Type of application: New
The research project will take place at a mining site located 70 km north of Baker Lake, Nunavut. The objective of the study is to assess if mining induced flooding during the nesting period is a risk to migratory birds in Canada's Arctic Tundra and what are the most effective bird deterrents and their application. To answer these questions, the study will ask ecological questions about shorebird nesting such as; (1) when do birds initiation nesting at the study site, (2) how does nesting phenology relate to the timing of snowmelt, (3) what is the potential impacts of flooding on species-specific nest loss with or without the use of deterrents, and (4) how far do deterred birds disperse to establish new breeding territories. Future outcomes from this project will focus on management recommendations for future mining projects in tundra habitat.
This project is related to wildlife concerns raised during the review of Agnico Eagle's Whale Tail project (124683/16MN056), and is supported by Agnico Eagle and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
List of all project geometries:
||Meadowbank Agnico Gold Mine
||Whale Tail Mine Study Area
||New project geometry
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
CWS: Scientific permit under the Migratory Bird Regulations
CWS: Banding Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
|Deterrent: Audio unit
||Control unit 9” x 9” x 5.25”, speakers 4” x 4” x 6” with 100 ft. of cable per speaker
||Used to broadcast predator and prey distress and alarm calls.
|Deterrent: Mylar Tape
||3 rolls of 100 ft
||15cm wide, 0.025mm thick
||Deterrent will be strung up to use as a visual deterrent of birds.
|Deterrent: Hawk Kite Effigy
||Deterrent will be used in the kite like fashion to deterrent birds.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
|No records found.|
|No records found.|
|Daily Amount (m3)
||We will not be retrieving water
Waste and Impacts
Possible littering of deterrents, such as the mylar tape from wind and breakage.
The amount of tape used in the field will be recorded prior to it's use in the field. Once we have finished using the deterrents, we will ensure that the amount of mylar tape collected is the same amount that was used in the field.
As well, we will conduct sweeps of the plots to search for any littered mylar tape and ensure that it is all collected at the end of the research project.
||Roll = 25ft x 3 = 75 ft of Mylar Tape
||Ensure that Mylar tape that is used in the field is securely fastened so that it does not easily become damaged by wind or inclement weather and therefore does not end up littered on the tundra. The amount of tape used in the field will be recorded prior to it's use in the field. Once we have finished using the deterrents, we will ensure that the amount of mylar tape collected is the same amount that was used in the field.
||Mylar tape that is collected, including that used and the pieces that are found to be littered, after the research is finished will be disposed off at a land fill site or any other appropriate waste disposal site.
Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Public Registry ID:
2018-05-22 15:05:24, from: Gillian Holmes
I have been asked to make changes to my application but I am unable to find the requests list by NPC under ‘Tasks’ and/or ‘Messages’.
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?
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.
Agnico Eagle Mines is providing accommodation and vehicles for the project, as well as the use of their trained staff which will provide us with assistance.
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.
This project is a component of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s shorebird program in Nunavut. Both Paul Smith and Jennie Rausch have regular contact with NRI staff about the various components of the program.
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game 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?
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.