Wildlife Inventory was undertaken in the Pinecone Lake/Burke Mountain Protected Area Strategy (PAS) study area to identify biologically significant sites (rare elements, rich diversity etc...) as part of the PAS evaluation process outlined in the Gap Analysis Workbook (BC Environment, 1993). In July and August, surveys were carried out in the Pinecone (MHmm) and Boise Creek (CWHvm) areas. In the Widgeon valley (CWHvm, MHmm), birds were recorded at ecological inventory "sites" in August, and small mammal trapping was carried out in August and October.
Eight amphibian, one snake, 61 bird and 20 mammal species were identified in the areas studied; undoubtedly other species occur (Appendix 2). Six of the species recorded during this investigations - failed frog, great-blue heron, Vaux's swift, Hutton's vireo, shrew-mole, and Pacific jumping mouse - are listed as sensitive or vulnerable (blue-listed) by BC Environment. The Canadian distribution of six species, f ound within the PAS study area - tailed fog, red-legged frog, Hutton's vireo, shrew-mole, Pacific jumping mouse, and creeping vole - is largely restricted to the southwestern corner of British Columbia. The discovery of a spotted frog is significant as western Washington populations are in serious decline. The relatively large amount of existing Coastal Western Hemlock old growth forest within the study area offers excellent habitat potential for old growth associated species. Three amphibians, 24 bird and four mammal species associated with late-successional forest were detected within the PAS study area.
Thomas Plath. 1993. Wildlife Inventory Within the Pinecone Lake/Burke Mountain Protected Area Strategy Study Area. BC Environment