Conserve Species at Risk Habitat on your Ranch

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Species at Risk

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How do I conserve species at risk habitat on my ranch?

Species At Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Land (SARPAL) pilot program is designed to assist cattle producers in adopting management practices that benefit their ranch operation as well as the bird species (until March 31, 2019)

BC Cattlemen’s Association


Land Donation

Donate land to a land trust


How do I donate my land to conservation?

Some landowners in the region have ecologically significant properties that include these types of habitats and are situated in important wildlife corridors. If you are a landowner with ecologically significant land, you may be interested in conserving its biodiversity and wildlife habitat values for future generations. Land trusts are organizations that acquire properties for conservation. Our role at the Kootenay Conservation Program is to coordinate private land securement amongst these land trusts and key partners and funders so we collectively prioritize the most strategic, important properties for acquisition. If you are a landowner interested in selling or donating your property for conservation, and it has significant ecological values, please feel free to contact the Kootenay Conservation Program.

Kootenay Conservation Program

On behalf of participating land trusts.

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This video explains the Kootenay Conservation Program’s role in private land securement for landowners interested in donating land to conservation.

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Report Great Blue Herons in the Columbia River Basin

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Report Sightings of Herons in Columbia Region

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Photo: Phil Payne

Report great blue heron nests or aggregations of herons.

Heron breeding activity has continued to decline in the southern portion of the Columbia Basin, based on 2016 monitoring results. Report nests or aggregations of Great Blue Herons to help monitor breeding and over-wintering populations and identify sites worthy of conservation or stewardship follow-up.

Pandion Ecological Research Ltd.

Marlene Machmer

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Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey

Report Bank Swallows

Photo credit: Alistair Fraser

Report breeding colonies of bank swallows in your area of the Kootenays.

In November 2017, the federal government published an Order to list Bank Swallow as threatened under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey will give us a better picture of current status and allow comparisons with historical data. Here’s how to report:

  • identify colony locations
  • take photographs of colonies
  • count numbers of burrows (in the field or from photographs)
  • record date and number of adults observed
  • OR, request a data form from the address below.

Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey

Janice Arndt
Program Manager

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