Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Series 2012 - Field Trip #5 - Saturday, July 28

For this week's Summer Series trip we will visit some locations that we last visited back in the 2009 Summer Series, beginning with the sewage lagoons in Mercier, then the dam at Ste-Martine, on to St-Louis-de-Gonzague and then to the marsh at St-Timothée.

DATE: Saturday, July 28
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half day; combination driving/walking trip
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot of the new Tim Horton's at 611 boul. St-Jean-Baptiste (Highway 138) in MercierHere is a Google Map link showing the meeting place

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: Coming from Montreal, take the Mercier Bridge to the South Shore. Stay right coming off the bridge on to Highway 138/132W through the towns of Kahnawake and Chateauguay, continuing aross Highway 30, into the town of Mercier, The new Tim Horton's will be on your right at 611 St-Jean-Baptiste.

NOTE: Distance from the south end of Mercier Bridge to the Tim Horton's is approximately 11 kilometers.

ITINERARY: We will begin the day looking for shorebirds, ducks, etc. at the Mercier Lagoons and at the dam in Ste-Martine. From there, we will drive some interesting farmland backroads to the bridge at St-Louis-de-Gonzague on the Beauharnois Canal and on to the marsh at St-Timothée. The longest walking segment of this outing will be at St-Timothée. Time permitting we may stop at MacDonald Street in Maple Grove to look for the Caspian Terns that nest in the area.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me by e-mail, or by telephone at 450-462-1459. On Saturday morning you can reach me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141. The forecast at this point is for some rain on Saturday, so be prepared. We may extend a bit beyond lunchtime, so you may wish to bring lunch. If you have walkie-talkies, please bring them. They are very useful on driving trips such as this. -Sheldon

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