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Recovery strategy for the Eastern ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus), Atlantic population in Canada

7. Performance measures

Recovery efforts must be evaluated to assess their success. Because so little is known about ribbonsnakes, achieving the population and distribution objectives is a long-term goal, beyond the scope of a single recovery strategy. Intermediate performance measures, to be assessed by 2015, are presented here. Additional evaluation tools will be identified in future action plans.

  • Known habitats and populations maintained
  • Increased number of sites under formal habitat securement
  • Public awareness of ribbonsnake recovery occurs throughout the NS range leading to more landowners employing best practices to manage habitat
  • Critical habitat identification refined to incorporate overwintering habitats and terrestrial movements
  • Appropriate management identified scales though increased knowledge of the species’ range, distribution, and movements between concentration sites within that range
  • Standard protocols for effectively locating, capturing, marking, and tracking ribbonsnakes developed and integrated into recovery programs leading to ability to assess the true status of the population through improved understanding of population dynamics and habitat use
  • Increased awareness of traditional knowledge of ribbonsnakes and their habitat
  • Baseline demographic data collected at three or more concentration areas to allow future assessment of the effectiveness of recovery activities
  • Site specific threats evaluated and management strategies implemented to mitigate those threats