Thursday, July 01, 2010

Summer Series of Birding 2010 - Trip #2 - Saturday, July 3

This Saturday, July 3 at 8 AM we will be returning to the spot where the very first Summer Series of Birding trip was held back in June 2004. We'll head to the South Shore to visit Parc de la Frayere (MAP) in Boucherville. This is a Ducks Unlimited site, with an excellent variety of birds and habitats.

LOCATION: Parc de la Frayere, boul. Marie-Victorin, Boucherville (FREE PARKING)
DATE: Saturday, July 3, 2010
TIME: 8 AM - Half day trip

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: The site is a little less than 30 minutes from the South Shore side of the Champlain Bridge. From Montreal, take the Champlain Bridge, to the first exit (Exit 6) off the bridge. Follow Highway 20/Highway 132 EAST, heading towards
Varennes/Longueuil). Continue east on Highway 20/132. Note that Highway 20 and 132 split at Exit 15 for Quebec City/Hippolyte-Lafontaine Tunnel. Stay to the left at this exit, continuing east on Highway 132. Continue past the exits for de Montarville, de Montbrun and chemin du General Vanier. The next traffic lights will be at Boul. de la Marine/Boul. Lionel Boulet (Highway 229). Turn left at the traffic lights on to Boul. de la Marine, heading north towards the waterfront. Continue north, cross the railway tracks and turn left at the traffic lights at the corner of boul. Marie Victorin. Continue on boul. Marie Victorin, past the massive hydro pylons. You will see an entrance road into the parking lot for the Parc de la
Frayere on your right. There is a large Ducks Unlimited sign at the entrance to the parking, but a little difficult to see from the road.

SITE DESCRIPTION: There are five distinct habitats at this one location, all within very easy walking distance: open water, shoreline, a marsh, open fields, and wooded trails with small streams and ponds. All paths and trails are easily accessible.

Washroom facilities and picnic tables available on-site. Insect repellent is recommended. Spotting scopes will be very helpful, particularly on the waterfront.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 450-462-1459. On Saturday morning you may reach me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141.

Sheldon Harvey

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