Eastern Quebec and Anticosti Island completed

Written by Jim Wortham
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Photo of Jim Wortham.We have completed surveying the eastern Quebec and Anticosti Island areas in two days.

Anticosti Island is a sparsely inhabited island lying in the middle of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The island rises from sea level to just over 1000’ in elevation. Habitats consist of boreal forest creeks and beaver marshes, with the occasional low lying bog. The remainder of this stratum consists of what is called the “North Shore” of the St. Lawrence and is characterized by high rugged terrain rising to elevations of 3000’ and the associated rapidly moving waters that funnel snow melt water down to sea level. Habitats here also include some permanent lakes and perched shallow basins.

Spring timing was good along these areas, and much earlier than those habitats to the immediate north in Labrador; however, habitats on Anticosti Island were very dry and we were disappointed in the number of breeding waterfowl observed. Habitats on the North Shore were wetter, but still only characterized as “fair” to “good.” Here we observed good numbers of nesting Canada geese, black ducks, and surf scoters.

Next up, we travel northwest to northern Quebec (our Stratum 69). Habitats in this area did not begin to thaw until the last few days of May, and we will keep you posted on what we find…

Waterfall and Nothern Gannets on Anicosti Island, Quebec on 27 May, 2009. Credit: Scott Boomer.

Snow and ice conditions on 28 May, 2009, about 60 nautical miles northeast of Sept-Iles, Quebec. Credit: Scott Boomer.