Nature observation

Des territoires naturels d’exception s’offrent aux amants de la nature, petits et grands, à proximité de la maison et gratuitement. Profitez-en abondamment, car bien-être, santé et nature sont intimement liés.

Cockspur Hawthorn
Crataegus crus-galli

Northern Leopard Frog
Lithobates pipiens

Owing to its noble and distinctive tree species, and its rich biodiversity in general, the forest of the Fernand-Seguin ecology centre has substantial ecological value. However, it is a sugar maple-hickory stand that first and foremost distinguishes the Fernand-Seguin ecology centre. This forest is typical of southwestern Québec and is particularly valuable in terms of ecology considering that similar areas have given way to urbanization in the Greater Montréal region. Sugar maples dominate the area, followed by shagbark and bitternut hickory. Several other species add to the diversity of these woods, such as butternut, basswood and ironwood.

The fallow fields bordering the woods are a legacy of agricultural times. Wild plant species now thrive in peace next to luxuriant bushes, such as the rare cockspur hawthorn, which grows almost exclusively in Châteauguay, Léry and Kahnawake.

In the spring, the undergrowth of the sugar maple-hickory stand transforms into an utterly magical garden where trillium and trout lilies are briefly in bloom in a spectacular display of beauty!

This wonderful mix of plant species provides shelter and abundant food for wildlife.

Birds

Plus d’une centaine d’espèces d’oiseaux fréquente le centre écologique Fernand-Seguin. En plus des pics, troglodytes, éperviers, buses et chouettes, des espèces forestières trouvent refuge à cet endroit, comme la Paruline couronnée et la Grive des bois, que l’on entend fréquemment. Finalement, les populaires mésanges et sittelles n’hésitent jamais à venir se poser dans les mains des randonneurs pour y picorer quelques graines ou noix.

Other wildlife species

Even though wildlife is somewhat harder to spot here than at the wildlife sanctuary, racoons, red foxes, Eastern cottontails and bats are in the area, along with small rodents, amphibians and reptiles: squirrels, chipmunks, voles, mice, toads, green frogs, tree frogs, salamanders and garter snakes.

Red fox
Vulpes vulpes

257, rue Fernand-Seguin

Châteauguay, Québec

J6K 0K3

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