Quebec Chapter’s new project is for the birds

Quebec Chapter (QC) has an illustrious history working to protect urban natural habitats. QC is partnering with the city of Terrebonne and environmental consulting firm TerraHumana Solutions in a new project. Their new project, supported by a grant from the Echo Foundation, will be a guide and training for municipalities to better protect bird habitat on their land. 

Via this project, municipalities will be provided the resources to apply best practices, to alter or mitigate their necessary tasks, to reduce and avoid damage to habitats especially during breeding and brooding seasons. It sounds simple but guidelines on how and when to remove invasive plants or clear hydrolines contribute to municipalities becoming key players in the protection of birds, thus preserving biodiversity on their territory. 

Celebrating Quebec Chapter’s 15th Anniversary

In September the Chapter celebrated its 15th anniversary with a dynamic conference and guided hike outside of Cantley, QC. In a full day of presentations and discussions, topics included the social aspects of mine restoration, geothermal energy and Indigenous peoples of northern Quebec, and how to affect change via municipal policy.

There was an especially powerful pair of talks related to nuclear energy and radioactive pollution in the Chalk RIver area with a focus on the potential for federal political action. Many representatives of coalitions we work with attended. The conference day was aptly closed with a presentation by Louis Ramirez and Isabelle Grondin Hernandez titled Working together without exhausting oneself: best practices for working in an agile coalition. 

Day two was a guided hike in Gatineau Park led by Michelle Page, an amateur mycologist. Partners Oxygene Club, the Mycologists amateurs of the Outaouais, Sierra Club Quebec, as well as the Friends of Gatineau Park enjoyed the day learning about edible and wild mushrooms. There was even a mushroom burger lunch for all participants.

This article is part of our Fall 2021 newsletter, The Activist. You can download a full PDF of The Activist with all articles here!