The seabirds that we share the oceans with live their lives as they have since the last glacial retreat, about 11,000 years ago. They have survived the hazards of fierce storms and efficient predators, and yet maintained healthy breeding populations. In the last 300 years though, the human population of coastal BC has increased more than 30 times, putting increasing pressures on seabirds. We take over nesting colonies for their own settlements, compete for food, introduce alien predators like rats, and disturb the daily lives of seabirds with our commercial and recreational activities.
|Photo by Eva Durance|
The Seabird Survival Program is an initiative of BC Nature to help minimize human disturbance of seabirds in the southern Strait of Georgia. The project proposes voluntary viewing guidelines that recreational boaters and beachwalkers can use to reduce their impacts on seabirds.
Estimating distances over water can be difficult. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.
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Seabird Survival Brochure (rev. 2016) (14×8.5) 2 MB pdf NEW!
Brochures are also available from the BC Nature office.
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