Create close links with nature this summer at the Chambly Canal by taking part in BioBlitz Canada 150! Take part in a national inventory of fauna and flora for the Country's 150th anniversary. These activities are intended for Nature Nerds as well as families, Nature Nerds and groups of friends.

Interested? There are two ways you can take part. And it's free!


Green frog at the Chambly Canal
Painted turtles at the Chambly Canal

1) Independent observation with mobile application– Create an account on iNaturalist.ca and download the mobile app for smartphone created in partnership with Parks Canada. Then, take photos and make your observations throughout the summer during your walks along the canal. Join the movement and create your own Canada's "nature selfie". #Bioblitz150

2) Outings in the field with experts – With experts from COVABAR and the Haut-Richelieu Ornithology Club (French only), take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings. In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

To register, download the registration form  (PDF, 113 kB) and email it to us at info.canal@pc.gc.ca

Schedule and description of activities

Saturday May 20, 2017

Bird watching
from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Take part in a guided ornithological outing during which you will watch and identify between 20 and 40 bird species which live along the Richelieu river. Do not forget your binoculars!

from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Take part in the bird watching and identification activities offered for children and adults.

Public: family – ongoing


Friday May 26, 2017

Activity postponed to a later date due to weather forecasts

Nocturnal insects and amphibians
from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stop and listen to the croaking of the tree frogs, which will also be recorded, then catch and identify frogs and toads.

Public: adults and young people over 12


Saturday May 27, 2017

Reptiles
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Visit the numerous grass snake shelters and learn how to identify the species that cross your path.

Fish
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Catch fish with a seine net: the fish will then be weighed, measured and identified before being put back in the water.

Public: adults and young people over 12

Flora
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to identify the plants (bushes, trees and grasses) growing on Fryer Island.

Day-time insects
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Catch dragonflies and butterflies and identify them before you release them back into nature.


Saturday August 19, 2017

Quality of the water and of the river banks
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You will analyze various types of vegetable cover along the banks of Fryer Island to evaluate their quality index.

Benthic macroinvertebrates
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Using nets, you will catch insects, molluscs and other crustaceans which live in the lake located in the centre of the island and in the Sainte-Marie Canal, then identify them with binocular magnifiers.


Saturday September 16, 2017

Bird watching
from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Bird watching – Take part in a guided ornithological outing during which you will watch and identify between 20 and 40 bird species which live along the Richelieu river. Do not forget your binoculars!

from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bird watching – Take part in the bird watching and identification activities offered for children and adults.

Public: family – ongoing

 

NOTE: The activities will be postponed to the next day in case of rain. The land is uneven and the activities may take place off the walking trails; we recommend that participants wear closed shoes, trousers and a long-sleeved sweater. The meeting points for the various activities will be specified after registration.

Ornithological conference

An american redstart in the nature near the canal de Chambly
American redstart ©Réal Boulet, Haut-Richelieu Ornithology Club

Tuesday September 19, 2017
Fort Chambly National Historic Site
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join this conference on the Richelieu birds during which the ornithologists Réal Boulet from the Haut-Richelieu Ornithology Club will share the results of the inventories taken during the BioBlitz activities along the Chambly Canal !

Public: all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to reserve your place!

For Information and bookings:
Parks Canada Agency
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
info.canal@pc.gc.ca /514 283-6054
Registration form (PDF, 113 kB)


BioBlitz Canada150 logo at Chambly Canal

Thank you to our partners


 Haut-Richelieu Ornithology club logo
Covobar logo