General InformationNew time and day of the week for our meetings The good news is that whenever we can safely resume our in-person club meetings they’ll continue to be held at the Arnprior Curling Club. We’ve secured our traditional meeting space at the club and we’ll see you there once we are sure of a safe return. However, based on the latest public health announcements, it won’t be for a while longer and until further notice, we’ll continue our meetings virtually via Zoom and limit them to club members. The curling club had asked us to change our booking to Wednesdays so we have been securing speakers for upcoming meetings based on that requirement. Also, given how late our recent meetings have been running, we agree, as members have suggested, that we should start our meetings earlier. So, beginning with our September meeting, club meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. One more change for September only. While club meetings will be the first Wednesday of each month, our September 2021 club meeting will be held on September 8, the second Wednesday of the month. Field trips will resume as COVID restrictions ease up.
Thu09Dec20218:30 to noonArnprior Area Birding Hotspots
No rain date
Meeting Location: Arnprior Metro store parking lot (away from store closer to Daniel St.)
Guide: Michael Runtz
Michael, besides being our club President and a professor in the department of Biology at Carleton University, will be participating in the upcoming Christmas Bird Count in the Arnprior. He is hopeful that this outing will help familiarize club members with local birding hotspots in the Arnprior area and encourage participation in the count. Sites visited will be the Madawaska Headpond and the Ottawa River in several locations for waterbirds, and local fields for hawks and owls.
(Level of difficulty 2 out of 5)
Most of the sites will be very short walks (if any at all) away from the comfort of your car. Please make sure however that you are warmly dressed (hands and feet can get especially cold). A thermos of something warm to drink (non-alcoholic of course) is a good idea. At this time of year with snow and changing temperatures, slippery spots are possible so please ensure stable outdoor footwear and a walking stick if you need for balance.
Please bring a pair of binoculars (let me know if you need a pair – the club has a few to lend for the outing), a spotting scope and a camera if you have them.
A note about Covid: You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only. Participation will be on a first come first registered basis but as this is a car blitz in fairly open environments, I expect to be able to accommodate a larger group size than on previous outings. Confirmation emails will be sent out in any case so that you know that I have received your registration.
We will be maintaining physical distancing requirements. Please bring a non-medical mask to be worn when physical distancing is not possible. Please do not come if you are ill or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19. Notification of cancellation as soon as possible would be appreciated.
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your full name)
no later than Wednesday 8 December at 5pm.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Hope you can join us.