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Day one
Day One 2014



Thanks for to Rob Rempel who was our guest speaker
on Saturday, May 23rd.

Rob is a research scientist for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at the Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem REsearch, at Lakehead Univiersity in Thunder Bay.  He came from Ducks Unlimited in 1990, and his work involves studying the relationship between wildlife and forest condition.  His most recent research uses forest songbirds to test the effectiveness of new forest management guides in conserving ecological integrity.  He has also recently worked on evaluating
the vulmerability of songbirds to climate change in
 the Great Lakes Basins.

Rob is an adjunct Professor at Lakehead in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and the Department of Biology, and has served on technical advisory committees for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas project, Partners in Flight landbird conservation projects, and the Boreal Avian Modeling project. Rob is an adjunct Professor at LU in the Faculty of Natural Resource Management and the Dept. of Biology, and has served on technical advisory committees for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas project, Partners in Flight landbird conservation projects, and the Boreal Avian Modeling project.
Rob Rempel




r bateman
Robert Bateman has generously donated a print for our raffle this year.  
"Evening Grosbeaks" is a limited edition artist proof and signed by Mr. Bateman




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.


The 2014 Festival was great!  We had increased attendance and the weather couldn't have been better!   We recorded 119 species, just one shy of last year!  The bird list has been updated, so check it out  for the 2014.
Click here for printable lists



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,
 May 23rd 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.
 
           ...

THIS 'N THAT 


         
               OUR WONDERFUL 2015 GUIDES  
 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, and has banded 547 young ones at cliff site nests. He has been on the committee for Thunder Cape Bird Observatory since 1996.

    
  GEORGE HOLBO
ROB

ROB SWAINSONROB SWAINSON

Rob was a biologist with the Ministry
of Natural Resources in Nipigon and is  more than familiar with our area birds.  A very valuable guide at the Festival!


kim

KIM MCNAUGHTON


Kim works with the MNR in Niigon and  brings a wealth of knowledge to the Festival.  Her enthusiasm and help identifying birds is a valuable asset.











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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.




brian moore.

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.





ADDITIONAL GUIDES
(sorry, still updating our photo gallery)

JENNIFER CHIKOSKI
BILL GREAVES
CHRISTINE DRAKE
KYLE MYSCHOWODA
DARREN ELDER


       Greg Stroud        
DR. NICK ESCD
GREG STROUD
A Visitor Experience Manager with
 Parks Canada,Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area. Greg is an avid
 naturalist, spending most of his free time searching for insects,
plants, & birds.
 

KIM KIM McNAUGHTON

George Holborn

GEORGE HOLBORN
Wildlife Assessment Biologist with the MNR in Thunder Bay, recognized song bird expert with the Research Centre, involved with the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory











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

The Nipigon River Trail                
Township of Nipigon

Township of Red Rock
                             
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists  
cove

TIDBITS


snowy ploverIn May of 2009, a Snowy Plover was 
sighted near the Hurkett Cove
Conservation Area. 

This bird has never been seen before in the Thunder Bay area.   It is assumed this particular bird was blown off course. 
A very fortunate sighting for 
 a few lucky individuals!

Click here to dowload the 2015 electronic version
 of the Four Seasons Adventure Guide
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nosta award

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

prizes


 

***  We will have a limited number of t-shirts available this year for $15 ***


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