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Regional or Local Number: JNP-2018-29299

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. JNP-2018-29299 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Bumble bees are often the dominant insect pollinator species in arctic and high elevation nearctic ecosystems because they have hairy and robust bodies and perform buzzing behaviors that vibrate flight muscles to produce heat. These attributes allow them to tolerate colder temperatures than many other insect species. Some bumble bee species in North America are decreasing in abundance and genetic diversity at an increasing rate. Despite this, there is a paucity of data on the current and historical population structure within most species. This study will measure current and historical population structure throughout the range of several bumble bee species using newly collected and museum specimens. The project will involve capture and killing of individuals.

Start Date: 2018-07-15   End Date: 2018-08-31

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:

Alternatives: While it is possible to identify some species in the field, it can be quite difficult to identify others, for example, the Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee; therefore, destructive sampling is considered the most reliable method of ensuring accurate identification of species. This research is expected to assist in conservation efforts for the species and therefore the benefits to be gained from this research outweigh the costs of not conducting this research at all. Mitigations: Collections are occurring at a time that the queen bees are not flying, therefore minimizing effects on the colony. Collections will be limited to non-reproductive workers. Individuals that are captured will be transferred to cyanide vials within one minute of capture, to ensure that the sacrificing of individuals is done in the most human method possible. Jeopardy to Survival or Recovery of the Species: Up to 20 bees per site per species will be collected, to a maximum of 100 bees per site. This is the number of bees needed to robustly estimate genetic diversity within populations. Twenty bees from a single species represents a very small portion of the population of bumble bees in the park, considering that a single colony may have hundreds of workers. Additionally, only non-reproductive workers will be collected; therefore, the fecundity of the population will not be affected.

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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