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Arctic Goose Banding (148905)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Jim Leafloor
Company: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Start Date: 2018-07-15
End Date: 2025-08-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
GOOSE BANDING PROJECT Description of Standard Methods A helicopter is used to transport the banding crew and carry equipment for banding activities. It also serves to help locate groups of geese to be banded. Once a group of geese is selected, the banding team is landed and sets up a semi-circular net frame with poles with a V-shaped pair of nets to serve as leads to the capture net. The crew members hide as the helicopter slowly “walks” the flightless (in moult) geese towards the entry of the V-shaped leads. The helicopter and the banding crew then slowly walk the geese into the holding pen and the geese are then contained in the holding pen. This is a modern version of the arctic INUIT walking flightless geese into pens made of piled rock. A photo of the net showing a small flock being herded inside is included at end. The geese are then separated into adults and goslings if the group contains both. Individuals are then captured by hand, aged and sexed (latter by cloacal examination), and a leg band fitted to each. After processing, the geese are released as a group to a nearby adjacent water body. The following now summarizes those procedures used to avoid any undue stress or injury to geese during the capture and handling process: 1.Geese are not captured during rainy conditions, thereby avoiding additional thermal stress upon individuals, particularly goslings. 2.When a group of geese is within the trap pen, another holding pen is erected and the smaller goslings are put in the pen to avoid any risk of trampling by adult geese. 3.We do not usually band large groups (greater than ~400) to avoid any trampling by large numbers of geese, and undue processing time. Our crews routinely band 250-300 geese per hour after they are in the net. 4.We use an efficient handling routine to minimize the direct holding and processing time of a given individual goose. 5.All geese are held and released at the same time, near a body of water, to ensure the group stays together and to allow maintenance of family groups. In the case of large flocks, goslings may be released in smaller numbers with a few adults as banding progresses, in order to reduce heat stress and the risk of trampling. 6.Groups with goslings are not captured unless goslings are large enough to not be at risk of trampling. This is efficiently accomplished by proper scheduling of banding since the hatch is highly synchronous. 7.We use recommended leg band sizes and specialized banding pliers to ensure proper fit and conformation of bands. Please note that our intent during these programs is to address annual survival rates of various age/sex cohorts in addition to the distribution information. Consequently we must minimize to the greatest possible extent any mortality arising from our capture and marking of geese in our sample, in addition of course, to our personal concerns for the welfare of the individuals being handled. Monitoring Procedures During our banding operations on the breeding grounds we constantly monitor the conditions of the geese in the traps, and during their processing, to minimize any stress as noted above. After banding, we observe the released flock to detect any signs of weakness of individuals and can recapture individuals and locate them in areas more safe from predators, but this is rarely required. Weak goslings are those that lag far behind other released birds, and that can be recaptured easily when they lie down to rest, or those with obvious injuries. In a typical year, this might involve 1 in ~ 1000 birds banded. Often these birds are moved to a grassy shoreline of a nearby pond to allow for recovery. Goose Project Description, Southampton Island Goose banding will be conducted by helicopter for a 10-day period each summer while geese are flightless, between the dates of July 15 and August 15. The information collected will be used to monitor the health of Cackling goose, snow goose, Ross’s goose, and brant populations as part of an ongoing monitoring program for arctic waterfowl. There will be 6 personnel involved (pilot, engineer, 4 goose banders), and all will stay in Coral Harbor each night. This project has been conducted annually since 2001.
Persons: 6
Days: 10
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4236 polygon East Bay MBS Goose Banding Area
4237 polygon Harry Gibbons MBS Goose Banding Area
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Keewatin Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Banding Permit
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
NWB: Type B Licence
KivIA: Exemption Certificate
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
helicopter 1 n/a Shuttle Banding crew to banding sites in the Harry Gibbons & East Bay MBS's from Coral Harbour
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 0 0 Liters Only use fuel that is onboard helicopter
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
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Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
If no, explain why it is not possible.
Experienced CWS Banding Personnel used. Helicopter has only enough room for CWS personnel. Will be commuting from Coral Harbour. Will use local services when staying in Coral Harbour.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
Describe the results of your consultation.
Ongoing annual Consultaions with local HTA's

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.