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SPRING FEVER - a 2008 dvd release

From the "Outdoor Adventure Canada" Series

"Outdoor Adventure Canada" is a series of 26 programs celebrating Canada's outdoor heritage that were shot all across Canada. Programs for the series won an astonishing 80 international television awards, including 29 Gold & Silver medals, at leading American Film & Television Festivals.

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SPRING FEVER 
Birding during the Spring Waterfowl Migration
Through great photography of dozens of species of birds, discover why hundreds of birders come from all over Ontario, to enjoy a close look at the tens of thousands of colorful ducks that stop off each year at Presqu'ile Park on the shores of eastern Lake Ont. (DVD cover, left)

VIEWER COMMENTS

"An Awesome educational film!" - Outdoor Wildlife Film Festival Juror, Missoula, Montana

This program introduces viewers to one of Canada's prime birding spots, and to many beautiful species of ducks that we only get to see during the migration period, because they spend the winter on the Atlantic Coast, and in the summer nest in remote northern areas.

Very early each spring, hundreds of birders come to Presqu'ile Provincial Park, to enjoy the spectacle of thousands of migrating waterfowl that congregate in coastal lowlands and wetlands, to feed and renew their strength to continue the arduous journey to their northern nesting grounds. Presqu'ile, a peninsula which juts south into Lake Ontario 100 km east of Toronto, is one of the most important migratory bird sites on the Great Lakes

Experienced birders explain the behaviour of the waterfowl that we are seeing, as we watch them diving, feeding, preening, and displaying in preparation for the mating season. Species include Canvasback, Redheads, Scaup, Goldeneye, Bufflehead,Common, Red-breasted, and Hooded Mergansers, as well as swans.

Migration season can bring many special treats for birders who keep their eyes open, because it's a time to see unusual birds that are only passing through. .

Birders got a good close-up look at a Great Grey Owl, a very large owl normally found only much further north

The owl sat quietly staring back at the dozens of delighted birders who stood only a few metres away, awed by the presence of such a magnificent predator.

As one volunteer explains,"It's experiences like looking into the eyes of a Great Grey Owl that ultimately translate into a sensitivity and caring for wild spaces."

 

Biodiversity Specialist Don Tyerman (left), explains how the Great Grey Owl's ears (below), can pinpoint prey by triangulation. "It stayed around for quite a while and gave everybody a good look."

 

Everyone also got a good look at the albino Robin that stayed around." (right)

Jim and Harry Cornwell (left), discuss their observations after their encounter with the Great Grey Owl.

 

Bill Sneed (below left), scopes the bay from the "Duck Truck" with the help of naturalist Neil Fortin hoping to see something new among the masses of birds. We get a good close look at the ducks as they follow the edge of the ice as it slowly starts to melt away, like the lid being lifted off a container, revealing food that's been hidden underneath for all these months. Viewers learn to identify the main groups of ducks, and distinguish between diving ducks, puddle ducks, and mergansers.

Naturalist Kim Kathan (right) explains the characteristics and habits all the varieties of birds that flock together during migration including the Hooded Merganser (below left), Blue-winged Teal (below right), the Old Squaw (second below left), the Goldeneye, (second below right, and the Coot (below).

Mylene Beaulieu (below left), checks the sightings list to see if anything exciting has come in during the night, like the tiny, playful Bufflehead male (below).

A group of volunteers, known as the "Friends of Presqu'ile", who are dedicated to preserving the park's important habitat, and educating the public, organize a Waterfowl Festival the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April because that typically corresponds with the peak period of waterfowl migration. They put up "duck trucks", which are moveable viewing platforms behind a screen, with rows of viewing scopes for free use by the public.

Many of the best birders in Ontario volunteer to act as interpreters and guides to explain to the public what they are seeing, and initiate them into the joys of birding. No one cares if the weather is cold and blustery when you're a witness to one of nature's greatest shows.

"I was particularly pleased with how thoroughly you captured the flavour of waterfowl migration at Presqu'ile. We have had many film crews here but none invested the time and energy that you did. I had high expectations for the film. However, my expectations were exceeded! Thank you again for the excellent work"
            - Don Tyerman, Biodiversity Specialist, Presqu'ile, ON/p>
"I would like to thank you for producing the outstanding video about the Presqu'ile Waterfowl Festival. I have spoken to a number of field naturalist clubs across Ontario who said they watched this video and were most impressed. I was personally impressed by the cinematography and sharp, crisp photography. Also, I felt that the film captured the essence and excitement of the event. - Donald A. Davis, Life Member, Fed. of Ont. Naturalists Films such as yours are vital in reminding us just how important our public lands and parks are for wildlife and for people."
- Donald A. Davis, Life Member, Fed. of Ont. Naturalists
  • SILVER PLAQUE AWARD
    Internat'l Communications Film & Video Competition, Chicago IL

  • 2nd PLACE/BRONZE PLAQUE
    Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Columbus, OH

  • BRONZE PLAQUE AWARD
    Worldfest Flagstaff AZ, International Film & Video Festival

  • SPECIAL AWARD OF MERIT for Promoting Watchable Wildlife
    International Wild Life Film Festival, Missoula, MT
 
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