For several years, the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac (OOT) has organized the Festival des oiseaux migrateurs de la Côte-Nord, which will take place from September XXX to XXX, 2015. The honorary president of the 4th edition is the Québec comedian and impersonator, Pierre Verville. Several activities will take place between Tadoussac and Forestville, including bird ringing demonstrations in the dunes at Tadoussac, marine bird watching cruises, and a show featuring flying birds of prey. One activity in particular is sure to delight budding ornithologists: the 24H des Migrateurs, a fun-filled contest during which bird watchers must count the most types of observed birds in one day. Festivalgoers will also be able to sharpen their knowledge by attending two conferences presented by an experienced ornithologist and a scientist emeritus from Environment Canada. These conferences will present Arctic-breeding shorebirds and the results of research conducted on boreal species that glide across the sky in Tadoussac.

Tadoussac: An exceptional observation site for migrant birds

In the early 1990s, Jacques Ibarzabal, a researcher in ecology and wildlife behavior, emphasized the importance of Tadoussac’s dunes in ornithology and created the OOT. This site is located in a corridor that migrating birds from northern Québec and Labrador use. These birds prefer flying along the north banks of the St. Lawrence River rather than crossing the gulf, due to the strong rising air currents that enable them to save energy when they fly. In 2011, 6719 shorebirds, 148 passerines and similar species were counted. [1] Passerine birds are songbirds of Québec’s boreal forest, including sparrows, corvids, warblers and chickadees.

 


[1] Québec Oiseaux, Volume 24-Number 1, Fall 2012, page 19.