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Day one
Day One 2018


2018 WAS OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY
AND OUR FINAL FESTIVAL, AND WE ENJOYED
EVERY MINUTE OF THE WEEKEND !


The Festival Committee would like to thank everyone that supported the Festival
over the past 10 years.  The knowledgeable guides, the caterers, the sponsors,
and most of all the birders.  Whether they were seasoned birders or novices, the
attendees joined with humour and enthusiasm.
We hope everyone will continue to enjoy the birds of not only northwestern Ontario
but wherever you go.
We wish you all happy birding, and all the best in the future.


Ed, Betty, Norm, Pam, Norma and Susan
2018 REGISTRATION INFORMATIO






  

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


The 2018 Festival was  great!  The weather wasn't too bad, although it was a bit rainy at the Canyon on Saturday afternoon.
We recorded 112 species.

Click here for printable lists


                                   
           ...

THIS 'N THAT 


         


2018 guides

missing from this year's line up of guides: Greg Stroud, Darren Elder,
 Brian McLaren, Nancy Parrish, and Al Harris.

               OUR WONDERFUL 2018 GUIDES  
These experts do 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
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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.



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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.



KIM

KIM McNAUGHTON
Kim has been an invaluable guide and supporting person.  She comes with a long history of birding and natural interests.
Currently working with the MNR



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.


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DUNCAN McCAY


Duncan is an enthusiastic and knowledgable leader.  He brings a wealth of information and has been one of valuable guides for the past few years.

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


 Jennifer had been with us for many years
and is a wonderful guide.  She brings a wealth
of knowledge and spirit to the Festival.


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.


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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.


 
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DOUG TATE

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.

Doug joins us as the Ecologist Team Leader with Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area with Parks Canada.  Formerly working at Nahanni National Park, he's a great addition to the team of guides.



                       
AREA LINKS
GoogleTownship of Dorion    
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Township of Nipigon

Township of Red Rock
                             
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists  
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Attendance prizes  are part of the
 evening activities on Day One

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