QUÉBEC, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Nature is at the heart of Canada's national identity. It is a heritage that Canadians can discover, protect, and enjoy.
The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this special occasion, a fun and educational circuit has been added to October's jam-packed programming. These educational activities allow the public to observe natural phenomena and obtain quality information about migratory birds, species at risk, and their habitats through on-site naturalist guides.
- 40th Anniversary Course: A new activity offered this year. With a game token, visitors can discover 40 years' worth of conservation efforts as well as the National Wildlife Area's best-kept secrets through 10 information stations. This self-guided course is available every day from October 6 to 28, 2018.
- Focus on the Geese: Following a 3000 km journey, greater snow geese have returned to Cap Tourmente. The National Wildlife Area serves as a rest stop for the geese, and it provides the resources they need to continue their migration. With a naturalist guide, visitors will be able to enhance their knowledge of this bird. Every day, until October 28, 2018.
- Bird-banding station: Specialists from the Observatoire d'oiseaux de Tadoussac band birds while an interpreter guide explains handling procedures and provides the public with information about the species. Banding allows valuable data to be collected for scientists. Every day, until October 21, 2018.
- The Wind in their Wings: With a naturalist guide, have fun discovering the challenges migratory birds face. Weekends, until October 28, 2018.
"I encourage the public to discover or rediscover the magnificent Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. It is by reconnecting with nature and better understanding it that we can, in our own way, ensure its conservation and protection."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Each year, nearly forty thousand people visit the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. In the past 40 years, over two million visitors have discovered this special place.
- In March 2018, La Petite-Ferme building, located in the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, was designated a national historic site of Canada by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
- The National Wildlife Area offers 20 km of hiking trails, varying from beginner to expert level, some of which are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- The National Wildlife Area is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., until October 28.
- Located less than an hour away from Québec, the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is part of Environment and Climate Change Canada's network of protected areas, which includes 54 national wildlife areas and 92 migratory bird sanctuaries.
- Video of the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
- Map of the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area's hiking trails
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caroline Thériault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]