Wildlife Inventory and Research

CBA Ltd. has extensive experience with wildlife inventory and monitoring projects throughout British Columbia. John Cooper has been instrumental in establishing provincial guidelines (Resource Information Committee Standards, RISC) for wildlife surveys and monitoring. Members of the CBA team have expertise with identification and inventory of a wide variety of wildlife including terrestrial grastropods, insects, birds, small and large mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
 

Carnivore Studies in the Rocky Mountains (2014)

In the winter of 2014, CBA biologists are assisting Parks Canada with ongoing studies on wolverines. The work includes monitoring of hair sampling stations, and other on the ground work. CBA biologists also fly annual winter wolf surveys in the Selkirks in support of the multi-agency Mountain Caribou Recovery project.

Wolf Surveys in the Yukon (2013)

In the winter of 2013, CBA biologist Harry van Oort, conducted aerial surveys for wolves in Kluane National Park area for the Yukon Government. The work included monitoring locations and movements of known packs in southwestern Yukon.

Ungulate Inventory and Habitat Assessment in the Chilcotin (2011)

In 2011, CBA conducted an inventory of ungulate populations and assessed ungulate winter range habitat quality for Department of National Defence in interior British Columbia. Field studies included aerial and ground-based surveys for ungulates, snow-track surveys, and habitat assessments. The work also included preparation of a technical report.

Pine Biodiversity Investigations in the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James Forest Districts (2006 & 2007)

This multi-taxa investigation of forested habitats in the Sub-Boreal Spruce (SBS) zone of Central Interior British Columbia includes an inventory of CWD, vegetation in all layers, small mammals (e.g. mice, voles), songbirds, woodpeckers, and owls in early, mid and late seral lodgepole pine stands, as well as retention patches and mature (70 yrs.+) non-pine-leading stands.

Amphibian Surveys

CBA has conducted numerous projects involving inventory and conservation of amphibians. From 1997-1999 we conducted research on the Northern Leopard Frog at Creston, BC including inventory, habitat assessments, capture and marking of frogs, radio-telemetry monitoring of frog movements and overwintering sites. CBA monitored terrestrial salamanders on northern Vancouver Island as part of an effectiveness monitoring program. A stand level monitoring program, following RISC standards, was set up by establishing sampling arrays (each with 17 stations) of artificial cover objects (ACOs) in 14 different blocks in the Nimpkish Valley (TFL 37) on Vancouver Island. Ten arrays were placed in partial retention cut blocks where harvesting had occurred within 5 years, and four in uncut reference areas of mature or old-growth forest.

CBA has also conducted inventory and habitat assessments of amphibians for many industrial projects including wind farms, mines, forestry, and land developments (1995-present).

Bird Surveys

CBA has conducted >50 bird inventory, research and assessment projects throughout British Columbia including studies on loons, grebes, waterfowl, herons, raptors, shorebirds, hummingbirds, forest songbirds, grassland songbirds, wetland birds, grouse, gulls and terns, Sandhill Crane, and others. Studies have been conducted on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island, Fort Nelson, Peace River, Okanagan, Thompson, East and West Kootenay, Cariboo, Chilcotin, Central Coast, Prince Rupert, Tatshenshini, Greater Vancouver and Omineca regions.

Wildlife Habitat Modelling

CBA Ltd. has completed habitat modeling for numerous wildlife species across western Canada, including projects for Alberta Fish and Wildlife (northern goshawk, American three-toed woodpecker; 2004), Canfor Ltd. (wolverine, American three-toed woodpecker; 2003-2004), Weyerhauser Ltd. (mule deer, marten; 1999), Western Forest Products Ltd. (northern goshawk), and BC Timber Sales (mountain goat, mule deer, moose, grizzly bear, caribou; 2008).

Monitoring Bats and Birds with Radar and Acoustic Technology

For numerous environmental assessment projects, mainly for wind farms, CBA Ltd has monitored bird and bat activity with marine surveillance radar. Radar has been used to document flight paths for Marbled Murrelets, heights of nocturnally-migrating songbirds and waterfowl, and for foraging and migrant bats. Bats are also regularly monitored with acoustic bat detectors. CBA Ltd maintains several marine surveillance units and numerous Anabat bat detector units.