Schedule of Events

 

The 26th Huron Fringe Birding Festival

will be held
May 24 to 30 and May 30 - June 2, 2024.

 

Online Registration will be active on March 15 at 6 am

New for 2024
Electronic waivers will be completed prior to the Festival to save time on your arrival date!

 

ALL-DAY EVENT participants will park, register and depart from the Campers Beach Parking Lot. 
Most other events will start at the Visitor Centre.  Generally, morning events return to the Visitor Centre by 11:30am (11:00am mornings of Nature Showcase); afternoon and all-day events return to their respective parking lots by 4:30pm (3:30pm on 1st Saturday); โญevents by 3:00 pm.

We also offer some mobility limited events.   This ๐Ÿš— indicates where vehicle transportation is required.

Every day at the Visitor Centre โ€“ Early morning coffee & treats. BBQ lunches daily 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
NATURE SHOWCASE at the Visitor Centre 11:00 am (1st Saturday/Sunday and 2nd Saturday)

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. 

Festival Fees

PACKAGE DETAILSADULTYOUTH (10-21)
Single Events  
     All Day$48.00$24.00
     Morning$24.00$12.00
     Afternoon$24.00$12.00
     Evening$12.00$6.00
1st Saturday & Sunday
2nd Saturday & Sunday
$90.00
$70.00
$45.00
$35.00
4 day Weekend$144.00$72.00
Festival$192.00$96.00

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.

View printable SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (under revision)

Click to view CAMPING AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

View printable (illustrated step by step) REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

A scrolling display of the 2024 schedule of events is posted below.  Click on a date bar to view events for each day.  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


2024 Festival Events

  • Friday May 24, 2024

    All Day

    BIRDING NEYAASHIINIGMIING - CAPE CROKER * ๐Ÿš—
    A01 6:30am to 4:30pm

    Anishinaabe culture and the rich ecosystems found in Neyaashiinigmiing will be featured. Birds will be singing, wildflowers will be blooming and the scenery is spectacular.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver 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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mike Kent
    A02 7:00am to 4:30 pm

    The Bruce is bursting with birds at this time of year - late migrants and early breeders on territory. Mike will introduce you to the wonders of the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE BRUCE WITH BENSETTE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    A03 7:30am to 4:30pm

    Jeremy held Ontarioโ€™s Big Year record from 2017 to 2021 and is a popular tour guide. Join him in his quest for the abundant birds of the Bruce.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    SEX & THE SINGLE WARBLER ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    A04 6:30am to 11:00am

    Warblers have two priorities at this time of the yearโ€ฆ migration and breeding. Mark is entertaining and informative and will lead us into the lives of warblers. 

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    KINCARDINE LAGOONS aka โ€œPELEE NORTHโ€ ^ ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: James Turland
    A05 6:45am to 11:00am

    Bruce County birders affectionately refer to the Kincardine Lagoons as โ€œPelee Northโ€ because of its often-spectacular fallouts of warblers. James is a popular local leader and this is one of his favourite 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    A06 7:30am to 11:00am

    Timโ€™s fieldwork with Birds Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. Weโ€™ll wander the Parkโ€™s woods and wetlands looking for later migrants and birds already 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    BIRDING THE HURON FRINGE
    Leader: David Turner
    A07 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Birdlife along the shoreline fringe is featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. David is an avid birder 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, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    MAGICAL MacGREGOR ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    A08 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Timโ€™s fieldwork with Birds Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. Weโ€™ll wander the Parkโ€™s woods and wetlands looking for migrants and birds already 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    FEN & FRINGE
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    A09 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This leisurely excursion will explore the Lake Huron shoreline along the Old Shore Road within MacGregor Point. We will visit some of the unique ecosystems that exist within the Park. 

    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, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    BEAKS & BRUSHES
    A10 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Discover the unseen lives of penguins at sea and how we can share stories through wildlife art. Learn about breaking research on penguins and how Sarah captures her adventures in paint from her studio in Owen Sound.

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    AFTER DARK IN THE PARK WITH MARK ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    A11 9:00pm to 10:30pm

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

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver 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 Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:00am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am 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 25, 2024

    All Day

    BIRDS OF THE BRUCE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    A12 6:45am to 3:30pm

    Kiah birded much of Ontario in 2022 and holds the record for most species seen in one year! He will take you on a tour of some of his favourite and most productive โ€˜Big Yearโ€™ birding hotspots on the Bruce. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE MID PENINSULA ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    A13 7:00am to 3:30pm

    Join Tim on a tour of the middle peninsula area for an always-eventful day of birding. This area is a Festival favourite and has offered some nice rarities over the years. You never knowโ€ฆ! 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    LANDS & LAKES ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mike Kent
    A14 7:15am to 3:30pm

    Weโ€™ll bird the rich riparian habitats of the inland lakes of the lower Bruce and cruise the surrounding lands for field and forest birds. Mike will share his enthusiasm for all things wild and wonderful. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    JOY OF BIRDING ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    A15 6:15am to 11:00am

    Markโ€™s enthusiasm and his knowledge of bird habits and habitat are enhanced by his entertaining manner. From FOY joy to lifers, this bird biologist will show you that birds make everything better. 

    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 some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 3-4 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    PELEE NORTH ^ ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    A16 6:30am to 11:00am

    Local birders affectionately refer to the Kincardine Lagoons as โ€œPelee Northโ€ because of the frequent spectacular fallouts of warblers that occur there. Surrounding environs provide great birding too. 

    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 some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    THEREโ€™S A SONG IN THE AIR
    Leader: Dale Wenger
    A17 7:00am to 11:00am

    Weโ€™ll take a ramble โ€˜round MacGregor listening to songs in the air and looking for birds in the trees. Birds will be settling onto territory and proclaiming their domain in full song from the treetops. 

    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 2-3 km
    RURAL ROUTES ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: James Turland
    A18 7:15am to 11:00am

    Weโ€™ll discover bountiful birding opportunities with James as we explore forested trails and pasturelands along the byways and scope out the Lake Huron shoreline.

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE HURON FRINGE
    Leader: David Turner
    A19 7:30am to 11:00am

    Birdlife along the shoreline fringe is featured during this walk from the Visitor Centre. David is an avid birder 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, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km
    BIRDING 101
    A20 9:00am to 11:00am

    We will introduce you to the basics of birding - using binoculars, bird ID and habitat, describing a bird's location and birding etiquette. Some binoculars will be available if you donโ€™t have any.

    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, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Visitor Centre or big tent near parking lot

    Afternoon

    BIRDER MURDER MYSTERY TOUR * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    A21 1:00pm to 3:30pm

    Bring your binoculars and your sense of humour on this birding hike at Marwanda Estate that may include a few bird murder mysteries to solve.

    This event starts at the Park.

    *Anyone wishing to meet the group at Marwanda Estate 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, we must have your signed waiver 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 Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Walking 2-3 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    NATURE RAMBLE
    Leader: Kyle Horner
    A22 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Join this consummate naturalist on a leisurely hike through the Park. Kyle will help you enjoy the richness of MacGregor Point.

    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, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE ๐Ÿš—
    A23 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    The habitats in and around the edge of the Park provide lots of avian action. Erikโ€™s keen eyes and ears will help you add a nice range of birds to your Festival list.

    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 some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    NATURE SKETCHING
    A24 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Come join Alessandra in a fun and relaxing field sketching workshop focusing on the birds and wildlife in our area. She will cover materials and techniques for working quickly in the field. Drawing materials supplied. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced artists!

    ($20 extra event fee per person for materials)

    Please speak to the registrar if you wish to bring your own supplies.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors
    $20 extra per person
    THEREโ€™S A SONG IN THE AIR
    Leader: Dale Wenger
    A25 1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Weโ€™ll take a ramble โ€˜round MacGregor listening to songs in the air and looking for birds in the trees. Birds will be settling onto territory and proclaiming their domain in full song from the treetops.

    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 2-3 km

    Evening

    5:00pm BIRDER'S BANQUET & KEYNOTE SPEAKER - PUNK ROCK BIG YEAR (St. Josephโ€™s Jubilee Hall, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin)
    Leader: Paul Riss
    A26 5:00pm

    When a punk is also a birder, they do a very different Big Year. Paul will speak about his journey as a birder and a punk, which was featured in a CBC documentary. 

    The meal from Harley's Pub & Perk in Mildmay, buffet with chicken and beef entrรฉes with vegetarian option available.

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

    The serving method will comply with Public Health Unit regulations at the time of the event.

    $70 special event fee per person; no single event fee will be applied.

    This event is being held at St. Josephโ€™s Jubilee Hall, 920 Wellington Street, Port Elgin.

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Indoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, event off-site, casual attire, cash bar available, pre-registration required
    $70 per person. No single event fee will be applied.

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:45am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BIRD BANDING FREE EVENT!
    6:15am to 10:15am

    Free Event - sponsored by Southampton Rotary Club 

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

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, LOCATED BESIDE THE VISITOR CENTRE
    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am to 1:00pm

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

    NATURE SHOWCASE
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Check out the displays and equipment from Vortex and Penetangear. Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Plover Lovers, Explore the Bruce, Quest Nature Tours, Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation all have information to share or books to sell.  

    Outdoors, By the Visitor Centre
  • Sunday May 26, 2024

    All Day

    A BIG DAY ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    A27 6:00am to ????

    This popular dawn-to-dark birding marathon on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula should give you a dayโ€™s list of over 100 species! Kiah, an obsessed birder, will take you birding till you drop, or drop out! 

    This event has a possible return after 9:00 pm.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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, Bring Walking Supper, Driving <200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    A DAY IN THE PARK ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mark Wiercinski
    A28 6:15am to 3:00pm

    Stump Dump, Pitcher Plant Marl, Seiche Pond, Ash Swamp, Turtle Pond, Cranberry Bog. Birds and botany abound in these rich nooks and niches of the Park.

     shortened day

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge.

    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 Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Uneven Terrain, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE ย ๐Ÿš—
    A29 7:00am to 4:30pm

    Join โ€˜Boomerโ€™ on a birding tour of the lower Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. This region offers an abundance of birds in a range of diverse habitats. Erik knows them all.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 <150km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    BIRDING IN THE PARK
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    A30 6:30am to 11:00am

    Timโ€™s fieldwork with Birds Canada includes several sites within MacGregor Point. Weโ€™ll wander the Parkโ€™s woods and wetlands looking for late migrants and birds settled in 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, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 2-3 km
    GRASSLANDS, WOODLANDS & WETLANDS ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Mike Kent
    A31 6:45am to 11:00am

    Mike loves to share his keen interest in birds with one and all. Discover the avian specialties of these varied habitats outside the Park.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDS & MORE
    Leader: Kyle Horner
    A32 7:00am to 11:00am

    Birds and other fauna and flora found along the Huron Fringe are featured during this walk in the Park. Kyle, a consummate naturalist, will help you enjoy the richness of MacGregor Point. 

    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 2-3 km
    'POWER' BIRDING AT THE BRUCE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    A33 7:15am to 11:00am

    Jeremy has spent 10 breeding seasons conducting Marsh Monitoring surveys with Birds Canada including at the Bruce Power wetlands. Jeremy will have other enticing 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING ON THE FRINGE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Paul Riss
    A34 7:30am to 11:00am

    The habitats in and around the edge of the Park provide lots of avian action. Paul will help you add a nice range of birds to your Festival list.

    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 some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    PELEE NORTH ^ ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: James Turland
    A35 7:30am to 11:00am

    Bruce County birders affectionately refer to the Kincardine Lagoons as โ€œPelee Northโ€ because of its frequent spectacular fallouts of warblers. James is a popular local leader, and this is one of his favourite 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, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Dale Wenger
    A36 7:45am to 11:00am

    Woodland and wetland birds are featured as Dale leads us along the popular Tower Trail to the Ducks Unlimited wetlands.

    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 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    SHRUB & TREE ID ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kevin Predon
    A37 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    If a tree falls in the forest, can anybody identify it? Using leaf and twig identification keys weโ€™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, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRD RAMBLE โ€˜ROUND MacGREGOR ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Tim Arthur
    A38 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, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    FEN & FRINGE ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    A39 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This leisurely excursion will follow Kempfโ€™s Trail to the Old Shore Road exploring the wild botany in the varied ecosystems along the way.

    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, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDS & MORE ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kyle Horner
    A40 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Birds and other fauna and flora found along the Huron Fringe in the Park are featured during this walk in the Park. Kyle will help you enjoy the richness of MacGregor Point.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Walking Supper, Driving Within the Park, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    DUNE ECOLOGY
    Leader: Jenna McGuire
    A41 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Great Lakes dunes are globally rare habitat, and incredibly interesting ribbons of life along the shoreline. They have their own unique processes, species and geological origins. Join Jenna for a journey through the stories and ecology of the dunes of the Huron Fringe. 

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:30am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BIRD BANDING FREE EVENT!
    6:15am to 10:15am

    Free Event - sponsored by Southampton Rotary Club 

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

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders
    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am to 1:00pm

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

    NATURE SHOWCASE
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Check out the displays. There will be information to share and books to buy.  

    Outdoors, by Visitor Centre
  • Monday May 27, 2024

    All Day

    JARMOโ€™S BIG BACKYARD * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jarmo Jalava
    A42 6:15am to 3:00 pm

    Isaac Lake, Sky Lake and Red Bay areas host rich bird and botanical habitats. The outing will involve birding on foot as well as a little Big Sit on the deck of Jarmo's home, overlooking great views of some characteristic Saugeen Bruce Peninsula habitats.

    shortened day

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge.

    *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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver 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, Bring a lawnchair, Driving <150km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDS & BOTANY FROM THE BOARDWALKS ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jeremy Bensette
    A43 6:30am to 4:30pm

    From the Parkโ€™s boardwalks to boardwalks at the Oliphant Fen and Petrel Point weโ€™ll explore the rich flora and fauna of the Bruce.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    A BIG SIT AT MARWANDA ESTATE* ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    A44 7:30am to 3:00 pm

    Wide covered porches offer viewing in all directions. Weโ€™ll check out the ponds and 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

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *Anyone wishing to meet the group at Marwanda Estate 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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Bring a lawnchair, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    ALVAR ADVENTURE * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Tyler Miller
    A45 8:30am to 4:30pm

     Join Field Ecologist - Tyler Miller on a unique botany tour of Lake Huron shoreline - conifer forest, swamp and globally endangered alvar, where we will learn about and observe many at risk and rare plants, moss and lichens and their amazing ecology. We will have lunch on the shoreline of Lake Huron.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver 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, Driving >200km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    WHERE WOODS MEET WETLANDS ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kyle Horner
    A46 7:30am to 11:00am

    Join Kyle 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, 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    PHOTOGRAPHY: GOING BEYOND AUTOMATIC ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    A47 8:00am to 11:00am

    Learn secrets for improving your nature-themed photography using easy-to-understand techniques from an experienced 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, bring camera with manual controls, tripod if possible

    Afternoon

    GEOLOGY ROCKS ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Beth Gilhespy
    A48 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Beth will provide an overview of the local geology at MacGregor Point on a geological walk to see ancient coral reefs and post-glacial beaches.

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    EXPLORING NATURE WITH A CAMERA ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Arni Stinnissen
    A49 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join an experienced photographer and explore photo opportunities walking a wetland habitat. Learn how to compose and make your images โ€˜popโ€™. Bring a camera that has manual controls.

    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, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    REFLECTIONS ON A CAREER IN WILDLIFE & WILD SPACE CONSERVATION
    Leader: Beth Gilhespy
    A50 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Beth will take you on a visual journey of her work over the past 20 years preserving wild spaces with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, and endangered wildlife with the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy. 

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    5:45am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am 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 28, 2024

    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
  • Wednesday May 29, 2024

    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 May 30, 2024

    All Day

    BIRDING THE BRUCE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    B01 7:30am to 4:30pm

    The Bruce is bursting with birds at this time of year - migrants and residents on territory. Ian will introduce you to the wonders of the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. Enjoy a great birding experience with this world-class birder. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    GREENOCK SWAMP NATURE RAMBLE * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Shannon Wood
    B02 7:45am to 3:00pm

    Explore southern Ontario's largest forested Class 1 wetland. We'll ramble โ€˜round in this 20,000-acre complex. History, birds, and botany are featured.

    Trails can be muddy & wet; rubber boots recommended.

    shortened day

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *There will be one pre-arranged alternate meeting location available.   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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver 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 Boots, Bring Drinking Water, Bring Lunch, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, Washroom facilities are limited
    OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE ^ ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    B03 8:00am to 4:30pm

    Located between Sky and Boat Lakes, this unique property is surrounded by a few thousand acres of protected lands. Botany and birds, and some local history will be our focus. Nearby Nature Reserves will also be explored.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, May Be Wet, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    BIRDING THE BACKROADS OF BRUCE TOWNSHIP ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    B04 7:00am to 11:00am

    On this event you will bird some spots with experienced birders in their backyard so-to-speak.  You will also be participating in Atlas 3 information gathering.  It's more fun than you may think.  Learn the benefits and importance of Atlassing.

    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 some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    B05 7:15am to 11:00am

    Kiahโ€™s sharp eyes and ears will impress you during this walk around the Ducks Unlimited trails and wetlands. This site always turns up late migrants and early nesters. If theyโ€™re there Kiah will find them.

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING MacGREGOR ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Pete Read
    B06 7:30am to 11:00am

    Pete, a popular Quest leader, has spent his life inspiring awareness about the natural world. Enjoy birding the riches of MacGregor with this experienced birder.

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    CHANTRYย ISLAND 1 * ๐Ÿš— (86 Saugeen St, Southampton -Tour Base 519-797-5862)
    B07 8:30am to 10:30am

    Chantry Island, an Important Bird Area, protects egrets and several other colonial nesting species. Tour the lighthouse and historic keeperโ€™s cottage. Get a birds-eye view as you climb the lighthouse stairs.

    **Participants will pay the $30 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival** 

    Wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted) and weather-appropriate clothing (an extra layer is recommended). Participants must be at least 4' (120cm) tall. 

    This event will convene at the Southampton harbour.  
    86 Saugeen St, Southampton, ON
    Chantry Island Tour Base 519-797-5862

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, it is critical that you contact the Registrar to coordinate sending the necessary signed waiver 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, Outdoors, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, washroom available in downtown Southampton

    Afternoon

    CHANTRY ISLAND 2 * ๐Ÿš— (86 Saugeen St, Southampton - Tour Base 519-797-5862)
    B08 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    Chantry Island, an Important Bird Area, protects egrets and several other colonial nesting species. Tour the lighthouse and historic keeperโ€™s cottage. Get a birds-eye view as you climb the lighthouse stairs.

    **Participants will pay the $30 tour operator fee at the dock office - there is no single event fee for the Festival** 

    Wear sturdy footwear (flip-flops not permitted) and weather-appropriate clothing (an extra layer is recommended). Participants must be at least 4' (120cm) tall. 

    This event will convene at the Southampton harbour.  
    86 Saugeen St, Southampton, ON
    Chantry Island Tour Base 519-797-5862

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, it is critical that you contact the Registrar to coordinate sending the necessary signed waiver 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, Outdoors, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, washroom available in downtown Southampton
    BLUEBIRD TRAIL ๐Ÿš—
    B09 1:00pm to 4:30pm

    Marshall will give you a tour of his bluebird boxes and a variety of other nesting boxes. Youโ€™ll learn about nesting bluebirds and discover several other species that also take advantage of the boxes. 

    Difficulty: EASY -- Limited walking involved but some uneven ground
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <100km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BOTANY ALONG THE FRINGE
    Leader: Barbara Palmer
    B10 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    We will explore the Lake Huron shoreline along the Old Shore Road within the Park looking for all the wild botany the Park has 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, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km

    Evening

    NATURE BY CANOE & KAYAK
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    B11 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    From Great Blue Herons stalking shallow waters to Ospreys feeding young in towering nests, from Mink slipping along the shore to River Otters snorting in annoyance, there are myriad birds and other animals encountered from a canoe or kayak.  This presentation, a preview of Michael's newest book, is a visual extravaganza of many of the common species of animals (and plants) encountered along local waterways. 

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:30am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

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

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

  • Friday May 31, 2024

    All Day

    WHAT MAKES A HOTSPOT? ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Kiah Jasper
    B12 7:30am to 4:30pm

    Come birding with Kiah and explore a number of hotspots on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula, including one of its most productive wetland complexes. Expect an assortment of open country bird species and marsh specialties.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    There is no alternate meeting location for this 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 <150km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    FISHING ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO ^ ๐Ÿš—
    B13 8:15am to 4:30pm

    Weโ€™ll bird and botanize our way to Evergreen Resort at Red Bay, have lunch at the lodge, then embark on an afternoon pontoon boat tour of the Fishing Islands. The islands are bursting with colonial birds! 

    $39 extra per person will be paid at the Resort, covers lunch & the boat tour.

    Vegetarian option available. Please advise the Registrar by May 1

    In the event the boat tour is cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues, an alternate dry land program is planned for the afternoon.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, bring an extra layer of clothing for on the water
    STURGEON BAY FORESTS * ย ๐Ÿš—
    B14 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada team to explore this newly acquired 160-acre property on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. Located just northeast of Wiarton, this spectacular rolling escarpment forest supports a diversity of plants, birds and herptiles. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver 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 <150km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Morning

    FORESTS & FIELDS ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Justin Peter
    B15 7:00am to 11:00am

    Join Quest world tour leader Justin, accomplished birder and interpreter, to discover the bird-rich grasslands and countryside 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    A BIRD'S EYE VIEW ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jean Iron
    B16 7:15am to 11:00am

    Look, listen and learn with Jean, an OFO Distinguished Ornithologist and well-known educational leader. Bird field, river, and riparian habitats 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING ON THE EDGE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Pete Read
    B17 7:30am to 11:00am

    Join Pete as we explore various habitats around the 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 <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Afternoon

    WARBLERS & WILDFLOWERS ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    B18 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    This outing will explore rich 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, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE DUNES OF INVERHURON * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Marshall Byle
    B19 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Explore some of the little-known trails along the river and through the sand dunes of Inverhuron Provincial Park. Groves of tall pines, young woodlands and ancient cedars round out the diversity of this Park. 

    This event starts at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

    *Anyone wishing to meet the group at Inverhuron Provincial Park 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, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MODERATE -- moderate, with some steep sections of trail
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring Walking Snacks, Driving <50km, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 2-3 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    PIPING PLOVERS OF SAUBLE BEACH ย ๐Ÿš—
    B20 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join these entertaining plover enthusiasts and spend time with endearing and endangered beach-nesting birds. Learn about the ploversโ€™ unique behaviours and be prepared for cuteness overload. 

    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 - NO ALTERNATES, Expect some stopping & standing, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Evening

    MEETING THE AMERICAN KESTREL
    Leader: John Reaume
    B21 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Tonight's presentation by John Reaume will explore the life history of the American Kestrel. For 3 years we have had the pleasure of watching a pair of American Kestrels nest and raise their young in a Kestrel/Screech Owl box mounted on our workshop and visible from our back porch. This photo essay will review the life history of the Kestrel with intimate views of their nesting behaviour thanks to an โ€œin-the-boxโ€ camera as well as images captured from photo blinds. We will see the differing behaviours of the male and female parents as well as what the avian neighbours think of having a pair of nesting kestrels in their territories!

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Visitor Centre
    STARRYย STARRYย NIGHT
    B22 9:15pm

    Following an indoor introduction to binocular astronomy, members of the Bluewater Astronomical Society will have their telescopes available for viewing the dark sky down near the water. BYOB (binoculars).

    (indoor & outdoor presentation)

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    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
    11:00am 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 1, 2024

    All Day

    THE BOUNTIFUL BRUCE PENINSULA * ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Justin Peter
    B23 6:15am to 4:30pm

    India, Galapagos, Bruce County! Justin is a Quest global tour leader. This tour will take you through the bountiful, bird-rich habitats of the Bruce and add a range of species to your Festival bird list. 

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    *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 and you wish to meet the group remotely, we must have your signed waiver) 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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    CLICK ON NATURE ย ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Doug Pedwell
    B24 7:00am to 4:30pm

    Join Doug Pedwell, past President of the Saugeen Shores Camera club, for this all day photo outing on the Bruce Peninsula. There will be a cornucopia of Nature Photo opportunities ranging from landscapes both large and small, orchids, birds, and a variety of nature shots. A wee bit of architectural photography may present itself. This will be a long day as we will have to get to the farthest point of trip which will be an hour and 15 minute drive.  From there we will wend our way south and photographing at various locations as hard back to the park. We go rain or shine. Walking ranges from easy to difficult.  Further updates will be in the website in the spring. Bring Lunch and snacks,; will be back for supper; carpooling will be necessary as parking is limited in some places .  Caveat: What we see and photograph will depend on the type of Spring Mother Nature presents in 2024. Check the website for target species and locations.

    This event has possible return time after 4:30 pm.

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

     

    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, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    KINGHURST FOREST NATURE RESERVE ^ ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Nikki May
    B25 7:30am to 3:00pm

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

    shortened day

    This event starts at the Park at the CAMPERS BEACH parking lot.  
    Participants arriving for their first Festival event will check-in at Campers Beach to obtain their name badge. 

    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 - CAMPERS BEACH PARKING LOT, Outdoors, Walking 3-4 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required, Washroom available onsite

    Morning

    BIRDING ON THE EDGE ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    B26 7:00am to 11:00am

    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, entertaining, and knowledgeable. 

    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, Expect some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    THE JI LINE WITH JI ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Jean Iron
    B27 7:15am to 11:00 am

    Weโ€™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 some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING BY EAR ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    B28 7:30am to 11:00am

    "Look for birds with your ears" is a terrific guiding principle, especially during the breeding season. Ian will focus on characterizing bird songs, sifting through the sounds, identifying the key players in the rich tapestry of spring song.

    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, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BIRDING MacGREGOR ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Abby Collins
    B29 8:00am to 11:00am

    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, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
    Leader: Willy Waterton
    B30 9:00am to 11:00am

    โ€˜The best camera is the one with youโ€™. iPhone cameras are more powerful than people realize. We will explore the cameraโ€™s various functions and attachments to expand your photographic horizons. 

    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

    Afternoon

    WETLANDS WALK
    Leader: John Reaume
    B31 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
    SEDGES HAVE EDGES ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Bill Crins
    B32 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 the fascinating flora 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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    CAPTURING NATURE THROUGH ART
    Leader: Sue Allison
    B33 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Join Sue for a special time of observation through sketching and applying colour which will lead to journaling nature. Drawing/painting materials supplied. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to experienced artists! 

    ($20 extra event fee per person for materials)

    Please speak to the registrar if you wish to bring your own supplies.

    Difficulty: EASY -- Participants should be able to walk up to 1.5 kilometres (3 hours) without any problems.
    Bring Drinking Water, Bring a lawnchair, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Near the Visitor Centre
    $20 extra per person

    Evening

    EVENING CONCERT & SING-ALONG FREE EVENT!
    Leader: Margaret Wysman
    B34 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    Come and enjoy the evening with original songs and well-known cover tunes performed by an acclaimed local singer-songwriter. Margaret weaves wisdom and humour into her heartfelt performances

    (Free event but Registration is requested, outdoors - weather permitting, or indoors)

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    Indoors, Outdoors, Visitor Centre, outdoors weather permitting
    DENIZENS OF THE DARK ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Michael Runtz
    B35 9:00pm

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

    * Please note: If this is your first or only event with the Festival, we must have your signed waiver prior to the event.

    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, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Other

    Morning Coffee
    6:00am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.

    BIRD BANDING FREE EVENT!
    6:15am to 10:15am

    Free Event - sponsored by Southampton Rotary Club 

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

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, Near the Visitor Centre
    BBQ @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am to 1:00pm

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

    Cash and debit payment available.

    NATURE SHOWCASE
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Check out the displays. There will be information to share and books to buy.  

    Outdoors, At the Visitor Centre
  • Sunday June 2, 2024

    Morning

    BIRDING THE TOWER TRAIL ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Justin Peter
    B36 7:15am to 11:00am

    This popular trail always produces a good mix of species. Justinโ€™s superb birding skills will ensure we spot everything thatโ€™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, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    NATURE RAMBLE โ€˜ROUND THE PARK ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Ian Shanahan
    B37 7:30am to 11:00am

    Birds are nesting, wildflowers are blooming, butterflies are alight, and trees are in full leaf. Itโ€™s a great time to be in the Park with a passionate interpretive naturalist, who will help us see the various natural phenomena unfolding before our eyes in this thrilling season of natural bounty!

    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, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, Walking 1-2 km, Washroom Stops, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required
    BOTANY, BIRDS, BUGS
    Leader: Bill Crins
    B38 7:45am to 11:00am

    Bill has an incredible background in botany, birds and bugs. The abundant flora and fauna 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, EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Expect some stopping & standing, Gravel trail/boardwalk surface, Outdoors, Walking 1-2 km
    COUNTRYSIDE BIRDING ๐Ÿš—
    Leader: Abby Collins
    B39 8:00am to 11:00am

    Abby loves to share her keen interest in birds. Explore grasslands and other rural 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 some stopping & standing, Expect stops onroute and in/out of cars, Outdoors, Suitable for less experienced birders, ๐Ÿš— Vehicle Transportation Required

    Other

    BIRD BANDING FREE EVENT!
    6:15am to 10:15am

    Free Event - sponsored by Southampton Rotary Club 

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

    Difficulty: MOBILITY LIMITED -- Suitable for those who have difficulty walking.
    EVENT STARTS AT THE PARK VC, Outdoors, Suitable for individuals with limited mobility, Suitable for less experienced birders, near the Visitor Centre
    Morning Coffee
    6:45am

    Coffee is available in the Visitor Centre.  

    MIX & MINGLE BBQ FINALE @ the Visitor Centre
    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Grab lunch before you hit the road. Join some of our leaders and Festival Committee members while you relax and reminisce about your Festival experiences. 

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

    Cash and debit payment available.