Great Canadian Parks / Québec

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The Parks / Québec / Forillon National Park








Long smooth beaches and low sand dunes grace the peninsula's open side, while in the centre, vegetation that is usually located hundreds of kilometres farther north in taiga conditions, thrives. Over 225 nesting and visiting species of land birds have been counted in the park, particularly sparrows, warblers, jays, woodpeckers and thrushes. Falcons, owls, the rough-legged hawk, the northern harrier, and the American kestrel all visit the park. Peregrine falcons were re-introduced between 1988 and 1990 for their preservation and the re-establishment of a breeding population. The red-walled crags and islets are home to thousands of sea and coastal birds; each year the spring migrations bring double- crested cormorants, black guillemots, blacklegged kittiwakes and razorbills to nest on the coastal cliffs. Atlantic puffins, LeachŪs petrels and common murres feed in the fertile waters offshore. The great blue heron stalks the marsh at Penouille, while terns, osprey, gulls and sandpipers frequent the shores.

 


 

From 60 - 100 grey seals and harbour seals inhabit the rocks off the north shore. The harbour seals arrive in mid-May, giving birth usually by mid-June in the waters surrounding the peninsula; the grey seals arrive with their young to rest and socialize on the parkŪs rocky shoals and shores. The seven species of whales, which are great attraction from July through September, include the humpback, the blue whale - the largest animal in the world - and the pilot whale. Porpoises and Atlantic white-sided dolphins, which travel in herds up to 100, can be sighted from shore. Mammals in the park include moose, black bear, red fox, bobcat, and one isolated herd of caribou - all most active and visible at dawn and dusk.


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