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
01 February 2016. In late January, a small team of authors set to work on the very first species accounts. Over the coming weeks, these authors will be testing the online interface developed to manage this stage of the project, and via which authors access instructions and information, submit texts and participate in the review process. Once the system has been fine-tuned, additional authors will be contacted by the Atlas Office to write further accounts. This gradual start will help ensure the success of this crucial step for the Atlas.
The return of Snow Buntings to southern Québec signals the imminent arrival of winter. Outside the breeding season, this species is highly gregarious and flocks comprising many dozens of individuals can be seen feeding in fallow fields, and along tidal flats and roadsides. They will also visit bird feeding stations set up in open areas. Once they discover a suitable feeding spot, they will often remain in the vicinity for a week or two, often returning to feed at the same place at the same time each day, leaving half an hour before sunset to roost. Up until the 1960s, people living along the Saint Lawrence hunted and trapped this species for food, and considerable numbers were traded at local markets. In Québec, the Snow Bunting nests on the Ungava Peninsula. Males arrive back on the breeding ground in mid-April, establishing territories on rocky hillsides or mountain slopes, which they defend by singing from rock perches. The females arrive about a month later and once paired start investigating cavities or shallow crevices for a place to build their nest. Individuals breeding around villages may even nest in the cracked foundations of a building. The female incubates her eggs for about 12 days and, after hatching, the young remain in the nest for a similar period of time, before joining their parents out on the tundra (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.