Did you know that there is a large area along both sides of the Ottawa River that is designated as an International Bird Area due to its importance as both a fly zone for thousands of species who migrate north each year as well as a nesting area for many birds. I learned this at a presentation at the Museum of Nature last week and you can view much information at their exhibit there. The area runs from Britannia to Constance Bay along the former route of the Ottawa River which is now swampy and contains several small lakes. Birds are an important part of the world’s eco-system and I particularly am happy to see that many eat mosquitoes! A good place to visit is where Watt’s Creek empties into the Ottawa River (follow the road leading to the Connaught Range to the river).