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Birding Open Houses at Almonte Lagoons Observation Tower

Each autumn, tens of thousands of shorebirds migrate through our area from their nesting grounds in the high Arctic. Hundreds stop off to feed and refuel at the Almonte Lagoons behind the waste water treatment plant on Wolf Grove Road near Almonte.

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) have built and maintained an observation tower overlooking the lagoon, and a trail into the tower. For fifteen years, birders from all over the Province and beyond have made this prime location, for shorebirds and other species, one of their important viewing spots. The 200 m trail in to the tower also holds many fall warbler and sparrow species.

On four consecutive Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s Birding Committee invites you to walk in between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M and view the multitude of shore birds .

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 a spotting scope will be on the tower and will give all who attend an opportunity to learn the identity of the different birds and tell a bit about them. Birding experts will include Mike Jaques, Sept. 7; Ken Allison, Sept. 14 and 21; and Ray Holland, Sept. 28.

Directions to the trail and tower: from Almonte, take Wolf Grove Road (County Rd. 16) towards Middleville, 2 km. Turn north onto Ramsay Concession 8 at the Auld Kirk church and cemetery, and travel approximately 100 m to the trail head. The trail entrance is on Ramsay Concession  8, across the road from, and just past, the cemetery. A small yellow sign marks the entrance.

For further information contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or

Reminder of birding open houses at Almonte Lagoons

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

MVFN’s 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.

Photo 1 Almonte lagoons open house 2015 (1280x1023)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

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 (Sept 16), Ken Allison (September 23 and Oct 7) and Mike Jaques (Sept 30).

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

 

 Birding Open Houses at Observation Tower Almonte Lagoons

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s Birding Committee invites you to attend one of the open houses at Almonte Lagoons observation tower.

Walk in and view a multitude of shore birds in migration. An expert birder with spotting scope will be on site.

Dates:   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on 4 Wednesdays: September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2015.

Directions: From Almonte, take County Rd 16 (Wolf Grove Road) towards Middleville, 2 km. Turn right (north) onto Ramsay Conc. 8 at the Auld Kirk, travel 200 m. Trail entrance is on Ramsay Conc.  8, across the road from Auld Kirk Cemetery.

An MVFN ‘greeter’ will be on hand to give directions to the tower.

For further information call or email Cliff Bennett at   613-256-5013 or

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