Pacific water shrew (Sorex bendirii) in Widgeon Valley: critical habitat description

The Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) is a small mammal listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. In Canada, the Pacific Water Shrew is typically found in riparian areas in southwestern British Columbia.

The Recovery Strategy for the Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) in Canada, available at, identifies critical habitat for the species in a number of areas. A portion of this critical habitat is included in the Widgeon Valley National Wildlife Area, a federally protected area.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, subsection 58(1) of that Act applies, 90 days after publication of this notice, to the critical habitat of the Pacific Water Shrew, as identified in the recovery strategy for that species that is included in the Species at Risk Public Registry, within the following federally protected area: Widgeon Valley National Wildlife Area, the boundaries of which are described in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act.

Interested parties are invited to contact Environment Canada to request clarification regarding the location, biophysical attributes and protection of this species’ critical habitat. However, some details may be withheld to protect the species and its critical habitat.

July 8, 2015

Acting Director
Species at Risk Management
Canadian Wildlife Service

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