Hello Michel,

I have been away most of the spring, birding in many places.  I wish I
had been here long enough to have you come down to see something
special, but no chance.  I did go to Churchill where I was very lucky!  I
saw and heard the yellow rail and saw the ROSS'S GULL!  Very
exciting .

I have a business trip at the end of July but until then, I am here. I ran
out of money and time!   Do we have any birds that would be special for
you?  I wish you could come down here so that I could reciprocate the
kindness you showed us.  Perhaps something will come here which you
want to see.  I'll keep watching and let you know if we have any rare
birds.  Do you watch the VTBird list?

Thank you for the info about Quebec birds.  Quebec is very close and
we should bird there more often.  I tell many people about the owls we
saw with you and they wish they had seen them too.

Jo Ann  Lafayette

On 9 Jul 2005 at 16:09, Michel Bertrand wrote:

> Hi,
> 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
> included).
> If you are interested, go to
> 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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