The scope of this provincial recovery plan applies to provincial Crown land in the Williamson?s Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) area of occupancy in British Columbia. Williamson?s Sapsucker habitat in British Columbia that occurs on land other than provincial Crown land is not addressed in this document.
This species is designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. In British Columbia, there are two subspecies of Williamson?s Sapsuckers. Sphyrapicus thyroideus nataliae occurs in the southeast corner of the province in the East Kootenay region, while S. t. thyroideus occurs in the south-central interior from the Okanagan-Boundary area northwest to the Thompson River. Both subspecies are on the provincial Red list in British Columbia and ranked G5TU (secure) globally. The Conservation Framework has assigned S. t. nataliae a conservation priority 1, and S. t. thyroideus a conservation priority 2 under Goal 3: maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems. It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act, and identified as a species at risk under the Forest and Range Practices Act, and hence is listed as Identified Wildlife under the Identified Wildlife Management Strategy. Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible.
The population and distribution goal (recovery goal) for Williamson?s Sapsucker is to ensure the persistence of its populations in Canada (East Kootenay, Okanagan-Boundary, and Western) by maintaining them at or above (1) the current abundance; and (2) the current distribution and area of occupancy, allowing for natural fluctuations in both cases.
This recovery plan identifies actions required for the recovery of Williamson?s Sapsucker on Crown land in British Columbia.
Ministry of Environment. 2012. Recovery Plan for the Williamson?s Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) on Crown Lands. Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Sphyrapicus thyroideus
English Name: Williamson's Sapsucker
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