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'Dawn chorus' provides treat for area nature lovers

Special event Tuesday gives novice, expert birders chance to enjoy early morning at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, hot breakfast

Birds and breakfast might seem like an unlikely combination, but Jeanine Jankowski is betting it becomes a popular pairing.

The local entrepreneur is kicking off a "to do" experience next week that she expects will prove extra special for Ontario birders.

Jankowski, who runs the ToDoOntario travel website, has partnered with the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and Mom’s Restaurant to give both experienced and novice ornithologists a chance to check out the nature site during the early morning hours next Tuesday (July 27).

“This event is special as this early morning access inside the Wye Marsh is not available to anyone else, except their staff,” Jankowski said. “Even if you’re new to birding, this is still a birding experience like no other. It’s a stress-free morning activity.”

Space is limited to 15 people for the event, which begins at 6 a.m. with the “dawn chorus" as the marsh's occupants get ready to start their day.

From there, guests will enjoy a two-hour birding visit that also includes a 25-minute guided trail hike with the Wye Marsh’s staff and expert birder, Patrick Jackson. Jackson will help participants listen for, sight, identify and generally enjoy the reserve’s natural properties.

The Wye Marsh has been designated as an Important Bird Area providing habitat for a number of significant species including provincially threatened Least Bitterns, species of special concern Black Terns and the famous Trumpeter Swans (with the Wye Marsh population representing approximately 10% of the province’s entire population).

Following the Wye Marsh visit, attendees will jump in their cars for the short drive over to Mom’s Restaurant on William St. in Midland where they’ll enjoy full-serve, sit-down hot breakfast (gratuities included).

Costing $65 (plus HST), the package also includes a copy of Birding 101 (All About Birds Pocket Guide) and a binocular loan while at the marsh.

Jankowski’s website, which offers experiences and things to do, covers the entire province.

“It started last June,” said Jankowski, who also runs the more regional 400/11 website promoting central north day-trips and getaways.

“We’re creating experience packages,” she said referring to her latest incarnation, “and this birding and breakfast is the first one.”

More information on the birding and breakfast package (along with how to register) can be found here.




Andrew Philips

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Community Editor Andrew Philips is a multiple award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in some of the country‚Äôs most respected news outlets. Originally from Midland, Philips returned to the area from Québec City a decade ago.
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