Peregrine falcon (Photo by CRTM)

Peregrine falcon (Photo by CRTM)

Young biologists set off to discover birds of prey in the escarpments and flora on the ecological trail

July 18, 2016
Prévost, QC


Around thirty children in the Montreal summer camp “la ruelle potagère” will become biologists-in-training on July 20th during a Nature Day in the Laurentides region organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and HSBC Bank Canada.

Equipped with magnifying glasses, binoculars and sketchbooks, these 12 to 16 year-old students will set off in search of birds of prey in the escarpements and flora on the ecological trail.

For the students, this activity on July 20th is not only an opportunity to get out of Montreal, it is a chance to learn and see conservation in action.

“These children will explore the ecosystems of the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve at the centre of the township of Prévost, a unique natural environment sheltering plant and animal species with special status, such as the peregrine falcon and reflexed rockcress. The day’s activities will focus on discovering different species, their biology and habitats,” said Catherine Collette-Hachey, project coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

“This Nature Day meshes perfectly with the aim of educational exploration of Quebec’s ecosystems. It is also an occasion to discover career opportunities in the domain of conservation and biology,” said George Fournier, project coordinator at the organization ruelle de l’avenir.

In an era where children spend more and more time indoors, the Nature Days program organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in partnership with HSBC Bank Canada gives young people the opportunity to discover nature and the biodiversity all around them.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works actively with local partners in the Laurentides region to protect this important habitat for plants and animals.

The existence of unique natural environments in the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve fosters the growth of an impressive array of plants and significant animal diversity.

About the partnership

In May 2012, NCC and Earth Rangers announced a $500,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada to set up conservation education experiences for students across the country. Earth Rangers and NCC will each receive $250,000 over a five-year period, until 2017.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is Quebec’s and Canada’s leading not-for-profit private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) across the country, including 98,800 acres (40,000 hectares) in Quebec.

It is by protecting and managing these natural environments that they can be made accessible to this generation and those to come.

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Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x240

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