Regionally collected , the daily observation sheets have long been grouped together in Quebec under EPOQ (Étude des populations d’oiseaux du Québec), a database managed by the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux. With current computer resources and the ease of sharing they offer, the regional databases are now consolidated into eBird, a unique database for the North American continent.
Created in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, eBird is an online, real-time data sheet program that has revolutionized the observational data treatment in the international ornithological community. Its objective is to maximize the use and accessibility of the many observations made by amateur and professional observers and to create a valuable source of information on the quantity and distribution of bird species over time and space. With time, this data will become the necessary basis for a better understanding of the distribution of birds in the Western Hemisphere and beyond. eBird also presents other information such as bird news, photos, migration forecasts, and more.
By using eBird, an observer can simply enter his observations during an outing (and even photos). Automatic filters developed by experts check the information before it is entered into the database and local experts review unusual entries. Bertrand Hamel is the regional reviewer for Brome-Missisquoi.
The tool interface is user-friendly, can be translated into several languages, including French, and offers various options for managing and viewing personal data (tables, maps, regional lists, etc.).
The Regroupement QuébecOiseaux has signed an agreement with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada to set up an eBird portal specifically for Quebec. Simply register for free by clicking here.