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Regional or Local Number: RPNAM-2018-04

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. RPNAM-2018-04 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The Chiroptère Québec group, in collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Service and Parks Canada, is undertaking a study to document the migratory movements of the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) and the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve during the fall migration period. This study involves the capture of 20 individuals (10 males and 10 females) of all species and the installation of 20 nanotags that will cover the nocturnal activity of the tagged individuals during fall migration. Beyond the short-term (30-minute) stress on caught individuals, this project will increase knowledge of the migratory routes of these species at risk.

Start Date: 2018-08-12   End Date: 2018-08-26

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Quebec

Affected Species:

All reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: Not conducting this research will limit Parks Canada’s ability to make informed decisions about how to conserve endangered bat species in this park. This research project is part of the strategic directions of the Recovery Strategy for Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis Subflavus) in Canada and is intended to address knowledge gaps, including identification of migratory routes. Acoustic detections do not allow for population-level studies and movement studies because it is impossible to track and identify individuals. This technique can only identify the presence of a species and indicate the level of nocturnal activity. Capture-marking-recapture monitoring is also not the most optimal option because of the stress associated with the second capture and the injuries that can sometimes result from the placement of rings on the wing or forearm. As a result, the only possible method for tracking migrating individuals is by placing a transmitter on their back and tracking them by telemetry. During the tagging process, several precautions will be put in place to limit the impact on individuals: unravelling and manipulation limited to 30 min, only pose nanotags on adult individuals weighing more than 9.9 g in order to respect the ratio of 5 % of weight (nanotag versus individual), use of edible and biodegradable glue for laying nanotags that should drop after 3 weeks, and administering a dose of glucose before being released to compensate for the loss of energy due to stress. Finally, an emphasis will be placed on equipment decontamination in order to eliminate any risk of contamination by the White-Nose Syndrome. To this end, the MDDEFP (2010) material decontamination protocol based on the national decontamination protocol developed by the Canadian Wildlife Health Network will be used. The study is not expected to result in injury, mortality, reduced fitness, reproduction or survival. Bats in the project area are not compromised by white-nosed syndrome, and we do not expect that there will be any population-level effects to the species’ due to this project. There are no anticipated cumulative effects of other activities because there are currently no other projects in the area that could affect bats. The project is not expected to jeopardize survival or recovery of the species, and the information from the study will assist in conservation and recovery efforts.

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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