May 29 to June 30 and June 2 to June 5, 2021
The Huron Fringe Birding Festival has been forever changed by the Covid 19 pandemic. The Festival Committee had to cancel the 2020 Festival, but felt it was really important to continue to connect with all our festival participants. So, in 2021, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Virtual-Lite was created. This Festival-Lite consisted of 7 evenings of virtual presentations and was able to boast over 1200 attendees from around the globe.
What is next? We want to return to what we have done in the past ... support the Friends of MacGregor Point by providing an event that educates and inspires people of all ages and abilities; where we can meet face to face (probably with masks) and resurrect what we are best known for – a friendly, welcoming festival.
The dates for 2022 are set for May 27 – June 5. The Program Committee is meeting and is generating ideas related to the program. Our Festival Committee will be looking at how we will function in 2022 as we know there must be changes. There will be new programs as we continue to strive to provide our participants with a world class Festival, headquartered out of MacGregor Point Provincial Park. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival program will be posted at huronfringebirdingfestival.ca in early January and registration will begin on March 1, 2022.
In 2019, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival Committee was nominated for Ontario Nature’s W. E. Saunders Natural History Award for its successful program; a program that raises awareness of nature among people of all ages. Nominees for the W.E. Saunders Nature History Award (Individual or Group) must achieve a significant goal related to an aspect of natural history or natural science research. This could include developing key natural history resources (e.g., atlases, inventories, studies), raising public awareness of natural history, demonstrating local leadership, saving a natural area, or generating conservation funds or publications. Our Festival Committee members are definitely Nature Heroes.