Background and Project Rational

There has been a documented historical and expected future decline in the population and distribution of a number of swallow species in British Columbia. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada listed both Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) and Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) as Threatened in Canada in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

It is expected that both species will be listed on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act in the near future. This listing will require the production of a federal recovery strategy two years after the listing date. In this strategy, the threats to the species’ will be defined and its critical habitat identified.

In British Columbia there is an overall lack of information on the status of swallow species and their important habitats (e.g., nesting and roosting locations), in particular those that are at risk.

Swallows are iconic species that many British Columbians appreciate. They are also associated with a number of other species at risk, which also require our help.

This project will undertake inventory, research, and conservation actions collaboratively with others to steward and recover swallows and their habitat in British Columbia.

Male Barn Swallow © Brian Klinkenberg

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