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Birdwatching in our Nature Reserve

Fauna birdwatching and conservancy walks are held in the spring, summer and fall months. They are an excellent opportunity to visit the Nature Reserve while simultaneously contributing to its conservation and inventory of bird species. All birdwatching events are bilingual.

COVID-19 Notice: Please note that we have cancelled Fauna Sanctuary Symposiums and Birdwatching events until further notice. We remain watchful of the COVID-19 situation. We hope to resume our event programs and announce new dates for the 2021 season soon.

2021 Birdwatching Schedule

To be announced.

What To Expect - The Agenda

Fauna Nature Reserve Habitats - Birds - White Crowned Sparrow

Officially recognized as the Ruisseau Robert Nature Reserve by the provincial government, the property is a haven for birds with over 120 bird species spotted to date. Our grasslands, ponds, lake, and forests are frequented by many birds of prey, songbirds, waders and waterfowl.

The route of our birdwatching walks can vary depending on weather and season, but we generally lead the group through the Fauna Nature Reserve around a variety of the property’s ecosystems, which include: grasslands (farming fields that are being rewilded), a small section of the Acadie River, forested areas, a small lake, streams and a few ponds, and an arboretum.

Please keep in mind that the Fauna residents, i.e., chimpanzees, monkeys, etc., will NOT be seen on the birdwatching walks. If you’re interested in a visiting program, check out our Sanctuary Symposiums. Several our our Birdwatching events coincide with a Sanctuary Symposium (see asterisked dates below). To experience the Fauna Sanctuary as a whole, we suggest signing up for both events.

For those who are attending both Birdwatching and Sanctuary Symposium events on the same day, you will begin your birdwatching walk at the scheduled time, then be guided toward the office building at 9:45 AM for the Symposium, and resume your walk from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Birdwatching at Fauna Nature Reserve Birds - American Red Start

Event Details


General Admission and Donor Admission Tickets are available at $12 and $20 respectively. Space is limited and available on first-come, first-serve basis. Minimum age is 13 years old. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is also a paying guest.


Event is either 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM for most dates, or 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM for dates that coincide with a Sanctuary Symposium. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in.


Fauna is located at 3802 ch. Bellerive, Carignan, QC J3L 3P9, which is about a 30-minute drive south of Montreal.