HOWL 2022: Oct 21, 22, & 23

A Community of Ethical Wildlife Photographers

HOWL is a gathering of ethical wildlife photographers. We are fascinated by wildlife. We love cameras, and we care deeply about the sustainability of our planet. HOWL is a group of nature lovers that respect animals and their boundaries. We want to connect with other like-minded enthusiasts. Through our gathering, we hope to promote the philosophy of ethical wildlife photography and encourage more photographers to adopt ethical practices.

Covid Adaptations To The Itinerary

HOWL has made slight changes to make the gathering experience more covid-safe.

All social live music events will be outdoors at Bongopix Tavern.

Respect for Voluntary Masks

As long as no new health directives are introduced after April 27, 2022, it won't be mandatory to wear a face mask indoors. Let's keep in mind though, that some people may be immunocompromised, or have relatives that are vulnerable. We want attendees to feel welcome to wear face masks at any point throughout HOWL if they need the additional protection.

More Time Spent Outdoors

To help mitigate COVID risk, the social aspect of the convention has been moved outdoors. For instance: the live music performances will take place at the campfire at Bongopix Tavern. Attendees will also be able to enjoy coffee breaks outdoors.

Takeout Food Option

All meals will be served by the Mad Musher Restaurant. Howlers who do not feel comfortable dining indoors at the Mad Musher will have the option to pick up their meals in a takeout container and eat outside or in the comfort of their car/accommodation.

Cash-less Experience

HOWL will be 100% cash-less. Attendees buying drinks or merchandise will need to tap either a debit card or credit card. Drinks can also be purchased on a tab, and the tab can be paid remotely (credit card or e-transfer) by the conclusion of the convention.

Hand Sanitizer Readily Available

Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically available at all locations throughout the convention: at the Lester B Smith Building (presentation site), Mad Musher Restaurant (meal site), and at Bongopix Tavern (live entertainment site).

All social events and meals will be outdoors at the Bongopix Tavern fireside patio.

Photo: Sandy Sharkey

Friday, October 21, 2022

5:00pm-5:30pm: Meet-and-greet, Appetizers @ Mad Musher Restaurant (29588 Highway 60, Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

5:30pm-6:30pm: Dinner @ Mad Musher Restaurant

6:30pm-7:00pm: Move over to Lester B Smith Community Centre (32 Hay Creek Road, Whitney Ontario, K0J 2M0)

7:00pm- 8:30pm: Presentation by John E Marriott @ Lester B Smith Community Centre

9:00pm-11:00pm Live outdoor music at Bongopix Tavern (50 Galeairy Lake Road, Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

6:45am-7:00am: Continental takeout breakfast @ Mad Musher (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

7:00am-10:30am: Photography Field Trips in Algonquin Park

10:30am-11:15am: Brunch @ Mad Musher Restaurant (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

11:15am-11:30am: Move to Lester B Smith Community Centre (32 Hay Creek Road, Whitney Ontario, K0J 2M0)

11:30am-1:00pm: Presentation by Sandy Sharkey @ Lester B Smith Community Centre (32 Hay Creek Rd. Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

1:00pm-1:30pm: Coffee Break Outdoors

1:30pm-3:00pm: Presentation by Connor Thompson @ Lester B Smith Community Centre

3:00pm-3:30pm: Coffee Break Outdoors

3:30pm-5:00pm: Interactive Q-&-A panel with all HOWL speakers @ Lester B Smith Community Centre

5:00pm-5:10pm: Move to Mad Musher Restaurant (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

5:10pm-5:30pm: Appetizers @ Mad Musher Restaurant (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

5:30pm-6:30pm: Dinner @ Mad Musher Restaurant (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

6:30pm-7:00pm: Move to Lester B Smith Community Centre (32 Hay Creek Rd. Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

7:00pm-8:30pm: Presentation by Melissa Groo @ Lester B Smith Community Centre

9:00pm-11:00pm: Live fireside music at Bongopix Tavern (50 Galeairy Lake Road, Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

6:45am-7:00am: Continental takeout Breakfast @ Mad Musher (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

7:00am-10:30am: Photography Field Trips

10:30am-11:15am: Brunch @ Mad Musher (29588 ON-60, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0)

11:15am-11:30am: Move to Lester B Smith Community Centre (32 Hay Creek Rd. Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0)

11:30am-1pm: Presentation by Chris Gilmour @ Lester B Smith Community Centre

1pm: Final wolf HOWL and good bye, see you next year!

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Copyright image “The Mustangs” by Sandy Sharkey used with permission. Copyright Bongopix & Steve Dunsford images used with permission.

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