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Bird protection Quebec

Located in south-western Quebec, the property is Bird Protection Quebec’s latest acquisition, having been purchased on August 13, 2018. It is made up of approximately 87 acres of mixed habitat along the north-east side of Montée Biggar, and consists of the five lots outlined in red on the map below.

 Description:

 This newly protected property is located north-west of the city of Huntingdon, Quebec in the municipality of Godmanchester. Montée Biggar runs north-west between Ridge Road and 4e Rang and is approximately 2.25 kilometers in length. The property has a rich and diverse habitat consisting of a mixed closed canopy forest, scrubland and open fields, with a small stream running through it

Montée Biggar is one of the best known birding spot in south-western Quebec with hundreds of birding enthusiasts visiting the road each year.  In 2018, 124 species of birds were recorded on this property.  E-Bird reports for the last 10 years show no less than 174 species reported here. It is perhaps best known as having favourable habitat for both the Golden-winged Warbler and the hybrid Brewster’s Warbler. Many interesting species have been found breeding on the site, including Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Field Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, as well as numerous species of warblers

Public Access: 

Montée Biggar is a gravel road that is accessible to the public throughout the spring, summer and fall. The road is closed during the winter months. There are presently no marked trails on the property so it is recommended to remain on the road itself.  Land management plans will be developed over the next few years that may result in the creation of a limited number of trails.  However, there is a very high tick presence, as well as wild parsnip, prickly ash, poison ivy, and more – all good reasons to stay on the road.  Parking is available on the shoulder at several spots along the road.

Bird Protection Quebec is the operating name for the Province of Quebec Society for the Protection of Birds Inc. The society was founded in 1917 and is the oldest bird conservation oriented charity in Canada. 

- We advocate in a non-partisan way (see below) for the environment and on conservation matters.  We give significant financial grants to important ornithological research projects in Quebec – this is a unique thing for groups like ours and one that is of growing importance as the traditional sources of finance become less willing or less able to work with environmental scientists.

-We work with major national and provincial organisations such as Nature Conservancy Canada and Regroupement Québec Oiseaux to preserve and protect wildlife habitat  We own and manage a number of bird sanctuaries in Quebec, including one that is recognized as being of “International Significance” We run weekly guided field trips to bird-rich sites which we invite the public as well as our members to join and thereby to get close to and learn about birds and their importance.  

-We have monthly lectures on bird-related topics at no charge to anyone

-We run an educational program in collaboration with local environmental educators etc. We provide information and valuable data on birds and bird habitats to individuals and organizations that can use it.

-We promote and encourage the public to join in with many citizen science projects of immense importance – including running two Christmas Bird Counts, a huge undertaking that we have done for decades.  We do all of this solely with the hard work of volunteers and thereby keep our overheads as low as possible.

For more information about the Montée Biggar Bird Sanctuary, and Bird Protection Quebec, please contact us by telephone at 514-637-2141, by e-mail at birdprotectionquebec@gmail.com or visit our webpage at www.birdprotectionquebec.org