Field Trips

Deadline for registration for PRE, MID and POST Conference field trips is March 15, 2020.

 

  • To be officially registered for a field trip, payment must be received by March 15, 2020
  • The tour will be confirmed to attendees no later than March 15 depending on the number of attendees received. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be refunded the full amount.
  • Participants must bring their proof of insurance coverage valid in Canada prior to participation in the field trip.
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver form that will be provided prior to participation in the field trip.
  • Field trips will only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached. Participants registered for a canceled field trip will be offered to register for another field trip or will be fully reimbursed.

 

FT PRE 1 - PEATLAND RESTORATION IN THE ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY: FROM NATURAL TO RESTORED SITES (INCLUDING A WHALE-WATCHING CRUISE)

This 3-day excursion is a unique occasion to learn more about the peatland restoration method born from the collaboration of the Peatland Ecology Research Group and the Canadian horticultural peat industry: the Moss Layer Transfer Technique. Over the last 25 years, the method has been used for 100+ restoration projects across the country. The first stop of the excursion will take you to the beautiful Grande plée Bleue bog (1,500 hectares) where a major rewetting project has been conducted. The group will then head to the Rivière-du-Loup region, approximately 200 km east of Québec City. A dozen restoration projects will be visited: recent and older ones (restored from 2 to 25 years ago), rewetted sites, a bog in regeneration after a wildfire, beautiful pristine peatlands and a Sphagnum cultivation farm. The participants will also visit a RAMSAR Wetland of International Significance site (the Baie-de-L’Isle-Verte National Wildlife Area at Kiskotuk coastal park) and hop on a whale-watching cruise on the St. Lawrence Estuary.

Field trip leader(s): Peatland Ecology Research Group, Plant Science Department, Université Laval (Marie-Claire LeBlanc & Dr. Line Rochefort)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 35
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, Friday, June 5th at 8:30 am to Sunday, June 7th at 3:30 pm
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Cost: 575 (CAN$)

 

FT PRE 2 - RESTORATION OF MINING-DISTURBED LANDS ON THE CANADIAN SHIELD: A TOUR FROM ABITIBI (QUÉBEC) TO SUDBURY (ONTARIO)

This three-day pre-congress tour will showcase reclamation and restoration in two important mining centres on the Canadian Shield, the Abitibi region in northwestern Québec and the Sudbury region in northeastern Ontario, with a historical mining tour in between. Metal mines and refining facilities have disturbed landscapes in both regions, and local researchers have been studying mine reclamation and landscape restoration practices for four decades. 

The tour will begin in northwestern Québec, where we will visit two mine sites near the city of Val-d’Or. The first visit will focus on reclamation and revegetation research, with or without soil covers, at one of Canada’s largest active gold mines, the Canadian Malartic Mine, an open pit mine with low-grade ore. The second visit will take place at a closing gold mine, where trials are in place to test revegetation techniques facilitating the establishment of a boreal forest on non-acid-generating waste rock. At both sites, the design of restoration techniques being used and the monitoring will be explained. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided since it is required on mining sites (reflective clothing, hard hat, and safety glasses).

We will then take a bus tour toward Sudbury, stopping briefly in some mining centres, such as the town of Cobalt (ON), to explain the mining history, its disturbance and recovery. The focus of the trip in Sudbury will be the landscape restoration after almost a century of atmospheric pollution from nickel and copper smelters. Sudbury was once considered a blackened ‘moonscape, but pollution abatement and restoration efforts have transformed the landscape. We will visit sites following the pollution gradient and will focus on the restoration of uplands, wetlands and lakes. Participants will also receive access to an online course on Environmental Remediation: Global Lessons, which describes the Sudbury story in detail. The tour will finish with a lake cruise and dinner.

Field trip leader(s): Research Institute on Mines and the Environment (RIME), Research and Service Unit in Mineral Technology, Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue - (UQAT) (Marie Guittonny), and Birchbark Environmental Research and Laurentian University (Daniel Campbell)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 40
Departure/Return: Val-d'Or (Quebec) / Sudbury (Ontario) ; June 4th AM to June 6th PM
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: Thursday, June 4th to Saturday, June 6th, 2020
Cost: 845 (CAN$)

NB: The following costs are not included: travel to Val-d’Or and departure from Sudbury, airport taxi to student residence in Val-d’Or (June 3th PM) and Sudbury (June 7th AM). Please note that you will have to bring your own safety boots.


 

FT PRE 3 - PEATLAND RESTORATION IN ALBERTA'S OIL SANDS REGION

Fort McMurray (Alberta) is located in the heart of the western boreal forest and the largest oil sands reserve in the world.During day 1 of this field trip, participants will visit several peatlands near Ft. McMurray and learn about Alberta’s peatland classification: bog, poor fen, moderate-rich fen, and extreme-rich fen. They will walk around and learn about indicator species of different peatland types, hydrology and chemistry, peatland development and succession, post-disturbance (e.g., fire) recovery, and implications for management and restoration. During the second day, participants will visit a watershed scale experimental fen peatland, the Sandhill Fen, constructed on post-oilsands-mining landscape in Ft. McMurray, AB. This system was designed based on the simulation of landscape position of natural fen systems in the region. Peat substrate (0.5-2m) was added on top of a variety of mining materials, followed by revegetation direct seeding of a mix of fen species. Short-term results are promising but hydrology and chemistry (e.g., high salinity) are still highly variable, creating uncertainty for the long-term stability of the newly created system. 

Participants will also visit a newly reclaimed access road created by in-situ oil and gas activities. These small but interconnected features cover large areas of Alberta’s boreal region, fragmenting landscape and leading to loss of peatland ecosystem functions. Two contrasting approaches to remove clay material, mineral initiation and peat inversion, have been applied, followed by the transfer of bog and fen moss donors. Both approaches aim to create a suitable substrate and chemistry for peatland vegetation development while mitigating hydrological impact of the mineral road on surrounding areas. 

Field trip leader(s): NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges, Peatland Restoration, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Bin Xu)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 50 / 100
Departure/Return: Fort McMurray (Alberta); 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 DAYS
Date: Friday, June 5th to Saturday, 6th, 2020
Cost: 150 (CAN$)

NB: The following costs are not included: travel to and departure from Ft. McMurray; accommodation in Ft. McMurray (June 4-6th); breakfasts and suppers (June 5-6th).

 

 

FT MID 1 - DITCH DAMMING FOR REWETTING AND RESTORATION OF THE VEGETATION OF THE NEARLY PRISTINE GRANDE-PLÉE-BLEUE BOG NEAR QUÉBEC CITY

This half-day excursion will allow you to visit an ombrotrophic peatland (or dome bogs) where large-size ditch damming works were done. Located 30 minutes from Québec City, the Grande-Plée-Bleue bog is a unique peatland due to its large size (> 700 ha), its very small extent of human disturbances and its status of projected ecological reserve. In 2011, many dams were installed on two large-sized ditches to promote rewetting and restoration of the vegetation along them. This visit done with specialists from the Laval University aims to expose the successful procedures used in this restoration project, to discuss the inevitable adjustments needed to reach our objectives, to share a few mistakes that helped us to move forward and to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent ecosystem.
 
Field trip leader(s): Department of Wood and Forest Science, Université Laval (Sylvain Jutras)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15 per visit (A visit is planned in AM and PM)
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre (June 10th at 8:30 am to Noon, and 1:30 to 5:00 pm)
Duration: HALF-DAY (AM or PM)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 65 (CAN$)

 

FT MID 2 - ST-BARTHELEMY FLOODPLAIN (LAKE ST-PIERRE WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE AND RAMSAR SITE) AND RUISSEAU-DE-FEU RESTORATION PROJECTS

The St-Barthelemy project was built in the 1990’s by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). Its focus was to restore staging areas for waterfowl on active agricultural fields in the lake St-Pierre floodplain. Since then, reality has changed; DUC and their partners have been completely rethinking the project, progressively replacing farmed and heavily managed staging areas to natural flood cycle wet meadows, optimized for early spawning fishes, waterfowl and soil conservation. The trip next heads upstream to Ruisseau-de-Feu, an intensive fish and waterfowl habitat enhancement project at the heart of Montreal metropolitan region.  This one-day field trip will guide you from the vast and rural Lake St-Pierre region, designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar site, to the eastern tip of the island of Montreal where wetlands and humans share tight quarters. 
 
Field trip leader(s): Ducks Unlimited Canada (André Michaud)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 30 / 53
Departure/Return:  Québec City Convention Centre, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 80 (CAN$)

NB: The following cost is not included: supper (June 10th). 


 

FT MID 5 - PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF THE GRONDINES COASTAL MARSHLAND (RIPARIAN FOREST AND PLOWED AGRICULTURAL FIELDS) ALONG THE ST. LAWRENCE FRESHWATER ESTUARY

This half-day excursion will allow you to learn about the various restoration and revegetation works in the marshland located in Grondines, along the St. Lawrence freshwater estuary. One hour from Quebec City, the site is located in the municipality of Deschambault - Grondines. It is one of the last large wooded swamps along the river. The protected portion includes a large riparian forest consisting of, among other things, a silver maple forest designated as an exceptional forest ecosystem and an intertidal zone bordering a Waterfowl Concentration Area. However, part of it was once plowed for agricultural purposes. Following the acquisition of the site by NCC and a social, cultural and ecological evaluation, this practice was abandoned and an important plantation of more than 2,500 native trees and shrubs was carried out. In some other areas of the swamp, it is a natural wilderness that occurs and tends to a forest deemed exceptional. In addition, three retention ponds have been constructed. A visit to the coastline will allow you to learn about the presence of several species in a precarious situation, some of which are endemic plants to the freshwater estuary, which makes it according to the Quebec Biodiversity Atlas as a hotspot of scarcity on an international global scale. The diversity and quantity of birds that frequent the farmland and the forest and coastal areas of the area are impressive: more than 100 species have been counted in the area. We invite you to discover this unique natural environment. 
 
Field trip leader(s): Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) (Patrice Laliberté)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 20
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre ; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Duration: HALF-DAY (PM)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 130 (CAN$)

 

FT MID 6 - VISIT OF THE MARAIS-LÉON-PROVANCHER NATURE RESERVE NEAR QUÉBEC CITY​ (ST. LAWRENCE TIDAL MARSH AND VARIOUS ONGOING RESTORATION PROJECTS)

This half-day excursion will allow you to visit the Marais-Léon-Provancher Nature Reserve. This 125-hectare natural site is dedicated to the protection of flora and fauna. The visit will be done with naturalists who will explain the history of the territory as well as conservation, restoration, and education objectives. Located in Neuville, 30 km west of Quebec City, this territory which is considered as one of the best bird observation sites near Quebec City will allow you to discover several different habitats of the fluvial estuary of the St. Lawrence River (Scirpus tidal marsh, sugar bush, alder, cedar, idle lands, etc.). Various ongoing interventions of restoration and rewilding of the habitat (creation of a freshwater marsh) will be showcased as well as the control of invasive exotic plant species (common reed) and the impact of overgrazing by white-tailed deer. 
 
Field trip leader(s): Société Provancher (Elisabeth Bossert)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15 per visit (A visit is planned in AM and PM)
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, (June 10th at 8:30 am to Noon, and 1:30 to 5:00 pm)
Duration: HALF-DAY (AM or PM)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 75 (CAN$)

 
 

FT MID 7 - PEATLAND LANDSCAPES: POST-EXTRACTION, RESTORED, AND NATURAL BOGS OF THE QUÉBEC-LÉVIS REGION

This tour will take you through a variety of peatland landscapes ranging from a peat extraction site to restored peatfields and a pristine, natural bogs. The first part of the visit will take place at the Saint-Henri industrial site where peat was extracted to produce horticultural substrates for almost 50 years. The site includes multiple peatland landscapes: formerly extracted peatfields, rewetted and revegetated sectors, restored areas where the Moss Layer Transfer Technique was applied as well as the donor site where vegetation was collected for restoration. In the afternoon, you will discover the beautiful Grande plée Bleue bog (1,500 hectares), one of the last peatlands of the St. Lawrence Lowlands untouched by peat extraction activities. The site will soon become a provincial Ecological reserve which will protect a vast proportion of this exceptional wetland. Participants will have the chance to stroll the educational boardwalk that zigzags through ponds and gigantic Sphagnum hummocks to learn more about this unique ecosystem. At the end of the day, the bus will take you to the Quai Paquet in Lévis, to enjoy an exceptional view on the St. Lawrence River.
 
Field trip leader(s): Peatland Ecology Research Group, Plant Science Department, Université Laval (Marie-Claire LeBlanc & Dr. Line Rochefort)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 30 / 53
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 60 (CAN$)

 

FT MID 8 - RESTORATION OF SAND AND GRAVEL PITS IN BOREAL CLIMATE: FIELD TRIALS AND TAÏGA ADVENTURE (CANOE, KAYAK OR GUIDED TREK) IN THE PARC DES GRANDS-JARDINS.

This one-day excursion will take you to the Parc national des Grands-Jardins national park to see restoration projects conducted in gravel and sand pits. Dr. Line Rochefort’s team will guide you through various types of borrow pits: naturally regenerating (for about 40-50 years), restored by the transfer of organic matter (5-10 years post-restoration) or restored by the Rough and Loose technique (creation of micro-topography; 3 years post-restoration). The different trials and techniques used for mineral disturbances restoration will be discussed. In the afternoon, experienced park wardens will take you on an adventure in the phenomenal surrounding taïga environment. Choose between 1) a guided hike to discover the particular landscape of the park, where the boreal forest is shaped by wildfires (maximum of 14 participants). You will learn more about the history of the pPark and find out why taïga vegetation is found at such southern latitudes; or 2) if weather allows, a canoe or kayak expedition to paddle on the idyllic setting of the Arthabaska Lake.

Field trip leader(s): Peatland Ecology Research Group, Université Laval, Plant Science Department, Université Laval, (Sandrine Hogue-Hugron, Kathy Pouliot & Dr. Line Rochefort).
Number of participants (Min/Max): 25 / 52
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 150 (CAN$)

NB: Additional fee for adventure: 35$ / 45$ for double / simple kayak or canoe


 

FT MID 9 - RESTORATION OF THE MILLER MARSH, VISIT OF THE QUEBEC TURTLE REHABILITATION CENTER AND THE RIVIÈRE-DES-MILLE-ÎLES PARK (LAVAL)

This one-day trip to the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles offers you the chance to visit a unique assemblage of terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland ecosystems comprising many rare and exceptional habitats in the St-Lawrence Valley. In the heart of an urbanized area, the territory is home to nearly two-thirds of the species on the list of Quebec's vertebrate fauna. To better appreciate this northern bayou, you will have the opportunity to explore the river in a Rabaska (big canoe) accompanied by a guide. You will enjoy discovering the Saint-Rose archipelago, where the shallow and slow-flowing river, makes the experience safe. You will get to see islands, swamps, marshes, and wetlands protected by Eco-Nature and will have the chance to admire the rich biodiversity that surrounds these natural environments. In case of adverse weather, you will have the opportunity to visit our new permanent exhibition "Believe it or not" where you will learn more about the river, its history, richness, and untold stories...

In the afternoon, a guided tour of the Miller marsh will allow you to discover this site of high ecological value, very popular with birdwatchers, which is home to 23 species designated at risk in Quebec or Canada and 176 wildlife species. Invaded by the exotic common reed and subjected to overflows of wastewater, the ecological integrity of this site is compromised. You will learn about the innovative and sustainable solutions implemented since 2012 to restore the aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial habitats of Miller's Marsh and the initiatives put in place to protect its fauna and flora.

During this day, you will also have the chance to visit Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles' Exploration Center and its Quebec Turtle Rehabilitation Center. This pavilion, which aims for LEED certification, stands out for its modern architecture and ecological and sustainable facilities.

Field trip leader(s): Department of Biological Sciences, Plant Biology Research Institute, Université de Montréal (Jacques Brisson & Stéphanie Pellerin) & Parc de la Rivière des Milles-îles and Éco-Nature (Anais Boutin & Nathalie Boucher)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 53
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre ; 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 120 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 11 - RESTORATION OF ECOLOGICAL HABITATS AND SERVICES AT THE HEART OF VARIOUS ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE QUEBEC CITY REGION

During this field trip, you will have the choice to be with us for a half (activity 1 to 4) or a full day (all the activities). 

This excursion will allow participants to visit: 

  1. The restoration of an upper marsh of the St. Lawrence River;
  2. The partial restoration of hydraulic conditions on the flats of the St. Lawrence River;
  3. A culvert promoting the free passage of fish and small to medium terrestrial wildlife;
  4. The creation of a 2-hectare lake habitat and its tributary as fish compensation reserve habitats;
  5. The restoration of more than 800 m of watercourses with valued fish habitats, the restoration of native riparian vegetation and the creation of a passage for large wildlife in the entrance area of Jacques-Cartier National Park, a natural jewel near Québec City;
  6. Multifunctional basins integrated into a "double-drainage" system and designed to protect the Québec City main source of drinking water in the event of an accidental oil spill;
  7. Optimization of the landscape and environmental potential of two major storm water retention structures at two of the busiest interchanges in the Quebec City region;
  8. Landscaping and plantations in the embankment stone surrounding the St. Lawrence River on the majestic Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain. 

Field trip leader(s): Ministère des Transports du Québec (Martin Lafrance)
Number of participants (Min/Max): OPTION A  (25 / 80); OPTION B (25 /80)
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (OPTION A) or 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (OPTION B)
Duration: HALF-DAY (OPTION A) or 1 DAY (OPTION B)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: OPTION A: 15 (CAN$); OPTION B: 70 (CAN$)

 

FT MID 12 - THE INTERNATIONALLY WELL-KNOWN CAP TOURMENTE NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREA: FIRST RAMSAR SITE RECOGNIZED IN NORTH AMERICA AND HOME OF A RICH BIODIVERSITY AND HISTORY

This one-day trip offers you the chance to visit the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. Composed of marshland, plains and forests, it is located about 50 km northeast of Québec City downtown; it can be described as a meeting of the Canadian Shield, the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Appalachians, at the confluence of the Upper and Fluvial estuaries of the St. Lawrence River. The reserve has been recognized as a Wetland of International Significance under the Ramsar Convention in 1981, becoming the first site to earn this distinction in North America. It includes a multitude of habitats with a great diversity of animal and plant species (more than 180 bird species, 30 mammal species, 22 types of forest stand and 700 plant species), many of which are at risk or at precarious status. However, the reserve is exposed to various threats such as bank erosion, the proliferation of invasive alien species and the impact caused by visitors. Over the years, various wildlife management and habitat restoration projects have been carried out that will allow you to learn more about the techniques and put in place. You can also visit the Interpretation Centre with its new exhibit entitled Footprints or walk some of the many trails that line the reserve, including "Le Bois-Sent-Bon" which will take you directly to the edge of the tidal marsh. In addition, many historic buildings testify to more than 400 years of human occupation and farming activity, making it one of the founding sites of Canada. The excursion will include a guided tour with naturalists of the reserve as well as free time on the site to visit it as you wish. 

Field trip leader(s): Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Quebec region (Stéphane Turgeon)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 44 / 88
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre ; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 50 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 13 - CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF THE ISLANDS AND MARSHES OF THE LAKE SAINT-PIERRE BIOSPHERE WORLD RESERVE ALONG THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER

This one-day excursion will give you the opportunity to visit the magnificent Lake Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve (480 km2) recognized in 2000 by UNESCO because of its natural features. It is the largest archipelago (103 islands) and the largest floodplain in the St. Lawrence River (7,000 ha). It contains 20% of all marshes in the St. Lawrence River, which has also earned it an international designation under the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands. The Lake Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve has remained 90% in its natural state and is home to a multitude of habitats and a great diversity of animal species (288 bird species, including 12 species considered threatened) and plants (27 rare plant species). Yet, located about 100 km from the city of Montreal, a host of human activities (agriculture, hunting, fishing, recreation, boating, shipping, trade and light industry) take place in this natural environment demonstrating the best approaches of conservation and sustainable use of resources. During this excursion, you can discover the marshes of Lake Saint-Pierre in the Sorel region on a comfortable pontoon or on large rabaska canoes. Sailing through the channels of the islands, the naturalist guides will introduce you to the beauty and fragility of this natural environment and the various habitat restoration projects underway.  You could also choose to use canoes and kayaks (available for rent) to discover at your own pace the fauna and flora of Lavallière Bay and the islands of Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel. You will also be able to visit an interpretation centre (La Maison du marais) and learn more about the region's wetlands. Finally, a 1.3 km long linear bay trail, with its tower and stops (self-guided trail with interpretation panels) will take you to the heart of this great marsh.

Field trip leader(s): Société d’Aménagement de la Baie Lavallière [Maison du marais] (Estelle Cardin & Paul Messier)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 22 / 44 (2 groups of 22 people)
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre ; 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 150 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 14 - MARINE HABITAT, CONSERVATION OF ENDAGERED SPECIES, AND WHALE WATCHING IN THE ST. LAWRENCE ESTUARY AND THE SAGUENAY FJORD

This one-day field trip will give you the chance to visit the majestic Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, the perfect destination for whale and marine mammals watching on the St. Lawrence. At the junction of three different but interrelated ecosystems (Upper Estuary, Lower Estuary and Saguenay Fjord), we find a great diversity of marine habitats marked by variations in temperature, salinity, sea-bottom types and depth. This crucial sector of the St. Lawrence is a real pantry for a multitude of species of whales, seals and aquatic birds. But the challenges of conservation of habitats and species are numerous and diverse.

OPTION A: During this excursion, you will have the chance to visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM). It is managed by the Marine Mammal Research and Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on St. Lawrence whales and education for the conservation of the marine environment. This centre, which welcomes more than 35,000 visitors each year, will help you discover the adaptations to the whales' marine world, the threats they face and the scientific research efforts on them. You may even be able to see belugas and minke whales from the Centre's terrace! Located in the picturesque village of Tadoussac, whose bay is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world, you can enjoy free time to visit the surroundings and enjoy the local cuisine.

OPTION B: But what better than to observe all these species in their habitat, to appreciate their natural behavior while learning about the best conservation approaches and best practices to adopt to minimize their disturbance and increase their survival. You will be able to navigate for three hours in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park on a comfortable and specially designed boat for eco-responsible observation of the 13 species of whales and marine mammals, while benefiting from the interesting information provided by a naturalist guide. An expert from the Marine Mammal Research and Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on St. Lawrence whales and marine conservation education, will be on board during the excursion to answer your questions. Finally, an incursion into the majestic Saguenay Fjord will allow you to admire its magnificent landscapes. 

Field trip leader(s): Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (Marie-Eve Muller)
Number of participants (Min/Max): OPTION A (50 / 100); OPTION B (40 / 168)
Departure/Return: OPTION A: 7:30 am - 5:45 pm; OPTION B:  Place d’Armes, Québec City ; 8:45 am to 8:00 pm.
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 
Cost: OPTION A: 35 CAN$; OPTION B: 190 CAN$

NB: The following costs are not included: Lunch (Option A); Supper (Option B).


 

FT MID 16 - RESTORATION OF WETLANDS; A SOLUTION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FLOODING IN THE CITY OF SAINT-RAYMOND, NORTH OF QUEBEC CITY.

See the roles of wetlands in the hydrodynamics of the St. Anne River in St. Raymond by visiting the Chute-Panet peat bog and the waterfront park. In recent years, several experts have been working on solutions to reduce the impact of ice-free floods in the downtown core. Several measures had been taken, including reconfiguring the river. We will see how the river has been modified in the past and how wetland restoration could become one of the solutions in flood risk management in Saint-Raymond. Departure at 8:30 and return at 16:00. Chute-Panet peat bog tour (site in conservation), the waterfront park (highly anthropized site with high restoration potential) and possibly the Sainte-Anne River.

Field trip leader(s): CAPSA [Organisme de bassin versant : Rivières Sainte-Anne, Portneuf et secteur La Chevrotière] (Phil Dufour)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 / 115
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 60 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 17 - THE BATTURES-DE-SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES NATURE RESERVE (ST. LAWRENCE RIVER) AND NATURAL BOGS OF SAINTE-CATHERINE-DE-LA-JACQUES-CARTIER, NORTH OF QUEBEC CITY

This excursion will allow you to discover the Battures-de-Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Nature Reserve and a natural ombrotrophic peat bog a little further north, in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, on the same day. The Saint-Augustin flats extend for about 11 km along the St. Lawrence River, and include 400 ha of exceptionally high-quality habitats. They are home to many plant species, many of which are in a precarious situation, and offer a variety of habitats for wildlife species. For its part, the ombrotrophic peat bog of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier covers 269 ha in private property, and only a few people have had the chance to visit it. It occupies a strategic position in its sector by acting as a connectivity pole for wildlife species. You will be charmed by its many ponds and its exceptional specific flora.

Field trip leader(s): Fondation québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (Catherine Emond)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 / 50
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 95 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 18 - THE MONTMORENCY FOREST RESEARCH STATION IN NORTHERN QUEBEC'S BOREAL REGION - ECOSYSTEM-BASED SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

This one-day trip will give you the chance to visit the Montmorency Forest Research Station located in the boreal forest north of Quebec City, whose mission is to develop and promote education and research, particularly in forest sciences. To this end, this territory is developed in a versatile way using the best-known methods of forestry. During this excursion, you will have the chance to discover some natural peculiarities of this research station located in the boreal forest. The visit will be conducted with a Université Laval researcher and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the principles of ecosystem-based or sustainable forest management aimed at reducing landscape-scale differences between managed forest and natural forest.

Field trip leader(s): Université Laval,  Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics (Évelyne Thiffault, Associate Professor and Director of the Scientific Committee of the Montmorency Forest)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 35 / 44
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:00 am to 5:15 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 60 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 19 - LA MAURICIE NATIONAL PARK; LAKE RESTORATION AND THE ROLE OF FIRE AS A TOOL FOR WHITE PINE FOREST RESTORATION

National parks form a pan-Canadian network of representative natural areas of national significance in Canada. They are protected under the law to promote public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, as well as being preserved intact for the benefit of future generations. This day trip gives you the chance to visit the beautiful La Mauricie National Park. With 536 km2 of an area located in the heart of the Laurentian forest, the latter is made up of hills interspersed with a rich network of lakes and streams. But with its intensive exploitation history, there are also significant challenges in terms of ecosystem restoration. Thus, this visit will allow you to discover the ambitious program of restoration of aquatic environments. For more than a century, logging and log drive have affected the majority of lakes and streams in the park. The accumulation of logs and the presence of dams threaten the survival of some species. The project started in 2004 has resulted in the restoration of 14 lakes, the removal of more than 100,000 logs from the bottom of the lakes and the dismantling of more than 20 dams. Indigenous fish populations have been restored by eliminating introduced species in some watersheds. The visit will also highlight the prescribed fire program that has been active since 1991. Fire is used, among other things, as a tool for restoring white pine, a rarity tree species in the park. Due to logging and suppression of forest fires, the relative abundance of white pine in the forest landscape has decreased from 47% in the precolonial forest to 12% today. Nearly 30 years after the first prescribed burn in La Mauricie National Park, some burned sites are showing impressive results. 

Field trip leader(s): La Mauricie National Park, Parks Canada (Elisabeth Caron)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15 / 50
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 95 (CAN$)

These projects are part of the Conservation and Restoration Program, which aims to restore the ecological integrity of Canada's national parks.


 

FT MID 20 - REMEDIATION AND RESTORATION OF THE LAC-MÉGANTIC (QUÉBEC) OIL TRAIN TRAGEDY

A rail disaster occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, on July 6, 2013, when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil derailed in the downtown core, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars, as well as a major spill of petroleum hydrocarbons and 300,000 m3 of contaminated soil and killing 47 residents. AECOM was awarded a contract to design and oversee construction of all remediation and restoration activities while Englobe was awarded a contract to complete soil treatment activities. The Ministry of Environment and the City of Lac-Mégantic were both involved to manage this project; the former oversaw the environmental remediation aspects while the latter handled the infrastructure reconstruction.

AECOM developed and administered a site-wide Health and Safety Plan, a Remediation Plan, an Impacted Building Assessment and Rehabilitation Plan, and reported on all spill site restoration and ancillary commercial renovation activities. AECOM utilized existing soil, groundwater and sediment data to develop a remediation strategy for the site, to integrate this strategy into the restoration and demolition of buildings and other activities related to the revitalization of Lac-Mégantic. Soils from the destroyed area and nearby affected zones were removed and transported off-site to a treatment area.

Englobe designed and constructed a temporary treatment facility in the city industrial park to decontaminate 240,000 metric tons of contaminated soil. The treatment technology selected by Englobe consisted of biological treatment, making use of “Biopiles”, which were designed and constructed to multiple levels/heights. This facility had the capability of treating 140,000 tons of contaminated soil per year. The average treatment time was approximately 16 weeks. The treated soils which met the Class A or B government standards were reused in the following manner:

  • As backfill materials at the original site (3%) 
  • As backfill materials on other sites under remediation (5%) 
  • As alternate daily cover and final cap cover at municipal landfills (20%); 
  • As a topsoil product in the restoration of degraded sites (e.g. Black Lake mining sites) (72%). 

This one-day site visit will bring you to the City of Lac-Mégantic to show you the following areas:

  • Where the train was parked overnight of to examine the general landscape down slope toward Lac-Mégantic;
  • Impacted zones and how they were restored;
  • Migration of contaminants toward the shore of Mégantic Lake, marina wharf and Chaudière river areas;
  • Soil storage and treatment areas (no more piles);
  • The social impacts and challenges face by the municipality to rebuilt and General redevelopment of the municipality and; of this tragedy

In the afternoon, the visit will continue toward Black Lake mining site where most Lac-Mégantic treated soil were transported and reused, so you’ll be able to see:

  • The soil and organic residuals reception area and where they were mixed with other materials to create a fertile substrate for the vegetation;
  • The seedlings and the evolution of vegetated areas on the slope and plateau of the waste rock piles;
  • The impressive mine pit;

Field trip leader(s): CLRA Quebec Chapter (Lucie Labbé), AECOM (Jocelyn Marcotte), Englobe (Simon Roy), Ville de Lac Mégantic (France Bergeron)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 30 / 43
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 100 (CAN$)


 

FT MID 21 - RESTORATION OF THE SAINT-CHARLES RIVER (QUEBEC CITY)

The Saint-Charles River is the main river crossing Quebec City. It starts in Lake Saint-Charles and travels more than 33 km before flowing into the St. Lawrence River. The watershed of the Saint-Charles River covers more than 550km2. The flow of the Saint-Charles River is very variable annually. It can reach or even exceed 80 m3/s during high water level in spring and drop below 1 m3/s during the low water period. The Saint-Charles River is also an important water intake and provides drinking water to more than half of the population of Quebec City. This watercourse is home to many wildlife species including 34 species of fish including, among others, northern pike, brook trout, yellow perch and carp.

The Saint-Charles River is an impressive project in terms of rehabilitation. Since the 1990s, the city of Quebec has implemented a series of interventions to address the combined effects of pollution, shoreline artificialization, embankment or industrialization. Today, the water of the Saint Charles River has never been of such good quality, its urban course is endowed with a linear park presenting a remarkable biodiversity allowing the citizens to benefit from an access to nature and a place to practice outdoor activities.

This visit will offer you the opportunity to meet the experts who will present the different phases of the Saint Charles River project. Short talks from different experts will explained the phases of the rehabilitation project, the control of invasive species and the water level control by a dam and the water quality. The short conferences will be complemented by a walking tour along both sides of the river that will allow you to see the results of the restoration, control of invasive species and challenges ahead.

 

Field trip leader(s): CLRA Quebec Chapter (Lucie Labbé), Ville de Québec (TBC), Société de la Rivière Saint-Charles - Maison Dorion-Coulombe (TBC)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 25 / 40
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: 50 (CAN$)

 

FT POST 1 - PEAT BOG RESTORATON PROJECTS IN THE ACADIAN PENINSULA OF NEW BRUNSWICK

Valores offers an excursion to the Acadian peat bogs with the opportunity to visit the Edmundston Botanical Garden, the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Center and the Miscou Lighthouse. You will have the opportunity to visit an experimental site of irrigated Sphagnum culture, a restored bog in cranberry fields, a peatland interpretation trail and an experimental site for the restoration of post-extraction peatland paths. Come and enjoy local fish and seafood from the Acadian Peninsula.

 

Field trip leader(s): Coastal Zones Research Institute Inc. - Valores (Marion Tétégan Simon)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 / 110
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, Friday, June 12th at 8:30 am to Sunday, June 14th
 at 3:30 pm 
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: From Friday, June 12th to Sunday June 14th, 2020
Cost: 700 (CAN$)

NB: All costs included with the exception of breakfasts of June 13-14th.


 

FT POST 2 - DYKELAND RESTORATION AND RECOVERY ON BAY OF FUNDY, NOVA SCOTIA

You will visit both drained/dyked marshes and marshes to which the tides have been returned.  Recovery periods range from 2 years to close to 100 years. The shorelines you will visit experience tidal amplitudes of 11 m, the highest in the world. Participants will discuss management of drained marshes (the dyke lands) and challenges to their sustainability as well as challenges to implement “managed realignment”, where dykes are breached and new dykes constructed inland.  This field trip also will cover return of ecosystem function and services documented. On the third day, participants visit New Brunswick’s Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park where they will “walk on the bottom of the sea” and visit a marsh where erosion is revealing the historic dyke infrastructure buried long ago.

Field trip leader(s): Dept. of Geography, McGill University (Gail Chmura)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 23
Departure/Return: Moncton (New Brunswick), June 12th at 1:00 pm to June 14th at 4:00 
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: From Friday, June 12th to Sunday, June 14th, 2020
Cost: 450 (CAN$)

NB: The following costs are not included: travel to and from Moncton, New Brunswick; supper on June 12th and lunches on June 13th and 14th


 

FT POST 4 - CRANBERRY BOG WETLAND RESTORATION AND DAM REMOVAL PROJECTS IN PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS

On the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s landing, we will visit multiple river and wetland restoration sites in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The first phase will involve Town Brook, which flows through downtown Plymouth, and hosts one of the largest herring runs in the state. Walking along a riverside path, attendees will learn about four dam removal projects (10+ years, 5 years, and 1-year post removal), and will also visit a historic mill. The second phase of the tour will involve multiple commercial cranberry bogs that are (1) actively farmed, (2) abandoned, (3) being actively restored to wetlands, and (4) ten years post ecological restoration. This phase will discuss how legacy agricultural impacts limit natural recovery of this historic peatlands, and how the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is working with partners to restore these sites on a regional scale
 
Field trip leader(s): Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Department of Fish and Game (Alex Hackman & Kristopher Houle)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 10 / 40
Departure/Return: Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Saturday, June 13th, 2020
Cost: 20 (CAN$)

NB: The following costs are not included: travel to and departure from Plymouth, accommodation, breakfasts and suppers.


 

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Call for abstracts starts
November 28, 2019 Now open

Registration starts
December 10, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
January 30, 2020

Abstract acceptance notice
March 2, 2020

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March 15, 2020

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