Action Plans

Action Plan for the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus) in Alberta

The Piping Plover, circumcinctus subspecies, is a migratory bird covered under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and is under the management jurisdiction of the federal government. The Species at Risk Act (SARA, Section 47) requires the competent minister to prepare action plans, based on the recovery strategy, for listed extirpated, endangered, or threatened species. The Piping Plover, circumcinctus subspecies, was designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 2001 and officially listed under SARA in June 2003. In Alberta, the Piping Plover is listed as endangered under Alberta’s Wildlife Act. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development led the development of the Alberta recovery plan for the species in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Service – Prairie and Northern Region, Environment Canada and other agencies. Environment Canada has developed additional material to complete the requirements under SARA and other legislations, and to permit the Minister of Environment to adopt Alberta’s document as the Action Plan for the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus) in Alberta. The action plan meets SARA requirements in terms of content and process (Sections 48 and 49). It is one of four action plans that outline measures required to implement the recovery strategy for the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus) in Canada.

In the spirit of cooperation of the Accord, the Government of Alberta has given permission to the Government of Canada to adopt the Alberta Piping Plover Recovery Plan, 2005-2010 (Appendix 1) as an action plan under Section 51 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Environment Canada has included an addition which completes the SARA requirements for this action plan.

Consultation period: 2009-10-23 to 2009-12-21


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Recovery Planning
Environment and Climate Change Canada
15th Floor, Place Vincent Massey
351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
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