The Hidden Faces of Nightlife!

Event Details

June 17th, 2019, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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

Come discover the mysterious world of nocturnal wildlife! Accompanying an ornithologist, you’ll visit the Bristol’s Greater Marsh area to monitor and track the endangered Eastern Whip-poor-will. This unique bird is on the brink of being designated threatened and/or vulnerable in Quebec, making our observations critical to species management. Support this precious haven of biodiversity, and join us on our birding adventure!

If you wish to carpool, please click here. Safe travels, and we can’t wait to see you out there!

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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 track data about the rare Eastern Whip-poor-will. No experience or prior knowledge necessary: your motivation is enough!
A "Participant Guide" summarizing the target species and 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 nocturnal bird identification skills? This is your chance! The Greater Bristol Marsh area is home to many diverse nocturnal species, coming to life at night to make for an extraordinary nature walk experience.


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Please Note

We would like to welcome all members of the community by noting that this is a bilingual event.
Activity may be postponed to the 18th or 19th of June, if the weather is not favorable.
Presence of ticks in the area.
The meeting point is located at the Bristol Municipal Office (32 Aylmer Road, Bristol, QC J0X 1G0).

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged

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