18th Corvée mountain clean-up on May 10
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Invitation to the community!
Celebrate Mother Nature on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10
18th CORVÉE MOUNTAIN CLEAN-UP
“Take action for Mount Royal's biodiversity”
The Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up event signals the return of springtime on the mountain! Les amis de la montagne invites the entire community to celebrate Mother Nature on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Chalet du Mont-Royal.
Photos: Andrew Dobrowolskyj, 2008
Individuals and families are welcome to participate in a day aimed at enhancing Mount Royal’s biodiversity. Between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., individual registration takes place at the Chalet du Mont-Royal for a variety of conservation activities, including: indigenous tree and shrub planting, litter pick-up, cutting of exotic invasive species and environmental monitoring of previous tree plantings. Activities are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and will take place rain or shine. Participants aged 6 to 17 years must be accompanied by an adult.
The Fondation Yves Rocher is providing a gift to Corvée participants in celebration of Mother’s Day (one per person while quantities last) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation will be handing out flower seeds that attract pollinators.
Out of concern for the environment, we encourage participants to use public transportation to get to Mount Royal Park – the number 11 bus stops near Smith House, a short walk away from the Chalet (visit www.stm.info for the bus schedule). Bring your bottle of water! Bicycles, dogs and strollers are not permitted on the sites where environmental activities are taking place.
This year, as partners of the 5th World Congress in Environmental Education taking place in Montreal from May 10-14, Les amis de la montagne will welcome about 100 congress participants who will plant 200 trees to help offset carbon emissions from air travel.
To the delight of families and all park visitors, Falcon-Ed will present an educational show on birds of prey from 1-2 p.m. on the lookout near the Chalet. Spectators will be able to see the American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Great-Horned Owl and Red-Tailed Hawk in flight and learn about their characteristics, feeding habits and hunting techniques.
From 12-4 p.m., a number of experts will be on hand to answer questions about the mountain’s biodiversity and improvement programs currently in place in Montreal. Meet specialists from Les amis de la montagne, as well as from the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, the Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Agriculture Canada, the Union Saint-Laurent Grands Lacs, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Ville de Montréal.
Participants will also find information on the other May 2009: Mount Royal Month activities taking place on the mountain’s museums, universities and cemeteries, at the police cavalry and the Oratory. Discover Les amis’ environmental stewardship program and the biodiversity intervention program.
Mount Royal Month is the original idea of Les amis de la montagne, realized jointly with the Ville de Montréal, thanks to the generosity of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. May is a month of activities dedicated to the discovery and conservation of the natural environment and the exploration of the many facets of the mountain.
Individual registration at the Chalet du Mont-Royal – rain or shine
Environmental activities; bring your picnic lunch – rain or shine
Educational show featuring birds of prey – rain or shine
Information kiosks on the mountain’s biodiversity – subject to cancellation due to heavy rain