Comment period closes for ECCC Recovery Strategy for the Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) in Canada

We want to hear from you!

The Government of Canada is committed to working with interested parties to ensure that species at risk are protected. The Species at Risk Act supports this commitment by providing the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed recovery documents.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is inviting you to comment on the proposed Recovery Strategy for the Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) in Canada.

The Bank Swallow was listed as Threatened under Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2017. The Bank Swallow is a small migratory songbird at risk that has lost 98% of its Canadian population over the last 40 years. It has brown upperparts, white underparts, and a distinctive dark breast band. Bank Swallows are aerial insectivores, meaning they catch their food while in flight. The Bank Swallow breeds in a wide variety of natural and artificial sites with vertical banks, including riverbanks, lake and ocean bluffs, sand and gravel pits, and stockpiles of sand and soil. Nest sites are typically used from mid-April to late August. During this sensitive period, the risk of harming the birds is especially high. Threats to the Bank Swallow include loss of breeding and foraging habitat, especially as a result of erosion and flood control projects, and the conversion of grassland to cropland. The destruction of nests during gravel and sand excavation may also pose a significant threat in some areas.

On June 16, 2021, Environment and Climate Change Canada posted the proposed Recovery Strategy for Bank Swallow Canada on the Species at Risk Public Registry. A recovery strategy is a document that provides information on a species at risk. It identifies the primary threats to the species and its habitat, sets out the population and distribution objectives, and recommends broad strategies to be implemented in order to achieve these objectives. It can also identify Critical Habitat for the species and describe activities that are likely to destroy this habitat. You can read the proposed recovery strategy and comment at:

After the public comment period ends on September 14, 2021, Environment and Climate Change Canada will review comments and integrate them as appropriate, after which the final version of the recovery strategy will be posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Thank you for your interest in the protection of species at risk in Canada.

Event Information

Event Date 14-Sep-2021
Event End Date 14-Sep-2021
Location Online/En ligne
Categories Government
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