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Integrating Fixed-Wing and Helicopter Survey Platforms to Improve Detection and Species Identification of North American Breeding Scoters (148996)
Proposal Status: Withdrawn by Proponent
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Eric Reed
Company: Canadian Wildlife Service
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-06-07
End Date: 2019-06-20
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Populations of breeding White-winged, Surf, and Black Scoters (also known as black ducks), appear to be decreasing in North America. However, we have limited information on the number and distribution of scoters breeding because existing waterfowl surveys are not suitable for counting these late-nesting waterfowl. For example, surveys are flown by plane early in the nesting season, and do not cover important areas of the boreal forest and sub-Arctic regions where scoters nest. Furthermore, the height and speed of planes makes it difficult to tell the different scoter species and other boreal waterfowl (Lesser and Greater Scaup) apart. Project Goals 1.Develop a survey for scoters and other late-nesting waterfowl in the boreal forest and sub-Arctic regions. Survey results will tell us the number of each species, whether the numbers are increasing or decreasing, and help us manage harvest limits. 2.Identify important habitats and breeding areas for each species, which will help us manage habitat through land-use planning. 3.Provide information on other waterfowl and water birds such as Pintail, Long-tailed duck, Canada geese, and loons nesting in the same area. In addition to previously known breeding areas in eastern North America, satellite telemetry studies have recently allowed the discovery of important breeding areas for scoters in northern Manitoba, southern Nunavut, and the southeastern region of the Northwest Territories (Figure 1). We are now conducting surveys using both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft across this newly defined breeding range. Both aircraft types have different advantages and disadvantages, and we are integrating information from both to develop an effective survey technique for breeding scoters. In 2017 and 2018, we surveyed areas in the Northwest Territories (Ramparts, Yellowknife, and Lynx Lake) and Manitoba (Little Duck Lake). In 2019, we plan on revisiting Lynx Lake for a third year, and we would like to expand our surveys to include important scoter breeding areas in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. We are proposing to conduct helicopter surveys in 25 plots (each 25 km2) selected from a 22,000 km2 area around Henik Lake (large study area shown in the project map section). The exact location of these 25 plots within the larger study area have not yet been determined. We are also proposing to conduct fixed-wing aircraft transects over the same area. Surveys will be conducted from June 7 – June 20, when scoters and other target species are nesting. For the duration of both surveys, we will have field personnel based out of the existing camp at Henik Lake (point location in the project map section).
Personnel:
Persons: 7
Days: 14
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4747 polygon Area of Aerial surveys using both helipcopter and fixed-wing aircraft
4748 point Location of Henik Lake Camp
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
fixed-wing aircraft 1 twin/turbo otter Transportation to and from camp (Henik Lake) on June 7 and June 20, respectively
fixed-wing aircraft 1 kodiak For 4 days (exact days to be determined), a Kodiak fixed-wing will be used to conduct aerial surveys for waterfowl. The aircraft will fly along transects and observers will identify and count all waterfowl.
helicopter 1 206L From June 7-20, a helicopter will be used to conduct aerial surveys. The helicopter will fly over all wetlands/waterbodies within 25 study plots, each 5km by 5km in area, and observers will identify and count all waterfowl.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 52 205 Liters Fuel for aircraft to conduct aerial surveys (helicopter and Kodiak fixed-wing). 32 drums of fuel will be stored at the camp at Henik Lake. Two other caches (10 drums each) will be located on Nunavut Crown Land. Exact locations will be determined at a later date.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No environmental impacts are expected from this project. The individuals involved are well trained in the environmental field, and will be careful to avoid any potential environmental impacts of field activities. All equipment, garbage, and fuel drums will be removed at the end of the project (June 20). Field personnel will be staying at the existing camp at Henik Lake. Water use and waste management at the camp is covered by existing permits.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-12-18
Originator: Eric Reed
Public Registry ID: 15000
Document Size: 2.01 Kb
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-12-18
Originator: Eric Reed
Public Registry ID: 15001
Document Size: 2.9 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-12-20
Originator: Eric Reed
Public Registry ID: 15002
Document Size: 878.81 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-12-20
Originator: Eric Reed
Public Registry ID: 15003
Document Size: 726.48 Kb
Category: Application related document - Other document
Recieved: 2019-02-18
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 15374
Document Size: 475.2 Kb
Category: Application related document - Other document
Recieved: 2019-02-18
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 15375
Document Size: 475.2 Kb
2019-01-24 20:49:39, from: Peter Scholz
 Please list NRI as a authorizing agency. In your description, please indicate the meaning of the square and the dot in your map.

2019-02-18 15:49:39, from: Peter Scholz
 Email received on Feb 18 2019 indicating that the proponent has withdrawn this project once it was at screening stage.

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Helicopter surveys will be flown at a height of 15-50 meters to allow for identification of waterfowl. Fixed-wing surveys will be flown at a height of 50 meters.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
NO
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.
Disturbance to wildlife will be minimal because each study plot will only be surveyed once. Surveys are initiated only if there are no large mammals in the area. If large mammals are encountered at any point, aerial surveys are ended and we fly at a higher elevation to minimize disturbance.

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?
YES

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
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
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?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
Considerable funding will be spent in Nunavut on food, accommodation (renting a camp from a local resident), fuel purchased locally and related costs. The camp rental will hire 4 local people to open and close the camp.

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
YES

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?
NO
If no, explain why.
Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute will occur through our Wildlife Research Permit application.We have just submitted our application, and consultation will occur in early 2019.

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

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
NO

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?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
NO

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

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