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
06 April 2018. Please note that we will be updating the website and will be sending out our next newsletter in May. Thanks!
Because of its scarcity, power and beauty, the Gyrfalcon holds a special fascination for birdwatchers, and no one ever forgets their first encounter with this remarkable holarctic species that only visits southern Québec in winter. Provincially, this falcon nests chiefly on the Ungava Peninsula, where it occurs both inland and along the coast, in open country with suitable nesting cliffs. The male selects the nest site, usually on a ledge protected by an overhang, and then attempts to attract a female by emitting insistent calls and performing an elaborate aerial courtship display. The latter consists of a repeated figure of eight flight, with the central crossing point placed in front of the nest site. During incubation, which lasts just over a month, the male brings prey, usually ptarmigan, to the female. The young fledge about 50 days after hatching. Although not considered endangered globally, the Gyrfalcon is one of the most prized falconry species, and the illegal trafficking of individuals and eggs is one of the main threats to this magnificent bird (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.