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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: WB08-1007

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. WB08-1007 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

Description:
This permit allows whooping cranes to be photographed at their summer range and nesting area in Wood Buffalo National Park. Canadian Wildlife Service staff will fly with the photographer in late May to identify a suitable site and pair of Whooping cranes. The photographer will access the area with a helicopter and photograph the activities during breeding, nesting, and hatching. A blind will be set up near the nest, and some vegetation may be cut between the blind and the nest during set-up. The photographer will move the blind to within 50m, but will stop if the cranes appear agitated. A base camp will be set up 1km away for landing the helicopter and for sleeping and eating.

Start Date: 2008-05-25   End Date: 2008-06-20

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Northwest Territories

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
The blind and campsite locations will be selected to minimize impacts on the cranes, their critical habitat, and residence. The use of the camouflaged blind will make the activity less obtrusive, and vegetation disturbance will be minimized. An environmental monitor will help setup the camp and blind. They will be onsite to oversee the activities and stop the project if the birds are overly agitated or disturbed. If the egg(s)/chick(s) are abandoned, they will be transported to a captive breeding facility.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Richard Zaidan
Park Warden
Parks Canada
Wood Buffalo National Park
Box 750, 149 McDougal Rd
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0
Tel: 867-872-5772
Fax: 867-872-3910
richard.zaidan@pc.gc.ca