Bird survey on Kenauk property

Event Details

September 8th, 2017, 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Kenauk, Quebec
Inventories and Monitoring

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in partnership with Bird Protection Quebec (BPQ), to help with bird surveys at Kenauk property.

The surveys will be conducted in collaboration with birders who can identify most of the species’ songs. Only one hour and 30 minutes from Montreal, just north of Montebello, Kenauk is situated at the southern limits of the Canadian Shield in a landscape dominated by loon lakes and deciduous forest. This is one of the last regions in southern Quebec where extensive wilderness tracts remain relatively intact.

Four years ago, NCC and Kenauk Nature established a partnership for the conservation of the vast Kenauk property, a great historical and natural treasure. Steeped in Canadian history, the Kenauk property, which spreads over 260 square kilometres, once belonged to the famous Mr. Louis-Joseph Papineau. NCC is currently working to inventory the property’s flora, fauna and natural communities in order to document the rich biodiversity of this emblematic land.

This event will take place from Friday September 8th (evening) to Sunday September 10th  (before supper).

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Kenauk

The Kenauk property is a vast territory covered with forests, wetlands and lakes where a few rare plants species are present. Only one hour and 10 minutes  from Ottawa and one hour and 30 minutes from Montreal, just north of Montebello, Kenauk is located at the southern limit of the Canadian Shield in a landscape dominated by loon lakes and deciduous forest. This is one of the last sectors in southern Quebec where extensive wilderness tracts remain relatively intact.

What you will be doing

Weekend Schedule:

1) Friday September 8th :

6:00 - 7:00 pm – Arrival at Kenauk Nature. Robert Alvo will be at the Guide Cabin to welcome you so you can get settled either in the Guide Cabin or your pod.

7:30 - 8:30 pm – Orientation meeting, team and territory assignments at the Guide Cabin.

9:30 pm – Bedtime //

2) Saturday September 9th :

6:00 am – For birders arriving from outside the Kenauk Nature property, Robert Alvo will welcome you at the entrance.

6:00 am – Afternoon/Evening. Survey work.

5:00 - 7:00 pm – Check over Saturday’s data sheets and maps to make sure you filled out everything fully, and give to Rob.

6:00 pm - Supper //

3) Sunday September 10th :

6:00 am – For birders arriving from outside the Kenauk Nature property, Robert Alvo will welcome you at the entrance.

6:00 am – 3:00 pm - Surveys

3:00 pm – Check over Saturday’s data sheets and maps to make sure you filled out everything fully, and give to Rob.

4:00 pm - Depart Kenauk for home.

N.B. Each team will be free to manage their own time, including lunch and breaks.

Why you will love it

Kenauk is a unique, wonderful and peaceful place. A sanctuary for nature and bird lovers.

Questions?

Contact Marie-Andrée Tougas-Tellier: Marie-Andree.Tellier@conservationdelanature.ca

Please Note

We are very excited to follow up on the surveys that began in 2014, and would like to sincerely thank you for your participation.

Kenauk Nature is a privately owned property. There is a white barrier at the entrance, with the main offices and another white barrier just along the road to the right of the barrier. The main office is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you arrive during business hours you will enter Kenauk through through the second barrier that the office staff will open for you. If you arrive before or after opening hours, you will enter through the first barrier with a magnetic card. You will find the magnetic card in the small shelter beside the barrier. The card is in the Institut Kenauk box. The code to open the box is 6820. Please do not forget to put the card back in the box!

It is an 8-km drive north from the gate/offices to Whitefish Lake (Lac Poisson Blanc). The Guide Cabin (Chalet des Guides) is on the east side of the main road (on your right), next to the launch area for canoes and kayaks. Some of us will stay in the Guide Cabin for the weekend. Note the public bathrooms nearby and the phone booth. The later is the only communication source to the outside world, other than the offices at the entrance (cell service is very spotty). About 5 pods are located 100 m north of the boat launch, through the trees. Some of us will be staying in the pods. You’ll notice that on the west side of the main road is a large white-covered structure with the fish hatchery (piscicuture) and an older dark brown chalet.

The activity requires being in good enough physical condition to move around a flat topography without trails. The terrain may be wet in certain places. There might be ticks present in the area.

The surveys will take place rain or shine!

Location and directions : 1000 Kenauk Road, Montebello (QC) J0V 1L0 ; For directions, visit: http://kenauk.com/directions/

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Note: For birders participating in Saturday and Sunday surveys:
Accommodation, dormitory style, is available for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday). A limited number of beds is available. Please confirm your presence as soon as possible. A kitchen and bathrooms with water will be available. For people staying overnight, please bring sleeping bag, pillow, and food for all meals.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
Tools
  • Binoculars
  • Identification Guides
  • GPS (optional)
  • Spotting scope (optional)
  • Compass (optional)
Miscellaneous
  • Drinkable water (only non-drinkable water available at Guide Cabin kitchen and bathroom)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen