With the completion of fieldwork for southern Québec (2010-2014), the Atlas project has reached an important milestone, and we would like to send our sincere thanks to the 2000 participants who between them devoted more than 100 000 hours to data collection.
Nevertheless, this does not mean that all data collection is finished, as fieldwork for the region north of 50°30' N will continue for several years to come!
In parallel, the Atlas Team will be concentrating on the publication of the results for southern Québec. We will keep you regularly informed about the progress of this part of the project, which aims to analyze and publish the data acquired between 2010 and 2014, including a comparison with the results obtained during the first Atlas.
Those of you who wish to participate in the northern component of the Atlas should, in addition to regularly visiting this website, subscribe to our mailing list to receive our newsletters. To help with planning and to avoid overlap, we would like hear from any experienced and independent birdwatchers who are intending to visit northern Québec to collect data for the Atlas.
For your information, we will be adding sections to this website containing a variety of information about the northern part of the project. However, in the meantime, you can find a range of basic information on the Northern Québec page.
The Atlas Team
25 May 2017. The summer 2017 edition of the magazine QuébecOiseaux gives pride of place to the Atlas. It contains three articles about the northern phase of the project: Mission au Nunavik : de surprise en surprise (by Michel Robert), La Transtaïga : exploration d'un écosystème méconnu (by Christophe Buidin and Yann Rochepault) and Eeyou Istchee (by Hugues Brunoni). As you probably know, surveying of the north is still ongoing. This year, a team will be atlassing along the Trans-Taiga Road (which crosses Québec from west to east, ending at the Caniapiscau Reservoir), and the Atlas Office will be collaborating with the Government of Québec (ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques), to more fully characterize land around the above mentioned reservoir that is inaccessible by road, and which forms part of planned protected areas. If you plan to visit Nunavik this summer, please contact us as soon as possible, as large parts of this “great land” have yet to be surveyed. As for the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec, please note that all species have now been allocated to authors and approximately 80% of the species accounts have been written. Given the scale of the task and the small editorial team, the production of the Atlas is going to take some time, but don’t worry, we will keep you informed of the progress!
The Red-necked Phalarope is a small shorebird that exhibits reversed sexual dimorphism and roles, with the female (see photo) being larger and more brightly coloured than the male. The male builds the nest, which is usually placed in a depression close to water, and he alone is responsible for incubating the eggs, which hatch after about 20 days. Almost immediately, the young are able to walk, swim and feed themselves. This species has a circumpolar distribution, and breeds across northern Québec. During the present Atlas, it has been recorded within a wide band stretching from the Basse-Côte-Nord to Ivujivik, an Inuit village on the northern tip of the Ungava Peninsula. Surveys conducted on the peninsula in June 2016 resulted in breeding evidence for about 30 survey squares. In southern Québec, the Red-necked Phalarope is mainly observed during its fall migration, particularly offshore in the St. Lawrence Estuary; by then, however, the dramatic colours of its breeding plumage have given way to shades of white and gray (adapted from Gauthier and Aubry 1996).
TOP 10 CONTRIBUTORS
List of participants who contributed the most to data collection. For a complete list, click here.
The Québec Breeding Bird Atlas project is open to birdwatchers of all skill levels, and we strongly encourage you
to get involved. The aim of participants of the Atlas is to find breeding evidence for as many bird species as possible within each 100 km2 survey square.
Black-and-white Warbler photo by Simon Pierre Barrette.