Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Summer Series of Birding 2009 - Trip #7 - SUNDAY, August 9

DATE: Sunday, August 9, 2009
TIME: 7:00 AM – Full day; combination driving/walking trip
MEETING PLACE: We will be departing from the Hudson Inn parking lot in Hudson,
Quebec located at Exit 17 off of Highway 40, in front of the food/gas complex which includes the Burger King restaurant. Please arrive a little early to be ready to depart for Ontario at 7 AM sharp. We have roughly a 70 km. drive from Hudson to our first stop of the day, so the
plan is to get an early start.

ITINERARY: The plan is to visit 4 different sewage lagoons in Ontario; St. Isidore, Casselman, Embrun and St. Albert. We are hoping for a selection of shorebirds and marsh-dwellers, together with whatever other birds we can find throughout the day. Exploring St. Isidore and Casselman should fill our morning. We will take a lunch break at the parking lot of the Tim Horton's in Casselman prior to heading out to our third and fourth stops in Embrun and St. Albert. You can bring along your lunch or pick up something at a number of restaurants located at the Cassleman stop. We will park at each of the lagoons and explore them on foot with St. Albert being the largest of the four sites.

Be advised that these lagoons are located in wide open and exposed areas, away from any facilities. They provide very little in the way of shade from the hot sun, or shelter from any possible rainfall. Therefore dress accordingly and bring along plenty of fluids.

If you have portable two-way radios, please bring them along. Car-pooling is highly recommended for this trip.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me by e-mail, or by telephone at 450-462-1459. If you run in to any delays on Sunday morning and think that you might be late, please call me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141. We will be leaving at 7 am sharp. You will have plenty of time to catch up to us at our first stop in St-Isidore so be sure to have the driving
instructions with you.

It is difficult to say how long this trip will be. That will depend on how willing the birds are to co-operate. However, if you have to leave ahead of the group at any point in the day, there is easy access back to Highway 417 from any of the sewage lagoon locations.

We look forward to an exciting day on Sunday - Sheldon

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