Endangered Species Planning

Client Environment Canada
Location Alberta | Canada

Parks Canada, in collaboration with Environment Canada, conducted a series of pilot studies to produce and promote robust, state-of-the-art methods for delineating critical habitat as required under the Species At Risk Act.

O2 addressed the requirements of endangered/threatened species for which designation and mapping of critical habitat in their breeding range was identified. 

Two bird species (whooping crane, yellow-breasted chat) and one mollusk (Banff Springs snail), and their associated habitat types (forest, wetland, riparian), and ecoregions (boreal forest, western Cordillera, south Okanagan) were examined in the project. Habitat suitability mapping and spatially-explicit population methods were reviewed and used in consultation with Recovery Teams and other stakeholders to produce critical habitat maps for the target species.