Stawamus Chief Peregrine Falcon Monitoring Program 2014: Volunteers Needed
Peregrine Falcons (anatum subspecies; Threatened on Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act) regularly nest on rock ledges on the Stawamus Chief. Peregrine Falcons are sensitive to human disturbance during nesting, which can reduce nesting success. With the help of volunteers, BC Parks conducts monitoring between March and July to monitor falcon activity and locate nests. If a nest is located, adjacent climbing routes are closed until monitoring suggests that all chicks have left the nest.
BC Parks is looking for volunteers to help with this monitoring program. From a couple of easily accessible locations which provide a good view of the Chief, volunteers use binoculars and spotting scope to monitor the face of the Chief for falcon activity. Volunteer shifts require one or more people and our hope is to have monitors out twice a week for one-two hours at a time, beginning in March and continuing to mid-July, when chicks typically leave the nest. Ideally volunteers will be available on a regular basis for consistency and to reduce need for training. However, volunteers don’t need to be available every week; as long as you can commit to a number of shifts over the March to July season, we would be happy for your help.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Joanna Hirner, Conservation Specialist, BC Parks, Joanna.Hirner@gov.bc.ca or 604-924-2228.
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