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Guidelines and recommendations for a resumption of birdwatching

In this time of crisis, we have to take care of our physical and mental health. Birdwatching provides recognized benefits. The free and individual practice of birdwatching is therefore strongly encouraged. By respecting government directives, it is possible to practice this activity at home, in its immediate surroundings and in public places such as parks, when they will be opened to the public. QuébecOiseaux and its affiliated clubs are able to issue directives to their members and supporters to ensure that their practice of birdwatching respects the government's deconfinement plan.

Instructions (must be followed, under penalty of sanctions)

  • The physical distance of two meters between people not residing at the same address is mandatory at all times.
  • If you frequent a public place, e.g. a park, it is imperative to respect the sanitary measures in force.
  • Car pooling between people who do not live at the same address, as well as the exchange or sharing of equipment (e.g. binoculars, spotting scope, ID guide) is prohibited.
  • Group activities (e.g. conferences, guided excursions) can be offered if the physical distance of two meters can be respected. Moreover, conferences and training sessions can be offered by clubs or QuébecOiseaux using meeting or webinar platforms.
  • People with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home for 14 days. Of course, it is still possible to watch birds around the house during this period.

Recommendations

  • Be careful at all times because birdwatching, like any activity, presents risks of contamination (service station, public toilets, barrier, boardwalk, observation tower, etc.).
  • Wearing a mask is not mandatory but recommended if social distancing seems difficult to respect. Better to use sober colors so as not to frighten the birds.
  • If possible, bring an alcohol-based disinfectant to clean your hands frequently.
  • Respect the QuébecOiseaux's Code of Conduct.
  • Although travel between certain regions is now allowed, we recommend that you limit your travel. Why not take the opportunity to try to increase the list of birds observed in your municipality or your MRC?
  • Feel free to share your observations using the eBird Québec website or the eBird Mobile application (iOS, Android), or the hashtag #OrnithoQc on social networks (e.g. Twitter, Instagram).
  • Prefer local purchase (brands and retailers) to get equipment, seeds for your feeders, etc.

The development of birdwatching and the protection of birds is only possible with the support of the community. QuébecOiseaux needs your help. It can take the form of a subscription to the QuébecOiseaux magazine, the purchase of your membership card, a payment to the environmental compensation program, or a donation.

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