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
12 May 2016. This year, we are supporting two teams of atlassers collecting data for the northern phase of the project: Yann Rochepault and Christophe Buidin will be exploring the Transtaïga Road, and Hugues Brunoni and Maxime Carbonneau, the James Bay Road. A good number of breeding records will also be collected by four ornithologists from the Canadian Wildlife Service who will be working on the Ungava Peninsula (Nunavik) and Mansel Island (Nunavut) in June. Drafting of text for the Atlas is now underway, with about 50 species accounts having been produced since January, and a few more authors were recently contacted to start working on additional accounts. The allocation of the remaining species will be done early this fall. For certain groups of bird (e.g., waterfowl and seabirds), recognized specialists will be writing the accounts. Please note that due to the complexity of the guidelines and the results to be interpreted, it has been decided to limit the number of authors involved. Finally, please note that due to overwhelming interest, there are currently no copies left of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Maritime Provinces. However, if there is sufficient demand, there is a possibility of a second print run. If you are interested in ordering from a second print, please send your name, address, email and phone to email@example.com.
Although the Wilson's Warbler is present throughout much of Québec, including the far north, this species is most typically associated with the boreal forest. Historically, it was common in the Montreal area, but has suffered from habitat loss and is now rare in southern Québec. This warbler nests mainly in wet habitat covered by alder or willow scrub, or in burnt-over sites or regenerating forest. The older males arrive back on the breeding grounds before females and second-year males. The nest is located on the ground in moss or directly on soil, and is generally hidden by a grass tussock or the low branches of a tree. The young fledge as little as eight days after hatching. During the present Atlas, the Wilson's Warbler has been recorded in all regions, except for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and a few in the extreme southern part of the province. Although this species was detected in 22% of the squares visited in southern Québec, the relative inaccessibility of nests meant that few atlassers were able to confirm breeding (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.
Black-and-white Warbler photo by Simon Pierre Barrette.