Are you keen on birds? or do you birdwatch regularly? Whether you are an experienced birdwatcher or a beginner, this is your chance to contribute to the most ambitious ornithological project ever undertaken in Québec: the second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Québec.
If you are thinking about registering as an atlasser or if you would like to learn more about the project and the tasks that volunteer atlassers are requested to undertake, please consult the Frequently asked questions page.
If you are already registered as an atlasser, you will find all the instructions and details that you need to participate in the Guide for Atlassers. The guide covers topics ranging from the preparations that should be done prior to collecting data, through to data entry and submission. You will also find a wealth of information on this website, which is the gateway to the project.
If you would like to register as an atlasser, which is free of charge but obligatory, please click here.
We sincerely hope that by participating in this project you will gain a greater insight into the private lives of the birds you will be watching, and that the experience will be an enriching and memorable one.
Thank you in advance for your participation,
The Atlas Team
17 October 2013. We are delighted to announce that the well-known sculptor Louis St-Cyr has decided to support the Atlas by offering the project the opportunity of selling 10 bronzes of his sculpture entitled ‘En péril’, which translates to ‘At risk’. The sculpture depicts a Peregrine Falcon chasing three Piping Plovers. Each bronze is approximately two metres long and is valued at $29,500. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about these bronzes, so if you know of an individual or of an organization who you feel might be interested in acquiring one of them, please contact the Atlas office. Click here for further information, or to see the bronze. On another note, this is the time of the year when we report on some of the Highlights of the past field season. The species featured this year include the Trumpeter Swan, the Barrow’s Goldeneye, the Le Conte’s Sparrow, the Willet and even the American White Pelican!
The Red-tailed Hawk is by far the most widespread and best-known Buteo in North America. It nests throughout southern Québec, but is absent from the Magdalen Islands. This species prefers to build its nest in a tall mature tree (usually a broad-leafed deciduous) growing close to a clearing, where it can hunt for rodents and other small mammals. The female typically lays two eggs, and assures most of the incubation, which lasts about 30 days. After the eggs have hatched, the female will call continuously at the approach of an intruder, which can help pinpoint an active nest. Data from the different raptor watching sites in Québec show that the fall migration of Red-tailed Hawks peaks in the first three weeks of October. To illustrate this, during this period, the mean daily number of individuals recorded at the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac is 155, but can approach 2,000 when conditions are right (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.