Dear Friends of Forêt-la-Blanche,
Another year comes to an end and we have succeeded in keeping the trails of the La Blanche Forest open to the public. Thank you for your continued support. We have invested in making the long boardwalk more secure and we have had to clean up the trails after several bad storms in the fall. We are proud of these investments and we hope to be able to maintain the trails in good condition throughout 2018.
As you may know, the normal opening hours of the Interpretation Centre are from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Someone is there to welcome you every weekend. In addition to the weekends of the 23 and 24 of December and the 30 and 31 of December, the Centre will be open on December 27-28 and 29. If you are thinking of enjoying some fresh air during that time, please come and visit us. If the snow remainsyou can come and snowshoe or you can come for a great walk in the woods.
I would also like to inform you that we are planning to host another snowshoe evening walk in the Forest on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Please mark the date in your calendar and we will send you more details in the new year.
Thank you for your support and have a great holiday season,
Friends of 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 email@example.com 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.