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Regional or Local Number: SINP-2019-32719

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SINP-2019-32719 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The purpose of this project is to study the nesting biology of the Sable Island sweat bee. Specifically, the objectives are to: (i) Locate nests; (ii) Describe nesting habitat; (iii) Identify social structure (solitary vs colonial) of the two species of sweat bee on Sable Island, Lasioglossum sablense and Lasioglossum novascotae; and (iv) If required, lethally collect ten individuals for improved DNA barcoding of the species. The sampling technique will involve primarily passive observation, capture and release, and limited sweep netting of vegetation. Individuals will be captured via targeted sweep-netting, with bee species identified in a non-lethal observation chamber. For identifying nesting sites, a maximum of 30 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: 2019-06-26   End Date: 2019-08-24

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:

Pre-Conditions:
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 of the nesting biology of the Sable Island sweat bee in order to inform the identification of critical habitat and enhance protective measures. 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, primarily 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, with the exception of the ten individuals required for DNA analysis; (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) 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. 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 to the population.

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
pca_sar.registrycomments@pc.gc.ca

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