Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Sunday, June 8 – dimanche 8 juin
NCC/BPQ Alfred Kelly Nature Reserve at Prévost/Piedmont
Guide: Richard Gregson e-mail

This week we shall be visiting the wonderful Alfred Kelly Nature Reserve where, if the birding gods are shining on us, we shall see Peregrine Falcons on the cliffs. If you have a spotting scope you might want to bring it with you as the Peregrine nest is well hidden high on the cliffs. This is a Sunday trip. 7:30 a.m. Meet at La Gare de Prévost which is located at 1272, rue de la Traverse, Prévost. Take Autoroute 15 north in the direction of St-Jerome; take the right fork in St- Jerome on Autoroute des Laurentides Ouest which in 2 km becomes Boulevard du Curé-Labelle/QC-117 N; in about another 7 km in Prévost turn right on Rue de la Station (sign for Saint-Hippolyte) and you will find the station in less than 100 metres. The following Google Map link will help give you directions from your home. ( ) Looking for raptors (hopefully Peregrine Falcons), warblers and other Laurentian Forest species in the new Alfred Kelly Nature Reserve, which you have read about in recent editions of the Songsparrow newsletter. Half day.

Note: Our walk will take us along a well gravelled and mostly level road through warbler rich woodlands to the base of the cliffs at Prévost where we will attampt to find and see the Peregrine Falcon nest (bring a scope if you have one). From there we will take a short woodland trail up a gentle slope to Lac Paradis and from thence to the area of last year’s Peregrine nesting site. Ravens will doubtless scold us. We will return more or less the same way later in the morning to the cars – however, a new trail runs from the lake through forest to the cars … but it is quite steep in parts so take that only if you feel up to it. This will be an optional extra. It passes through an area that seems to be amazingly rich with Thrushes of various species if Thrushes are your thing and if you would like the exercise. It’s a nice walk too.

7 h 30. Rassemblement à la gare de Prévost, qui est située au 1272, rue de la Traverse, Prévost. Prendre l’autoroute 15 Nord en direction de St-Jérôme. A la bifurcation de St-Jérôme, prendre la voie de droite sur l’autoroute des Laurentides Ouest qui, après 2 km, devient le Boulevard Curé-Labelle/QC-117 N; après 7 km, tourner à droite dans Prévost sur la Rue de la Station (direction Saint-Hippolyte), la gare est située à moins de 100 mètres. Le lien Google Map suivant vous aidera à obtenir l’itinéraire depuis votre domicile. ( ). À la recherche des oiseaux de proie (avec optimisme le faucon pélerin), des parulines et autres espèces de la forêt laurentienne dans la nouvelle réserve naturelle Alfred Kelly, qui a récemment fait l’objet d’articles dans le bulletin Songsparrow. Demi-journée.

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