Ornithological outing on Île de Grâce
Volunteer ornithologists, île de Grâce (Photo by SCIRBI)
On June 10, a volunteer ornithological inventory was conducted on Île de Grâce in the archipelago of Lac-Saint-Pierre in the municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel. Birdwatchers joined the Société de conservation, d’interprétation et de recherche de Berthier et ses îles (SCIRBI) to identify the various birds present in this natural environment. Eighteen birding enthusiasts covered more than 6 kilometres and observed 51 species of birds.
This island, which is part of the World Biosphere Reserve of Lac-Saint-Pierre, presents a remarkable diversity of wildlife. Close to 900 birds were spotted by participants over the course of this day. Among them, the bobolink, a threatened species, was observed and heard on multiple occasions.
The combination of land development for wildfowl and of agricultural techniques practised at Île de Grâce is conducive to nesting for many bird species. By protecting a large part of the island, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is able to maintain high-quality wildlife habitats.
NCC wishes to thank all the volunteers who participated in the event, as well as the SCIRBI and the Société d’ornithologie de Lanaudière for realizing this volunteer activity.
The activity was carried out with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.