Gouvernement du Québec

Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec

Zoology

Projets under way

Amphibians

  • 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.

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Turtles

  • 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 turtle species.

    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 consciousness-raising initiatives.

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Mammals

  • 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.
     
  • Bats
    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.
     
  • Bats
    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.
     
  • Bats
    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.

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Birds

  • 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.

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