Thursday, July 05, 2012

Summer Series of Birding 2012 - Field Trip #2 - Saturday, July 7

This coming Saturday BPQ will be conducting a special event featuring both birdwatching and an insect walk.

BPQ's Chris Cloutier, an Interpretive Naturalist, will be leading an insect walk in BPQ's Philipsburg George H. Mongomery sanctuary, looking for and identifying dragonflies and butterflies. His walk will begin at 10 am in the BPQ car park adjacent to the old motel just north of the border crossing on the east side of Highway 133 just north of the Philipsburg/Highgate Springs border crossing.

Bring binoculars, camera, field guides, an insect net if you have one, and your curiosity for a half-day walk to discover some fascinating winged critters.

Learn how to identify some of our most common species and find out about their incredible way of life.

For those wishing to arrive early, at 8 am, I will be leading the birdwatching outing, starting from the same location. We will explore the waterfront area of Lake Champlain and parts of the Philipsburg reserve until a little before 10 am. At that time, those wishing to participate in the insect walk can return to the motel parking to meet up with Chris for the 10 am start.

For those preferring to continue birding, we will head out east of the reserve along chemin St-Armand, exploring roads in the St-Armand, St-Armand Centre, Pigeon Hill and Frelighsburg regions.

For those wishing to participate only in the insect walk, please go directly to the motel parking for 10 am to meet up with Chris Cloutier.

So here is a summary:

For early birding:

8 AM - Meet at the old motel parking lot on Highway 133 in Philipsburg

For information on the birdwatching outing, please contact Sheldon Harvey at 450-462-1459, or on Saturday morning at 514-637-2141, or  e-mail

For Chris Cloutier's Insect Walk

10 AM - meet at the old motel parking lot on Highway 133 in Philipsburg

For information on the Insect Walk please contact Chris Cloutier e-mail

Driving instructions: From Montreal take the Champlain Bridge, Highway 10 east to exit 22, Highway 35 south to St. Jean to join Highway 133 south to Philipsburg. Continue past flashing light, cross to the east side of the highway at the motel. Note the small PQSPB sign; enter the motel drive, park in the BPQ lot just south of the motel.  MAP
Please note that the old motel was demolished recently, although the parking lot still exists. The Motel was on the left just before boulevard de la Falaise where you would make a U-Turn to get to the parking

Feel free to bring along your lunch, snacks, refreshments, etc. There are limited stores and/or facilities in the region.

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