Description of critical habitat of the Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies in Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area and Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary

The Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (Icteria virens auricollis) (Southern Mountain population) is a migratory bird protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. In Canada, the Southern Mountain population of Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies is typically found in riparian areas in the south Okanagan and Similkameen valleys of British Columbia.

The Recovery Strategy for the Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (Icteria virens auricollis) (Southern Mountain population) in Canada, identifies critical habitat for the species in a number of areas, including two federally protected areas.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, subsection 58(1) of that Act applies, 90 days after the publication of this notice, to the critical habitat of the Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (Southern Mountain population) -- identified in the recovery strategy for that species that is included on the Species at Risk Public Registry -- that is found within Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area, the boundaries of which are described in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act, and Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary, described in the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations made pursuant to the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

Interested parties are invited to contact Environment and Climate Change Canada by email at ec.protectionep-sarprotection.ec@canada.ca to request clarification regarding the location, biophysical attributes and protection of this species’ critical habitat. However, some details may be withheld to protect the species and its critical habitat.

September 13, 2016

Mary Jane Roberts
Director
Species at Risk Act Management and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service