Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - September 2011
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Photo: Éric Cimon
SUMMER SEASON WRAP-UP
LES AMIS’ SUMMER DAY CAMP IS A BIG SUCCESS FOR A THIRD YEAR RUNNING
Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, offered a summer day camp for children 6 to 9 years old in Mont-Royal Park from June 27 to August 17.
Headquartered in the Chalet du Mont-Royal, 168 children enjoyed a multitude of fun and educational activities in the heart of nature in the midst of the city. Two themes were provided to campers this season: “Les aventuriers du temps”, a new theme to discover the mountain’s rich history, from the presence of the Native People to today, and “Les renards futés”, focused on the discovery of the mountain’s flora and fauna. Summer days at camp included treasure hunts, expeditions in the forest, games and a photo rally, natural art creations and visits to the Redpath Museum and the stables of the SPVM.
Les amis de la montagne thank the campers’ parents for entrusting their children to us for another wonderful summer season. Les amis also thank our generous donors to the sponsorship program, held in partnership with a variety of organizations in Côte-des-Neiges, whose donations provided a one-week camp experience to 18 children from less privileged neighbourhoods.
Photos: Éric Cimon
THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE SWEEPING OVER LAC AUX CASTORS
Lac aux Castors will be undergoing a major transformation in 2012. Les amis de la montagne and the Ville de Montréal are taking advantage of this restoration project to reconstruct the lake’s basin and refinish the surrounding area, to reflect upon new offerings for this important hub of activity. New small crafts, park furnishings and recreational activities will be introduced in 2013. After 15 years of operations, this summer is possibly the last for pedal boats on Lac aux Castors!
For more information on the Lac aux Castors restoration project, click here to read the press release issued by the Ville de Montréal (in French).
“BACK TO SCHOOL” ON MONT ROYAL: LAUNCH OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR PRE-SCHOOL, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS
Professors and educators take note: now is the time to reserve your group outings for the fall and winter sessions!
In the “school without walls in the heart of nature”, Les amis de la montagne have been providing educational programs and outdoor activities for 30 years, for school groups of all levels that can be adapted to specific pedagogical objectives.
Click here to consult the 2011-2012 school programs catalogue.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TAKE TO YOUR CAMERAS! THE “LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES” PHOTO CONTEST CLOSES SEPTEMBER 17
Click on this link for contest details and registration information (in French).
STILL A FEW WEEKS OF ACTIVITIES AND ANIMATIONS REGARDING THE CONSERVATION OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT THIS FALL
During weekend afternoons in September, join Les amis’ environmental educators at the kiosk devoted to Mont Royal’s biodiversity located along Chemin Olmsted, near the Chalet du Mont-Royal. Both young and young-at-heart will enjoy the animation, information and games related specifically to the mountain’s fauna.
*Note that the kiosk will not be in operation the weekend of September 10-11 due to the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (see details below).
Do you want to get involved in conserving Mont Royal’s biodiversity this fall? There’s still time to join Les amis’ educator-patrollers, every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., to help cut down exotic invasive species.
No reservations are necessary. Simply arrive at Maison Smith at 10 a.m., in Mont-Royal Park. Click on this link for more information.
Guided walks and autumn splendour on Mont Royal
Avoid disappointment and reserve your place today to participate in Les amis’ popular Sunday guided walks being held in September and October.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore exceptional trails to learn about the mountain’s rich historic past and that reveal its built and landscape elements, as well as its conservation challenges.
For details and registration information, click here to visit Les amis’ calendar of events online.
Conference in English on Mont Royal’s biodiversity – September 20
The Zoological Society of Montreal has invited Éric Richard, biologist and Les amis’ Director of Educational Services, to discuss the efforts undertaken to conserve Mont Royal’s biodiversity and the challenges therein.
BECOME A FRIEND OF THE MOUNTAIN TODAY!
By joining Les amis de la montagne today, you will be welcomed into a family of dedicated individuals committed to the protection and enhancement of Mont Royal through community involvement and environmental education.
Friends receive the following benefits:
NOTICES ABOUT ACTIVITIES ON MONT ROYAL
The Ville de Montréal is running a preventive vaccination campaign against the raccoon rabies variant, between September 6 and 9
The Ville de Montréal, in collaboration with the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, will conduct a preventive vaccination campaign targeting raccoons, skunks and foxes, against the raccoon rabies variant. Efforts will be concentrated in 8 large parks where wildlife is particularly present, including Mont-Royal Park.
Specialized teams of veterinarians and wildlife technicians will spread bait containing the rabies vaccine. The Ville de Montréal has been conducting wildlife vaccination campaigns for over 15 years and no case of the raccoon rabies variant has been detected to this day on the island of Montreal.
How to recognize the bait
Each piece of bait carrying one dose of the vaccine resembles an olive green-coloured “oversized ravioli”. The bait is about 40 mm x 22 mm x 10 mm in size. Normally, the animals consume the bait within a two-week period.
In order to ensure the success of the vaccination campaign, the Ville de Montréal asks for the collaboration of all citizens through the following:
Notice of road closures for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Mont Royal – September 11
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal returns to Mont Royal for its second edition! This men’s professional level sporting event is presented to the community free of charge. The departure (11 a.m.) and arrival site (between 4-4:30 p.m.) of the race is located on Avenue du Parc, facing the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier.
Note that the race will require the closure of numerous streets, changes to bus routes and schedules, and parking restrictions throughout the weekend. For more information: call 311; visit the website of the Ville de Montréal or the STM; or download the map of the route and access points by clicking here.