To mitigate disturbing wildlife during the project all filming will be done in a non-invasive manner. The purpose of the filming is to capture natural behaviours so cameras will be placed at a distance from the animals where they do not affect the animals' behaviour. Most filming will be undertaken from inside the erected hide. The crew plan on entering the hide before the arrival of the ducks at the polynya and leave after their departure. For underwater filming, a hole will be made in the ice inside the hide and the pole cam submerged through the hole. This set-up has been used successfully in the past by the Arctic Eider Society.
Particular care will be taken when flying the drone. The Sanikiluaq HTA have scouted the area to determine the best approache to minimize disturbance. The recommended approach is to take-off and land at a distance from the polynyas and wildlife before approaching at a high altitude where the drone will be unlikely to be noticed and will not disturb wildlife. The drone operator is experienced operating around wildlife in a non-invasive and non-disturbing manner.
The filming crew will be accompanied by two local hunters with experience of the area and wildlife as well as a local fixer who has spent many years studying and filming the ducks in a non-invasive manner similar to that used on this project. The filming crew will follow their advice at all times to avoid disturbing the wildlife.
There will be a spill response plan for fuel use and the crew will have a spill kit with them at all times. Human waste will be buried in a sump away from all water sources and backfilled before leaving camp. All other waste will be transported back to Sanikiluaq and disposed of properly.
|Sewage (human waste)
||6 people over 3.5 week period
||Human waste will be buried in a sump away from all water sources and backfilled before leaving camp.