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
12 October 2016. Work on publication of the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec continues to progress. So far, nearly 200 of the 250 species accounts have been allocated to authors and drafting is going well. Before the end of the year, we expect the small team of authors to grow slightly as a few new members join its ranks. The Atlas Office is still aiming to produce a paper book and has had a preliminary model of the front and back covers prepared, as well as a model two-page spread species account. In addition to presenting the current distribution of the species and comparing this to the first atlas, the accounts will present several maps, including one showing relative abundance.
The Black Guillemot has a wide distribution in Québec, being found along coastlines in the Kamouraska area, along the Côte-Nord, around the Gaspé Peninsula, Île d’Anticosti and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, as well as much further north, around the Ungava Peninsula. During the breeding season, this small alcid can be easily identified by its jet-black plumage, white wing patches and vermilion feet. Although the Black Guillemot sometimes breeds in solitary pairs, it is generally colonial. The female typically lays two eggs on a bed of pebbles, deep in a cavity in a rocky cliff or talus slope. Both parents develop featherless brood patches and take turns in incubating the eggs. After nearly a month, the chicks hatch and the parents care for them for about thirty days, feeding them small fish, such as capelin and sand lance. The young then leave the nest and make their way to the sea alone to begin an independent life. During the present atlas, the Black Guillemot has been detected in about one hundred survey squares (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.
Black-and-white Warbler photo by Simon Pierre Barrette.