Within the Unique Areas Program there are 24 Northern Goshawk nest sites, while over 14,300 ha (35,335 ac) of nest habitat is specifically maintained for other bird species.
When a species is spotted, it is documented and the proper precautions are put into place. In the case of the Northern Goshawk, JDI places a buffer around the area in which they nest. In other words, a no harvest zone is put into place. The measurements are determined through our partnership with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre.
When the bird is present in the nest during nesting season, the buffer is 100 meters from the nesting spot. During the regular season when the birds have likely left the nest, the buffer shrinks down to 50 meters.
“Northern Goshawks, with their aggressive territorial nest defense and top of food chain status, are not only respected by other members of the avian world, but also by our Woodlands staff.” says Kelly Honeyman, JDI Chef Naturalist. “Staff are provided training on how to identify a variety of bird nests and what protection measures should be put in place when an active nest is located.”
JDI considers wildlife conservation within the forests we own and manage one of our most important goals. Through partnership, employing educated professionals, and training those on the ground, we are able to ensure that the animals living within the forests, such as the Northern Goshawk, live a long and happy life.