Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast

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A number of guidelines and best practices have been developed in BC, nationally or internationally for the conservation and recovery  for species at risk, rare plants and ecological communities on the South Coast and BC. Not all of these methods or techniques are tied to regulatory requirements but they are based on the best available science on species at risk, protecting their critical habitat needs or maintaining the ecological integrity of local landscapes. As...
At the foundation of species at risk conservation in BC and Canada is the compilation of information around the ecology of a species, its critical habitat needs, the threats that have put it at risk and the recommendations for its recovery. But before a species can even be listed, it must be proposed for listing. In Canada this is done through the independent science body known as the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Originlally...
Species at Risk Conservation in Canada could not be successful without recognizing and integrating the perspectives and knowledge of Indigenous communities. SARA recognizes this explicitly by embedding a commitment to First Nations collaboration in the Act's preamble stating that “…the traditional knowledge of the aboriginal peoples of Canada should be considered in the assessment of which species may be at risk and in developing and implementing recovery measures...
Currently there are ~200 federally listed species at risk in British Columbia. This guide contains information about 85 of these unique birds, plants and other wildlife that are at risk of disappearing. The 85 species selected for this guide have, or will soon have, recovery documents available online. Recovery documents contain information about the species and what it needs to survive or recover (visit: www.sararegistry.gc.ca to learn more). Developed by...
Find out what frogs and toads are native, endangered, and introduced to BC's South Coast with this helpful identification key! Image credit Walter Siegmund  
Beaver are being hailed as one of the most cost effective and sustainable solutions for ecological restoration and climate change resilience. This project seeks to provide the scientific context through which beaver related restoration is undertaken. Products include a comprehensive synthesis of the science, the Beaver Restoration Guidebook, and a series of dissemination workshops. While the project will be officially complete in June, 2015, the project team...
Testing the use and feasibility of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to survey and  monitor for amphibian egg laying.   A technical guide for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV, drone) for wildlife research. Developed for the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team, this document introduces biologists to the legislative, logistic and technical aspects of using a DJI Phantom Vision drone for amphibian egg mass surveys.   Prepared for: Oregon Spotted...

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