Marine Bird

Requirements include:

  • safe nesting and/or roosting sites.
  • unpolluted inshore waters.

 (c) Mike Pearson

Threats include:

  • marine pollution.
  • disturbance of nesting and roosting sites.
  • predation by domestic pets and other introduced predators.


Minimize marine pollution

  • Install the best available sewage treatment technology
  • Ensure that road and parking lot runoff is adequately treated in new developments through the subdivision and development permitting processes.
  • Retrofit storm sewers with oil/grease separators, sediment traps, and/or treatment wetlands during other maintenance and upgrading projects.
  • Prevent direct dumping of toxic materials into storm or sanitary sewers through public education and a bylaw.
  • Ban insecticide and herbicide use for cosmetic purposes on lands within jurisdiction (municipalities only).
  • Eliminate insecticide and herbicide use on local government lands.
  • Keep high-risk industries away from nesting and roosting habitats through zoning.
  • Require large setbacks from important habitats through zoning, subdivision and development permits.
  • Enforce stringent anti-pollution regulations for boats and port facilities (Port Authorities only).

Protect nesting colonies from disturbance

  • Target nesting or roosting sites for purchase or dedication via the subdivision, rezoning and development permit processes.
  • Restrict public access to nesting or roosting sites on local government land.
  • Regulate the timing and location of construction activities to minimize disturbance of birds using the subdivision and development permit processes.
  • Include information on marine birds and their habitats in public education materials and programming.
  • Divert marine traffic away from nesting and roosting habitats (Port Authorities only).

 (c) Mike Pearson

Control domestic animals

  • Use an animal control bylaw to prevent domestic pets from accessing bird nesting or roosting sites.
  • Include information on the dangers that pets pose to marine birds in public education materials and programming.