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My First Birding Permit

April 29, 2010

You’ll never believe it. I am now the proud owner of a Bird Permit for the 2010 Bird Watching Season at Brighton Constructed Wetlands ONLY. (I really liked the addition of ONLY — added a nice touch to the permit). It’s laminated and signed by a certain D Willcott, who’s filling in for J.Phillips, from the municipality of Brighton. It’s all very exciting. Especially the laminated part. I went to Brighton last August, in the pouring rain, but we didn’t need a permit back then. We were greeted by an enormous man who goes by the name of Tiny. I wonder if I’ll get to see him again when I next end up in Brighton’s constructed wetlands. Tiny was sweet — he pointed us in the direction of a great breakfast place (also the ONLY breakfast place) in Brighton and told us to tell the waitress that Tiny sent us. We proceeded to do just that, and the service was nothing short of stunning. Believe it or not, we also saw the Mayor of Brighton that morning (I didn’t say hi because he had an entourage).

Brighton is here in Ontario, not in England (sadly). The main virtue of Brighton Ontario is its proximity to Presqu’Ile Provincial Park which is beautiful and has a great lighthouse (I seem to collect lighthouse sightings as well as bird sightings now). Some Canadian history trivia for you: In 1804, a ship called Schooner HMS Speedy sank right off the shore of the park. The remains of the ship were never found and neither were the bodies. Apparently the ship was bringing officials to trial in the new courthouse built somewhere in or near Brighton; nobody made it.

I must admit, I’m rather fond of my permit. I’ve put it in my wallet next to my health card and driver’s license. It feels so official — definitely the beginning of a New Life of a Somewhat Birder.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 7:40 pm

    I know what you mean. weird permits are cool. last year I really liked my fishing permit with the salmon sticker (an add-on for an additional $7). does yours allow you to hunt?

  2. April 29, 2010 8:15 pm

    No — i’m not there to *shoot* and eat the birds, just to look at them:)

  3. Fireweed permalink
    April 29, 2010 11:01 pm

    You need a permit to look at birds? Is this an attempt at crowd control or something?

    • April 30, 2010 8:50 am

      No, it’s an attempt to get $$ out of people! one permit/person now! (ah well, only 5$/permit, so no biggie). But the municipality figured out how to make a quick buck, i guess…

  4. April 30, 2010 7:36 pm

    I’ve long been in favor of a national birding permit that would pump some money into habitat preservation. For the moment, the Federal Duck Stamp is the closest thing we have, and every birder I know buys one religiously every July 1. The coolest permits of all, of course, are the ones NJ Audubon issues for the Beanery and Rea Farm–fancy stickers you can paste to your bins.

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