QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Environment Canada's Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (NWA) invites everyone to go birdwatching along the NWA's trails, which will be open every weekend from January 5 to March 10, 2013, and also during the spring break from March 4 to 8. The network of bird feeding stations, situated on 6 km of groomed trails, will give you a chance to see more than 30 bird species that regularly frequent the many feeding stations in the NWA. Remember your binoculars: on your next visit, you could see woodpeckers, nuthatches, Blue Jays and Pine Grosbeaks.
The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is an ideal spot for those curious to learn about the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk and their habitats. Would you like to get involved? This winter, interested visitors can participate in a project to monitor the birds that come to the feeding stations. There will be two departure times on Saturdays and Sundays: one in the morning starting at the Petite-Ferme parking lot and the other in the afternoon from the Érablière shelter. During these observation outings, a list will be drawn up of the species and number of individuals spotted. The data collected will go to Project FeederWatch, which is being run by Bird Studies Canada. This is a great way to take an active part in research being conducted to monitor bird populations!
You can end your winter outing with a stop at the Érablière, a heated shelter where you will be greeted by a team passionate about the conservation of migratory birds. Visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $4.00 per person. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a parent, are admitted free.
The Government of Canada is committed to the long-term conservation of biodiversity, and it collaborates with partners in the protection and conservation of species at risk and their habitat in Canada. The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, located 45 minutes from downtown Quebec City, is part of a Canadian network of 146 protected areas aimed at conserving important habitats for wild species, some of which are at risk.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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