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Middle Creek announces summer events

Middle Creek announces summer events

With the Conservation Heritage Museum now opened, it’s a great time to plan a trip out to Middle Creek.

Located just south of Kleinfeltersville, the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area has a full slate of events planned for this summer.

Middle Creek has over 100,000 visitors each year. Particularly as a location to find snow geese during their migration, it attracts both hunters and people visiting recreationally for photography, bird-watching, hiking and more.

Find the full summer event lineup below.

Pennsylvania Elk: 100 Years of Conservation (July 13 at 6:30 p.m.)

Get an overview of Pennsylvania’s elk management program and learn more about how this majestic creature was nearly exterminated before being reintroduced and nurtured back to healthy population sizes.

Raptors over the Ridge (July 16 at 10 a.m.)

Hawk Mountain Educators will be at Middle Creek to discuss the Kittatinny Ridge raptor point count survey that’s been going on for 87 years. Learn about the landscape of the Kittatinny Ridge sees thousands of raptors traverse it during the annual fall migration. Also, get a chance to meet live animal ambassadors!

Wildlife Art Show (Aug. 5 from 1 to 6 p.m., Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Following a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Art Show returns to Middle Creek, with talented wildlife artists showing off (and selling) their extraordinary artwork.

A Century of Bird Banding: Where We Started and Where We’re Going (Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.)

First started as a practice in the 1920s, bird banding remains in use to understand bird movement, even with the introduction of GPS transmitters that can record at a finer scale. Learn about the origins and value of bird banding, and hear about a Pennsylvania Game Commission initiative to study movement of Canada geese populations.

Plant Identification and Habitat Walk (Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.)

Join Middle Creek staff for a hike on the Conservation Trail to learn about the wildlife management area’s plants and their roles in the ecosystem.

Middle Creek Wild Goose Chase 5K Run/Walk (Aug. 27 at 9 a.m.)

The third annual Wild Goose Chase 5k will again benefit wildlife education and habitat management at Middle Creek. Find more information on how to register here (PDF).

Bird ID Hike with the Lancaster County Bird Club (Sept. 10 at 7:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.)

The morning session will be conducive to spotting fall migrants, particularly different warbler and migrating neotropical species. The morning hike will be about 1.5 miles. A second hike will be more leisurely and involve a trek out to Willow Point to see resident waterfowl and heron/egret species. Binoculars recommended! Come do one or both hikes.

The PGC’s Kestrel Conservation Initiative (Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.)

Learn about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts to conserve the American kestrel throughout southeastern PA. Kestrels are small falcons whose protection has been made possible through the teamwork of various conservation efforts.

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Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease – Hamilton |

Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease - Hamilton |

There’s some assurance going forward, as it relates to re-enactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek.

A motion approved by Hamilton city council directs staff to plan for delivery of an in-person event in 2023 that includes re-enactment activities and portrays in a “respectful and historically-accurate manner” all communities involved and impacted, including Indigenous Peoples.

The event is traditionally held on the first weekend of June at Battlefield Park, but did not take place last weekend because of COVID uncertainty. It was also put on hold in 2020 and 2021, due to pandemic restrictions.

Ward 5 Coun. Russ Powers presented the council-approved motion on Wednesday, citing questions about the re-enactment’s future.

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“This motion is offered as clarification and direction, on a recent issue that has prompted a significant reaction by multiples of hundreds of Stoney Creek and Greater Hamilton residents,” said Powers.

Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Hamilton’s director of tourism and culture, expanded upon recent questions about the future of the re-enactments, which are a 40-year tradition at Battlefield Park.

Brooks-Joiner said they stemmed from a recent meeting designed to gather ideas for the future.

“Unfortunately those ideas were misconstrued as decisions, where in fact, decisions had not been made on the 2023 event.”

She also stressed that the city continues to expand the provision of space for “the sharing of Indigenous stories and voices,” including the Soaring Spirit Pow Pow Festival at Battlefield Park, scheduled for June 25-26 of this year.

Several festivals and events returning to Hamilton this weekend

With Ontario expiring remaining mask mandates this weekend due to improving COVID-19 indicators, a number of Hamilton events are set to resume after a two-year hiatus.

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Ancaster Heritage Days will go on Saturday despite some construction delays at the new arts centre.

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The parade along Wilson Street is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday beginning at Academy Street and ending at Todd.

Sulphur Springs Road will host the soapbox derby between Wilson and Mansfield Road from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Concession Streetfest stage will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is anchored with shopping, food truck, car show and other entertainment along the thoroughfare between Upper Wentworth and East 25th.

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Meanwhile, the Barton Village Festival will offer similar elements along Barton Street between Victoria Avenue and Wentworth.

Three entertainment stages, an art and children’s zones will open at 11 a.m.

Also this week, the City of Hamilton has confirmed the return of Canada Day celebrations in Bayfront Park, ending with a fireworks display this July 1.

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