Application of the Residence Concept to Buffalograss (Buchloë dactyloides)

Does the concept of residence under SARA apply to this species?  No

Detailed Rationale:

(1) Does the ecology of the species include the use of a dwelling place--which is a specific location (or locations) or discrete spatial area that contains features similar to a den or nest, or performs functions similar to a den or nest?

No - the specific location occupied by an individual Buffalograss plant is plainly a part of the general habitat of the species; there is no inherent feature of this area similar to a den or nest.

(2) Are these locations occupied or habitually occupied during all or part of the species’ life cycle?

Not applicable

(3) Are these locations essential to the successful performance of a specific, crucial function of the species’ life-cycle?

Not applicable

Summary of Rationale:

Individual Buffalograss plants do not appear to use a dwelling place similar to a nest or den, and therefore do not qualify to have a residence. There would be no additional legal protection not already afforded by protection of the individual and its critical habitat.

Additional Information

For more information on the Buffalograss.

For more information on SARA.

References

Government of Canada. 2004. Species at Risk Act Policy: Policy on Residence. Draft (June 18, 2004). Unpublished Paper. 17 pp.

Harms, V.L. 1998. COSEWIC Status Report on the Buffalograss, Buchloë dactyloides. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. 56 pp.