Reminder of birding open houses at Almonte Lagoons

Photo 1 Almonte lagoons open house 2015
Juvenile spotted sandpiper, one of the many shorebird migrants which may be seen at the Almonte lagoons at this time of the year. Photo by Howard Robinson

Every autumn, tens of thousands of shorebirds migrate through our area from nesting grounds in the high Arctic. Hundreds stop off to feed and ‘recharge’ at the Almonte Lagoons area behind the water treatment plant on Wolf Grove Road.

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s (MVFN) Birding Committee invites you to attend one of four birding open houses at the Almonte lagoons observation tower. MVFN built and continue to maintain an observation tower which overlooks the lagoons, as well as a short trail into the tower off Ramsay Concession 8. For fifteen years now, birders from all over the Province and beyond have made this location, a prime viewing spot for shorebirds and other species. While walking the short 200 m trail into the tower one can also see many fall warbler and sparrow species.

The open houses will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on 4 consecutive Wednesdays: September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2015. Walk in and view a multitude of shore birds in migration. On each of these occasions, you will be greeted at the trail start by an MVFN member, who will point out directions to the tower. An expert birder with spotting scope will be on site at the tower to give all who attend an opportunity to learn the identity of the different birds and a bit about them. Birding experts will include Ray Holland, Ken Allison and Mike Jaques.

Directions to the tower: From Almonte, take County Rd 16 (Wolf Grove Road) towards Middleville, 2 km. Turn right (north) onto Ramsay Concession 8 at the Auld Kirk Church and Cemetery. Trail entrance is on Ramsay Concession 8, across the road from Auld Kirk Cemetery.

For further information please call or email Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or bennett@magma.ca