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
29 May 2015. We are looking for volunteer authors to write the species accounts that will feature in the new Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec; click here for further information. Please note that we have made several changes to the Atlas website to reflect the fact that survey work for southern Québec has been completed and that any new Atlas data submitted must come from northern Québec (north of 50° 30' N). We invite anyone interested in collecting Atlas data in this part of the province to visit the Northern Québec page. Finally, an article by Gaétan Duquette entitled “Des gagnants et des perdants” (winners and losers) was recently published in the magazine QuébecOiseaux. The piece is based on a summary analysis of the data collected for southern Québec, and reveals some of the changes that have occurred in breeding bird populations in Québec since the first Atlas, 25 years ago. The article (only available in French) can be obtained from the In the media page (or by cliking here).
During its spring migration, the White-crowned Sparrow passes fleeting through the densely populated areas of southern Québec, but not without attracting the attention of many birdwatchers. In the south, its plaintive song can only be heard for a few days, before it continues on to its breeding grounds in the taiga and tundra, where it feeds on seeds, young moss capsules, willow catkins, black flies and other arthropods. This species nests in thickets and scrub in more open habitat (e.g., in burns and open spruce woodland), and the nest, which is built by the female, is usually located on the ground, and is typically concealed by a clump of grass, a shrub or a low branch. The eggs are incubated by the female and she alone broods the young. Nevertheless, both parents feed the chicks on a diet of insects, seeds and berries. The species usually raises only one brood a year, but if a second is produced, the male take care of the first one. In Québec, the White-crowned Sparrow breeds from the 50th parallel north to the Ungava Peninsula; however, during fieldwork for both the first and the second atlases, breeding was only confirmed in one of the Atlas region in southern Québec, that of Minganie (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.