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APPLICATION FOR CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE PERMIT Applicant Information 1. Applicant name and mailing address Paul Smith National Wildlife Research Centre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr. Ottawa, ON K1A 0H1 2. Phone 613-990-2384 3. Fax 613-998-0458 4. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 5. Name and address of camp/trip supervisor, if different from above As Above 6. Phone 7. Fax 8. E-mail 9. Total number of people covered by 4 application Project Scope and Description 10. Type of permit applied for: Scientific Permit 11. Project scope. Succinct summary of proposed activity(ies) in two sentences or less. Shorebird populations are declining across North America, and information on their breeding ecology is needed to understand and address the causes of decline. This project seeks to identify the factors that affect shorebird reproductive success, and to determine if changes on the breeding grounds could be responsible for population declines. 12. Project description. Non-technical summary of 300 words or less; attach detailed description if available. Non-technical summary should outline project activities and rationale; location (if in Bird Sanctuary or National Wildlife area, specify which one); method of transportation; and structures that will be erected, including tent camps; dates, number of people, and measures taken to minimize environmental impacts. The primary objectives of this project are to: 1) Identify the habitat and biological factors that influence reproductive success of shorebirds in the Canadian low Arctic. 2) Identify the environmental factors that result in annual fluctuations in reproductive output and population size (e.g. weather, timing of snow melt, variation in predation). Link these findings to ongoing shorebird surveys during breeding and migration. 3) Evaluate the hypothesis that some shorebird population declines may be resulting from declines in reproductive success We will address these objectives by carrying out field work at Coats Island, Nunavut. We will search for and monitor nests, and assess nest habitat following standard, non invasive protocols. Shorebirds will be captured and banded following CWS animal care guidelines. A th th crew of four researchers will be on site from May 20 until July 30 . Travel to and from the field site will be by Twin Otter aircraft. All research will be conducted on foot, and an ATV will be used for periodic travel to a field site 10km away. An existing camp will be used, with a small cabin on site. Waste will be burned, and incombustible materials will be flown out at the end of the season. Camp leaders are skilled in the use of bear deterrents. All staff members are licensed to handle firearms, and are given a detailed bear deterrence plan prior to the field season. Staff at this site will also conduct shorebird surveys for a 10 day period in mid June. Survey plots will be accessed by helicopter, and will be distributed across Coats Island. The surveys are a census of breeding birds only; no invasive work will be carried out at survey plots. 13. Are you applying to kill, salvage, or otherwise interfere with migratory birds (e.g. take blood, transmitter implant, etc.). yes no If yes, provide details, including specie(s) of bird, number, and method. Shorebirds will be captured at the nest with walk-in traps and bow-net traps. Upon capture, they will be weighed, measured, and banded with colour and metal bands. Birds will be released immediately. After banding, birds will be observed with binoculars only. Colour banding is necessary for identification of individuals, and possible identification of migration routes and wintering sites. Only licensed staff will take part in bird banding. The number of each species covered by our permits appears below. Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 50 White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 50 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 50 Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola 50 Dunlin Calidris alpina 50 Semipalmated sandpiper Calidris pusilla 50 Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus 50 14. Activities related to project proposal- check as many as apply. mining/oil and gas exploration camp construction permanent building winter road access to protected area cruise ship tourism- commercial tourism- non-commercial bird/wildlife research collection of species surveys- aerial, ground, satellite bulk storage of fuel ship movements commercial harvest use of aircraft other (describe below) Other: Project Location and Duration 14. Geographic place name (be as specific as possible) North Central Coats Island: “West Hut” Area 15. Coordinates (enter multiple coordinates for activities occurring over a large area(s)) Camp location: N62° 51’ 06.6” W82° 29’ 05.6” 16. Territory Nunavut 17. If in Nunavut, which region? Kivalliq 18. Status of land on which project will Crown and Inuit Owned Lands occur th 19. Proposed start date May 15 2006 and end dates (in same year): August 10th 20. For multi-year projects, proposed term of permit (years): Materials Used 21. List equipment and fuel to be used. Include aircraft, boats, generators, large tent structures,various types of fuel, etc. Fuel or equipment Size/amount Proposed use Twin Otter: travel to and from field site, ATV for periodic travel to field site 10 km away Small generator (gasoline powered): to provide power for use of a computer 1-10’x12’ Cabin for sleeping and 2 – 10’x12’ longhouse frame tents for cooking and storage 75 litres of gasoline for generator and ATV Bell 206L and 8 drums of helicopter fuel for shorebird surveys. All fuel will be used, and empties removed this season. 22. Do you plan to carry firearm(s)? Yes No If yes, number, type and purpose of firearms 12 ga. shotguns will be carried by each of the 4 crew members. These guns are for bear protection. 23. Waste disposal: document type of waste produced and proposed disposal method (if insufficient space here please continue in the Additional Information box). Type of waste Approx. amount produced Proposed disposal method Garbage 200l - burned, incombustibles flown out at end of season Grey Water 200l - buried Sewage 50l - buried Hazardous none waste Local involvement in project 24. List local community representatives who have been contacted about your proposed activities. Include community groups, local businesses, schools, etc. State how they are participating in your activity, if at all (e.g. providing advice, supplying goods, hired to assist you, etc.) We have been in contact with local Inuit organisations throughout the life of the project, to ensure that any concerns are addressed. Residents of Coral Harbour also support this research. Support was confirmed by Grant Gilchrist (CWS) at a meeting in February, 2004. Coral Harbour’s Aiviit HTA can be contacted at: P.O. Box 108 Coral Harbour, NU X0C 0C0 Ph: (867) 925-8622 Fax: (867) 925-8300 Josiah Nakoolak, a resident of Coral Harbour, will assist with the research for the month of June. Mr. Nakoolak has been seasonally employed by the CWS for over a decade, and is an invaluable member of the team in terms of both safety and research.
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