After more than 100 years with a toxic name, the city of Asbestos is calling on citizens to improve it. Greenpeace submitted six names, inspired by six species from the region's 35 threatened species. With your help, a name synonymous with destruction can become a symbol of life and biodiversity.
The city of Bicknell is named in honor of the thrush of Bicknell, a small bird living in Eastern Townships whose population is vulnerable. Social and peaceful, the Bicknell's thrush visits and feeds the young of many nests. It prefers to nest in fir tree forests in particular.
The species was designated "vulnerable" in Quebec in October 2009, due to its low numbers, fragmented population, low reproductive rates and the numerous pressures on its habitat.
The town of Lamproie is named in honor of the Northern Lamprey, a small freshwater fish present in Estrie and whose population is threatened.
Always resourceful, the northern lamprey builds its nests by moving gravel with its mouth along the bottom of the river. Its presence is a sign of a healthy waterway.
The species was designated "threatened" in Quebec in October 2009, due to pollution degrading its habitat and a drop in water levels affecting the survival of its young.
The town of Listère is named in honor of the Southern Twayblade, a plant of the orchid family seen in the Eastern Townships and whose population is threatened. Only 3,000 plants are believed to remain in Quebec.
The Southern Twayblade only grows in humid environments, particularly in peat bogs. This makes it an excellent floral symbol of a region that is the home to 70 wetlands.
Since 2010 the Southern Twayblade has benefited, as an endangered species, from legal protection in Quebec. Its situation is also considered precarious in five other Canadian provinces and in 16 of the 21 federal states and districts in the United States where it grows.
The town of Blongios is named in honor of the Least Bittern, a wading bird present in the Eastern Townships and whose population is threatened. There are only 200 to 300 mating pairs left in Quebec.
Discreet and silent, the Least Bittern raises its young in tight pairs. The species builds its nests further north, including in the Eastern Townships, to protect its young.
The species was designated "vulnerable" in Quebec in October 2009, due to the loss of nesting habitats and the destruction of wetlands, as well as the accumulation of toxics in the water.
The town of Chevalier is named in honor of the River Redhorse, a large fish present in the great watershed of the St. Lawrence and whose population is vulnerable.
The River Redhorse normally lives up to 30 years of age. Its natural longevity and imposing size are a symbol of the city's resilience and history.
The species was designated "vulnerable" in Quebec in October 2009, due to the degradation of its habitat caused by agricultural and industrial activities.
The city of Apalone is named in honor of the spiny softshell turtle, which has been observed in the region but whose population has been greatly reduced.
The spiny softshell turtle is only seen when it emerges to warm up in the sun and can live up to 60 years. It is one of the most endangered species in Quebec, as well as in Vermont. It strongly symbolises the loss of biodiversity in North America.
The species was designated "threatened" in Quebec in March 2000, due to riverbanks being damaged, pollution and predation of its nests. It is also the victim of collisions with boats.