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WiTS - WILDLIFE TREE STEWARDS         2006 Season (Oct 2005 - Aug 2006)   Pg.1

Wildlife Tree Monitoring Sheet

Municipality or District North Saanich
Monitor(s) Name Alice Aardvark Phone Number(s) 999-9999
Organization Lands End Naturalists Society

Existing Tree

Tree number (if known) and name E111-999      "Gobye"
Is this tree signed? Y N No If no, is owner agreeable? Y N Yes

New Tree

Landowner Name Mr & Mrs Fred Smith Phone 888-8888
General location of property (attach sketch map of how to find the tree
#99999 West Saanich Road near Gobye Cove Road

Tree Status (existing or new tree)

Is the tree standing?  Y N Yes
If no, please describe in the comments section (eg. tree up-rooted, tree felled) or on another sheet of paper
Is the tree an Eagle Nest Tree? Y  N Yes
If yes, is the nest still in the tree? Y N Yes
If nest is not there, is the nest support structure still in the tree? Y N  
What prey items were seen under the tree?
Bird feathers, probably seagull
If not an eagle nest tree, what wildlife was seen using the tree?
 
Please indicate all the Wildlife Tree Value Categories that apply

_NO_ NO - open nest. Indicate species using if known     Bald Eagles
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F___ F - recent feeding. Indicate species feeding if known  Bald Eagles
_____ D - denning / resting. Indicate species using if known
_____ NC - cavity nest. Indicate species using if known
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P___ P - perching / roosting. Indicate species using if known    Bald Eagles
_____ M - wildlife marks on tree. Indicate species using if known
 

Has there been any habitat changes in the buffer area (100m)? Y N No
If yes, please explain
 

Report on Eagle Nest Tree Productivity (existing or new tree) or Wildlife Tree Species Use (attach another sheet of paper if more space is needed)

Date Observation
Mar 7 One adult Bald Eagle (BAEA) next to nest
Mar 15 Some fresh sticks. BAEA in area
Mar 21 Adults rebuilding nest
Mar 28 Single adult on nest. Neighbour reports rebuilding.
Apr 11 Adult BAEA incubating. No disturbance noted
Apr 13 Incubation in progress. Immature perched on side of nest
Apr 27 Incubation in progress. Nest appears larger
May 4 Incubation in progress
May 11 One adult BAEA left nest, both returned, feeding fish to hatchlings, young not visible, female BAEA left nest, male BAEA brooding young
May 20 Adult feeding young
May 30 2 nestlings visible standing in nest. One adult returned to nest, immature flying lcose by
Jun 15 Female adult on nest with single fledgling. Male adult on lower branch
Jul 9 Single fledgling in nest
Jul 26 Single fledgling in nest, rebuilding or just playing with sticks?
Aug 3 Fledgling still on nest
Aug 8 Fledgling appears to have left nest
Aug 10 Fledgling has returned to nest. Nest appears to be smaller
Aug 12 No sign of fledgling. Must have fledged
   

 

WiTS - WILDLIFE TREE STEWARDS         2005 Season (Oct 2004 - Aug 2005)   Pg.2

Wildlife Tree Monitoring Sheet

Report on Tree Condition

Tree Species:    Douglas fir
Tree Class (Decay Value) 2

Does this tree have a target? Y N      No

Type of target (structures, buildings, roads, trails, powerlines, or hunman activities within 60m?______________________________________________________________________

If an Eagle Nest Tree, is there a powerline on the flight path between the nest and food source? Y N     Yes

Tree failure indicators present:

  1. Most likely failure point: ___Trunk ________
  2. Other tree failure indicators (check all that apply)
Tree Failure Indicator check Tree Failure Indicator check
Tree dead   New edge tree / newly exposed  
Vertical cracks   Previous failure  
Severe decay / large cavities

Y

Deadwood / crown dieback

Y

Ground cracks or heaves   Multiple tops (conifers)  
Severe lean   Broken (topped) top/stem/branch  
Conks / fungal bodies on stem   Poor trunk taper  
Conks / fungal bodies on ground

 

Ants/insects/borers/nesting holes  
Codominant stems / included bark   Wounds/decay/cavities

Y

Exposed / damaged roots   Lean toward target (moderate)  
Shallow soil / wet ground   Other (describe below)  

** If you believe that the tree has deteriorated significantly or if there are activities in the area which might threaten the tree, please call your coordinator immediately!

Other Comments (add sheets if necessary)_______________________________________
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If you have viewed the tree before, in your opinion, has the tree condition deteriorated since you last viewed it?  Y  N    No
Should the tree be assessed for soundness?  Y  N   No
If this is an Eagle Nest Tree, are there other suitable trees in the territory that the eagles could use to build a nest (within 100m)?  Y  N   Yes      (within 500m)?  Y  N  Yes
Describe:
Within 100m there is 1 large second growth Douglas-fir that I believe could be utilized by eagles for nesting as it has a view of the ocean (food source) and a large area where there is enough space between the limbs where the eagles could fly in to build a nest. Within 500m there is a patch of forest on private property that has a few old growth Douglas-firs and some large Cottonwoods that could likely be utlized by eagles for nesting and that hopefully won't be developed.
 
Any other comments or concerns? (attach extra sheet if required)
As usual, some interaction between nearby Ospreys nesting at 999 Gobye Cove Rd, but not a concern to me at this time . Land in this area is gradually becoming built up with single family homes on 1/2 to 1 acre lots
 

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