Photo: Pierre Bannon

Photo: Pierre Bannon

Photo: Michel Bordeleau

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Birdwatchers needed!

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

Project updates

18 December 2014. It’s already the holiday season and the end of the fifth year of the Atlas project: how time flies! The members of the Atlas Team would like to send you their best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To continue the tradition, and to thank you for your tremendous efforts since 2010, we would like to offer you another short bird animation. To watch it, simply click here! To really help get you in the festive mood, why not watch or re-watch the animations from 2011, 2012 and 2013, which you can do by clicking on each of the years. Starting in January, we will give you regular updates about the next stages of the project.
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Photo: Réjean Turgeon

Each year, the Northern Shrike arrives in southern Québec in mid-fall, usually frequenting open areas. Often observed perched atop a tree or a shrub, this innocuous looking passerine is in fact a predator. However, as it lacks powerful talons, it typically impales its prey before devour them, and the species’ scientific name, Lanius excubitor, means "sentinel butcher". The Northern Shrike usually remains in the southern part of the province until April, and then moves back north to breed in the boreal forest between the south of James Bay and Ungava Bay. However, the precise limits of its breeding range remain to be determined. During the breeding season, it occupies open coniferous habitat, such as peatlands, burns and the edges of denser patches of forests. The pair builds a largish nest in a tree or bush, and although only the female incubates, both parents feed the chicks. Since 2010, this species has only been reported from eight survey squares, all north of latitude 50º30'. Of these, five were situated south of the Labrador border (adapted from Gauthier and Aubry 1996).


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.

Updated: 17 December 2014