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Birding WorkshopThere was a birding workshop on Saturday, June 9th at Keltic Lodge Inn at Ingonish Beach. The Inn is located directly across from the Atlantic Restaurant.  The workshop was sponsored by Nova Scotia Birding Society, Maritime Breeding Bird Atlas and Cape Breton Highlands National park. The admission was free and included inside sessions in the morning by NS Birding Society, Maritime Breeding Bird Atlas and Cape Breton Highlands National Park, at the Inn at Keltic Lodge and a field trip on Middle Head Trail in the afternoon.

The workshop covered a)  Discover how to locate and identify regional birds by sight and sound; b) Find out where to find highland birding hotspots and rarities; c) Learn about the Maritime Breeding Bird Atlas and how you can participate in this five-year research project; Group photo provided by Marie Stradeski. Thanks to all for making it a successful day.     

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Bill DanielsonHike the Highlands Festival Guide and author, Bill Danielson received this week a special citation from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society at their annual conference in St. John’s, NL.  The citation was for  Mr. Danielson book “Cape Breton Weather Watching for the Naturally Curious” that was published last year in October.  Bill & his wife, Esther live in Smelt Brook, Victoria County and enjoy hiking in the highlands.

Mr. Danielson will be featured as one of the presenters at this year’s evening presentations during the Hike the Highlands Festival, September 14 – 2007.  His presentation “Cape Breton Weather” will be held Saturday evening, September 15 at Heather Room, Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish Beach.

Congratulations Bill on your special citation from all the folks at Hike the Highlands Festival Society.

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Hike the Highlands Festival
Hike the Highlands Festival launched its new web site today with many new features including a google location map of trails,  an e-brochure, online registration, a blog, podcast and much more.  The goal of the new web site is to continue to maker it easier for the visitor/hiker to navigate and to improve communication with hikers on this year’s festival plans & activities. Take a look at our web site and tell us your comments.

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Shimmering Dew on Tamarc LarchThis year’s Festival runs from September 14-23, 2007.  To find out more about this year’s festival plans, listen to our audio podcast

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Fiddler on FraneyThere were many highlights of 2006 Festival for me. Meeting new hikers,  making new friends, Meat Cove Mountain hike and taking 130 pics that day with digital camera. But the one that really sticks out is the Franey Mountain Hike. Coming back to parking lot I heard fiddle music and I thought somebody must have put a cd in. But instead it was the lady hiker from Scotland playing the fiddle. She played a couple a tunes and it made my day and the festival.  What were you highlights ? I would like to hear from you.

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