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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

07 May 2014. Are you ready for a final blitz? Although it is hard to believe it, the fifth Atlas field season is already underway! Therefore, we would like to encourage everyone to make an extra special effort to help ensure that the last field season is an historic one! We recommend that you take full advantage of the next three months to search for breeding birds in your area, as they are the best of the year in which to do so. Please feel free to contact your regional coordinator to find out how best to contribute to finishing the coverage of your area. Once again, to get the most out of your field season we recommend that you subscribe to the Atlas discussion group. This will allow you to benefit from the experience of other atlassers and the information contained in the 3250 or so messages that have been posted since 2010. Finally, we would like to remind you that for the third consecutive year, participants who devote 20 hours or more to the search for breeding birds stand the chance of winning one of a number of prizes that will be drawn at the end of the season. Have a great final atlassing summer!
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Photo: Michel Bordeleau

With its exquisitely coloured plumage, the Wood Duck is unquestionably one of our most beautiful ducks. As its name suggests, this species is adapted to wooded wetlands and chooses to nest in those that are in, or adjacent to, mature deciduous forest. The Wood Duck is commonly observed in the southern part of the province, arriving back on its breeding grounds in early spring. Unlike most other species of ducks, it does not build its nest on the ground, but in the cavity of a tree, particularly those excavated by Pileated Woodpeckers. The female incubates the eggs and raises the young alone, with the drake typically leaving the breeding area towards the end of incubation. The hatchlings remain in the nest for about 24 hours, before pulling themselves up and out of the cavity to follow the hen to water. Wood Duck nests are occasionally parasitized by other cavity nesting ducks, and it is not uncommon to find clutches containing Hooded Merganser and/or Common Goldeneye eggs. This species almost disappeared at the turn of the last century; however, it has made such a successful comeback, thanks to the enforcement of protective measures, that it is now one of the most abundant ducks in eastern North America. Since the first atlas, the number of survey squares in which this species has been reported has more than doubled (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: 7 May 2014