Sunday, March 01, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Monthly Lecture, Meeting"

Lecture – Designing Wildlife Corridors: Examples from the Northern Appalachians
With: Louise Gratton , founding member of The Appalachian Corridor and board member of Two Countries, One Forest and a long time Science Director of Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Monday, March 2, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Kensington Presbyterian Church, 6225 Godfrey Ave., Montreal, NDG
Monday, January 5 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Northern Appalachians are one of the most intact temperate broadleaf forests in the world. However, well-established farms, increased second-home development, and new roads threaten to fragment this extraordinary region into a series of disconnected ecological islands. In 2008, Wildlands Network, Two Countries One Forest, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations identified a set of landscape linkages that are essential for regional-scale movement of wildlife and to maintain ecological processes between large blocks of habitat. A network of partners was convened to share information and mobilize action in those linkages. Two of these critical linkages are found in Quebec: The Northern Green Mountains and the Three Borders. Conserving and restoring connectivity is a challenging undertaking, but according to scientists it is the best way to mitigate the impacts of habitat fragmentation on wildlife populations and biodiversity.

Louise Gratton has an MSc in Biology from UQAM and 35 years experience working in ecology and conservation, including 12 as Science Director of Nature Conservancy Canada, Quebec region. She has worked with federal and provincial agencies, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, promoters, and landowners across Quebec. Louise is a founding member and acting secretary of the Appalachian Corridor and has been on the board of Two Countries, One Forest from its inception. Both organizations focus on the protection and sustainable development of the Northern Appalachians ecosystems. She has received several awards recognizing her commitment to biodiversity conservation.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip Report" February 28

A total of 21 brave people (including myself and two others who arrived late) came to this morning's BPQ field trip, even with cold temperatures at Bois de Héritage Nature park. We even had a nice young couple from South Africa who joined us.The key to finding the birds today was finding warm areas protected from the cool wind. Also more working is involved in winter to see many species, which is not the case between spring and fall. Courtship rituals were often observed by our non-migrating species as well.  We also took a few minutes to search the cemetery, located next to the park, to see if any owls were around hiding in the trees. Visited the southern part of the park (between Sherbrooke and Notre-Dame) before returning to the chalet for snacks and warmth, and continuing on the northern part of the park. A total of 20  species of birds were  observed by the group this morning. - Joel Coutu

1 American Kestrel, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Downy Woodpecker, 5 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 17 Black-capped Chickadee, 5 White-breasted Nuthatch, 5 American Robin, 2 European Starling, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 2 White-throated Sparrow, 5 Dark-eyed Junco, 19 Northern Cardinals, 4 House Finch, 12 Common Redpoll, 1 Hoary Redpoll, 5 American Goldfinch, 5 House Sparrow

1 Crécerelle d'Amérique, 8 Goéland marin, 4 Pic mineur, 5 Pic chevelu, 1 Grand Pic, 1 Geai bleu, 2 Corneille d'Amérique, 17 Mésange à tête noire, 5 Sittelle à poitrine blanche, 5 Merle d'Amérique, 2 Étourneau sansonnet , 1 Bruant Hudsonien, 2 Bruant à gorge blanche, 5 Junco ardoisé, 19 Cardinal rouge, 4 Roselin familier, 12 Sizerin flammé, 1 Sizerin blanchâtre, 5 Chardonneret jaune, 5 Moineau domestique

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sightings for Thursday February 26

Montréal (St Laurent): Snowy owl (harfang des neiges) on service road on top of billboard, intersection of Hwy 40 and 13. - Brano Kovacevic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Saturday, 28 February – samedi 28 fevrier
Montréal, Secteur-Bois-de-l’Heritage, Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux- Prairies


Guide: Joël Coutu 438-930-5092 – e-mail 

8:00 a.m. Take Boul. Metropolitain (Highway 40)east toward the northeast end of Montreal Island. Exit at Henri-Bourassa and travel east to Sherbrooke Street. Turn left (northeast) on Sherbrooke and proceed approximately 1.2 km to Ave.Yves- Thériault and turn left(northwest). Follow ave. Yves-Thériault as it turns right then left to the corner of Jovette-Bernier. The park is across the street. If you don’t have a parking permit for the nature parks, parking is available on the streets in this area. Meet at the Chalet. The park has a variety of habitats. Looking for feeder birds, winter finches. Owls have been seen in the past. Half day.

8 h 00. Prendre Boul. Métropolitain (autoroute 40) direction est vers l’extrémité nord de l’île de Montréal. Prendre la sortie Henri-Bourassa et continuez vers l’est jusqu’à la rue Sherbrooke. Tournez à gauche (nord-est) sur la rue Sherbrooke et de continuez environ 1,2 km jusqu’à l’avenue Yves-Thériault et tournez à gauche (nord-ouest). Suivez l’avenue Yves-Thériault qui tourne à droite puis à gauche au coin de Jovette-Bernier. Le parc est de l’autre côté de la rue. Le stationnement est disponible dans les rues du voisinage. Le lieu de rendez-vous sera au Chalet. Le parc a une variété d’habitats. Nous serons à la recherche d’oiseaux de mangeoires et de nos granivores hivernaux. Des hiboux ont été observés dans ce parc dans le passé. Demi-journée.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sightings for Saturday February 21

Montréal (St-Laurent): Snowy owl (Harfang des neiges) sitting on a lamp post at the junction of highway 40 and 13 - Barbara MacDuff
St-Joseph-De-La-Rive, Chemin de l'Anse: Varied thrush (grive à collier), Denise Lacasse, Pierre Normand, Paul Deschênes, Louise Lemoine, Francine Cauchon. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sightings for Wednesday February 18

Saint-Armand, 1449 Chemin Chevalier: Harris' s sparrow (Bruant à face noire) - Nicole Guénette, Lucien Lemay

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bird Protection Quebec "Field Trip"

Field trip (on snowshoes) Excursion (en raquettes)
Morgan Arboretum

Saturday, 21 February – samedi 21 fevrier
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Morgan Arboretum


Snowshoes Required / Raquettes Requises

Guide: Richard Gregson

8:00 a.m. Something different! We will use snowshoes to explore areas of the Morgan Arboretum not usually accessible in summer. Expect a 5 km hike with numerous stops to listen for birds. Looking for winter forest species including woodpeckers, raptors and with luck an owl. From Montreal take Highway 40 west. Exit at exit 44 (Morgan Blvd.). Turn left on chemin Ste-Marie. Drive 1.4 km to second stop sign (at Arboretum road). Turn right. Drive 1 km to Conservation Centre parking lot on left. $5.00 admission charge for non- Arboretum members. Half day.

8h00: Quelque chose de diffèrent, nous utiliserons des raquettes pour explorer des endroits qui ne sont pas normalement accessibles durant la période estivale. Attendez-vous à une randonnée de cinq kilomètres avec de fréquents arrêts pour écouter les oiseaux. Nous serons à la recherche d’oiseaux d’hiver, espèces forestières qui incluent les pics, rapaces et avec un peu de chance une chouette. De Montréal, prendre l’autoroute 40 ouest, sortie 44 (boul. Morgan). Tourner à gauche sur le chemin Ste-Marie et continuer sur une distance de 1,4 km jusqu’au second arrêt (rue Arboretum). Tourner à droite et rouler sur une distance de 1 km jusqu’au stationnement au Centre de conservation, situé à gauche. Frais d’entrée : 5,00 $ pour les non-membres. Demi-journée.
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