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 as well as nationally or internationally for the conservation and recovery  for species at risk, rare plants and ecosystems. 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. The SCCP has gathered the best...
So what is citizen science? "Broadly defined, citizen science is a form of research collaboration that involves volunteers in producing authentic scientific research. Drastically simplified, citizen science is research accomplished by engaging humans as “sensors” to collect scientific data or as “processors” to manipulate scientific data or to solve data analysis problems. Involving people beyond professional scientists in a project enables unique new research,...
  Measuring Nesting Productivity at Pacific Great Blue Heron Colonies (2006): The purpose of this document is to summarize relevant background information on the Pacific Great Blue Heron and outline a standard survey protocol for the documentation of reproductive productivity at Pacific Great Blue Heron colonies in British Columbia and Washington State. This protocol will assist in ensuring consistent data collection within and among regions. *Available only...
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...
New from ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: biodiverCITIES: A Handbook for Municipal Biodiversity Planning and Management serves as an informative and action-oriented resource to motivate change through the development of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) using a "Milestone" based framework.  Each Milestone represents a step in the planning and management process, beginning with the development of a Biodiversity Team in the first Milestone, and...
From the Cascadia Prairie-Oak Partnership a beautiful and useful guide to butterflies. Ann Potter and Rod Gilbert have put together a butterfly guide that is specific for South Puget Sound.  It includes everything that you might see either in the prairies or elsewhere around the Sound, including some very uncommon species.   The guide includes local flight periods, habitat preference, larval host plants, and a few notes with key identifiable features and/or...
The species and ecological community factsheets referred to in this guide were developed to provide a comprehensive summary of information on the identification, biology, distribution and conservation approaches for regionally, provincially and federally significant species of the Coast Region. To view the associated species and ecological community profiles and available factsheets, as well as information on the SCCP's new endangered species mobile app, please go...

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