In their environmental presentation at http://issuu.com/capitalregionaldistrict/docs/ivbnep-species?e=2590922/10796110 the CRD said there are 24 (33-9) species "known to use the park "intermittently or utilize areas immediately adjacent to the park and therefore may be affected by our activities in the park."
Those 24 are shown on the list following, and are the species not marked with a small tick.
- The habitat for many of these birds is the open ocean and they are never in areas immediately adjacent to the park.
- Other birds are raptors that fly over the surrounding area.
- Two of the birds listed are not species at risk - the Cackling Goose and the Snowy Owl.
- no evidence was given showing that these birds used the park or were close enough to be disturbed by park visitors.
- Great blue herons are known to use the back areas of the park at time, but no information was given to show that they are interfered with by park users
We wrote to the CRD on July 10, 2015 requesting confirmation:
"the other 24 species at risk are of concern because they are birds that either use the park habitat during various times of the year or reside in the adjacent terrestrial or marine environments and are potentially influenced by park management actions and park users."
I have looked through the references provided by the CRD and have been unable to find confirmation that these marine birds either use the park or reside in the adjacent terrestrial or marine environments and are potentially influenced by park management actions and park users. Please provide me with the "factual, technical and scientific" evidence to confirm this statement about the marine birds.
Also missing is any "factual, technical and scientific" information that shows when and where these marine birds might be present in the park or "in the adjacent terrestrial or marine environments". Please provide me with this information.
What park management actions or activities of park users do you envisage would influence these marine birds?
The CRD replied on July 15, 2015 "...we are not providing you with any additional information about SAR" [SAR = species at risk]
No reliance can be placed on this list in the absence of supporting data, and certainly there is not enough evidence to make decisions effecting a new park management plan.