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Student Spotlight: Blue-grey Taildropper Slug Habitat Restoration Project

From time to time, HAT is lucky enough to include students in our projects. Today, we'd like to do a student highlight, and feature one of our student collaborators' projects from her perspective:

Bryana conducting restoration on HAT's Prospect Lake Covenant

 

"Hello HAT members!

My name is Bryana Matthews and I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria. I’m currently completing my last semester of school with a BSc in biology and a diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems. As my final project to complete my diploma, I have partnered with HAT this fall to restore Blue-grey Taildropper habitat on one of the local covenants. At the end of October, some volunteers and myself tackled some of the invasive plant species on the site. We were able to fill 3 garbage bags of English Ivy, 2 garbage bags of English Holly, 1 garbage bag of Laurel-leaved Daphne and 5 garbage bags of Scotch Broom! As the second part of my project, with the help of Kristiina Ovaska, I have set out 60 artificial cover objects (ACOs) to monitor the presence of the Blue-grey Taildroppers. For the month of November, I am monitoring the ACOs and have already observed some Banana Slugs using the covers. I am however still hopeful to observe the endangered Blue-grey Taildropper!"

 

Blue grey Taildropper juvenile CRD June 2008

 

This local covenant that Bryana assisted in restoring hosts multiple sensitive ecosystem types providing excellent wildlife habitat. The property represents mature Douglas-fir and Garry Oak meadow ecosystems on the shore of Prospect Lake. A number of old growth Douglas-firs over 400 years old are represented on this property. The covenanted area hosts an ephemeral stream and associated wetlands as well, seasonally providing additional riparian areas. In this moist area, the Pacific Tree Frog (Hyla regilla) has been observed. Deer, owls, raccoons, and cougars also roam the area. Several invertebrates including snails, spiders, and beetles were documented during Blue-grey Taildropper surveys too.

The Blue-grey Taildropper (Prophysaon coeruleum) is a species of slug that makes the Pacific Northwest its home, with southern Vancouver Island as the northernmost extent of its reach. It is less like the banana-sized slugs commonly found in this area, and closer to the size of your little finger. Since 2006, the Blue-grey Taildropper has been listed by COSEWIC as endangered in Canada with habitat loss and degradation cited as its primary threats.This difficult to find slug was last observed within a 2 km radius of the Prospect Lake Covenant in 2012. Some of these blue-hued slugs have been located adjacent to Garry Oak ecosystems. They favour moist areas with coarse woody debris and shade, including coniferous and mixed wood forests, making the Prospect Lake Covenant an excellent potential home for the Blue-grey Taildropper. With long-term monitoring we hope to confirm this species on the covenant site.
 
Artificial cover objects set up to detect and provide shelter for Blue-grey Taildroppers
 
If you're a student interested in partnering with HAT, please feel welcome to contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250-995-2428

Please share this news article with any students in the area you know that may be keen on partnering with HAT. 

Maybe, you're not interested in doing a student project, but you'd like to be a part of similar restoration work and invasive species removals? Well, the HAT community is always delighted to welcome new volunteers too. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get out into nature. 

 

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