Helmer Sar Lesson Nscc(Final)


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Helmer Sar Lesson Nscc(Final)

  1. 1. Species at Risk Stewardship & Recovery in Nova Scotia
  2. 2. Outcomes & Linkages <ul><li>Understand SAR and what “at risk” means </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize different levels of risk </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that legislation protects SAR </li></ul><ul><li>Identify SAR in Southwest Nova </li></ul><ul><li>Understand stewardship & recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Be familiar with local monitoring & experts </li></ul><ul><li>This lesson prepares us for our </li></ul><ul><li>Field day at Kejimkujik next week </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are SAR? <ul><li>Species at risk (SAR) are plants and animals in trouble, or threatened </li></ul><ul><li>There are 500 in Canada, and 40+ in NS </li></ul><ul><li>Southwestern NS is one of the hotspots for SAR </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>HWW SAR </li></ul>
  4. 4. Levels of Risk <ul><li>There are several levels of risk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extinct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caribou </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endangered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blanding’s Turtle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Threatened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern Ribbon Snake </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vulnerable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>White Cedar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not at Risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Laws protect Species at Risk <ul><li>SARA is the Canadian law that applies to all federal lands and waters. </li></ul><ul><li>ESA is the Provincial law applies to all land managed by the province. </li></ul><ul><li>All species at risk and their habitat are protected. </li></ul><ul><li>Experts assess species to determine if they are “listed” in these laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Once “listed” a SAR has protection. </li></ul>
  6. 6. SAR in Southwest Nova <ul><li>There are 11 SAR in Lunenburg County </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 fish, 3 reptiles, 1 bird, 2 mammals, and 4 plants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mainland moose </li></ul><ul><li>Piping plover </li></ul><ul><li>Blanding’s turtle </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Crest </li></ul><ul><li>Atlantic whitefish </li></ul><ul><li>Video HWW A-W </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who works with SAR? <ul><li>All sectors are concerned about SAR </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses, government agencies (parks, wildlife, forestry), and academia are involved </li></ul><ul><li>Kejimkujik is a local centre of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute employs a SAR team and completes contracts for many partners on SAR stewardship, recovery, and management </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Goal is Recovery <ul><li>SAR are a focus of work because they are rare, and we want populations to increase to natural levels. </li></ul><ul><li>This is referred to as species recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery Teams of experts work to study, educate, and manage SAR. </li></ul><ul><li>There are Recovery Teams for most SAR found in the province </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stewardship is the Way <ul><li>Stewardship refers to involving as many people as possible in activities to help a species that is at risk </li></ul><ul><li>This might involve protecting lake shore habitat in cottage community (Fancy Lake) or placing protective cages over vulnerable nesting locations </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship is a often a community effort with immediate results and lasting benefits </li></ul>
  10. 10. Linkage to hands-on work <ul><li>Break into your 3 assigned groups to become familiar with the SAR that you have chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the species model and list all distinguishing features </li></ul><ul><li>As a group, review the SAR Guide for your species, noting its status, threats, and how we can help recovery </li></ul><ul><li>As a group discuss your top five questions for our experts on the field day next week </li></ul>