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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Celebrating weeds (not weed)

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Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.

Please

let

your

milkweed

grow.

I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes

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Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route

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Ashley Graveline

 


PHOTO: KATE ALEY

As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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by: 

Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

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