île Bonaventure: Northern Gannet

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île Bonaventure: Northern Gannet – Photography by Roberta Cucchiaro

– originally on film –

Bonaventure Island is home to one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world, with 47,800 pairs in 2011.

The island became a migratory bird sanctuary in 1919 due to the 1916 Migratory Bird Convention between Canada and the United States. The Province of Quebec acquired ownership of the entire island by act of expropriation in 1971, evicting the whole population.

It is now one of the largest and most accessible bird sanctuaries in the world, with more than 280,000 birds.

île Bonaventure (Bonaventure Island) near to Percé, Quebec (Canada) – Summer 1998

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