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
25 February 2015. Everything suggests that 2015 will be a pivotal year for the Atlas! In
addition to completing the validation of the breeding records collected
by atlassers over the past five years (2010-2014), the Atlas Team will
be determining the content of the publication resulting from the first
phase of the project, producing distribution and relative abundance
maps, analyzing results and establishing various committees (e.g., to
oversee photographic and written content). In parallel, several pages
from the website will be updated to account for the fact that data
collection for southern Québec has finished, but that it is
still ongoing in the north. We invite birdwatchers planning to travel to
the north to visit our Northern
Québec page for more information. We will keep you regularly
informed as to the progress of both “branches” of the
project: the publication of the results for southern Québec and
fieldwork in the north. To avoid missing anything, please visit this
website regularly and make sure that you are signed up for the Atlas newsletter!
The Gray Jay is an excellent ambassador of the boreal forest, and one renowned for its somewhat audacious behaviour. It regularly pilfers food from forest camps, which, in the past, earned it the nicknames “camp-robber” and “whiskey jack”. Like other corvids, the Gray Jay is an omnivore, and feeds on eggs and nestlings during the breeding season. Because of this, it is heavily mobbed when located by other passerines. Gray Jays can nest in March, relying on provisions stored prior to the onset of winter. The nest is typically built on the south side of a conifer and is usually lined with grouse feathers. The female incubates the eggs for approximately three weeks, and the young fledge from the nest after a similar period of time. The family group remains together until the young start to squabble amongst themselves and the most dominant one drives the others out of the breeding territory. In Québec, the Gray Jay is found throughout the boreal forest (except on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine), and its range extends north to the tree line. To the south, it also breeds in the coniferous and mixed woodlands of the Appalachians (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.