In 2014/15 Waterton Biosphere Reserve (WBR) completed a review of species at risk (SAR) including westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, Rocky Mountain sculpin, northern leopard frog, western toad, grizzly bear, little brown myotis (bat), whitebark pine, limber pine, and other species.
Status reports, conservation management plans, recovery plans/strategies, and other relevant documents were reviewed for each of the SAR identified as potentially occurring in the WBR. Meetings or conference calls were held with representatives from a variety of federal and provincial government agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals to compile information on current or recent SAR work being conducted in the WBR under the approaches of inventory and monitoring, research, management and regulations, stewardship and habitat improvement, education and community outreach, and reintroductions. The information gathered from report/plan reviews and meetings/conference calls helped identify gaps and opportunities for collaborative work that could be addressed by the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association (WBRA).
Working with the WBRA Board of Directors, four project concepts were identified and developed into a three-year action plan for stewardship of SAR in WBR. Work is underway now to identify partners and resources to implement these projects:
Read the Species at Risk Action Plan for Waterton Biosphere Reserve 2015-2018 and watch for updates on upcoming opportunities to get involved with stewardship of species at risk in Waterton Biosphere Reserve.