Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
Saturday 31 Aug 06:30 - 16:00 (Participant: 40$ taxes included, Child 12 years old and younger: 25$ taxes included)
Cap Tourmente, one hour’s drive from Hôtel Château Laurier, is one of the favourite birding locations in the province, at all times of the year. It marks the northeastern end of the St-Lawrence’s lowlands. Its proximity to the St. Lawrence River combined with immense tidal marshes, cultivated fields and mixed forests makes it a prime area for migrant and nesting birds. No other birding hotspot in the province approaches the 300 species observed here (Under the name “RNF du cap Tourmente“ in eBird’s hotspots). Also, Cap Tourmente is of great historic significance, for it was here that Champlain established his first "habitation" in 1623 on the site near the entrance which is now referred to as “la petite ferme”. Price includes transportation and entrance fee (lunch not included).
Photo Credit: ECCC-RNFCT
Tadoussac, where birding and whale-watching meet
Saturday, 31 Aug 08:00 – Sunday, 1 September around 17 hours (Participant: 250$ taxes included, Child 12 years old and younger: 185$ taxes included)
A three-hour drive from Hôtel Château Laurier, Tadoussac has made headlines last spring, with daily warbler counts in the hundreds of thousands. Late August is a great time to visit, with fall migration well underway. Besides birds, you may watch several whale species including the beluga and blue whale. On arrival, we will bird from the coast at Grandes-Bergeronnes and Les Escoumins, before embarking on a 2.5 h boat tour in late afternoon - prepare for cold weather. On Sunday morning, birding at the bird observatory of Tadoussac (Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac), on the Dunes of Tadoussac. With a bit of luck, northwest winds will bring raptors by the hundreds. Price includes transportation, one boat trip, dorm (La Maison de la mer at Bergeronnes), breakfast on Sunday and a packed lunch for Sunday. Other meals unsupervised but transportation to the beautiful town of Tadoussac will be provided. Participants will be back in Québec City around 17:00 on Sunday 1 September.
Max. 48 persons.
Photo Credit: Neptune
Early Morning Bird Walks
Wednesday 28 Aug, Thursday 29 Aug and Friday 30 Aug, 06:00 - 08:00
Each morning, dedicated local birders will be available to take people to the Plains of Abraham, right next to the Hôtel Château Laurier (under the name “Plaines d’Abraham“ in eBird’s hotspots). At this time of year, the Plains and its mixture of tall canopy and shrubby areas may yield interesting migrant species. Pre-registration not required. Details at the registration desk. Free of charge.
Forêt Montmorency and the Laurentian Plateau
Monday 26 Aug 06:30-17:00 ($ TBD)
Located 70 km north of Québec City, the Forêt Montmorency is the largest teaching and research forest in the world (412 km2). Laval University’s Forestry and Geography faculty have been managing this boreal forest since many decades for wood production, wildlife conservation, teaching and outdoor activities. The bird communities are mostly made of boreal species with the presence of Bicknell’s Thrush as well (Under the name “Forêt Montmorency“ in eBird’s hotspots). We will visit adjacent areas where new precommercial thinning procedures will be tested as well as nearby largest private (Terres du Séminaire) land where a new setup of mobile preserve scheme dedicated to conservation was initiated in 2018. This tour is organized in conjunction with the International Bicknell’s thrush conservation Group. Please contact Yves Aubry (email@example.com) for information and reservations.
Photo credit: Forêt Montmorency