Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: GLA-2018-28379

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. GLA-2018-28379 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Blue vane traps will be deployed for inventory and habitat information gathering for bees, including bees of concern (for example, Yellow-banded Bumble Bee, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, and Western Bumble Bee) and Vivid Dancer damselfly. Expected outcomes include a list of bumble bees and associated collection sites, a list of solitary bees and collection sites, presence/not detected inventory for Vivid Dancer at thermal and cool springs and freshwater habitats, and associated habitat descriptions if the species is recorded.

Start Date: 2018-06-13   End Date: 2022-09-30

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Alternatives: It can be difficult to identify Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bees on sight, so often destructive sampling is preferred to ensure an accurate identification. The Gypsy Cuckoo Bumblebee has, thus far, not been confirmed to occur in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. If the species is recorded, it will enable Parks Staff to make more informed science-based decisions around land management activities. The research is expected to contribute to the conservation of the species and therefore benefits to be gained for the species outweigh the costs of not undertaking this research. Mitigations: Blue vane traps are effective at recording bumble bee presence, and will only be deployed for one to two weeks. This will allow the species to be recorded, however the impact on the population (colony) is thought to be less than if deployed at a site for a longer period of time. The majority of the trapping will occur when queens are not flying. This should limit the impact to the population. Jeopardy to Survival or Recovery of the Species: Bumble bees are active in summer months. Bumble bees are colonial and workers forage and then return to the nest. Males and queens also forage, but these individuals are typically active in the spring and fall months. The overall population impact is thought to be low, given trap deployment are in one-week spans at any one location. Workers are sterile and don’t contribute directly to the next generation, and taking a small number of workers from an area is not likely to be detrimental to the overall nest survival. The benefit will be a list of bees from within the park, and knowledge as to whether the species at risk is present in the 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

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