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How to be a (better) birder

The Morgan Arboretum is offering two separate workshops aimed at helping you to become a better birder or to get started in this wonderful hobby. You can attend one of these outings, or both.

The instructors are Dr. Richard Gregson of Bird Protection Quebec and Arboretum Naturalist Chris Cloutier.

Birding Basics
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9 am – 12 pm

Have you always wanted to know more about birds and be able to identify them but don’t know where to start? Spend a morning or two learning on the best of all pastimes.

Birding has gained momentum in recent years with people of all ages getting involved. However, identifying and observing our feathered friends can be quite challenging and even frustrating at first, but, once you get the hang of it, birding is a very rewarding, relaxing and challenging pastime that keeps you coming back for more.

Topics that will be covered include:

- What is a bird? Why birds matter?
- Identification and field marks
- Habitat and song
- Tools of the trade (optics, field guides, cameras)
- Citizen science/conservation
- Life lists and internet resources
- Bird photography
- Birding clubs and associations

The majority of this workshop will be held indoors. All experience levels welcome.

This Just In... Spring Migration Walk
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 8 am - 12 pm

The best way to become familiar with birds is to head out and observe them.

Come and search far and wide for as many spring migrants as possible. Learn about their natural history and discover the diversity of bird life here at the Morgan Arboretum. Bring your binoculars, water bottles and field guides. (Note: this workshop involves a walk of nearly 5 km).

Cost:

Member          One workshop            Both

Adult                $15                               $25

Child                $10                               $15

Non-member             

Adult                $20                              $35

Child                $15                               $25

Space is limited, don’t wait to register.


 

Nocturnal Rummage
This activity is offered as part of the second edition of Quebec’s Nature Days, an event that promotes nature interpretation.
Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? Join our resident naturalists Chris Cloutier and Scott Pemberton as we explore the Arboretum after dark. Come and discover the secret life of those nocturnal creatures which we seldom see.

Language: English and French

Bring your flashlights and headlamps on this 3 km walk.

Free entrance, donations are welcome.


 

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. 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 http://www.rascmontreal.org/
Entrance is free. No reservation required. Meet at the Conservation Centre of the Morgan Arboretum.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:14