1:00pm to 4:30pm

    Bluebirds are cavity nesters and nest boxes give these beautiful birds a helping hand. Dennis will take you on a Bluebird Trail which he has been maintaining and monitoring for 38 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, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
    Leader: Willy Waterton
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B33 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    ‘The best camera is the one with you’. iPhone cameras are much more powerful than 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Indoors, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Bring iPhone
    FIELD SKETCHING / JOURNALING
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    8 spots
    B34 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Field sketching helps hone your identification skills. Anyone can do it! Ian 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    SEDGES HAVE EDGES 🚗
    Leader: Bill Crins
    7 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    SEX & BIRDS
    Leader: David Gascoigne
    12 spots
    B36 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Join David for a humorous look at the mating habits of birds and their similarities to human behaviour – even some we might not want to talk about.

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    DENIZENS OF THE DARK 🚗
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B37 9:00pm

    As dusk descends over the park the denizens of the dark awaken. Michael will help us discover the nightlife in his usual entertaining and informative style.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:45am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

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

    Over lunch break and into the early afternoon check out Quest’s display at the Visitor Centre.

    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.

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Sunday June 5, 2022

    Morning

    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL 🚗
    Leader: Mike Kent
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B38 7:15am to 11:30am

    This popular trail always produces a good mix of species. Mike'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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    NATURE RAMBLE ‘ROUND THE PARK 🚗
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B39 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required
    BOTANIZING & BIRDING
    Leader: Bill Crins
    Only 1 spot left!
    B40 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 -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km

    Afternoon

    SHRUB & TREE ID
    Leader: Jim Coles
    5 spots
    B41 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    If a tree falls in the forest, can anybody identify it? Using leaf and twig identification keys we’ll learn to identify coniferous and deciduous species. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    BIRD & BOTANY RAMBLE 🚗
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    This event no longer has any spots available. Please contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or 519-375-1889 to be put on a waiting list.
    B42 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Ian will guide a leisurely walk along the Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetland. Birders and botanists will enjoy the riches of the MacGregor Point landscape as seen through the eyes of an experienced naturalist. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, 🚗 Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    BUILDING A BETTER BIRD BOX
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    35 spots
    B43 7:00pm to 7:45pm

    Marshall will present an entertaining and scientific approach to birdhouse design. Find out how and where boxes should be mounted to increase the survival rate for cavity nesters. Participants will receive plans and learn what materials should be used for Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow boxes. 

    Masking is required in the Visitor Centre. 
    The event limit has been reduced initially.  As we approach the Festival dates and confirm allowed capacity for indoor events, we will add people from any waiting lists.  Please contact the registrar to add your name to the waiting list.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    SUNSET WALK
    Leader: Chris Tomsett
    11 spots
    B44 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 and sounds of an early June evening in MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:45am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.  

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

    Over lunch break and into the early afternoon check out Quest’s display at the Visitor Centre.

    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.

    Cash and debit payment available.