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
26 November 2015. Good news: the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Maritime Provinces will soon be printed. This beautifully-illustrated book describes the distribution and abundance of 222 bird species that nest in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. It includes 350 full-colour photographs, 800 vibrant maps, and informative species narratives. The print run will be modest and tight to the number of copies pre-sold. Therefore, please place your order by 18 December, by clicking here.
05 November 2015. The Atlas Office is currently busy analysing the data collected between 2010 and 2014, and developing new web pages to facilitate the task of the species account authors. These pages will provide authors with a wealth of material, ranging from instructions and examples of species accounts, to the results of data analyses and information from external sources. Authors will also have access to a tool for submitting and revising their texts. We have already received nearly 1,000 photos for consideration for use in the future Atlas, and we ask photographers who have not yet responded to our request to submit their material as soon as possible. However, before doing so, please read these instructions. The Atlas results have caught the media’s attention recently, with journalist Pierre Gingras mentioning them twice: firstly, during a chronicle on CBC Radio (Les révélations du nouvel Atlas des oiseaux nicheurs), and secondly, in a column in La Presse ‘Plus’ (Des gagnants et des perdants chez les oiseaux nicheurs). Finally, please click here if you would like to read an adapted English version of the article “Des gagnants et des perdants” that appeared in QuébecOiseaux in June 2015.
At our latitude, Golden Eagles are most often seen during migration. In southern Québec, this majestic raptor only breeds in a few remote and mountainous regions, mainly on the Gaspé Peninsula and the Côte-Nord, where it finds suitable cliffs for nesting, and open expanses for hunting. In spring, existing eyries are often refurbished and, over time, may attain 3 m in diameter and 1.5 m in depth. Incubation is primarily carried out by the female and hatching is asynchronous (i.e., at different times). Competition between eaglets is fierce and generally only one survives to fledging. During the present project, Golden Eagles have been recorded in 110 survey squares, including 48 in southern Québec. The discovery, in 2010, of a nest containing an eaglet in the Vauréal River Canyon on Anticosti Island was an Atlas highlight. The only previous nest record on the island dated back over one hundred years. The present Atlas has confirmed that it breeds in five survey squares on the island (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.