Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Series of Birding 2010 - Trip #6 - Saturday, July 31

This Saturday we will be visiting an excellent birding area of the province for the first time ever in our Summer Series. We will visit the Lac St-Francois Reserve at Dundee, and the surrounding areas in the southwestern corner of the province close to the point where Quebec, Ontario and New York State

DATE: Saturday, July 31, 2010
TIME: 8 AM; Half-day (but feel free to bring along lunch)
MEETING PLACE: The Visitor Centre parking lot on Fraser Point Road at the Lac-St-Francois Nature Reserve in Dundee, Quebec. Calculate about 1 to 1.5 hours from Montreal to Dundee.

Driving Instructions: From Montreal, take the Mercier bridge on to Highway 138. Follow it through Châteauguay to Highway 132. Turn right on to Highway 132 and follow it to Beauharnois. In Beauharnois (before reaching the bridge and dam), turn left on Hwy 236 and follow it through St-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, St-Louis-de-Gonzague, and St-Stanislas-de-Kostka until it joins again with Hwy 132. Continue on Hwy 132 west through Ste-Barbe, St-Anicet and Cazaville. Continue approximately 8 km on Hwy 132 past Cazaville to chemin-de-le-Pointe-Fraser. Turn right on this road and meet at the visitor centre parking lot about 1 km along on the left.

NOTE: For those in West Island, for an optional route to avoid the Mercier Bridge, take Hwy 20 west to Exit 14 and cross over the river at Valleyfield on the Msgr. Langlois Bridge on to Hwy 201. Follow it to join up with Hwy 30 which then becomes Hwy 132 and continues west through to Dundee.

Itinerary: We will begin by walking the wooded areas, the marsh boardwalk and the observation tower from the welcome centre. We will also bird along the length of Fraser Point Road. We will then drive to the Great Egret Walk trail and explore it. From there we will stop at a few other excellent birding areas in the region including Gordon Road, a road known for its Sedge Wrens in the past.

Saturday looks to be a perfect weather day. If you need any further info, please contact me at 450-462-1459. On Saturday morning, you can reach me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141.

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