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News from the Pineshish-Piyaasiis project

6 December 2023

Since 2021, we are working with seven Innu First Nations, a Naskapi First Nation and the Canadian Wildlife Service to help monitore boreal birds in Quebec.

This summer, for the third year running, we went to Innu and Naskapi territory to install recorders that enable us to count birds by song.

A total of 109 recorders were installed during summer 2023. These recorders are spread across the Kawawachikamach land and the Nitassinan of Pessamit, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Ekuanitshit, Nutashkuan, Unamen Shipu, Pakua Shipi and Matimekush – Lac John.

This year, we were honoured to travel to the land with the Nitassinan Guardians of Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM). Tshinashkumitinan for your valuable work.

Collaborating with the FNQLSDI on the Pineshish project allows us to connect with the Nitassinan, while occupying the land. It allows us to discover all these pineshish species. It gives us the wind in your sails for future projects.


Marc-André BeaulieuChief of the Nitassinan Guardians of ITUM

The bird song recordings will be analyzed this winter by professional ornithologists from the Tadoussac Bird Observatory. The data will be available in spring 2024.