Tadoussac, June 22, 2020 – It is with regret that the Tadoussac Bird Observatory (OOT) team announces the cancellation of the 12th edition of the Côte-Nord Migratory Birds Festival which was to be held from September 24 to 27 in the magnificent Tadoussac region . The event is therefore postponed until next year and the dates chosen are September 23-26, 2021.
This decision was made following the impossibility or the difficulty of maintaining the majority of the festival’s activities in the current context. Although indoor gatherings of more than 50 people are now allowed, most of the activities that were planned at the Tadoussac dunes could not take place. Indeed, OOT’s banding activities are regulated by Environment and Climate Change Canada and limited access to banding facilities across the country remains highly recommended for the fall. In addition, several regional partners who fund the event are going through difficult times right now and our organization does not wish to add financial pressure to these loyal collaborators.
We would also like to thank the sponsors who confirmed their participation in the festival, namely: the Municipality of Tadoussac, the Hôtel Tadoussac, the Microbrasserie de Tadoussac, the Croisières Neptune, Bistro Chez Mathilde, the MRC de la Haute-Côte-Nord, the Regroupement QuébecOiseaux, Hydro-Québec, Nature Expert and Vortex. The OOT would like to salute the maintenance of Hydro-Québec’s financial contribution, despite the cancellation of the event. This will help offset some of the expenses that had been incurred since the start of the year. A special thank you also to our spokesperson, Pierre Verville, who has specified his interest in being present in 2021.
Despite this cancellation, the OOT will work this summer to offer remote activities allowing the public to follow with us the migration to the dunes of Tadoussac. These activities will be announced by the end of the summer on the Observatory’s website and on social media.
In addition, although it will be impossible to welcome visitors to our banding station, the OOT team invites bird watchers and nature lovers from across the province to come and admire the spectacle of migration on the river. Côte-Nord, from the end of July to the end of October, from the many observation sites in the region. Remember that the Haute-Côte-Nord is the RCM with the largest list of bird species observed in Quebec, with an impressive total of 347 species!
We invite you to consult the list of the most interesting observation sites in Haute-Côte-Nord at the following link: https://festivalmigrateurs.com/sites-observation/
With that, enjoy your visit to the region and see you next year for the 12th edition!