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Regional or Local Number: 17-139

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 17-139 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

Description:
Four cabins will be renovated to meet current building standards, and these renovations will likely destroy four maternity roosts used by a total of 10-50 bats which are likely either Little Brown Bats or Northern Myotis. The renovations will occur between October 1st and April 1st to avoid direct disturbance to roosting bats. Surveys indicate that no SARA-listed bats are hibernating in the buildings.

Start Date: 2017-12-20   End Date: 2018-03-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
The alternatives considered include 1) avoid the renovations, 2) complete the renovations regardless of time of year, 3) complete renovations in winter when roosting bats are not present, and 4) work to maintain existing bat roosts whenever possible, and add new artificial roosting habitat to mitigate for the loss of the four building roosts. These buildings have not been renovated for a number of decades and the aim of the renovation is to bring them up to current building standards. Therefore, the renovation will proceed, but only during the winter months when roosting bats are not present. The Parks Canada Standard on Bat Management (2016), indicates that when excluding bats from a building, it’s important to provide bats with alternative roosting habitat. The proponent will install four multi-chambered bat houses in advance of the spring return of roosting bats. Given that bats have a strong tendency to return to old roosts, a bat expert will work with the proponent to place the bat houses in locations that best support roosting habitat conditions and will be attractive to bats. Retaining alternative roosting habitat near the site is important to ensure bats affected by the proposed renovation, or other developments, have alternative roosting habitat available. Bats using the four cabins likely represent different groups of the same colony, and are likely also roosting in other buildings and in natural roosts nearby. Where bats may need to be excluded (if there is a risk of them getting into living quarters or causing property damage) Parks Canada can work with the proponent on appropriate mitigation and approvals prior to any work proceeding to maintain high quality roost habitat in this area. The national distribution objective for little brown bats and northern myotis is to maintain the pre white-nose syndrome extent of occurrence. Within areas not yet affected by WNS, the population objective is to maintain (and where feasible increase) the current level of the population. The Multi-species Action Plan for JNP lists the site-based objectives: 1) maintain current spatial and temporal distribution and 2) protect all known hibernacula and maternity roosts. The greatest threat to bat populations in Jasper National Park is White-nosed Syndrome (WNS); this disease is not yet present in the park. Limiting the spread of WNS and maintaining healthy bat populations before the arrival of the disease are key actions Parks Canada is taking to help recover bats. The loss of maternity roosts is a concern related to maintaining the current level of the bat population before WNS arrival. The surveys at JPL indicate that the number of bats roosting in the four buildings is likely 10-50 individuals, and they are likely four groups of the same colony which are also roosting elsewhere at the JPL. These species have the potential to regularly move roosts and may use a variety of buildings and trees at the JPL. There is abundant roost habitat available and by retaining this alternative roosting habitat (and adding artificial roosting habitat, i.e., bat boxes, where feasible), it is highly likely that these groups in this colony will likely select other nearby roost habitat and remain in this area. Therefore, this project will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of Little Brown Bats or Northern Myotis in Jasper National Park.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273
pca_sar.registrycomments@pc.gc.ca

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