Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Series of Birding 2010 - Trip #8 - Saturday, August 14

This Saturday's outing will be the final one in our 2010 Summer Series. We will be heading into eastern Ontario to visit four of the popular sewage lagoon sites. This has been one of our most popular trips in summers past and many of you have asked that we do it again this year. So, here we go!

DATE: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 7:00 AM – Full day; combination driving/walking trip
MEETING PLACE: We will be departing from the Hudson Inn parking lot in Hudson,

Quebec located at Exit 17 off of Highway 40. Please arrive early to be ready to depart for Ontario at 7 AM sharp.

We have roughly a 70 km. drive from Hudson to our first stop of the day, so thus the need for early start.

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: The driving route for the day is available in printed form in a file in the "Files" section of the Songsparrow group. The document includes links to the individual sewage lagoon information pages. Click on "Files" on the menu on the left of the group page. Look for the file called "2010-08-14 E.

Ontario Sewage Lagoon trip details".

ITINERARY: We will visit 4 different sewage lagoons; St. Isidore, Casselman, Embrun and St. Albert. We are hoping for a selection of shorebirds and marsh-dwellers, together with whatever other birds we can find throughout the day. Exploring St. Isidore and Casselman should fill our morning. We will take a lunch break at the parking lot of the Tim Horton's in Casselman prior to heading out to our third and fourth stops in Embrun and St. Albert. You can bring along your lunch or pick up something at a number of restaurants located at the Cassleman stop.

There is a fair amount of walking required at each site, particularly at St. Albert which is the largest of the four sites. Be advised that these lagoons are located in wide open and exposed areas, away from any facilities. They provide very little in the way of shade from the hot sun, or basically no shelter from any possible rainfall. Therefore dress accordingly and bring along plenty of fluids.

Spotting scopes are very useful on this trip. Also, if you have portable two-way radios, please bring them along. They are excellent tools to have on this type of trip.

Car-pooling is highly recommended as parking at a couple of the sites is limited. Cars may be left at the Hudson Inn parking lot.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me by e-mail, or by telephone at 450-462-1459. If you run in to any delays on Saturday morning and think that you might be late, please call me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141. We will be leaving at 7 am sharp. However you will have plenty of time to catch up to us at our first stop in St-Isidore so be sure to have the driving instructions with you.

This is generally quite a long day of birding and, providing that the birds cooperate, this trip should be no different. However, should you choose to leave the group at any point in the day, there is easy access back to Highway 417 from any of the sewage lagoon locations.

We look forward to an exciting day on Saturday. - Sheldon

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