From our friends at Friends of the St. Clair River as taken from their November newsletter…
Urban waterfowl hunting
It’s a good sign
The first time we heard gunfire at the Blue Water River Walk, it was quite a shock to us, too! We later learned that the shots were from waterfowl hunters. After a few of our fellow community members expressed that they were similarly disturbed, we called up our Friend, Bob Gross, at the Times Herald. Bob researched and wrote an article assuring us and our neighbors that it is, in fact, legal and that it appears the hunters have been following all the rules and regulations. We don’t yet know how successful the hunters have been, but the habitat certainly seems to be working! Bob’s article was followed by an opinion to that effect from the Times Herald editorial board.
Blue Water Nature Series kicks off
We are thrilled to hear that Tom Dennis has begun writing a Blue Water Nature Series for the Times Herald! This month’s article is about the Long-tailed Duck, a beautiful species that calls open water in the St. Clair River and Lake Huron home in winter. People travel here from all over to see this and many other unique winter birds.
Save the date!
Winter Bird Blast
Sat., Feb. 24 starting at 9 a.m. in Port Huron
Tom will be the keynote speaker for Winter Bird Blast. Winter Bird Blast includes a brief slide presentation about winter birding in our area, a trip out to birding hot spots along the St. Clair River and lower Lake Huron guided by Tom and other experts, and a fundraiser painting party to benefit Friends at Studio 1219 in Port Huron.
Blue Water Audubon Society
Monday, December 4 @ 6:45 p.m.
Topic: Pelee: The Park that Birds Built, featuring Tom Hince
The Point, 5085 Lakeshore Rd., Fort Gratiot
By Laurie Dennis
May 29th, 2018 will be a day for birders to celebrate. A hundred years to the day one of the continent’s greatest birding meccas, Point Pelee, Canada – officially became a National Park. Long before fancy apps, technical field clothes and cutting edge field guides, birders like Percy Taverner and William Saunders painstakingly documented the spectacle of migration on Lake Erie’s north shore. Without their vision, passion and determination, a national park would instead be wall to wall cottages with zero public access. Join us as we walk in their footsteps… and thank them for the many that have followed in the last century.
About Tom Hince: For over fifty years, Point Pelee has played a pivotal role in Tom’s life. At the age of ten, he first read of the magical migration here. He made his first visit to the park at the age of thirteen, and has birded Pelee for forty four of the past forty five years. Tom has filmed around the globe for Discovery Channel, and guided over a hundred tours on four continents, but always returns to Pelee each year to enjoy the spectacular songbird migration.
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