Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 6859003

    Haida Gwaii Early Season Goshawk Nest Area Monitoring 2010
Project lead: Husby Group
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
This is the sixteenth year of goshawk inventory and research, and the sixth year of systematic early season goshawk nest monitoring on Haida Gwaii. Nest monitoring included several visits to accessible known breeding areas. If no birds were initially located, then as time permitted this monitoring was augmented by systematic playback survey transects, and/or stands watch surveys.
Nine of the 15 previously known breeding areas were monitored. Birds were detected in 4 (44%) of the Breeding Areas monitored. This is within the previously observed range (33-80%), and combined with the later incubation-nestling monitoring it does indicate that the many of the known territories (as defined by the presence of birds defending the nest area) are still occupied.
To ensure the forest stewardship goals for goshawks continue to be met in the context of all these potential changes, it is recommended that the early season long-term monitoring of goshawk Breeding Areas continues in conjunction with the later incubation-nestling monitoring. No other forest dependent species on Haida Gwaii has been so closely monitored throughout this period of change, and continued monitoring therefore provides the only opportunity to determine which areas on the island will continue to support goshawks. This monitoring should therefore continue to be linked by adaptive management feedback loop to all forest stewardship managers, and to the goshawk Recovery Team, such that we can continue to identify, and manage for nesting and foraging conditions that support goshawks.
Contact: Frank Doyle, (250) 846-5100,

Updated August 16, 2010 

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