Bird-watching Outings at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

QUÉBEC, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Every weekend from January 7 to March 11, and during the spring break from March 5 to 9, you can discover Environment Canada's Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, a site dedicated to biodiversity conservation. This wildlife area is the place to be for anyone wanting to get involved in, and learn a little more about the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk, and their habitats.

"The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is an ideal spot for all Canadians to enjoy the outdoors in winter, and particularly to discover the biodiversity of this unique Quebec ecosystem," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment.

There are 6 km of groomed trails; follow any one of these at your leisure and take pleasure in observing over 30 species of birds. The Petit-Sault trail, which runs along a creek on the plain, leads you to the forest. Look for adventure along the Érablière, Aulnaie and Prucheraie trails, all equally fascinating.

Need to warm up? Stop at the Érablière shelter and chat with nature lovers who are passionate about conserving migratory birds. This wildlife area is about so much more than birds though: it offers countless natural attractions and beauties, including a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River.

Visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a parent, are admitted free. Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, located 45 minutes from downtown Québec, is part of a network of 146 protected areas aimed at protecting the critical habitats of wildlife species, some of which are at risk.

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SOURCE Environment Canada

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