PROTECTING AT RISK SPECIES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
In 2015, with funding from Environment Canada (Interdepartmental Recovery Fund (IRF)) in conjunction with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Ecora completed year one of a proposed three-year species-at-risk awareness and training project for Yekooche First Nation (Yekooche). The project focused on four SARA-listed species (three birds and one amphibian) with potential to occur within or surrounding Yekooche’s territory.
Background research and documentation (including scientific studies, species accounts and species recovery / management plans) were summarized and the species accounts were refined, with emphasis on the local ecosystems within and surrounding Yekooche’s Reserve lands. Preliminary field survey plans were developed and a training session was completed within the community to introduce the species-at-risk management and regulatory environment and to emphasize the importance of scoping them into local management planning.