Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SIR-2017-24578

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SIR-2017-24578 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
Red Knot will be opportunistically sampled during a shorebird survey (Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring, Arctic PRISM). Red Knot encountered during the survey will be captured using a bownet nest trap. Feather and blood samples will be collected, morphometric measurements taken and each bird will be banded. It is expected that a maximum of 4 Red Knot rufa individuals may be sampled within Sirmilik National Park as part of this project (less than 1% of the estimated 42,000 population).

Start Date: 2017-06-01   End Date: 2018-07-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Nunavut

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
ALTERNATIVES: The objective of this sampling activity is to obtain genetic samples in order to better understand the distribution of the three subspecies of Red Knot that occur in North America. Obtaining genetic samples requires that a bird be captured, and there are no alternative options available that would be suitable. Morphological differentiation between the subspecies is not always possible. MITIGATIONS: In order to minimize disturbance to individual birds, widely accepted bird handling protocols are followed as outlined in the North American Bander's Guide to Shorebirds (Gratto-Trevor, C.L. 2002. The North American Bander's Manual for Shorebirds (Charadriiformes, suborder Charadrii). Attempts to capture birds at the nest will only be made during suitable weather, when the absence of the adult will not result in harm to the clutch, and when no predators are present in the area. In all cases, when a bird does not return to incubate after 30 minutes, the trap will be removed. Access to study sites will be by helicopter but the survey is conducted on foot; impacts on the habitat of the species would be minimal; the permit includes mitigation measures to limit impact of air access to the park where the sampling is planned. JEOPARDY TO SURVIVAL OR RECOVERY OF THE SPECIES: It is not known whether any Red Knot individuals that may be sampled would be from the Endangered rufa subspecies. If they are from that subspecies, it is expected that a maximum of 4 Red Knot rufa individuals may be sampled within Sirmilik National Park as part of this project (less than 1% of the estimated 42,000 population). It is not expected that individuals would be harmed during the sampling. In addition, reproductive success is not affected by trapping shorebirds using the method that is being used for this sampling activity (Colwell, M.A., C.L. Gratto, L.W. Oring, and A.J. Fivizzani. 1988. Effects of blood sampling on shorebirds: injuries, return rates, and clutch desertions. Condor 90:942-945.) This sampling will assist with the recovery of the species by providing information on its distribution.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273
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