Understanding the federal Species at Risk Act, critical habitat screening, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, and the Province of BC species and ecosystems data and information

Tuesday February 4, 2020
Fraser room, Courtyard by Marryott Prince George
900 Brunswick Street, Prince George, BC.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Workshop Overview
The increasing list of species and ecosystems at risk is challenging the capacity of professionals to find, process and interpret information to build effective and professional environmental assessment reports. The Association of Professional Biology is providing this training to address both the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and screening for critical habitat, as well as the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA) and mitigating incidental take.  The BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC) will provide background on the functions and methods of the CDC regarding species and ecosystems provincially, as well as a demo and recommended ways to use some of the online tools for accessing the data and information relevant to SARA and MBCA.  Applied break-out sessions will provide the opportunity to work through scenarios with species at risk and migratory birds to determine if and when a permit is required and how to apply for permits under SARA and the Migratory Bird Regulations (MBR). This workshop is designed to fill the gap for professionals that work on environmental impact assessment advice in support of development applications. It may also be useful for junior professionals who want to strengthen their skills in understanding of federal wildlife legislation and guidance for conserving migratory birds and species at risk. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops to explore the online resources discussed during the presentations, but it is not required. 

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Instructors

Chloe Boynton

Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

 Chloe Boynton is a Migratory Bird Biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, in the Pacific Region. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (honours) from Queen’s University in 2013, and a Master of Science from Simon Fraser University in 2017. Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of migratory songbirds, from mapping territories of forest birds in Ontario and nest searching for grassland birds in Alberta, to studying aerial insectivores here in the Lower Mainland. She has worked with Environment and Climate Change Canada in several capacities over the last 4 years, including work with the funding programs, conducting research for the Science and Technology branch and most recently focusing on migratory birds and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

 

Celina Willis

Conservation Project Development Officer
Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Celina is a Conservation Project Development Officer with Canadian Wildlife Service – Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Pacific Region. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (honours) from Queen’s University in 2013 and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University in 2018. She has experience working with migratory songbirds across Canada as well as working in resource management with First Nations in British Columbia. She began working with the Canadian Wildlife Service in 2017 and currently works in Species at Risk Recovery where she focuses on consultation and engagement on species at risk, including proposed species at risk listing amendments and recovery documents. She previously worked in the Regulatory Affairs Unit of Canadian Wildlife Service as a Treaty Negotiation Analysist.
 

 


Katrina Stipec

Species & Ecosystems at Risk Info Specialist
BC Conservation Data Centre, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Katrina Stipec has worked with the BC Conservation Data Centre, currently in the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy since 2005. She is the Species and Ecosystems Information Specialist and has made it her focus to help clients access BC species and ecosystems data and information.
Katrina completed her BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria in 1998. Since then she has worked for various organisations including non-profits, industry, regional, federal and the BC government in a number of roles that have included habitat mapping, remote sensing, GIS, forestry, transportation, mining and environmental values.

 

Susan Weber

BC Conservation Data Centre, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Susanne Weber has worked as a Regional fish & wildlife Information Specialist with the Ecosystems Information Section, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy since 2007. In her role within the Omineca region, Susanne assists both internal and external clients with accessing and using fish and wildlife data and information across a broad range of projects. Susanne completed her BSc in biogeography at UBC in 1996, and has called Prince George her home since 2000. Susanne leads an aquatic ecosystems restoration project in Mt Robson Provincial Park, and dabbles in fisheries related conservation projects, as time allows, outside of her regular information management duties!

 

 

Susanne Weber, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy