Project direction

The second Québec Breeding Bird Atlas is a collaborative undertaking of the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux, the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada and Bird Studies Canada. Below you can read a brief profile about each of these organizations.

Project governance is provided by a steering committee on which each organization is represented by an official delegate: Réal Bisson for the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux, Marie-France Dalcourt for the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada and Andrew Coughlan for Bird Studies Canada. Michel Robert (Atlas Coordinator), Marie-Hélène Hachey (Assistant Atlas Coordinator), Denis Lepage and Jean-Sébastien Guénette also participate in meetings of the steering committee.

The Regroupement QuébecOiseaux (previously the Association québécoise des groupes d’ornithologues) is a not-for-profit organization that groups and represents individuals and organizations interested in the study, observation and protection of birds in Québec. The organization has three main goals: 1) to develop and promote birdwatching in Québec, 2) acquire and disseminate information about the status of the birds of Québec, and 3) to ensure the protection of these birds and their habitats. The Regroupement QuébecOiseaux participated in several steps of the production of the first Québec Breeding Bird Atlas (1984-1989), notably the publication. It is also responsible for three important databases containing information about the birds of Québec: ÉPOQ, which holds millions of records of birds observed in Québec; SOS-POP, which holds information about bird species at risk; and the database of the first Québec Breeding Bird Atlas. Since 1989, the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux has been publishing QuébecOiseaux, a periodical specifically aimed at birdwatchers in Québec. To find out more, visit

The Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada deals with matters concerning wildlife that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Its primary responsibilities include the protection and management of migratory birds, habitats of national importance and species at risk. The Canadian Wildlife Service ensured the planning, coordination, edition and publication of the first Québec Breeding Bird Atlas (1984-1989). To find out more, visit

Bird Studies Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that advances the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats. From international partnerships such as the IBA Program, to national initiatives like Project FeederWatch and the Christmas Bird Count, to more regionally-based projects and activities. Bird Studies Canada’s research and monitoring programs engage over 20,000 volunteer "citizen scientists" each year. Following its participation in different bird atlases throughout Canada (i.e., Ontario, the Maritimes, British Columbia, and Manitoba), Bird Studies Canada has developed strong expertise in various fields that are essential for the production of modern Breeding Bird Atlases. To find out more, visit