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Regional or Local Number: SINP-2018-2889

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SINP-2018-2889 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The purpose of this project is to conduct inventories of the major pollinators in permanent sampling plots on Sable Island and to attempt to identify nesting sites for sweat bees. Specifically, the objectives are to: (i) Identify floral associations for the major pollinators of Sable island and the distribution of floral resources in the sampling plots across the summer; and (ii) Identify nesting habitat for the two species of sweat bee on Sable Island, Lasioglossum sablense and Lasioglossum novascotae. The sampling technique will involve primarily passive observation, capture and release, and limited sweep netting of vegetation. A variety of plant species will be observed for foraging bees and insects will be captured and identified in a non-lethal observation chamber. For identifying nesting sites, a maximum of 20 Sable Island sweat bees will be placed in a collection vial containing a fluorescent powder (#1166, Shannon Luminous Materials, Inc.) for 10 seconds prior to release.

Start Date: 2018-07-04   End Date: 2018-08-24

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 have been chosen 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; (ii) Sweat bees will remain in the powder chamber for 10 seconds to minimise the risk of taking on too much powder, that might hinder flight; and (iii) Sweep netting will be conducted in a way to minimize damage and destruction of vegetation c) The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The risk to the species are minimal, there is no anticipated mortality from the capture, identification and powdering of individuals. Only twenty individuals will be powdered, to minimise any potential risks.

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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