We begin the 9th annual Summer Series of Birding field trips this Saturday with a visit to Pointe de Yamachiche, located near the town of Yamachiche, on the north shore of Lac St. Pierre, north-east of Montreal, approximately 120 km. from central Montreal.
DATE: Saturday, June 23
8:00 AM – Half-day outing
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot at Exit 180 off Autoroute 40, at Yamachiche GOOGLE MAP
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Montreal, take highway 40 east, off the island of Montreal at the far eastern tip, on to the north shore. Continue on Autoroute 40 (direction Trois-Rivieres) to Exit 180. Just off the exit there is a parking lot for Pointe de Yamachiche. Parking is free. This will be our meeting point.
Calculate approximately a 90-minute drive to the meeting point, particularly if you are coming from the western part of Montreal.
ITINERARY: We will walk from the parking lot along the extensive boardwalk, then along a wooded path leading to the waterfront of Lac St-Pierre. There should be a good selection of songbirds in the woods and along the stream. At the waterfront we will be looking for waterfowl marsh birds and shorebirds. A scope will be useful, particularly at the waterfront. There was a field trip by another birding club to this location on June 9 which produced some excellent results. See their report
Insect repellent may be needed through the wooded area. The weather forecast for Saturday looks good at this point; sunny, high of 25. This will be a half-day trip wrapping up by approximately Noon.
Here is a link to a Quebec Natural Resources page about Pointe de Yamachiche
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by telephone at 450-462-1459. You can reach me on Saturday morning on the BPQ cellphone, 514-637-2141. - Sheldon