Threatened species found during Highlands conservation work

Monitoring of private lands with covenants on them reveals rare birds, unique ecosystem

The Nature Conservancy’s summer conservation covenant monitoring turned up some interesting species in Highlands private lands.

Among the animals found in the Coastal Douglas fir forests were an olive-sided flycatcher, the populations of which have declined by 68 per cent in the past 30 years. Also, a pocket of the extremely rare Aspen-Slough Sedge ecosystem was discovered on one of the covenants. This nutrient rich ecosystem occurs in swamps that are tolerant of seasonal flooding and a high water table.