Assessing and restoring habitat for Harlequin Ducks

Project Year: 2019-2020

Multi-year Project

Project Lead

Pandion Ecological Research Ltd.


Columbia Region

West Kootenay

Project Type

Research & Information Acquisition

FWCP Contribution


Action Plan Alignment

Species of Interest Action Plan

Project ID


Inventory and stewardship of Salmo Watershed Harlequin Ducks

This project involves a re-survey of Harlequin Duck adults/broods (as a follow-up to 1999 and 2009 surveys), and development of site-specific habitat management, restoration, and stewardship actions for implementation at priority sites in the Salmo River Watershed. This watershed supports a significant population of Harlequins, confirmed in previous FWCP inventories. A significant, measured decline during a 2009 re-survey coincided with watershed stressors (e.g. recreational corridor use, Crown/private logging, commercial rafting, etc.) and more stressors are planned. This project provides community outreach, engagement, updated population estimates, and site-specific data for successful implementation of stewardship/restoration actions with watershed landowners, managers, and users.