Photo: © Claude Lafond Come see and learn about wild turkeys at the Ecomuseum Zoo

Come meet the wild turkeys

Thanksgiving at Ecomuseum Zoo

As West End Times' readers are preparing to roast a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner, this weekend might be a good time to find out more about wild turkeys, among the most curious and fun native animals in Quebec.Wild turkeys, which range through much of the eastern and central USA,can also be found in various locales in southern Quebec. Despite not being strong flyers,they seem to have little problem in fending off predators. "Visitors will be charmed by our friendly male turkey who loves nothing

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Special more than to strut by and surprise you with his extravagant colors!" notes Isabelle Mayer, Director of Communications at the Ecomuseum Zoo on Montreal's West Island. "Young and old alike will enjoy taking part in theAmazing Turkey Discovery Challenge.With your keen observation skills, find the hidden pictures and run the chance to win an adorable prize.You may not 'gobble,' but you'll be sure to 'giggle' with joy!" Mayer also notes that turkeys will be fed at 1:30 pm on October 8, 9, and 10. "Fall is a beautiful season for all who know how to enjoy it. Whether you come alone, as a couple or surrounded by friends and family, there's sure to be fun for everyone!" The Ecomuseum zoo is a small zoo near the western tip of Montreal Island.It features over 115 species of fauna native to the St- Lawrence Valley.The zoo is open 7 days a week,from 9 am-5 pm,but the entrance gate closes at 4 pm. Regular adult admission is $15; children are $9 and toddlers are free. 21125, chemin Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. 514-457-9449 www.ecomuseum.ca Comment on this article at: www.westendtimes.ca

Farha Foundation's CA MARCHE

2,000 join in Sunday despite rain

On Sunday, September 30, the Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, held ÇA MARCHE - the 20th annual edition of Quebec's largest AIDS walk.The event raised $300,000 in support of the 20,000 men,women and children in Quebec living with one of the world's fastest-growing diseases.Over 2,000 people gathered at Parc Émilie-Gamelin in support of HIV/AIDS despite the inclement weather. "For 20 years now, our donations have been instrumental in providing prevention and education programs,food,housing, medication, counselling and support to those who really need it," stated Linda Farha, Spokesperson, Farha Foundation. "ÇA MARCHE is an event meant for all - from an individual who lost a close one, to families wishing to show their support for a preventable disease that is still not understood.With every step we take,we are committed to serving our community until we can celebrate a cure!" For more information, or to make a donation, please visit camarche.ca

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