Serge Simard, Québec’s Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, has announced the addition of a further nine bird species to the province’s list of threatened and vulnerable species.
Following modifications made to the Règlement sur les espèces fauniques menacées ou vulnérables et leurs habitats, the Caspian Tern and the Roseate Tern, together with the Cerulean Warbler, Yellow Rail, and Red-headed Woodpecker, join the Horned Grebe, Loggerhead Shrike, and Piping Plover as threatened species. The Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Least Bittern, and Bicknell’s Thrush join three raptors – the Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon (subspecies anatum) – as vulnerable species. These modifications to the regulations will result in enhanced protection for these birds and their habitats.
At the moment, five additional birds are on the list of species susceptible to be designated as provincially threatened or vulnerable: the Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Short-eared Owl, Golden-winged Warbler, and Sedge Wren. For further information, and for the complete list of threatened and vulnerable species in Québec, visit the website of the ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune.