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Following the Northern Saw-whet Owl Migration

2017 schedule of English (E) and French (F) sessions:

Friday, October 20 (F); Saturday, October 21 (E); and Sunday, October 22 (F), 7:15 - 10:15 pm

Friday, October 27 (E), 7:00 - 10:00 pm

The McGill Bird Observatory (MBO), in collaboration with the Morgan Arboretum, invites you to join them for a night of discovery. Come and witness research in action with the MBO’s Northern Saw-whet Owl migration monitoring program. We will introduce you to the world of this magnificent little owl, where it lives, what it eats, and all about its migration. You will also learn about the owl banding program at the MBO, a non-profit group dedicated to research on and monitoring of migratory birds. The evening will include short activities and presentations suitable for the whole family. If the weather permits, and depending on the night and pace of migration, you may have the opportunity to watch the banding team in action as they band live owls.

We are also offering an opportunity to "adopt" individual owls.  For each adoption, we will issue a personalized 8.5" x 11" certificate including your name and a photo, plus details such as your adoptee’s age, sex and weight, and the date and time of its capture.  Additionally, you will be allowed to release the owl and we will provide you with any updates that we receive if the owl is subsequently captured or reported elsewhere.

Target audience:
Adults and children 8 years and older

Cost (tax and parking included):
$20/adult and $10/children (age 8 to 16)
Cash or cheque payable to “The Migration Research Foundation, Inc.”

Proceeds will support continued research, monitoring and education efforts by the McGill Bird Observatory. For more information on the Northern Saw-whet Owl migration monitoring program and the McGill Bird Observatory, please visit

Wear appropriate outdoor clothing for October’s cool and humid nights.

Bring your camera and a mug –a warm beverage will be served.

Please reserve (limited spaces): 514 398-7811


Fiery Foliage, the Arboretum’s Fall Forests

Saturday, October 14, 2017 or
Saturday, October 21, 2017
French 10 - 11:30 am; English 12 - 1:30 pm

Join a walk with naturalist Scott Pemberton to discover the natural phenomena of leaf colour change. Discover why and how it happens, and determine which trees produce your favorite autumn highlights.

Cost (tax and parking included):
Members: Adults: $5 / Children $3
Non-members: Adults: $12 / Children: $7

Bring your boots, water bottle and camera.

Please reserve (limited spaces): 514-398-7811

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Start at any time between 9:30 am and 12 pm

The Ramblers Orienteering Club invite you to their annual meet. Come and find your way across the forest using map and compass. Bring kids on a race through the woods.

No reservation

Halloween in the Haunted Forest
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 4 - 10 pm

Strange things are happening this Halloween at the Morgan Arboretum. The Orange Trail and the Chalet Pruche are open at night for this scary and educational event! Trick or treaters are invited to walk the Orange Trail and collect candy along the way from the spooky creatures of the forest.  Those who dare are invited to enter the Chalet Pruche, which is transformed into a haunted house every year around Halloween.

The Royal Astronomical Society Montreal Centre will also be opening the Observatory for all guests to take a peek at what’s up there! There will be extra telescopes on hand. One never knows what might pop up on this frightful night!

This fun family event mixes environmental education with a Halloween theme! Enjoy the serene peace of the forest at night, some fun frights and of course candy for all!

All ages welcome. Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Length of walk: 750 meters one way. 1.5 kilometers total.

Cost (tax and parking included)
Adults: $10 / Children: $5

Bring a flashlights or a headlamp and dress appropriately for the weather.

And don’t forget to dress up!

Trail Clearing Day
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9 am – 12 pm*

Rain or shine

Join the Friends as they clear the trails in preparation for the ski and snowshoe season. Light and heavier brush clearing will be tackled. Bring your own hand tools such as hatchet, bow saw and clippers, and pack a sandwich for an after work get-together lunch. Fruit juices and desserts will be provided.

* You might want to join the group of volunteers who will continue to work after lunch.

Nature Workshop Information

Registration: Most activities require advanced registration unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation, please contact the main office by calling 514-398-7811 (open 9 am - 4 pm). Payments can be made by cash or cheque at the gatehouse before the start of the event. Receipts can also be issued. We recommend that you purchase tickets ahead of time at the main office since many of the activities fill up quickly.

Cancellations: If the minimum number of participants has not been reached by the registration deadline, the event may be cancelled. Cancellations will be made at least 24 hours before the start time of the event and all of those registered will be informed by telephone. If we cancel an event, anyone who has already paid a fee will be given a refund.

When you arrive, please check in at the Gatehouse for more information on parking and starting locations.

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On Monday, August 12, at 8 pm, join the members of theAstronomical Society for a public lecture by Andrew Fazekas. Following the presentation, telescopes, including the Bellevue Observatory, will be available for the public to enjoy the evening's sky (weather permitting).

Bring something to sit upon, (chair, blanket, cushion…), mosquito repellant and binoculars if you have a set, to enjoy the celestial fireworks.

For up-to-date info, please consult
Entrance is free. No reservation required. Meet at the Conservation Centre of the Morgan Arboretum.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 20:47