A wide range of facilities are available to students and researchers in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences. These facilities are located both on and off of McGill's Macdonald Campus:
On Campus Resources:
Avian Science and Conservation Centre
Established in 1973, the Avian Science and Conservation Centre's purpose is to foster a greater understanding of the biology, conservation, and management of birds through a multipurpose program of research and education. Major areas of research include behaviour, ecology, nutrition, toxicology, reproductive physiology, and parasitology of captive and wild birds, as well as captive breeding and management of endangered species.
The Macdonald Campus computer lab is supported by IT Services. The computer labs are located in the Macdonald Stewart Building, Rooms MS2-026 and MS2-028 / MS2-029 (rooms can be combined).
For more information visit the Macdonald Campus labs webpage.
The McGill University Herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens residing in the Plant Science Department at Macdonald Campus. It is located on the first floor of the Raymond Building and has since grown to a collection of more than 140,000 plant specimens that document the research activities of McGill staff and students over the past century and serve as a rich source of research material for biologists.
Lyman Entomological Museum
The Lyman Entomological Museum is the insect collection and systematic entomology laboratory of McGill University. The collection houses 2.8 million specimens of insects and other arthropods, making it the second largest insect collection in Canada, and the largest university insect collection in the country.
For more information visit the Lyman Museum Blog.
Macdonald Campus Farm
McGill's Macdonald Campus Farm, located on 205 hectares of the Macdonald campus, is an experimental and demonstration farm, dedicated to teaching and research. It strives to be an innovative leader at the cutting edge of agricultural technology.
Soil Testing Services
Nutrient and Trace Element Analysis Laboratories
Dedicated mainly to research purposes, the Nutrient Analysis Laboratory is equipped with all the basic facilities to provide soil fertility appraisal and plant nutrient analysis. We use a Lachat flow injection analyzer to measure many components of nitrogen and phosphorus (in soil, waters and plant digests) as well as a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer for most of the major cations.
The Trace Element Analysis Laboratory has a state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) capable of rapid analysis of a wide range of trace elements with limits of detection commonly in the range of 0.1 to 1 ppb in solution.
This facility is available to support research projects of researchers at McGill and other universities. Graduate students involved in the research are invited to be trained and to take part in the many steps involved in laboratory work. If you are interested, please contact us to find out about the analyses that can be conducted, their limitations (e.g. sample type, make-up and concentration of the matrix solutions), and costs.
helene.lalande [at] mcgill.ca (Hélène Lalande)
Off Campus Resources
The only outdoor zoo on the island of Montreal, the Ecomuseum is located only a 5 minute drive from Macdonald Campus and showcases a wide variety of species native to Quebec.
For more information visit the Ecomuseum website.
Gault Nature Reserve, Mont Saint-Hilaire
Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University is a private Reserve which protects 1000 hectares of natural primeval forests of the St. Lawrence Valley. Situated at Mont-Saint-Hilaire approximately 40 km from Montreal, this panoramic natural landscape is ideal for discovering nature, teaching and university research. The public sector with 25 km of trail network is open 365 days per year for visitors' enjoyment. The Gault team offers support to research and teaching of natural sciences while providing a wide range of services to the university community and the general public.
or more information visit McGill's Gault Nature Reserve webpage
Lods Agronomy Research centre
The Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre is located near the Macdonald Campus and is used serve a large pool of researchers in agricultural science, environmental science, plant biology and engineering.
Main areas of research at Lods:
- Plant genomics and breeding
- Greenhouse gases and climate change
- Water resources
- Precision Agriculture
- Nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems
- Crop Physiology
- Plant-microbe interactions
McGill Arctic Research Station
The McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) is located 8km inland at Expedition Fjord, Nunavut, on Central Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic.
Current research activities include:
- Climate change
- Permafrost hydrology
- Planetary analogues
McGill Sub-Arctic Research Station
The McGill Sub-Arctic Research Station (MSARS) is located in Schefferville, Quebec, near the Labrador border. The station offers year-round (summer and winter) access to a vast lichen woodland (containing numerous lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands) and alpine tundra.
Donated to McGill University as a nature conservation centre for use in study and research, the Molson reserve is located 10 minutes from the Macdonald Campus. The 51-hectare parcel of land consists of forest, woodland marshes, swamps and wetland, and provides habitat for wildlife and plant species, some of which are unique to the area.
For more information, please contact:
james.fyles [at] mcgill.ca (Professor Jim Fyles)
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
The Morgan Arboretum is a 245 hectare forested reserve, situated on the McGill University Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue on the western tip of the island of Montréal. The arboretum is open daily throughout the year from 9 am to visitors who can walk and ski its trails in season and is supported by the Morgan Arboretum Association (The Friends).
Among the trees in the Arboretum are birches, linden, spruce, pine, fir, balsam, an outstanding selection of flowering shrubs and trees and one of the oldest living maple stands on Montreal Island, estimated to date back nearly 200 years. We are home to 30 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians and some 200 or more species of migratory and over-wintering birds.
Stoneycroft Wildlife Area (McGill Bird Observatory)
The Stoneycroft Wildlife Area is directly adjacent the Morgan Arboretum The McGill Bird Observatory (MBO) is a project of the Migration Research Foundation and affiliated with McGill University. It was initially organized by a group of graduate students working at the Avian Science and Conservation Centre and now acts as a significant member of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network with emphasis on migration monitoring, research and volunteer training.
For additional information visit the Bird Protection Quebec webpage about the Stonycroft Widlife Area.
P.O. Box 82, Succ. Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue,
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L4
Email the mbo [at] migrationresearch.org (MBO)