Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 08, 2009 10:05 ET

Spring Festival at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area: Launch of a GeoTour Using GPS

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Environment Canada is pleased to offer the public a diverse program on Sunday May 17, 2008 as part of the 4th edition of the Spring Festival at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, organized in partnership with the Association des amis du cap Tourmente. On this occasion, Environment Canada will reveal a new ground-breaking observation tool: The Cap Tourmente Geotour.

The Cap Tourmente GeoTour allows nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to stroll the trails of the National Wildlife Area from a totally new environmental perspective. Using a GPS navigation device, they are able to discover the natural and historic wonders of 27 points of interest in the Wildlife Area. The GPS provides information, audio capsules and images, allowing the user to make beautiful observations. The GeoTour as well as a BioKit, created by Environment Canada's Biosphere, will be available this summer.

Workshops, nest-building and introduction to bird watching and photography will also be included in the program of this special annual one-day event. The activities proposed will introduce participants to the biology of birds of prey- a fascinating species. An education and rehabilitation specialist from the Union quebecoise de rehabilitation des oiseaux de proie (UQROP) will conduct workshops with live bird demonstrations and provide educational materials to educate the public about different species of birds of prey.

Children will be invited to take part in various activities at Club de Captou, which will stimulate their senses and encourage them to discover the plants and animals living in the Wildlife Area. Games and face painting are also included in the program.

Do you dream about seeing these birds of prey up close? Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Bois-sent-bon observation station to view large snowbirds at the end of the week before they leave for their arctic nesting places. Enthusiastic naturalist guides will be on site to inform you about the biology of this unique species of bird.

The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is part of a network of 51 protected areas across Canada dedicated to conserving essential habitat for wildlife species, some of which are considered endangered. The Wildlife Area is open everyday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until the end of October. Festival activities will be ongoing at the Leon-Provencher pavilion from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In case of rain, activities will be cancelled.

For more information about this one-day event, please visit the Association des amis du cap Tourmente website at www.captourmente.com

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