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
06 August 2014. The last breeding season for the Atlas is rapidly drawing to a close. If you have not done so, we encourage you to enter your data online as soon as possible so that we can begin the final data validation process. If you do not have Internet access, please submit your completed paper forms to your regional coordinator, or to the Atlas office. Remember that if you spent 20 hours or more searching for breeding evidence this year, you stand the chance of winning one of a number of prizes. In a few weeks’ time, we will share some of this season’s highlights with you. Finally, we invite you to read the words of support that we recently received from Pierre Drapeau, a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, co-director of the Centre for Forest Research and co-author of the reference work entitled Aménagement écosystémique en forêt boréale. Thank you for your help and enjoy the rest of the summer!
On returning from their wintering grounds off the coasts of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, Northern Gannets nesting in Québec establish territories in one of three colonies situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, that of Bonaventure Island, Anticosti Island or Bird Rock (just north of the Îles de la Madeleine). These colonies are densely populated and together they are home to the majority of the species’ North America population. Each pair defends a territory that is limited to the nest―made of mud and seaweed―and enough living space for the three family members. Around the end of April, the female lays a single egg, which both parents take turns to incubate with their highly vascularized webbed feet. Hatching occurs in early June and the chick usually fledges in September. During the rearing period, adults feed their chicks tirelessly, traveling up to 100 km in search of Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic herring and capelin. Watching them plunge into the water to fish is a spectacular sight, with some dives reaching the impressive depth of 15 m! (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.