MISE & Agrave; DAY
Small bird watchers are invited to a unique bird watching rally to identify the winter populations of Quebec. & nbsp;
Gabriel Adam, 9 years old , discovered ornithology during an outing to Parc Jean-Drapeau, in Montreal, in the middle of winter.
“When a nuthatch landed on his hand, it was a instant click, ”says his father, Dave Adam, a computer programmer who participates in the second Christmas Bird Rally, which started on December 1, until January 16. & nbsp;
The activity intended for children, organized by the Quebec birds group, consists of bringing back as many observations as possible during the cold season, while the ornithologists themselves have hung up their binoculars until spring. & Nbsp;
The first rally reached 299 young people aged 7 to 17. They identified 71 species of birds throughout southern Quebec. & Nbsp;
Chickadees, ducks and starlings & nbsp;
“We were inspired by one of Audubon’s oldest activities, the Christmas Bird Count, which started over a century ago. We have adapted it for the whole family, ”explains the coordinator of participatory science programs at Quebec Birds, biologist Marie-Hélène Hachey.
The black-capped chickadee has been observed in greater numbers during last year's rally, with 2,429 mentions. Mallard duck comes second with 1,100 individuals, followed by common starlings with 942 records. The American crow, blue jay, red cardinal and downy woodpecker have also been admired very often. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
“There have been a few sightings of species like the Flaming Woodpecker and Red Crossbill, which have usually been warm for several months at this time. A brown-cheeked sparrow was also seen, and that is exceptional, ”explains the general manager of Quebec Birds, Jean-Sébastien Guénette. & Nbsp;
He himself takes part in the rally with his three children. Under a partnership with the City of Montreal, he set up an ornithological day which takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau during the event.
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To participate, the child agrees to take part in outings that vary from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on his level of motivation, and to report his observations to the organizers. Charlotte Dessureault, one of the participants from last year, did 12 outings.
Last winter, several classes skipped school to participate in the rally, to the great joy of the schoolchildren.