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Shorebird Research - East Bay and Prince Charles Island (149041)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Paul Allen Smith
Company: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Start Date: 2019-06-01
End Date: 2029-08-15
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Environmental conditions in the Arctic are changing rapidly. Ice, weather and habitat are profoundly influenced by long-term shifts in climate. Contaminants transported over long-distances could be affecting tundra-breeding birds or their food webs in unknown ways. Changes in farming practices in the United States have supported dramatic increases in populations of arctic geese, and these now abundant geese are degrading coastal wetlands in some areas where they breed and stop over to refuel during migration. The extent of this degradation and how it might influence other wildlife is unknown. Environment Canada seeks to understand the ways in which coastal tundra wetlands are changing, and how these changes influence bird populations. We are examining the factors that affect shorebird population variation and breeding success, and are trying to determine the degree to which changes in the North could be responsible for population declines of these species. Recently, our research has been particularly focused on whether/how snow goose breeding colonies are affecting shorebird populations and nest success. By comparing shorebird breeding success in areas experiencing different degrees of pressure from snow goose colonies, we hope to quantify the effects of goose related changes in habitat structure and predation pressure on shorebird populations, and determine whether these factors play a role in the observed declines in shorebird numbers.
Persons: 10
Days: 53
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4851 polygon Prince Charles Island Shorebird Study Area
4852 polygon East Bay Mainland Shorebird Study 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
Licensing Agencies
CWS: CWS Scientific Permit and CWS Migratory Bird Sancuary Permit (Reviewed by Irniuviit ACMC)
EC: Environment Canada Animal Care Committee
CWS: Bird Banding Permit
NIRB: NIRB Conformity - Approved in 2006 and each year since - No major changes
KivIA: Access to Inuit Owned Lands - Excemption Permit - Apply annually
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Honda ATV 1 5ft x 4ft ATV used occasionally to transport drinking water to camp from a nearby stream (100 m), and to transport field supplies and groceries from Twin Otter landing strip to camp (100 m)
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Propane 10 20 Lbs Propane for operating a cooking stove and heater. Stored in 20lb propane tanks .
Gasoline 2 25 Liters Gasoline to operate a generator occasionally, for incinerating garbage and for operating power tools when required.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.05 Water collected using hand-carried buckets nearby stream, 100 m from camp
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 0.05 m3/day none. to be poured into a shallow sump and buried at the end of the field season.
Sewage (human waste) 0.005 m3/day residue buried in a 1m deep hole in a gravel esker at the end of the field season. composted in a composting toilet
Combustible wastes 0.05 m3/day any non-combustible residues are removed to Iqaluit for dispoal in a landfill at the end of the field season. Burnable items (cooking scraps, garbage) are incinerated regularly in a generator-powered incinerator.
Non-Combustible wastes 0.05 m3/season Disposal in landfill. non-combustible wastes (tin cans, other non-combustible garbage) are removed to Iqaluit at the end of the field season for disposal in the landfill.
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-02-20
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 15319
Document Size: 171.41 Kb
2019-02-07 09:50:06, from: Douglas MacNearney
 I received a notification by email that the application had been returned to me, but I am unable to see a message here related to this project. When I contacted the NPC for further information, they informed me the change required was the project end date. I have made the change, and am now resubmitting the application. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there are additional changes required. Thank you!


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?
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
We plan to hire 2 Inuit guides from Hall Beach or Cape Dorset to assist in field work at Prince Charles Island for the duration of the field season, and we will renew contracts for Josiah Nakoolak and Jupie Angootealuk at East Bay as polar bear guards and field research assistants. We will also hire at least one Inuit youth through the Inuit Field Research Assistant program administered by Environment Canada, to help with field work at East Bay.

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.
Our group holds an annual workshop at NRI in Iqaluit, and often send posters and reports to the college.

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.