ENDANGERED WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER – How, why and where to next?

ENDANGERED WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER – How, why and where to next?

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Date(s) - 30/Jun/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL MEETING TIME on Wednesday June 30 – not on Thursday July 01 !

Endangered Williamson’s Sapsuckers: How, Why, and Where to Next?

Les Gyug is a biologist living and working in the southern interior of BC since 1981, and has been running his own business, Okanagan Wildlife Consulting, since 1991. While over the years he has worked with a lot of different habitats, with many different birds and with all manner of other species from mice to moose, Williamson’s Sapsucker has been a recurring theme since 1995. At that time, when very little was known about Williamson’s Sapsucker distribution and numbers in B.C., he discovered them living in and near wildlife tree patches that had been left very presciently by a forest company in 1967, far in advance of the 1990’s Forest Practices Code that required wildlife tree patches. That spurred further wide-ranging surveys over the next few years on behalf of the Ministry of Environment. While an interesting bird in its own right, the assessment as Endangered in 2005 added impetus and meaning to the inventory and research, which has continued to this day. He will take a look back at what they’ve done, how much they know now that they didn’t know before, some interesting and little-known aspects of sapsucker behavior and biology, and where the species is likely to end up next.

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