Forest Investment Account

Abstract of TERP Project #0-25

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Conserving endangered butterflies of garry oak ecosystems: a final job completion report to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program

Author(s): Eastman, Don; Lofroth, Eric C.; Miskelly, James
Imprint: Victoria, B.C. : Restoration of Natural Systems Program, School of environmental Studies, University of Victoria, 2002
Subject: Restoration Ecology, British Columbia, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


Inventory was carried out for Taylorís checkerspot, Island marble, Island Blue, and Dun Skipper, all endangered or extirpated butterflies in Garry Oak ecosystems. This project is integrated with the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team, and directly addresses information gaps in the Recovery plan. The status of these butterflies was confirmed or determined by identifying appropriate habitats to survey, and then by conducting surveys using transects and area searches for flying adults, and by using plot-based surveys for larvae. Life history and habitat needs data for these butterflies was also collected with literature surveys and preliminary field work, particularly for the Taylorís checkerspot and Island blue. The feasibility of re-introduction of these species was examined, and potential re-introduction sites on Hornby Island and in the Greater Victoria area were identified. Three reports were produced, the first of which is available from the Ministry library: 1. Eastman, D., J. Miskally and E. Lofroth. 2002. Conserving Endangered Butterflies of Garry Oak Ecosystems - A final job completion report to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program. 2. Guppy, C. and A. Fisher. 2001. Garry Oak ecosystems rare/endangered butterflies inventory Ė 2001 report, Unpublished report to the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, and 3. Miskelly, J. 2002. Assessing the significance of habitat change to two endangered butterflies of Garry Oak ecosystems. M.Sc. thesis proposal, Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
Project Name: Conserving Endangered Butterflies of Garry Oak Ecosystems, #0-25
Project Proponent: Restoration of Natural Systems Program, University of Victoria
Keywords: endangered butterflies, Garry oak restoration, butterfly re-introduction, butterfly habitat

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