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Michel Bertrand <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 9 Jul 2005 16:09:14 -0400
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The "Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec" is a monumental book
which has been published in French in 1995 and in English in 1996. That's
an essential source of information about the Québec avifauna and related
subjects. One of the most comprehensive bird atlases in the World, the 1302
pages book includes, aside the species by species very complete treatment,
other detailed chapters about the ornithological history, the concerned
area (physiography, hydrography, climate, glaciations, subregions, soils,
vegetation, wet habitats), the effects of Man presence on the environment,
its natural modifications, the preservation of the environment, the
methodology, the bird taxonomy, the bird diversity according to habitats
and some other subjects. And the atlas includes maps for each species,
graphs, tables plus more than 1400 photos and some 5000 references. The
book has been edited by Jean Gauthier & Yves Aubry, but is in fact the
collective work of the Québec ornithological community (including
ornithologists and birders) which has provided the contents. The datas are
coming from near to 1000 contributors and have been taken to the published
form by almost 130 writers. The French edition is now out of print. Copies
of the English edition are remaining and must be sold quickly because it is
expensive for the AQGO (the Association québécoise des groupes
d'ornithologues), a non-profit organization, to keep them in a warehouse.
That's why, we are offering them at the third of the original price what
means 50$can (60,99$can with GST and shipping) instead of 150$ (167,94$ all

If you are interested, go to http://www.aqgo.qc.ca/ and click on the link
in English (the second one on the page) to obtain all the details about how
to order the atlas.

There will not be a updated edition before many years. The essential work
which would lead to it is still not planned.

I think I can post that message here because it is more an information
which can be of interest for birders than a business message and because
all the profits, going in a special funds managed by AQGO, will be used to
sustain projects relevant to bird protection.

Good birding...

     MICHEL BERTRAND, président
     Association québécoise des groupes d'ornithologues
     4545, Pierre-de-Coubertin [c.p. 1000, succ. M]
     Montréal, Qc - H1V 3R2
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