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
10 March 2016. The production of the Atlas results, which includes much more than the simple breeding evidence maps already available on our website, is well underway. In fact, so much so, that a few weeks ago, a small team of authors started working on the first species accounts! An important part of the work of this team, which should be completed by the end of March, was to test a newly developed web interface. The latter provides authors with, amongst other things, guidelines and Atlas results in the form of maps, bar charts and statistics. It also allows them to submit their texts, and to follow the review process and see any comments. If all goes well, we intend to contact a few more authors before the start of this year’s field season. Regarding data collection for 2016, we invite volunteer atlassers who feel like a challenge, to visit our Volunteer travel grant page, and to contact us before the end of April to share their project details. In the coming weeks, we will know whether we have sufficient support again this year to deploy at least one field crew to help with the survey effort.
Anyone who has passed too close to an active Northern Goshawk nest usually remembers the event vividly, as the female will unhesitatingly launch repeated attacks to defend her nest from potential predators, including humans. This species is the largest of our accipiters and usually prefers to nest in mature forest. In southern Québec, the breeding season typically begins in March, with pairs returning to their nesting grounds. Once installed, they perform their spectacular courtship display, which includes the male making dramatic aerial dives towards the female. The latter does most of the nest building and the resulting structure, which is usually placed high up, in the fork of a tree, can reach nearly 1 m in diameter. Incubation lasts for about 30 days and the young fledge roughly one month later, but stay with their parents until they are about 70 days old. During Atlas fieldwork, the Northern Goshawk was confirmed breeding in most regions of Québec, including Nunavik. Although mainly found in the south of the province, this species can also nest in isolated stands beyond the tree line (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.