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Regional or Local Number: KNP-2018-29200

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. KNP-2018-29200 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Surveys for Lasioglossum bees will be conducted in dune habitat at the Kejimkujik Seaside. The purpose of the Lasioglossum survey is to test whether Sable Island Sweat Bee is endemic to Sable Island. This sweat bee is in the subgenus Dialictus. These small metallic bees are very difficult to identify, and without careful examination of collected specimens or DNA barcoding, many species can't be identified. Sable Island sweat bee was assessed by COSEWIC as Threatened in 2014 on the premise that it is restricted to Sable Island and is vulnerable to the risks associated with a tiny range. Surveying for Dialictus bees in dune habitat on mainland Nova Scotia has not been exhausted and many suitable dunes have not be surveyed. This project will greatly increase the search effort in suitable habitat, and surveys in the park are a small part of a larger project across Nova Scotia.

Start Date: 2018-07-01   End Date: 2018-10-01

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Nova Scotia

Affected Species:

a) All reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted. The purpose of this research is to acquire knowledge on the distribution and habitat requirements of the Sable Island sweat bee in order to better understand its geographic range and inform recovery planning and identification and protection of critical habitat. The alternative of not conducting this research could potentially have greater impact to the species if areas of important habitat are not well understood and protected. The alternative of visually identifying the Sable Island sweat bee through capture and release or passive observation is not possible on mainland Nova Scotia where there are many other species of Lasioglossum that are indistinguishable in the field. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species. Specifically, (i) collection of voucher specimens to confirm species identification will be kept to a minimum and only under certain conditions (i.e., 1 specimen per site; collection of an individual would occur only when other individuals of Lasioglossum are observed at a given site); and (ii) sweep netting will be conducted in a way to minimize damage and destruction of vegetation. c) Given the wide distribution on Sable Island, the annual life cycle and the relatively high reproductive rate of sweat bees, collection of a small number of individuals from Mainland Nova Scotia is not expected to have a significant impact on the overall population or jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The benefit of this work is that information acquired through this sampling will help inform a better understanding of the geographic range of the species and provide input to the recovery planning process and identification of critical habitat for this species, thus contributing to the long-term protection and recovery of the Sable Island sweat bee.

Contact Person(s)
Jean-Louis Provencher
Species Conservation Specialist
Parks Canada
3, passage du Chien d'Or. Suite 200.
Quebec City, QC
G1R 3Z8
Tel: 418-649-8251

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