Birding in Bristol!

Event Details

June 20th, 2019, 6:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Grand Marais du Bristol (Gatineau), Quebec
Inventories and Monitoring

Calling all early birds! We invite you to come visit the Greater Bristol Marsh with us for a morning of birding and checking in on our listening stations. Accompanying an ornithologist, we’ll be exploring a dozen sites with the potential to encounter rare or precarious bird species in Quebec. Support this precious haven of biodiversity, and join us on our nature adventure!


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About Grand Marais du Bristol (Gatineau)

This 1,104 hectare (2,730 ac.) property is roughly 80 km west of the Town of Gatineau, along the base of the Ottawa river and across from the Town of Arnprior. Made up of river shores, inland marshes, open alvars and mixed forests, this area’s wide habitat range attracts many at-risk species, including the eastern ribbon snake, tricolored bat, Blanding’s turtle and the endangered butternut tree.

What you will be doing

We'll be using the Quebec Breeding Bird Atlas inventory protocol to monitor and collect data on various bird species. No prior knowledge required: your motivation is enough!
A "Participant Guide" summarizing the target species and the inventory protocol will be provided to participants who wish to continue monitoring listening stations on NCC properties. Limited number of participant guides available: first come, first serve!

Why you will love it

Want the opportunity to practice your rare bird identification skills? This is your chance! The Greater Bristol Marsh is rich in biodiversity, and home to many habitats for rare and/or threatened species.


Contact Milaine Saumur:

Please Note

The meeting point is located at the town of Bristol municipal office, 32 Aylmer Road, Bristol, QC, J0X 1G0.
Carpooling can be arranged via Milaine, at or 1-877-876-5444 (ext. 6282).
Speakers are bilingual. Everyone is welcome!
Presence of ticks in the area.
Activity will be postponed to June 21st if the weather is not favorable.

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

We would like to thank the ornithologists joining us for this event, as well as the Outaouais Birdwatching Club (COO). The COO helped set up the listening stations and took stock of the potential sites targeted by the inventory project.

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:

  • Light-coloured clothes
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Participant Guide (provided by NCC)
  • Insect repellent to protect against ticks
  • Any necessary medications