Christmas Bird Counts

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Seasons Greetings Pontiac Birders,
 

Reminder of upcoming Christmas Bird Counts! 4 opportunities to participate. Here are the dates and organizer contacts:
 
December 17 - Allumette Island, Vince Agnesi (sheenbirder@gmail.com)
December 21 - Quyon/Shawville, me for Bristol-Shawville area. Mo Laidlaw for the Quyon sector, molaidlaw@videotron.ca
December 29 - Calumet Island and area, Gérard Desjardins- info@coo.qc.ca
January 2 - Breckenridge, molaidlaw@videotron.ca
 
I usually say there are two ways to participate but there are actually three!
 
1. Watch your feeders and/or hike your land. If you live within the area of the bird count you can simply count the maximum number of a species you see in a day (or however much time you have to watch!) If you are not sure if you are in a count circle, you can contact me and I will send you a map or you can find maps on the COO website
http://www.coo.qc.ca/activites/RecensementsDeNoelOutaouais.php
Results can be sent by email or phone to organizers. Contact them for a handy species list. And encourage others to do so as well!
 
2. Join a road team! The more people we have willing to drive or be driven on the back roads or walk through a village or trail, the better our count will be. Contact the folks listed above for details of where to meet. Even if you just have half a day free, your participation would be appreciated.
 
3. Ah, yes! The third way is about "wiggle room". Species NOT seen on the count day but observed in the few days before or after the date can be included! So keep your eyes and ears open and encourage friends and neighbours to do so as well. Last year we got to count a Snowy Owl observed by Paul Hodgins near Shawville (and learned about through Facebook connections!). Sometimes fairly common species like Ruffed Grouse or Pileated Woodpeckers make themselves scarce on count day so those types of observations are much appreciated as well.
 
Waterfowl observations may be a little sparser this year, as the freeze-up appears to be upon us, although we know weather can change rather abruptly!
 
As usual, I encourage you to sign up to eBird as a way to share your observations and contribute to global knowledge of bird populations. Project Feederwatch (http://feederwatch.org/) is also an activity to consider. Joining the Club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais, COO, is another a great idea!
 
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
 
Keep warm and keep watching!

 
Deb
819-647-2910

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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