UQROP (1987) is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey and their natural habitats. Our mandates are rehabilitation and education. UQROP counts on a hundred volunteers who devote 5 000 hours of their precious time at our mission.
This unique provincial program of health of birds of prey transports, from all over Quebec, 350 to 400 injured birds annually, provides care at the Raptor Clinic (Faculté de médecine vétérinaire), and release about 150 birds every year. In addition to his rehabilitation mandate, it runs an educational program;
Chouette à l’école! is an honorable way to educate the public and instill the desire to protect. 350 conferences a year, to demystify the biology and behavior of birds of prey.
Chouette à voir! is the natural site of UQROP. It is unique with the largest collection of live raptors in Québec, combining rehabilitation of protected species and public education in Québec and Canada, the chance to witness the release of rehabilitated raptors on the site (about 150 birds per year). Presents birds to the public in a natural amphitheater and exhibition aviaries, observation of birds of prey being rehabilitated in a unique aviary complex.
Why birds of prey?
27 species of birds of prey are indigenous in Québec, all protected;
All individuals found injured or dead must be declared and handed over to the governmental wildlife agency;
As predators, birds of prey are at the top of the food pyramid and few in numbers. They are indicators of health or environmental sentinels for emerging diseases that can affect humans;
They occupy a wide variety of habitats and are affected by their destruction. They are often persecuted and victim of collisions.