BIO-BLITZ AT THE FORÊT-LA-BLANCHE

Saturday, July 15, 2017

 

In order to develop better knowledge of the biodiversity of the Forêt-la-Blanche and to create a database on the species that can be found there, we invite you to join us on Saturday, July 15 2017 to participate in the first Bio-Blitz of the Forêt-la-Blanche.  Teams of volunteers will be organised to inventory the species found in pre-determined parcels of land.  You do not need to be an expert!  We are looking for friends of the Forêt-la-Blanche with a passion for vascular plants, including aquatic plants, trees, mushrooms and also bird watchers.  The Forêt-la-Blanche team will supervise volunteers and provide safety and data collection tips.

 

What to bring?  If you have guide books on plants, mushrooms or trees, please bring them.  If we cannot easily identify a plant in the field, we will take a photo that an expert can identify at a later date.  We will not be taking samples of the species.  Bring your binoculars, work gloves, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Coffee, muffins and soup will be offered throughout the day.

 

How to register?  To register please send an email to John McDonnell at info@foretlablanche.org and specify your interest (plants, aquatic plants, trees, mushrooms, birds or others (lichens, moss, fish, reptiles, amphibians, etc…)  For this first edition we would like to concentrate on plants,  but all information on various species are useful.  Given the nature of the data collected, all volunteers will need to sign a confidentiality agreement requiring that they do not divulge the location of endangered or vulnerable species.  Access to the site will be free for volunteers for the day.

 

How is the day going to unfold?  We are asking volunteers who have an interest in identifying birds to be on site early, around 7am.  Others should arrive around 9:30am but can arrive anytime during the day; the bio-blitz will end around 4pm.

 

What will we do with the data collected?  The data will be kept at the Forêt-la-Blanche and shared with the Ministère du Développement durable et de la lutte aux changements  climatiques (MDDELCC) as well as the Centre des données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec  in the case of rare plants.

 

All interested persons are asked to register prior to Thursday, July 13.

For more information please call us at 819-281-6700.

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Open House

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Whist Night

Teams of 4 wanted for Novelty Whist

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Doors open 6:30pm – Whist begins at 7:30 sharp!!!

Forêt-la-Blanche – 300 Ch. Saddler, Mayo

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The card game is very simple, so you do not need to be a good card player.

Teams play against each other, prizes for the winning team.

Guaranteed to be lively and fun!

$60 per team ($15 per person)

Why not create a theme for your team?

(ie. Same hats, same color t-shirts, etc.)

Cash bar: beer, wine, soft drinks

Snacks provided but feel free to bring your own. There is a bit of competition to have the best snacks at your table!!!

To register your team, please email: whistnight@foretlablanche.org

Or leave a message with Foret-La-Blanche: 819-281-6700

This is a fundraiser for the Friends of Foret-la-Blanche.

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A Winter Celebration of the Forest

The Friends of Forêt-la-Blanche are organising a day of activities at the Forest on Saturday, January 21, 2017. This is a fundraising activity for the Friends of the Forêt-la-Blanche.Come and join us for various snowshoe guided walks in the forest throughout the day and evening. Please note that you must reserve a space for any of the 3 walks that are proposed and that the number of spaces is limited for each walk.  We also offer the rental of snowshoes for children and adults.

Here are the details of the proposed activities:
 

For families:

-from 1 pm to 3:30 pm, come an enjoy a guided walk in the forest with an experienced guide, followed by hot chocolate and dessert served in the Pavillon;  children will participate in a craft activity around the theme: feed out birds in the winter
-cost:$10/adult ; free for children under 16
-to reserve your spot send an e-mail to raquettes@foretlablanche.org
-maximum number of participants:  20
 

In the evening:

-there are two departure times for the evening snowshoe walks with a guide in the forest: 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  After the walk you are invited to have hot chocolate and dessert around the campfire.
-cost :$10/adult, $5/children under 16.
-to reserve a spot please send an e-mail to raquettes@foretlablanche.org and specify which departure time you are registering for
-maximum number of participants per departure:  20
 
We hope to see you on Saturday the 21st,
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Trail maintenance postponed to Sunday

Please note that the trail cleaning planned for Saturday, October 22nd is postponed to Sunday, October 23rd because of the forecasted rain.

If you have any questions contact the centre at 819-281-6700.

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