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Species at Risk Surveys

Species at Risk SurveysDST has conducted over a hundred Species at Risk Surveys for private sector, institutional, and government clients. Species at risk surveys are conducted for our clients to meet a variety of project objectives including ensuring compliance with provincial Endangered Species Acts and/or the federal Species at Risk Act, to ensure due diligence with respect to environmental liabilities, for the purposes of creating biological inventories for an environmental impact assessment, research project, baseline study, or other natural history study, and to fulfill provincial Ministry of Natural Resources due diligence and management requirements for development, demolition, and roadwork projects. DST has conducted species at risk surveys for major mining, aggregate, infrastructure, and roadwork developments, large scale demolition projects, for Canadian Forces Bases across Canada, and as part of biological research studies. These surveys range from small scale surveys targeting a single species on a small property, to landscape level surveys targeting all Species at Risk within a given region.

DST has one of Canada’s leading teams of species at risk experts and we have conducted surveys across the country, including in a variety of remote and northern regions. We have experience and capability to conduct surveys for the full range of biological taxa including birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, plants, fungi, insects, and aquatic invertebrates. We specialize in delivering complex multispecies surveys over large scales and are experienced in specialized techniques including aerial mammal inventories, gill netting, fish larval sampling and identification, passive acoustic monitoring for bats, snake sampling, fish acoustic tagging, electrofishing, bird sonogram monitoring, and others.

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Staying Current

To ensure all regulatory and environmental protection issues are handled efficiently and cost-effectively, DST is up-to-date with cutting edge species at risk methods and changes to government regulations. Our expert staff are regularly trained on new and innovative technologies, such as the Passive Ultrasonic Recording Station to detect Bats, and remain informed on changes to government species at risk regulations that may impact our clients. We have the SAR experts on staff that can provide you with services such as:

  • Negotiating with government regulators
  • Developing and writing mitigation plans
  • Donducting follow-up monitoring
  • Guiding you through the permitting process
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