Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec
Projets under way
- Mountain dusky salamander
Description: In the context of the stream salamanders
recovery plan, a master’s project currently under way at
the Université de Montréal involves describing the
habitats used by the mountain dusky salamander in order to
better protect this amphibian. The results should be
available in 2005.
- Western chorus frog
Description: In the context of the western chorus frog
recovery plan, habitat conservation plans are currently
being drawn up for this species in the Montérégie and
Outaouais regions. There is a great deal at stake,
especially in the Montérégie region where the species is
in decline as a result of urban development and
increasingly intensive farming practices.
- Various anuran species
Anuran population tracking
Description: This project has been under way since 1993.
Tracking carried out in conjunction with the St. Lawrence
Valley Natural History Society (SHNVSL) and volunteers has
enabled the target species to be identified and relative
population numbers to be assessed along predetermined
roadways. The data gathered since 1993 have been analyzed
in the context of a master’s project (statistics) carried
out in conjunction with Université Laval. The
recommendations of this project will serve to improve the
anuran tracking program.
- Eastern spiny softshell
Description: A far-reaching project to track eastern spiny
softshells hibernating at the Alburg bridge on Lake
Champlain was initiated in 2004 by the Eastern spiny
softshell recovery team. Thirteen turtles were tagged and
tracked in order to document their behaviour during bridge
reconstruction work. The project is being carried out in
conjunction with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept.
An egg-laying site designed to offer females of this
species an undisturbed place to lay their eggs has been
developed along the aux Brochets River. This project has
been carried out in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited and
Québec’s Ministère du Développement durable, de
l’Environnement et des Parcs. Tracking will be conducted
in upcoming years to determine the degree to which the
turtles use the site.
- Wood turtle
Description: A Université de Sherbrooke student is about
to complete a master’s project carried out in the Estrie
region. This project involves documenting the thermal
ecology and habitat selection of the wood turtle. Some
thirty turtles have been tagged in order to be able to
track their travels over two years (2003 and 2004). The
results should be published within the next few months.
- Various turtle species
Description: An experimental project designed to develop
egg-laying sites for various turtle species has been under
way for four years in the Outaouais region. Carried out by
Université de Montréal in conjunction with several other
partners, the project involves proposing practical
techniques for developing egg-laying sites for several
Description: A team formed in 2004 is producing a recovery
plan for five species of Québec turtles: Blanding’s
turtle, the wood turtle, the musk turtle, the map turtle
and the spotted turtle. The plan proposes a number of
habitat- protection, information and public
- Rock vole
Report on the status of rock vole in Québec
Description: Inventories are being carried out in several
Québec regions to determine the species' range and its
relative abundance. The information gathered will be used
to write a report on the status of rock vole in Québec.
Network of acoustic bat inventories in Québec
Description: The network was set up in summer 2000 in
conjunction with the Biodôme de Montréal and volunteers
from the Fondation de la faune du Québec. The project is
designed to obtain information on the distribution and
status of bat populations in Québec. The project is
currently being carried out on 16 listening routes located
throughout the province. Using echolocation detectors
connected to tape recorders, volunteers record bat calls.
These calls are then analyzed by specialists from
Envirotel 3000 Inc. and species are identified by
sonagrams. In the medium and long term, it will be
possible to determine population trends for cave dwellers.
This project has been carried out in conjunction with
Envirotel 3000 Inc., the Development and Mines Branch of
the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune,
and the Fondation de la faune du Québec. In the medium and
long term, it will be possible to observe annual
variations in bat populations in several Québec regions.
This data will also be used to make recommendations for
protecting species and their habitats.
Description: Sixteen bat hibernacula have been set up in
Québec, mainly [in abandoned mines] fitted with special
grates allowing bats to pass but preventing the public
from accessing the mine for safety reasons and to disturb
the bats as little as possible. To count the specimens
hibernating in certain mines, laser counters have been
installed near the grates. The data gathered will be used
to develop a long-term population trend indicator.
Description: A project carried out in conjunction with the
Université du Québec à Montréal and the Biodôme de
Montréal in the context of a master’s thesis involves
documenting the feeding habitat of certain bat species
detected using various devices. The three sectors being
studied are Laval, Mauricie-Bois-Francs and Estrie. The
findings will help learn more about bat habitat
requirements in order to better protect the species.
- 2005 peregrine falcon survey
Annual tracking of the anatum sub-species in southern
Québec is carried out by the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux (RQO) in conjunction
with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Faune Québec
sector of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la
Faune. In addition, a survey of the peregrine falcon
population has been carried out every five years since
1970 all across North America, including in Québec.
The five-year survey must be carried out during the summer
of 2005. This being the case, the bird-of-prey recovery
team, in charge of recovery initiatives for the species in
Québec, considers it essential for Québec to participate.
In order to ensure the success of this initiative and to
maximize the amount of information gathered, a number of
partners will take part in the project, including
participants from the RQO’s network of volunteers,
certain employees of the Ministère des Ressources
naturelles et de la Faune and of the Canadian Wildlife
Service, as well as contract workers.