Strix Environmental Consulting conducts studies of plants, animals and ecology. Inventories and identification of organisms and ecological features are critical components of these studies. Most studies fall under the general categories of ecological valuation, conservation planning and impact assessments. Details on the various types of inventories, studies and research projects undertaken by Strix are presented below.
Strix conducts studies, surveys and inventories of single species, multiple species and ecosystems.
identification, classification and studies of species and communities at risk
?rare plant surveys / rare animal surveys
rare ecological communities
general plant and animal assemblages
terrestrial, estuarine and freshwater plants
invasive and exotic species
breeding bird surveys, migrant and winter bird surveys
waterbirds (marine, estuarine and freshwater), landbirds
raptors: eagles, hawks, falcons, owls
raptor and heron nest surveys
bird nest surveys and searches (all species)
Inventories conducted at appropriate times throughout the year provide key information for the following studies and reports.
environmental impact assessments
ecological assessments and valuations of property
environmental and ecological sensitivity analyses
species, communities and ecosystems studies
species' habitat assessments
status reports and recovery strategies for plants, animals and ecosystems
species' population and habitat viability
habitat, population and community restoration and re-creation
species' translocation (moving to conserve)
environmental monitoring of plants and animals
planning studies (sustainable growth strategies, community plans, neighbourhood concept plans)
conservation management plans and green plans
management plans for native and exotic (introduced) species, populations, communities and ecosystems
nest management plans for Bald Eagles and other birds
program reviews and evaluations
literature reviews for conservation issues, animal and plant species' accounts
The presentation of information is the final, critical stage of a project. Reports represent the foundation for decisions regarding development and conservation. Strix takes great care in producing reports that convey all relevant information clearly and objectively. Its reports are accessible and useful, transparent and thorough.
Strix's reports discuss study limitations because these affect findings and assertions. They also include a review of recent knowledge and ideas from scientific literature, government sources and experts because this improves our understanding of the results in a field for which definitive conclusions are seldom forthcoming.
Strix focuses on studies of plants and animals in western Canada with particular emphasis on British Columbia and Alberta. We also have experience in Saskatchewan and Yukon.
Extensive experience in ecozones of British Columbia and Alberta provide familiarity and skills necessary to conduct studies in these ecozones in bordering jurisdications, namely Yukon, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. (Note that the ecozone classification is a coarse level classification and each province has finer classification: British Columbia; Alberta (pdf); Saskatchewan; Yukon and Northwest Territories.)
Strix has extensive experience in the following ecozones:
northwest and north central B.C.; south central and southwest Yukon
northeast B.C. and northwest Alta.
northeast B.C. and north and central Alta.; central Saskatchewan
south and central B.C. and southwest Alta.
coastal B.C, including islands
sea level to alpine
- wetlands, lowlands and uplands
- forest and field
- urban and rural
Strix provides expertise for all levels of government, non-profit conservation organizations, industry, developers, private land owners, First Nations and other consulting firms.
municipal, regional, provincial, federal and First Nations
industry, land developers, land owners
linear and areal projects; pipelines; highways; roads; mining; oil and gas; oil sands; forest industry; wind turbines; commercial and residential developments;
other consulting firms
environmental, engineering, landscape architecture, planning
land trusts, not for profit societies, community groups
Strix teams up with others when additional expertise is necessary to fulfill project requirements.
For further information please contact Strix.