Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Series of Birding - Trip #1 - Saturday, June 26

We begin the 7th annual Summer Series of Birding field trips this Saturday with a visit to a location we visited last summer. We will be heading 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 26, 2010
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half-day outing
MEETING PLACE: The parking lot at Exit 180 off Autoroute 40, at Yamachiche

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. 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 exploring the new boardwalk which was installed just last year. We will also walk through a wooded path leading to the waterfront of Lac St-Pierre. We will be looking for waterfowl and shorebirds at the waterfront. A scope will be useful on this trip, particularly at the waterfront. Insect repellent may be needed through the wooded area. This will be a half-day trip wrapping up by approximately Noon.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the very low water level in the rivers and lakes in our region this year, trips to this location by other groups in the past month or so have found large numbers of shorebirds along the waterfront.

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 at 514-637-2141.

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