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Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival


THUNDER BAY,  ON   ---  February 19, 2011  ----  The 2011 Festival dates are May 28th Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival and 29th and Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival promises to be bigger and better.  Expert guides from the area will lead the birders and educating as they go.  We are welcoming back Brian Ratcliff, Al Harris, Dr. Nick Escott, George Holborn, and welcoming Greg Stroud and Brian Moore to our list.

The Festival in 2010 was a fantastic success with a tally of 97 species sighted, and with the addition of our website, we have been able to reach interested birders across the country and in the U.S.  We were very pleased to welcome our first American birder in 2010, and hope he returns with friends in tow this year!

Day One is a busy day.  Registrants (pre-payment is required) will arrive at the Dorion Community Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival Centre at 8 am and after receiving a gift bag, will enjoy a pancake breakfast.  Buses will then take the divided groups to either Ouimet Canyon or Hurkett Cove.  Lunches will be delivered at noon and birders will switch locations to continue birding for the remainder of the afternoon. Upon returning to the centre, a Meet and Greet, slide show, attendance prizes and silent auction will keep the attendees busy until a delicious buffet supper is served, followed by a presentation by Brian Ratcliff.

Day Two will begin at the Nipigon Arena for a light breakfast and a brief introduction.  Birders will then carpool to The Nipigon Recreation Trail for a morning of birding…once again accompanied by their expert guides.  A lunch will be served back at the arena and bird sightings reviewed.

Once again, the organizers of this Festival are getting very excited about the arrival of the annual event as Dorion will be the home for a number of birders…novices and experts alike.  With Hurkett Cove Conservation area being a renowned birding site in Ontario, a Dorion committee took on the project in 2006, and the first Festival was held in 2009.

The fee for both days is $125, or $85 for Day One, and $40 for Day Two. 
www.dorionbirdfest.ca for more information, the chance register online, or to download a printable registration form.  For more information, call Ed   @ 807-857-2265 or email dorionsbirdfest@gmail.com

 .  What a great weekend!  Great birds, great people, great food, and a chance to meet local experts who will be a perfect introduction to a hobby that is sweeping the country.

Represenative from the Birding Festival will be available this coming weekend at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Outdoor show in the Nipigon Booth to answer questions.


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