Field trips

Deadline for registration for PRE and POST Congress field trips is March 15, 2020.
 
 
 
 
  • To be officially registered for a field trip, payment must be received by March 15, 2020.
  • 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 WITH THE MOSS LAYER TRANSFER TECHNIQUE: VISIT OF A VARIETY OF SITES AND WHALE CRUISE​

This 3-day excursion will be an unique occasion for the participants to learn more about the peatlands restoration method developed in Canada by the Peatland Ecology Resarch Group: the Moss Layer Transfer Technique.  Since 25 years, this method has been used for 100+ restoration project across Canada. The excursion will take place around the City of Rivière-du-Loup, approximately 200 km east of the City of Quebec. During the excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit 10+ different peatlands: natural peatland, rewetted peatlands, restored peatlands aged between 2 to 25 yrs, a restored sector that was burned and a Sphagnum farming site. The participant will also visit the coastal park of Kiskotuk (that includes the Baie-de-L’Isle-Verte National Wildlife Area, an international RAMSAR site) and will participate in a whale cruise on the Saint-Lawrence. Don’t forget to bring your rubber boots and mosquito repellent!

Field trip leader(s): Groupe de recherche en écologie des tourbières (Dr. Line Rochefort), Département de Phytologie, Université Laval.
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 to 40
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, Friday, June 5th at 8:30 am to Sunday, June 7th at 15:30 pm
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Cost: TBC


 

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 centers 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 studied 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 boreal forest on non-acid-generating waste rock. At both sites, the design of restoration techniques being used and the performance monitoring will be explained.

We will then take a bus tour toward Sudbury, stopping briefly in some mining centers, such as the town of Cobalt (ON), to explain the mining history, 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 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.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required on the mine sites (reflective clothing, hard hat, gloves, safety glasses and safety boots).

Field trip leader(s): Marie Guittonny (UQAT) and Daniel Campbell (Birchbark Environmental Research and Laurentian U)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 to 40
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: Thursday, June 4th to Saturday, June 6th, 2020
Cost: TBC

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): Université Laval (S. Jutras)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15 per visit (A visit is planned in AM and PM)
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: HALF-DAY (AM or PM)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC

 

FT MID 2 - ST-BARTHELEMY AND RUISSEAU-DE-FEU PROJECTS

The St-Barthelemy project was build 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 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. Google Maps Itinerary
 
Field trip leader(s): André Michaud from Ducks Unlimited Canada
Number of participants (Min/Max): 30 to 53
Departure/Return:  Québec City Convention Centre, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC

 
FT MID 5 - PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF THE GRONDINES MARSH ALONG THE ST. LAWRENCE FRESWATER 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 CNC 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 hot spot 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. Do not forget to bring rubber boots, a mosquito repellent and a raincoat if necessary.
 
Field trip leader(s): CNC - Conservation de la Nature Canada (P. Laliberté)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: HALF-DAY (AM or PM according to the low tide)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC

 

FT MID 6 - VISIT OF THE MARAIS-LÉON-PROVANCHER NATURE RESERVE NEAR QUÉBEC CITY​ 
This half-day excursion will allow you to visit the Marais-Léon-Provancher Nature Reserve. This 125-hectare natural site 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.) and to see the various on-going interventions of restoration and rewilding of the habitat (creation of a freshwater marsh) as well as of the control of invasive exotic plant species (common reed) and the impact of overgrazing by white-tailed deer. Do not forget to bring rubber boots, a mosquito repellent, and a raincoat if needed.
 
Field trip leader(s): Société Provancher (E. Bossert)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15 per visit (A visit is planned in AM and PM)
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: HALF-DAY (AM or PM)
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC

 
 
FT MID 7 - VISIT OF DIFFERENT PEATLAND LANDSCAPES (POST-EXTRACTION, RESTORED AND NATURAL)
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit a variety of peatland landscapes ranging from peat extraction sites, restored sites, to natural bog. The first part of the visit will take place at the peatland of Saint-Henri, an industrial peat extraction site. You will discover different types of peatland landscapes: peat extraction site for horticultural purposes, rewetted peatlands, bog restored by the Moss Layer Transfer Technique and a donor site used for the restoration. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to discover the peat bog of the Grande Plée Bleue (15 km2), one of the last peatland of the St. Lawrence Lowlands where there was no peat extraction. An ecological reserve creation project aims to protect the majority (61% or about 900 ha) of this wetland. The excursion will be held in a portion of the peat bog for educational purposes and characterized by the presence of many ponds. Do not forget to bring your rubber boots and mosquito repellent!
 
Field trip leader(s): Groupe de recherche en écologie des tourbières (Dr. Line Rochefort), Département de Phytologie, Université Laval.
Number of participants (Min/Max): 25 / 53 (possibility of adding a second bus if necessary (which would start the visit by the Grande Plée Bleue in the morning and Saint-Henri in the afternoon)).
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC

 

FT MID 8 - RESTORATION OF SAND AND GRAVEL PITS IN BOREAL CLIMATE: AN OVERVIEW OF FIELD TRIALS FOLLOWED BY A CANOE / KAYAK EXCURSION OR A GUIDED TREK IN THE TAIGA

During this one-day excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit gravel and sand pits that were restored using the Rough and Loose technique (creation of micro-topogaphy). The team of Dr. Line Rochefort 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 Rough and Loose technique (3 years post-restoration). In the afternoon, you will have the choice between 2 activities: 1) discover the particular landscape of the Parc des Grands Jardins, characterized by the boreal forest and forest fires, during a guided hike led by a park warden-naturalist (maximum of 14 participants). You will learn more about the history of the Park and you will discover the reason why typical taiga vegetation is found at such southern latitudes. 2) Discover the magnificent landscapes of the Park on the water (canoe or kayak) on Arthabaska Lake with a park warden-naturalist.

Field trip leader(s): Laboratoire d'Écologie Végétale (Dr. Line Rochefort), Département de Phytologie, Université Laval.
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: TBC


 

FT MID 9 - AN ECOTOUR IN THE RIVIÈRE-DES-MILLE-ÎLES PARK, A BIODIVERSITY OASIS IN THE MONTREAL METROPOLITAIN AREA

This one-day tour offers you the chance to visit the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Park the freshwater section of the St. Lawrence River. This latter covers many islands of high botanical and ecological interest and is one of the best preserved riparian ecosystems in the Montreal region. In order to appreciate this northern "bayou", and for lovers of wetlands, you will be navigating in large canoes called "rabaska" which can hold up to twelve people. These canoes are very stable and do not require any experience as long as one can handle a paddle. During the field trip, we will reach a large marsh where a platform will allow us to have a good view of the surrounding habitats. After a few stops, we will reach one of the most interesting islands of the river in terms of its ecological diversity. Rare plant species, mature forest communities and riparian communities can be observed on this 13 ha-island.

Field trip leader(s): Université de Montréal (J. Brisson and S. Pellerin) 
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 27
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC


 

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

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): Martin Lafrance, biol. M.Sc., Ministère des Transports du Québec
Number of participants (Min/Max): 25 / 80
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm or 4:30 pm
Duration: HALF-DAY or 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th or Friday, June 12th, 2020
Cost: TBC


 

FT MID 16 - RESTORATION OF WETLANDS, A SOLUTION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FLOODING IN SAINT-RAYMOND

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 was worked 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): TBC
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 / 120
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: June 9th-10th or 11th, 2020 
Cost: TBC


 

FT MID 17 - EXCURSION TO THE BATTURES-DE-SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES NATURE RESERVE AND THE NATURAL BOG OF SAINTE-CATHERINE-DE-LA-JACQUES-CARTIER

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 kilometers 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
Number of participants (Min/Max): 40 / 56
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Cost: TBC


Fied Trip POST Congress

 

FT POST 1 - THE ACADIAN PEAT BOGS

Valorēs 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-exploitation peatland paths. Come and enjoy local fish and seafood from the Acadian Peninsula.

Field trip leader(s): Marion Tétégan Simon, Valores
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 120
Departure/Return: TBC
Duration: 3 DAYS
Date: From Friday, June 12th to Sunday June 14th, 2020
Cost: TBC


 

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

We will visit two watershed scale experimental fen peatlands, the Sandhill Fen and the Nikanotee Fen, that have been constructed on post-oilsands-mining landscape in Ft. McMurray, AB. These two systems were designed by different conceptual approaches based on numerical modelling for landscape optimization and the simulation of landscape position of natural fen systems in the region. Peat substrate (0.5-2 m) was added on top of a variety of mining materials, followed by revegetation through donor transfer, seedling planting, and direct seeding. Short term results are promising but hydrology and chemistry of both systems are still highly variable, creating uncertainty for the long-term stability of the newly created systems. 

We 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 suitable substrate and chemistry for peatland vegetation development while mitigating hydrological impact of the mineral road on surrounding areas.

Field trip leader(s): Bin Xu, NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges, Peatland Restoration Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 120
Departure/Return: TBC, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2020
Cost: TBC


 

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

On the 400th anniversary the Pilgrim’s landing, we will visit multiple river and wetland restoration sites in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The first phase will involve Town Brook.  Flowing through downtown Plymouth, and hosting one of the largest herring runs in the state, the river has been the subject of multiple restoration actions.  Walking along a riverside path, attendees will learn about four dam removal projects (10+ years, 5 years, and 1 year post removal) and 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 implement restoration of these sites on a regional scale.
 
Field trip leader(s): Alex Hackman and Kristopher Houle, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Department of Fish and Game
Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 40
Departure/Return: Québec City Convention Centre, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 DAY
Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2020
Cost: TBC

Important Preliminary Dates

Registration and call for abstracts starts
November 1, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
January 30, 2020

Abstract acceptance notice
March 1, 2020

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2020

Conference
June  7-11, 2020

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