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“Virtual” Huron Fringe Birding Festival 2021

May 28 - June 6

We are happy to announce that the traditional in-person Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be ‘migrating’ into a virtual “Festival-Lite” for 2021. It will run each evening during our normal time frame of May 28 – 31 and June 3 – 6, 2021.

The survey we sent out to past participants in the fall showed us there is a very high level of interest in the Festival, but also a high level of caution while we remain in the shadow of this pandemic, so we have determined that presenting a series of Webinars on the regular evenings of the Festival is our best option.

Stay tuned for more information on our exciting line-up of Speakers. Until then, Be Safe and Celebrate Birds!

Celebrating Birds!

Welcome to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival where we celebrate birds, birding and nature. The Festival is based out of beautiful MacGregor Point Provincial Park, where events explore the rich niches of the Park, and also venture throughout the ‘Huron Fringe’ of land along Lake Huron’s shore, up the bountiful Bruce Peninsula, and to many significant natural areas of Bruce and Grey Counties.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival Registration Link

The Festival offers an incredible 90+ events over two 4-day weekends in late May and early June! This time of year captures both the end of migration and the beginning of the nesting season, ensuring an abundance of birds. Morning, afternoon, all-day and evening events are offered daily. You can choose to attend one, some, or pick a full-Festival package!  All events are led by top local, provincial and global tour leaders.

Whether your interest is strictly ‘for the birds’, or if you wish to delve into botany, photography, geology, cultural history and more, you will be sure to find interesting, informative and fun events.   But sign up early as many events fill within the first few days of registration.  This is one popular Festival!

American Redstart

A banquet, with a keynote speaker, is held the opening Saturday of the Festival; a ‘dinner under the tent’ is featured the second Saturday. Again, both these events fill quickly.

American Redstart

With a view to the future, the Festival offers a mentorship program where aspiring young birders and naturalists shadow our experienced leaders and pick up tips on effective leadership styles and methods. And the Festival hosts students from a Fleming College/ROM Environmental Visual Communication course designed to instruct students on how to become effective environmental communicators.

Rounding out the Festival, morning coffee & pastries are available, and sociable noon-hour BBQ lunches are provided daily by the Friends of MacGregor Point.  And we can’t speak highly enough of our wonderful roster of warm and friendly Festival volunteers who are always on hand to assist you during your time at the Festival.

We hope you can join us!

Click on Schedule of Events (available January 15 and updated as needed) to view our exciting program. Click on the Birding Festival Registration Festival Mascot located above to reach the registration log-in page.

Contact us at huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com or phone the Registrar at 519-375-1889.


MacGregor Point Provincial Park
1593 Bruce Road 33
Port Elgin, Ontario Canada
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