Signs of northern goshawks in Whistler a ‘good news story’ for habitat protection

By Brandon Barrett
Pique News Magazine
September 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On his way from photographing a juvenile northern goshawk earlier this year, local ecologist Bob Brett happened to run into a forester and mentioned the rare sighting of the protected, red-listed species. His response? “Well, that’s bad for forestry.” But to Brett, a vocal environmental advocate and co-founder of the Whistler Naturalists, it was anything but negative. “It’s a good news story if we have northern goshawks and those other animals that require specialized habitat,” Brett said. “It’s a sign that we’re doing things well. I would love to have a situation where foresters get excited and happy when we find goshawks, rather than see it as an impediment to logging.” …The impact from the lack of formal protections was clear this summer when Brett said recent logging in the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) came as close as 30 metres to a goshawk nesting site.

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