Birds observable at the Geopark

In the territory of the Percé Geopark, the most remarkable phenomenon of the bird fauna is undoubtedly the presence of the largest accessible colony of Northern Gannets on Bonaventure Island, which has more than 121 000 birds counted in 2008.

The 29 March 1919, the cliffs of the island and Percé Rock become a protected refuge of migratory birds. The 1919-1933 years see a gradual and constant growth of the population.

In 1971, the Quebec government acquires the island to create a national park: Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park, officially created in 1985.

In the Geopark, many other bird species are also present. The most easily observed are the marine birds of the national park: murres, black-legged kittiwakes or small penguins.

In the territory of the Geopark, some species are designated "vulnerable". For example, Bicknell's Thrush is designated Threatened at the federal level. This migratory species nests very locally in wooded areas and in regenerating stands.

The Bicknell's Thrush is a species sensitive to the reduction of its habitat and the disturbance. The creation of protected areas, with monitoring and implementation of conservation measures, helps to ensure the sustainability of the populations.

To ensure this longevity, the geopark respects the nesting periods and organizes its major trail interviews outside periods of vulnerability of birds.

In addition, species inventories will be conducted on a triennial basis to ensure the preservation of birds and their habitat.