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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PNR-2008-0087

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PNR-2008-0087 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
Surveys for Burrowing Owl nests using call playbacks. Placing infra red video cameras down nest burrows to confirm nest status. Capture of adult males to attach GPS micro data loggers to monitor local movements. Removal of one tail feather from adults for stable isotope analysis. Capture, band and measure individuals for ongoing monitoring.

Start Date: 2008-05-13   End Date: 2011-05-01

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
Nocturnal tracking of Burrowing Owls requires GPS transmitters and micro-dataloggers, therefore alternatives do not exist. Techniques used for surveying, trapping, and handling the owls are well known and are standard protocols approved by the Alberta Government and vetted through animal care committees. All visits to nests are quick and careful to minimize stress and minimize disruption of the birds routine. All captured owls will be hooded to reduce stress and facilitate efficient measuring and banding. Non invasive backpack transmitters will be removed by retrapping owls and are designed to fall off after several months if the owls cannot be retrapped. Owls will be released into their nest burrows. All field leaders have extensive experience with this species and have separate banding permits. All assistants receive hands on training in the field. Nests are not modified. After trapping attempts food is often left to compensate for lost hunting time. Burrowing Owls are quite tolerant of human activity. The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species, and is intended to aid in the recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Canadian Wildlife Service
Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: (867) 975-4633
Fax: (867) 975-4645
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