The Université Laval campus is home to a wide variety of animal and plant habitats, including wooded areas with varying characteristics (different tree species, light conditions, humidity, etc.), large green spaces, a few fallow areas, small temporary ponds, and poor soils around buildings and parking lots.
These diverse urban habitats encourage high biodiversity.
According to the most recent data, the campus has:
- Nearly one thousand plant species, including edible, medicinal, and exotic varieties;
- Some ten mammal species, taking into account the impromptu visits of moose and white-tail deer;
- More than 120 bird species, ranging from the majestic bald eagle to the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird, and including familiar crows, blue jays, and woodpeckers;
- A few edible mushroom species;
- A red-backed salamander population;
- Magnificent woods, including a number of old-growth stands that are vestiges of the Gomin woods, which until 1950 covered nearly half of the current campus.
- For more information, see the report on biodiversity campus (PDF in French only).
All this biodiversity helps provide key “environmental services” for humans by maintaining water quality, contributing to our health and well-being, and producing oxygen, among other things. These services are especially important in urban environments like Quebec City, since human activity greatly disturbs natural environments.
For these reasons, and in accordance with our commitment to maintaining a sustainable campus, we want to increase our knowledge of campus biodiversity and ensure its viability. To help protect biodiversity on campus, please keep the woods and green spaces clean and stay on the main trails when crossing a wooded area. You can also share your observations, ideas, and projects with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.