Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bird Protection Quebec's Monthly Meeting

Monday, October 4, 2010, 7:30 PM

Location: Knox Cresent Kengsington and First Presbyterian Church
625 Godfrey ave NDG (between Grand blvd and Kengsington ave
1.5 blocks north of Sherbrooke ave bus #105

The Ottawa Valley:
Newly Protected Areas in the Province of Quebec

With Joël Bonin

We start a new fall season with a well-known friend of BPQ and a subject dear to our hearts. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been active in acquiring new natural sites along the Ottawa River over the past 10 years. Some BPQ members are familiar with Breckenridge, a 600-acre farm and woodland facing the river where the Loggerhead Shrike recovery program was undertaken in early 2000 with assistance from our Society. Half a dozen sites have been added since then, with recent field work revealing some of their natural features. The speaker will guide us through the network of protected areas from Gatineau/Ottawa up to Fort William. We will discover the Kettle Island swamp forest, the alvars open flat rock habitat in Aylmer, the Quyon and Brystol shorelines, as well as the forest stands at Grand Marais, Clarendon and Fort William. An update on the Breckenridge program will also be on the agenda. Volunteers from the Outaouais birdwatching club are monitoring several of these sites and you are invited to join forces with them to increase our knowledge of these new sanctuaries.

Joël Bonin is an ecologist and herpetologist (salamanders). His first mandate with NCC was in 1989 in Covey Hill while completing a Master’s degree with Roger Bider from McGill University. He helped out with the management of the Philipsburg Sanctuary, banded birds on Île-aux-Basques and has taken part in the Mount Royal bird count, among other things. Land protection is his passion and he will share it with any others who want to preserve the natural world for the future

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