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Day one
Day One 2017




A Wormington
In Memoriam
This year we are remembering a wonderful birder who left us in 2016.  Alan Wormington attended two of our Festivals and his contribution to the birding world will always be appreciated.





GREAT BIRDS!        GREAT PEOPLE!           GREAT FOOD!  
Dorion's Canyon Country Birding Festival is for you!
We had our inaugural year in 2009, and it was a great success. Organizers felt that with an area so rich in bird species
 and natural beauty, birders would welcome the chance to attend a Birding Festival here...and after 8 years we are going strong.


The 2017 Festival was great!  The weather co-operated and although we had a bit of rain at breakfast on Sunday, it turned out to be a great day.  Highlight of the weekend was a  Scarlett Tanager (thanks Jim!) on Saturday at Hurkett Cove Conservation Area.

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***A reminder to everyone, that although we love our pets, we would ask that you do not bring your four-footed friends to the Festival.  Thanks very much for observing this request.

sunrise
early birdsing about.com  Those who are "up with the birds" , have a chance to say good morning to them!  We are offering  these early birds a hike at Hurkett Cove Conservation Area at 6 a.m. on Saturday,
 prior to the official 
opening of  the Festival. Guides will be at the parking area to
 lead the hike.  Those who attend are responsible for their own transportation, and are to return to the Dorion Community Centre by 8 a.m. for Registration and a delicious breakfast.  There, they will join  the rest of the birders for an official introduction and start to the day.


                                         
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THIS 'N THAT 


         
               OUR WONDERFUL 2017 GUIDES  
Again these experts did an excellent job and we thank them sincerely!
 Brian

BRIAN RATCLIFF
Brian is a biological consultant in  Thunder Bay. He has conducted research on species at risk such
as the piping plover, burrowing owl and American white pelican.  He is coordinator of Project Peregrine and since 1996 has monitored peregrines nesting in the Lake Superior Basin. He has been on the committee for Thunder Cape Bird Observatory since 1996 and currently the Bird Records Chairman for Thunder Bay District.

    
  GEORGE HOLBO
c dRAKE

ROB SWAINSONROB SWAINSONCHRISTINE DRAKE
Christine works at Pukaskwa National Park as a Park Ecologist with Parks Canada. She has been birding for both work and pleasure for 20 years. Christine has enjoyed sharing tips and tricks of bird identification by both sight and sound at the Dorion Bird Festival since 2014.  

George Holborn


GEORGE HOLBORN
 George has works as a Wildlife Assessment Biologist with the MNR in Thunder Bay.  He is a recognized song bird expert with the Research Centre and  involved with the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory.



bILLg

BILL GREAVES

Bill has a MSc from Laurentian University and works as an Ecologist for the MNRF. His
 birding passion started when
 he moved to the Northwest Region in 2009. You likely have already bumped into him at a
 local bird hotspot trying to
 add to his Annual
 District Checklist. 






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Dr. Escott

DR. NICK ESCOTT
Nick is one of the leading birders in
 northwestern Ontario.
 In addition to excellent field identification skills,
 Nick is founding chair of the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory and has served as Chairman since its inception. He has published several articles on northern Ontario birds for Ontario Birds
 and Birders Journal.




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BRIAN MOORE
A member of Thunder Cape Bird Observatory Committee, Brian is an expert birder in the
 Thunder Bay district and a great asset to the Festival.



Kyle M

KYLE MYSCHOWODA
Kyle has an HBScF from Lakehead University and works as a Registered Professional Forester with the MNRF. Since his early days, bug bitten along the banks of the Soper
fellow birdersCreek, Kyle has been captivated by “little brown birds”, and has worked to share his passion and enthusiasm with family, friends and fellow birders.






Nancy enjoyed sharing her knowledge of and passion for birds with Ontario Park visitors at Sleeping Giant, Neys, and Quetico Provincial Parks and actively engaged in bird monitoring programmes throughout her extended Ontario Parks career.  Nancy has since left Ontario Parks but continues to be involved in bird monitoring both as a volunteer and as a consultant.    Nancy is best known for her ability to identify songbirds by ear.


ADDITIONAL GUIDES
(sorry, still updating our photo gallery)

JENNIFER CHIKOSKI
DUNCAN MCKAY
CHRIS ROBINSON


birdwatcher

DR. NICK ESCD

ROB

ROB SWAINSON

Rob has been an integral part of
 our Festival since the beginning.
He was a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Nipigon and is more than familiar with our area birds.  A very valuable guide and our humourous emcee at the Festival!



J Robinson

JEFF ROBINSONJEFF ROBINSON
Jeff has a Master of Science Degree in amphibian ecology.  His job with the MNR allows him to spend a great deal of desired time in the forest.
 His passion for the outdoors is a valuable asset to the Festival.


KKKFF


SamKrause

SAMANTHA KRAUSE
A naturalist from birth, Samantha graduated with her BSc in Biology from UNBC in 2012 and has been an avid bird enthusiast ever since. Samantha's acute hearing and spunky enthusiasm made her a welcome addition to the Dorion Bird Festival team in 2016.


 
Nancy P

NANCY PARISH

Nancy enjoyed sharing her knowledge of and passion for birds with Ontario Park visitors at Sleeping Giant, Neys, and Quetico Provincial Parks and actively engaged in bird monitoring programmes throughout her extended Ontario Parks career.  Nancy has since left Ontario Parks but continues to be involved in bird monitoring both as a volunteer and as a consultant.    Nancy is best known for her ability to identify songbirds by ear.

Nancy enjoyed sharing her knowledge of and passion for birds with Ontario Park visitors at Sleeping Giant, Neys, and Quetico Provincial Parks and actively engaged in bird monitoring programmes throughout her extended Ontario Parks career.  She continues to be involved in bird monitoring and is best known for her ability to identify songbirds by ear.




                       
AREA LINKS
GoogleTownship of Dorion    
GoogleGoogle Maps/Dorion                                           
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
                Conservation Authority
Ouimet Canyon Prov. Park
              
Township of Nipigon

Township of Red Rock
                             
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists  
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TIDBITS




nosta award

Attendance prizes and a
 silent auction, are part of the
 evening activities on Day One

prizes




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