Volunteers of Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (Photo by Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club)

Volunteers of Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (Photo by Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club)

Volunteers document biodiversity in Kenauk - Saumon (Kinonge) river valley

Calico pennant (Photo by OFNC)

Calico pennant (Photo by OFNC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently conducting an inventory of flora and fauna and their habitats in Kenauk, to document the rich biodiversity of this landmark area. Located in the Outaouais region, this exceptional territory extends over close to 16 kilometres from west to east and nearly 21 kilometres from south to north. NCC is thankful for the generous support of local botanists, zoologists and ecologists who carry out this important work!

This summer, volunteers from the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC) and Bird Protection Quebec (BPQ) roamed the area to collect valuable observations on the animals, plants and habitats on the Kenauk property.

In June, BPQ volunteer birders did some birdwatching. In total, 76 species were observed. Among them were peregrine falcon, a species threatened in Quebec and of special concern in Canada, and Canada warbler, a species likely to become vulnerable or threatened in Quebec and threatened in Canada. In addition to identifying the species of birds present, these inventories provide a better idea of which ones breed on the property.

 
Olive-sided flycatcher's habitat, Kenauk (Photo by BPQ)

Olive-sided flycatcher's habitat, Kenauk (Photo by BPQ)

  
Olive-sided flycatcher's habitat, Kenauk (Photo by BPQ)

Olive-sided flycatcher's habitat, Kenauk (Photo by BPQ)

In July, OFNC volunteers conducted a bioblitz — an intensive inventory over a very short period of time. They observed several species, such as four-toed salamander, ring-necked snake, northern flying squirrel, various species of fungi and a multitude of moths.

 
Naturalists in action (Photo by OFNC)

Naturalists in action (Photo by OFNC)

 
Four-toed salamander (Photo by ONFC)

Four-toed salamander (Photo by ONFC)

 
Common garter snake (Photo de OFNC)

Common garter snake (Photo de OFNC)

 
Mulberry wing (Photo by OFNC)

Mulberry wing (Photo by OFNC)

The data collected during these inventories helps NCC make conservation decisions.

NCC would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated.

These activities were made possible through the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada

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