Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Summer Series of Birding - Trip #1 - Saturday, June 28

The spring field trips have ended and it's time to kick off the 11th annual Summer Series of Birding. For those of you not familiar with the Summer Series, we choose the destination of the field trip each week just a few days prior to the trip itself. The destination will be posted here, as well as on the BPQ Facebook group page as soon as it is chosen. Throughout the summer, I'll try to come up with a few spots that we haven't visited before, or that we haven't been to in a long time. Also if any rare birds show up in our region throughout the summer, we'll do our best to arrange outings to try to track them down.

To kick things off this summer, seeing as our most recent spring outings were driving trips a good distance from Montreal, we'll keep it local giving everyone an opportunity to come to an easy-to-get-to destination. We will be heading to the always interesting Parc des Rapides in Ville LaSalle. Here are the details:

DATE: Saturday, June 28
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. - Half-day walking trip
Meet in the parking lot at Parc des Rapides, corner of LaSalle Blvd. and 6th Avenue in Ville LaSalle (just east of Bishop Power Blvd.). Free Parking

Driving Instructions: Take Hwy 20 to the Blvd. de la Vérendrye exit. Heading west on de la Vérendrye, follow it to Bishop Power Blvd/Shevchenko. Turn left on Bishop Power Blvd and follow to the waterfront on LaSalle Blvd. Turn left on LaSalle Blvd. and follow it to the parking lot at the corner of 6th Avenue.
From the West Island another option is Highway 20 to the Angrignon Blvd. exit. Follow Angrignon Blvd which changes name to des Trinitaires at Newman Blvd. Continue on des Trinitaires to de la Verendrye Blvd. Turn right on de la Verendrye and follow it to Bishop Power Blvd/Shevchenko. Turn left on to Bishop Power and follow the instructions above.
Public transportation is available from the Angrignon Metro station. Check metro and bus routes for full details.

We will explore the park as well as the LaSalle/Verdun waterfront looking for songbirds, marsh birds, water fowl, gulls, terns, raptors, and whatever else we can find!.
If you have questions, please contact me at 450-462-1459, or on the BPQ phone line on the day of the trip at 514-637-2141, or by e-mail.

We look forward to another great summer of birding.

Sheldon Harvey

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