Excursion to Mud Lake

Excursion to Mud Lake

When: May 01
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – first excursion (migratory birds);
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm - second excursions (reptiles and amphibians).
Excursion led by Elena Kreuzberg
Meeting at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Parking near Mud Lake:  (Cassels Street on the way to Ottawa Filtration Plant): 

Mud Lake is an interesting place to visit during any time of year, but spring is something special there. The lake is a part of Important Bird Area in the city, recognized by its value for migratory birds. Early May is just the right time to look for returning long-distant migrants stopping for rest on trees and bushes along Ottawa River. Many warblers visit this area during their seasonal migrations. Some of them like, for example, Yellow-rumped are amazingly abundant and can be seen more likely in many places around. Others – like several boreal migrants (Wilson, Cape-May, Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers,)  – are much more cautious, but can also be “captured” by eye and ear near Mud Lake.

This area is also famous for its abundance of turtles, which emerge after the long winter season and can be spotted basking on logs close to lake’s shores.  We will also explore if amphibians woke up and started their spring “concerts”. 

Take your cameras and snack for refreshment. Be prepared in accordance with weather.

Small donations to CPAWS-OV are welcomed.