Hay-Zama Lakes Complex Wildlife Monitoring 1998-1999


Ken D. Wright


Results of the 1998 / 99 Hay-Zama Lakes Complex Wildlife Monitoring Project are presented in this manuscript. The project is a cooperative venture implemented by the Hay-Zama Committee (a joint industry / government / public committee designed to advise on operations within the complex). Monitoring of wildlife populations on the complex during critical waterfowl migration periods allows oil and gas production to continue until threshold levels in numbers of waterfowl are reached. The alternative, as defined by Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, is a general shut-in of production for this same time period. The monitoring program was initiated in 1995 / 96 and is proposed to continue until 1999 / 2000. In addition to waterfowl monitoring, studies of migrating neotropical birds and nesting raptors were completed in the 1998 / 99 study period.

This report summarizes activities for the fourth year of the proposed five-year program and will be distributed to all Hay-Zama Committee members. Information collected for this project will be used to direct further biological studies on the complex and to aid in the development and planning of industrial activity compatible with the needs of fisheries and wildlife. Migrating waterfowl populations during this study period were stable and well dispersed throughout the complex. Oil and gas wells were able to stay in production throughout the 1998 migration periods.

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