Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Quebec Breeding Bird Atlas in Remote Areas: A Tale!
Presentation by Hugues Brunoni, member of Team BPQ 2013
Kensington Presbyterian Church, 6225 Godfrey Ave., Montreal, NDG, Free of charge
Hugues Brunoni will talk about his involvement as a volunteer and as the regional coordinator for the Quebec Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) in the Mauricie region. He will describe the fieldwork of a handful of teams, each covering remote areas of the vast boreal forest. He will also describe his personal experience as an atlasser: three summers in the deep wilderness, sleeping in a tent, waking up at 3:30 a.m. every day, seven days a week, driving pick-up trucks and riding ATVs or bikes over rough terrain, all while enduring swarms of blackflies – in an attempt to cover as many atlas squares as possible Hugues will use the atlas data collected so far to show changes in bird distribution have taken place since the data for the first Quebec BBA were compiled. Although some new species have literally appeared on the Québec map over the last 25 years, others have almost disappeared. He should convince BPQ members who are not already contributing to the Atlas to do so!
Hugues, an historian from Trois-Rivières, is a former editor-in- chief of the QuébecOiseaux magazine and still a regular contributor to its pages. He has been an active administrator of the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux (RQO) and on the board of various committees within the organization. He was involved in the establishment of the Refuge faunique du lac Saint-Pierre. last summer and was a proud member of the BPQ-sponsored Atlas team.