Field Studies 2022

2022 Surveys  Date (From) Date (To)
Wolverine Aerial Tracking Survey March 1, 2022 March 8, 2022
ARU Maintenance March 24, 2022 April 3, 2022
Geotechnical Drilling April 7, 2022 April 28, 2022
Waterfowl – Spring #1 May 16, 2022 May 20, 2022
ARU Deployment May 31, 2022 June 6, 2022
Waterfowl – Spring #2 May 30, 2022 June 2, 2022

Breeding Birds #1

ARU Deployment/Maintenance

June 6, 2022 June 16, 2022
Vegetation – Spring June 6, 2022 June 19, 2022
Breeding Birds #2 June 27, 2022 July 6, 2022
Fish and Fish Habitat – Spring July 7, 2022 July 17, 2022
Vegetation – Summer July 17, 2022 July 28, 2022
ARU Maintenance July 18, 2022 July 26, 2022
Waterfowl – Fall #1 September 10, 2022 September 15, 2022
Fish and Fish Habitat – Summer August 15, 2022 August 24, 2022
Vegetation – Fall August 26, 2022 September 9, 2022
Waterfowl – Fall #2 October 15, 2022 October 20, 2022
Terrain/Ground Truthing October 15, 2022 October 19, 2022
Bathymetry October 22, 2022 October 27, 2022
ARU Maintenance November 16, 2022 November 27, 2022

Terrain Surveys: Soil surveys using a hand auger to ground-truth existing terrain maps, identify potential aggregate, and thickness of peat.

Geotechnical Drilling: Geotechnical drilling and laboratory testing was conducted in spring 2022 to support engineering design. Groundwater monitoring wells were installed at borehole locations to support the groundwater program.

Bathymetry: Bathymetric surveys to support engineering design of watercourse crossings.

Fish and Fish Habitat Surveys: Includes fish habitat assessments and fish community sampling using minnow traps and eDNA. These were conducted at potential water crossings in spring and summer.

Breeding Bird Surveys: Installation of Acoustic Recording Units (ARU) and point count surveys to determine presence/absence of species as well as abundance/distribution and the status and trends in the bird populations. The ARUs are left in place year-round, with field crews periodically replacing their batteries and SD cards. Point counts are conducted by skilled observers to identify birds by sight and sound.

Waterfowl Migration Surveys: Low-level aerial surveys over water bodies (lakes, ponds, stream and rivers to estimate the seasonal distribution, abundance and density of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. These surveys are conducted in spring and fall.

Bat Surveys: Installation of ultrasonic Acoustic Recording Units (ARU) to identify bat species and distribution within in the study area. They are set up in the spring and taken down in the fall, with field crews periodically replacing their batteries and SD cards.

Wolverine Surveys: Wolverine aerial tracking surveys conducted during winter to look for evidence of wolverine dens. Survey was conducted to support permitting of geotechnical drilling program as well as the biology program.

Vegetation Surveys / Ecological Land Classification (ELC): Vegetation surveys consist of plots to sample and record vegetation in the study area. Field data collection aligns with the provincial ELC program for the boreal region. These surveys were conducted across three seasons including spring, summer and fall.

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