Day and date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Title: Conference on the Barred Owl by François Morneau, biologist

Description: François Morneau is a retired and active biologist. After a long career devoted to in-depth studies on various groups of birds, particularly birds of prey, retirement led him to focus on the study of the Barred Owl’s breeding. Following a brief presentation of the specie, we will learn about the study he is currently conducting in Mont Saint-Bruno Park.

Location: Salle Pauline-Martel, Gabrielle Giroux-Bertrand Library (608, du Sud Street, Cowansville, John street entrance).

Time: 7:00 p.m. Carpooling is preferred for conferences and is organized on an ad hoc basis.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Person in charge: Ghislaine Delisle

Tel. : (450) 263-4556 ndelisle@sympatico.ca

Day and date: Sunday, February 23, 2020

Title: Birdwatching around Cowansville

Description: Change: Instead of going to the Jardin botanique, we will go birdwatching north and east of Cowansville, especially on the Granby side where there have been interesting sightings over the past 10 days: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Kingfisher, Robin, Cowbird, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron.

Departure: For carpooling, 8:00 a.m. from McDonald’s (de la Rivière street) in Cowansville.

Duration: To be discussed

Person in charge: Philippe Blain

Tel. : (450) 812-7774 philippeblain@gmail.com

Day and date: Week of 9 March 2020

Title: Boreal Adventure!

Description: ACTIVITY CANCELED; CARRY-OVER TO NEXT YEAR. We will travel from Cowansville to Chibougamau via Dolbeau to see Ptarmigan, Northern passerines, such as the Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, true finches, and possibly several raptors. The observation will be done along roadsides and by walking on snow-cleared roads. We will take the Mauricie road to stop at Dolbeau in Lac St-Jean, and stay in a good hotel. The next day, we will make a round trip to Lake Mistassini.

Pre-registration and carpooling required: the excursion will not take place without a minimum of 4 participants.

Cost: The approximate price would be around $300 per participant including transportation, lodging and meals.

Departure: to be agreed upon

Duration: 3 to 4 days

Person in charge: : Philippe Blain

Tél. : (450) 812-7774 philippeblain@gmail.com

Day and date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Title: Richelieu / Lacolle / Venise-en-Québec / Noyan

Description: (Previous activity canceled) Description of new activity: Change of course! We will go see the ducks, Snow Geese and Killdeer that have arrived on the Richelieu River near the border. We will head towards Rang Barbotte (Road), Lacolle, going by Venise-en-Québec and Noyan. Bring your lunch.

Departure: For carpooling, 8:30 a.m. from McDonald’s (de la Rivière street) in Cowansville. 

Duration: All dayReturn mid-afternoon.

Person in charge: Ghislaine Delisle

Tel. : (450) 263-4556 ndelisle@sympatico.ca

or Philippe Blain (450) 812-7774 philippeblain@gmail.com

Day and date: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Title: OUTING CANCELED. Observations on the Haut-Richelieu River

Description: COVID-19  obliges, this activity is canceled. The first waterfowl gatherings occur on the Richelieu River and the surrounding lands at Henryville and Noyan. This is also a good time to observe raptors and the first returning passerines.

Departure: For carpooling, 8:00 a.m. from McDonald’s (de la Rivière street) in Cowansville.

Duration: All day, dinner at the restaurant.

Person in charge: Alain Deschamps

Tel. : (450) 266-7761 alain.deschamps.01@videotron.caH

Day and date: Sunday, April 5, 2020

Title: Observations on Choinière and Coveduck Roads

Description: Each spring, the flood waters in this area allow us to observe several species of ducks and other waterfowl. We will also keep an eye out for raptors and the first arrivals of spring.

Departure: For carpooling, 8:00 a.m. from McDonald’s (de la Rivière street) in Cowansville.

Duration: Half day

Person in charge:  Claire Caron

Tel. : (450) 242-1527 claire.caron123@gmail.com