elcome to the Quebec Biodiversity Website!

There is little doubt that within the last few years, society has become more aware of the value of the world's biological diversity and its fragility in the face of ever-increasing human presence. With awareness has arisen a need to take stock of the diversity of the world's regions, to document the numbers and locations of species and habitats around us, to determine their resilience to human intervention and, when necessary, to protect them. Quebec is no exception. There are many individuals and organizations working to do just that - document the biodiversity of Quebec and work to protect it - and this website will showcase some of the work they have done.

To document every study that looks at species distributions would be a monumental task: there are over 2800 vascular plant species, 6000 non-vascular and fungus species, 650 vertebrate and 31 0000 invertebrate animal species currently known to reside in the province of Quebec. The first aim of the Quebec Biodiversity Website is to feature but a small portion of this spectacular variety of living things in the province through images, informative text and distribution maps. To date, we have features on breeding birds, small and large-game mammals, fish of the St. Lawrence River and amphibian and reptile species. With time, we hope to expand to include plant and invertebrate species. There is also a brief background on the natural history of Quebec, which highlights the variation of climate and vegetation which is the basis for this great diveristy of living organisms.

As a second aim, this website explores the conservation of Quebec's biodiversity: what impact are humans having on biodiversity and how are we trying to deal with its protection? What species are at risk of decline, endangerment and extinction in Quebec? What are the Quebec and Canadian governments doing to protect the biodiversity of Quebec?

Finally, this website has as its third aim to take the visitor back to the theoretical basics of biodiversity research: what does the word "biodiversity" mean and how do we study it? What global patterns of diversity do we see in the world and what processes influenced these patterns? What is the value of biodiversity to the environment? To humans?

This project was coordinated, researched and designed by Helen Sarakinos with the help of a great many contributors and volunteers, and with support from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications Québec. If you would like more information about the background of the project, or would like to contact the web designer, or the Museum, just click here. There is also additional information available about the references and websites used in this site.


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| Quebec Natural History | Mont St.Hilaire | Birds | Mammals | Species at Risk |
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