A guide to the extensive trails in Canada’s largest arboretum and to the birds that have been recorded there is for both casual visitors and novice birders as well as for experienced birders.
Many cities have more green space than does Montreal, but few have anything so close to the city centre that is on the scale of the Morgan Arboretum in which to wander and get close to the natural world. It may not be famous, indeed even in Montreal it is surprising how few people are aware of it, but it is more than extensive enough to lose yourself in for a day and never know that a major city lies just down the highway.
The Arboretum is an ideal place for birds to be seen and enjoyed. There are in the region of 200 species of birds that have been seen here – some migrating birds in passage and others residents that nest in the forest. In any given year it is possible for a regular visitor to observe over 100 of these species without too much difficulty; as any birder knows, being in the right place at the right time is the key to success and it is the purpose of this guide to make being there on the day the birds are also nearby relatively easy to arrange.