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Regional or Local Number: SINPR-2012-12893

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SINPR-2012-12893 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The purpose of this project is to conduct field inventories of the five bee species on Sable Island in order to expand on existing species distribution information and further describe and delineate important habitat for the Sable Island sweat bee. Specifically, the objectives are to: (i) Complete distribution information by searching for all bee species in vegetated areas on Sable Island that have not yet been surveyed and identify key vegetation communities where L. sablense is found; (ii) Continue to document and refine floral associations to describe important foraging habitat; and (iii) Document and describe nesting locations if possible. The sampling technique will involve primarily passive observation and capture and release. A variety of plant species will be observed for foraging bees and individuals may be temporary placed in a vial for identification or photographing. Non-destructive methods of sampling will be employed to the greatest extent possible, however in the event that visual identification to species level is not possible in the field, a small number of voucher specimens may be collected to confirm visual identifications or in circumstances where a nest location or new floral association is found. Any specimens collected will be deposited at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History or Sable Island Institute, Halifax, NS.

Start Date: 2018-07-14   End Date: 2018-12-19

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 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. Additionally, non-lethal sampling and identification methods are being tested in order to reduce mortality of individuals associated with the alternative approach of specimen collection and identification in the lab. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species. Specifically: (i) Non-lethal identification of individuals through capture and release methods will be employed to the greatest extent possible; (ii) Care will be taken to identify, photograph and then release individuals as quickly as possible in order to minimize time spent in captivity; (iii) Collection of voucher specimens to confirm species identification will be kept to a minimum and only under certain conditions (i.e., location of a nest site; 1 specimen per site; collection of an individual would occur only when other individuals of Lasioglossum are observed at a given site; only following emergence of males in mid-July). 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 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 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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