Hay Zama Lakes Complex Wildlife Monitoring 2000


Ken D. Wright


Results of the 2000 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. In addition to waterfowl monitoring, a study of nesting bald eagles was completed as well.

This report summarizes monitoring activities for 2000 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 allowing oil and gas wells to stay in production throughout the 2000 migration periods.

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