In 2012, workers at our Kearl project in Canada received international recognition from the Wildlife Habitat Council for their commitment to enhancing wildlife habitat and promoting wildlife awareness — the first oil sands mining development to receive the Council’s Wildlife at Work Certification. Since construction began in 2008, Kearl’s employees and contractors have made it a priority to protect wildlife and increase awareness of local wildlife species through different initiatives and practices.
Over the past five years, the company has used the Critter Card Program to encourage workers to report wildlife observations at the project site, which frequently includes bear, moose, deer and waterfowl. In 2012, the company received nearly 2,400 observation cards for more than 3,500 wildlife sightings by workers.
Kearl employees have also worked with students at the nearby Fort McKay School to build nesting boxes for waterfowl. Thirty-three boxes are now hung on trees around a nearby lake and will be monitored on an annual basis. A reclamation planning group was established with local First Nations to integrate traditional ecological knowledge into Kearl reclamation plans. The project has also created its first wildlife team. The group will meet on a regular basis to share ideas on improving wildlife protection and education at the site.