Beneficial Practices for Compliance with the Migratory Birds Convention Act and Regulations

Federally protected migratory birds (hereafter referenced as migratory birds) utilize almost every natural and man-made habitat found in Canada. Migratory birds, their eggs and nests are protected everywhere in Canada by the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA) and its supporting Regulations. There is no regulatory provision to allow for limited take of migratory birds during activites that support the development, construction, maintenance and operation of transportation facilities. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), via the Canadian Wildife Service (CWS), encourages proponents responsible for infrastructure and other sectors, where a risk of incidental take exists, to develop beneficial management plans. This report provides an overview of legislation, a primer on migratory bird biology, case studies to illustrate actions taken to reduce the risk of incidental take, as well as a synthesis of beneficial practices that aligns with the Act and Regulations. This report forms the first phase (Phase 1) of this project. It provides the foundation for carrying out the second phase (Phase 2) of the project which will involve the development of a national-level Canadian transportation and roadway sector-specific guidance on compliance with the MBCA and Regulations. Recommendations to suggest ways to carry out Phase 2 are presented in this report.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

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  • Authors:
    • Heffernan, C
    • Wheeler, M
    • King, J
    • Lunn, H
    • McIntosh, S
    • Lake, R
  • Publication Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 1 v., 174 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01719185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2019 2:55PM