NeilyWorld  Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Mississippi River Valley Loop


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        Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 155 (March Road or Regional Road 49). Turn left or southwest onto March Road and follow it for 3.2 km to Howie Road. Turn left or southeast on it and drive 5.1 km to the Old Almonte Road. The trail SE of Howie Road begins across the Old Almonte Road from here.
        Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From the Trail SE of Corkery Road, return the 0.9 km along Corkery Road to Manion Corners and the Old Almonte Road. Turn right or northeast on it and drive 1.5 km to Howie Road (on the left) and the Trail SE of Howie Road (on the right).
Map of the SE of Howie Road area
Map of the SE of Howie Road area
         Site Description and Birding Information: Beyond the end of Howie Road is an unmaintained road leading through mixed forest. After 2.8 km the trail crosses the powerline right-of-way. The powerline can be followed through mixed forest to the ENE for 1.4 km to the marsh near the SE end of Beavertail Road, or to the WSW for 1.6 km to the Trail SE of Corkery Road. These rights-of-way provide excellent viewing opportunities with good visibility, possibility of raptors crossing or following the opening and lots of edge habitat. The trail continues for at least a kilometre beyond the powerlines. Parts can be wet, boots recommended.
         Many public accesses such as this may disappear without use. Old road rights-of way, legal public access, are being closed because no one uses them. Be vigilant.
Trail SE of Howie Road
Trail SE of Howie Road

        Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From the Trail SE of Howie Road, turn right or northeast onto the Old Almonte Road and go 1.7 km to Beavertail Road. Turn right or southeast onto Beavertail and drive 2.7 km to our next site, the marshes at SE End of Beavertail Road.
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Last update:  October 28, 2009