Yesterday was an interesting day indeed. The NCC had invited a small group of selected supporters to visit the Covey Hill reserve down by the US border – a reserve which BPQ had been instrumental in funding the preservation of some 20 years or so ago.
The day was wet and cold all day (November in Quebec) but a lot of fun. Covey Hill is an acid soil and peat bog habitat on top of granite – so very thin soil – with a deep gorge running across it and also across the US border. There is a rather unique flora there, an unusual concentration of habitat-appropriate trees and more rare salamanders than you can shake a fist at. The pictures in the gallery below were taken mostly in the vicinity of the beautiful lake at the eastern end of the gorge which you can see at http://goo.gl/maps/yla72
There is an interesting entry on the NCC http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/quebec/stories/protecting-stream-salamander-habitat.html
We were accompanied by several NCC scientists who have worked there and explained the geology, flora and fauna and also managed to show us an example of the really, really rare Allegheny mountain dusky salamander , an account of which is worth reading at http://www.ontarionature.org/protect/species/reptiles_and_amphibians/allegheny_mountain_dusky_salamander.php
Little to say about the birds. The night beofore the area had suffered an extremely violent wind storm (we were without power in Montreal for about five hours) and there was evidence of fallen trees etc. Combined with the days low temperatures and rain most of the birds were hiding apart form the inevitable Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker, American Crows and a Blue Jay.
After the wet-weather fun we repaired to a nearby vineyard for a tasting of local grape wines and Pear Ice Wine with a good supply of cheeses and charcuterie.
Finally, the photographs …