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Bird ID Hike at the Morgan Arboretum

Date of the hike:    Sunday 26 April 2015

Location:                Arboretum Morgan

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Back by Popular Demand – Chris Cloutier, Naturalist at the Morgan Arboretum

…..or shall we say Beak by popular demand as we  have naturalist, Christopher Cloutier who will lead us on a 3.5 km trail through the Morgan Arboretum giving us tips and tricks for identifying birds. Chris earned rave reviews for his hike on Tree Identification and now we have an opportunity to learn about birds. If you have them, bring binoculars and field guides. If you have pictures on your cameras with birds that you want identified -bring them and Chris will solve your mystery.

The hike portion with Chris will be slower as we stop to listen and observe so Alan and his sister, Penny will lead us on another loop (3.5 or 5km) after Chris’s presentation for those who wish to hike at a faster pace and perhaps test their new found knowledge.

 

Date:  Sunday April 26

Leaders : Alan and Penny Gibb

Level : EasyBeginner  Levels of difficulty for hikes

Distance: 3.5 - 8 km 

 http://www.morganarboretum.org 

Please click here  by April 23rd if you are planning on attending so the Gatehouse staff and the naturalist will have an idea of the number of participants.  

Distance :Approx. 3.5 & up to 8.4 km.  with the option to cut out early if participants wish. 

Level: Easy -  Note -Trails can be muddy in areas so wear appropriate footwear. 

Note: Bring your drinking water as there is no potable water at the Arboretum.

$ Stop at the gatehouse and mention that you are part of the Ramblers hiking group. You will be given a pass (no payment necessary – RARA is covering the entry fee for fully paid members). Then proceed to the 2nd parking lot.  With this pass you are able to spend the entire day at the park (if it is nice weather, you may want to bring a picnic lunch). We will start the hike around 9:15 a.m.

Facilities: There is a washroom in the building by the 2nd  parking lot.

Carpool:

If you wish to carpool, meet at the Designer outlet parking lot on Hwy 342/Harwood (Fashionwear side) in time for an 8:35 am departure.  Dress for the weather, in layers and bring your water bottle.  

Directions:   Morgan Arboretum

                    150 chemin des Pins,  Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9

http://www.morganarboretum.org/fma/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=44       

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2015-04-26  Bird Identification at the Morgan Arboretum 

Date of hike: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Name of Trail (if applicable): mainly the yellow trail including Pullins Past­­ure

Leader(s) for the hike and # of hikers: Leaders - Alan and Penny Gibb with 41 members and guests including Christopher Cloutier, naturalist, and 3 other birding experts.

The Ramblers owe a big thank you to Christopher Cloutier, his dad, and Wayne Grubert and Christine Gibb for sharing their expertise and to the Morgan Arboretum for generously allowing our group to hold this type of hike.

Distance/approx. time:  approx. 6km in 2.5 hrs

Brief description of hike - Through forest and field, past quarry and a Boy Scout cabin,members and guests were given tips and tricks for identifying birds based on their flight pattern, birdsong/call and appearance. ­­Although the pace of the hike is much slower than usual, these naturalist led hikes tend to be a popular event.

Points of Interest/landmarks. In the winter, the barred owl raises its young in the same nest built and used by red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks in the summer months. As Chris Cloutier described it, “it’s like a time-share vacation home for birds”. The quarry has water in the spring attracting birds like herons to feed on the frogs - like fishing in a barrel. Even the parking lot proved to be a good spot to observe chickadees, pileated woodpeckers, hawks, crows and turkey vultures. . 

Seasonal availability: 4 season although it can be wet in spring                  

Access Point (noting facilities if available): Facilities in the Interpretive centre

PHOTOS

Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver and the participant guidelines, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all mem

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. 

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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