ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING

Our unique expertise extends to many related domains such as environmental consultation and expert-council.

Our in-house team of wildlife biologists, GIS specialists, and wildlife control experts is available to ensure proper data collection and analysis, drafting clear and concise reports for our clients.

Our team of highly educated and experienced staff has performed some of the most complex wildlife risk assessment studies in North America.

 

Peregrine Falcon nestbox installed on a bridge.

Support in the design of infrastructures suitable for protected species

The extensive restoration or repair, or the construction of new infrastructure, particularly in an urban environment, may conflict with protected species living on the work site. In order to mitigate these situations, FES provides consulting services including recommendations and compensatory measures to manage the problem while respecting those laws protecting wildlife.

FES also conducts behavioural monitoring of species before, during, and after construction to ensure that their behaviour is not disturbed by human activities. If disturbance becomes an issue, mitigation measures can be put into place, or a particular intervention may be performed as needed to ensure the conservation of the species.

FES has been active in the environmental monitoring of animal species during the renovation of bridges and other manmade structures since 2003.

Habitat, floral and wildlife characterization, inventory and mapping services


Suitable habitat knowledge is required in order to produce reliable environmental studies, risk analyses or wildlife surveys.

FES has GIS expertise to assess land-uses and to conduct habitat surveys. Remote sensing techniques and aerial photointerpretation can be used to quickly assess land-uses across large areas.

In addition, land surveys can help to better characterize habitats on a finer scale. These processes allow FES to produce rigorous GIS analyses and professional maps.

Peregrine Falcon nestbox installed on a bridge.

Banding of a young Peregrine Falcon nesting in structure.

Conservation plan design

Animal species that are protected by a special status or certain habitats of ecological value must be studied to assess the importance and interest of their preservation as well as how this preservation may be accomplished.

FES possesses the expertise to develop such conservation plans, which give guidelines to preserve a species or habitat. This can take the form of an action plan, recommended priority measures, etc.

Detection, identification and monitoring of endangered or at-risk species

Wildlife that qualifies as Species-at-risk (SAR) or that are in the process of becoming threatened or endangered benefit from procedures that work to protect individuals and the habitats in which these species live.

By performing field surveys, FES can recognize the presence of SAR. The presence of a SAR usually requires that a conservation plan for the species be established so that measures are taken to comply with the laws protecting it and its habitat.

Bird of prey egg collecting and monitoring

Cliff swallow building their nest on human infrastructure.

Environmental regulation compliance auditing

Laws, regulations and international agreements protect the vast majority of animal species and their habitats. FES can help you validate your actions or your work plan to make sure these do not conflict with the interpretation of laws and regulations.

Our services also allow the establishment of an action plan to help you to correct or prevent non-compliance with legislation.

Proposal and design of attenuation measures and wildlife mitigation programs

Some species can cause cohabitation problems of when using the same environment or resources as humans. This is often the case for so-called “nuisance” species whose presence is not desired in certain sites (as is the case for pigeons, gulls, geese, and crows).

To best deal with these issues, a visit to analyze the situation can identify the reason for their presence, causes for the problems and solutions for mitigation.

FES can then apply these mitigation measures or perform wildlife management, or assist the client in their self-directed approaches.

Gull colony on an island and the shore

Snowy owl migrating from up North for new hunting grounds.

Sectorial impact studies

Before several construction projects or repair works are undertaken, environmental impacts that these works will generate need to be studied. Environmental impact study is often divided into different components. With its expertise in conservation, with protected species, in wildlife management and habitat, FES can take over the wildlife component. With the recommendations of FES, the work will comply with laws and regulations and so that the impact on wildlife and habitats is limited, reduced and that the negative impacts that would be caused be compensated.

Program for wildlife health and monitoring

With all the permits required to handle, band or relocate wildlife (if permitted), FES is authorized to intervene with wildlife. With over 20 years of experience with birds, FES is able to identify when the birds are sick or injured, if their habitat are adequate or if the work carried out close conflict with their activity. In constant collaboration with the Ministry of Wildlife, FES develops wildlife monitoring programs focused on compliance with laws and regulations, on animal welfare and the mitigation of human activities and wildlife.

Determining the age of a male American Kestrel.