Tundra Nunavik: Functional traits of bird and mammal species of Labrador and northern Quebec

While most ecological studies focus on the impact of climate change on some populations or species, broader, ecosystem-based information is needed to better predict the future state of the Arctic. We therefore conducted a large-scale study aimed at characterizing through modelling the vulnerability of tundra ecosystems to climate change. As part of this study, we gathered ecological and biological information on 183 mammal and bird species inhabiting Labrador and the province of Québec north of the 50°N. Distributions of mammals were taken from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while distributions of birds were taken from BirdLife International and NatureServe. For each species, we compiled information on names (Latin, English, French, Inuktitut), diet, body mass, behaviour, lifespan, habitat and nest characteristics. This information originates from the scientific literature, large web databases, and expert advice. Information sources are listed in the dataset and a description of each species characteristic is available in the Supplementary documentation.

Data and Resources

Dataset extent

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Source http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/nordicanad/dpage.aspx?doi=10.5885/45550CE-E683169B5540412E
Version 1.0
Citation Berteaux, D., Casajus, N., Ropars, P. 2018. Tundra Nunavik: Functional traits of bird and mammal species of Labrador and northern Quebec , v. 1.0 (1980-2010). Nordicana D37, doi: 10.5885/45550CE-E683169B5540412E.
Authors
  • Author Name: Dominique Berteaux
  • Author Name: Pascale Ropars
  • Author Name: Nicolas Casajus
Temporal coverage
  • Temporal coverage start: 1980-01-01  Temporal coverage end: 2010-12-31
Spatial coverage { "coordinates": [ -68.689, 56.192 ], "type": "Point" }
Station cen-whapmagoostui-kuujuarapik-research-station
Collaborator
Variable measured
  • Variable name: Functional traits of mammal and bird species  Variable description: This dataset consists in a spreadsheet in which different characteristics of the 183 bird and mammal species found within the study region are listed. For each species, we compiled information on name (Latin, English, French, Inuktitut), diet, body mass, behaviour, lifespan, habitat and nest characteristics. Measurement units and a short description are available for each species characteristic in the section Supplementary documentation.  Variable unit: unitless
Measurement Technique
    Date published 2018-10-31
    Date modified 2018-10-31
    Status Public
    Publisher
    • Publisher name: Nordicana D  Publisher URL: http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/nordicanad/en_index.aspx
    Provider
    • Provider name: Centre d'études Nordiques (CEN)  Provider URL: http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/
    License http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/nordicanad/en_modalite.aspx