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
02 September 2015. The Atlas Office is currently seeking photos to illustrate the new Atlas, which will cover all the breeding birds occurring in southern Québec. If you are interested in submitting images, we invite you to visit this new web page. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who expressed an interest in writing species accounts for the new Atlas. For your information, all the records of rare and/or colonial species recorded in southern Québec between 2010 and 2014 have now been validated, and the mapping and analysis of the Atlas results are underway. We will keep you informed of progress through our newsletters and this website. Finally, did you know that a number of valiant ornithologists collected Atlas data in dozens of survey squares in northern Québec this summer? Among them were Yann Rochepault and Christophe Buidin, who were hired as a field crew thanks to support from Bird Protection Quebec. We invite you to read about their summer and enjoy their photos on this page.
The Sandhill Crane is exceptional long-lived and may reach 35 years of age or more in the wild. This species is monogamous and couples usually remain together for life. Cranes return to Québec in April, establishing territories in peatlands, marshes and around shallow water bodies. Their spectacular courtship dance includes bowing, leaping and loud trumpeting calls. The nest is built of aquatic plants or small branches, in which the female usually lays two eggs that the pair take turns incubating. Shortly after hatching, the chicks can run nimbly about and are able to follow their parents. The chicks start to fly at between two to three months of age, and the family group remains together for several months after that. The Sandhill Crane population in Québec has undergone a huge expansion since the first atlas, when it was observed in only four survey squares in the Abitibi and Matagami regions, and nesting was not confirmed. By contrast, during the current Atlas, it was recorded in 462 squares and in almost all but the most easterly regions of southern Québec. In addition, nesting was confirmed in 18 of the Atlas regions (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.