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We are delighted to announce the launch of the pre-sale of the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec (Robert, Hachey, Lepage, and Couturier, 2019). The book will be printed early next year, and will be available in bookstores in April.The pre-sale includes a special promotional offer and will only last until 31 December 2018. Here are the benefits of buying the book in advance:
1. Discount on the listed price: instead of $89.95, you will only pay $74.95; and
2. Free mailing in Canada: if you live in Canada, the book will be mailed to you free of charge, and before it appears in bookstores.
Click here to take advantage of the pre-sale!
The pre-sale will provide the necessary funds to support the printing of the book and will also help determine the print run. All profits from the sale of the new Atlas will go into the Atlas Fund, which is dedicated to the conservation of birds in Québec.
The new Atlas as a gift
Would you like to take advantage of the pre-sale event to offer the Atlas to someone special for Christmas, or for another occasion? If so, please note that once your transaction has been completed, you will receive a card (PDF) that you can print and give to the lucky recipient, prior to publication.
More About the Atlas
The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec is the result of the largest ornithological project to be undertaken in Québec for a quarter of a century. From 2010 to 2014, hundreds of bird watchers spent more than 100,000 hours scouring the different habitats of southern Québec, an effort that enabled them to collect half a million records of nesting birds. A huge thank-you to all of these dedicated atlassers!
This book presents the most up-to-date information on the distribution and abundance of the 253 bird species that breed south of latitude 50.5°N in Québec. Beautifully illustrated with nearly 500 photographs and more than 1000 colour maps, this book incorporates the results of the first atlas (1984-1989), showing the changes that have taken place in our bird populations over the past quarter of a century.
The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec is intended for a wide audience. This solidly documented book (more than 1000 references) is a veritable mine of information, and is an essential for bird watchers, students, researchers, conservation organizations, municipalities, consulting firms, promoters, and many more. It is a valuable tool that will inform and guide bird conservation projects in Québec over the coming decades.
All breeding bird atlas projects rely on the development of strong partnerships, with each member organization bringing its own specific expertise to the table. The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec is jointly published by the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux, the Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), and Bird Studies Canada.
Through direct involvement in all of the current and recently-published breeding bird atlas projects in Canada, and its role as co-chair of the North American Ornithological Atlas Committee, Bird Studies Canada was able to contribute an exceptional level of skill and knowledge to the Québec Atlas Project. Our contributions included producing regional and survey square maps, determining point count locations, and producing the summary maps for the website and the map-based presentation of the results that have been used to illustrate the book. We were also involved in English translation of certain project materials and in promoting the project. Finally, Bird Studies Canada contributed financially through support from the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, allowing travel grants to be issued to volunteers travelling to remote areas to collect atlas data.
We at Bird Studies Canada are proud to have played a role in bringing this new resource to life. And we’re excited to be sharing it with you!

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