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Regional or Local Number: 15-SK-SC007

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 15-SK-SC007 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

To conduct corticosterone analysis on migratory birds.

Start Date: 2015-11-05   End Date: 2020-03-15

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Migratory Bird Convention Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Saskatchewan

Affected Species:

(a) No alternatives exist- To conduct corticosterone analysis, one must sample blood, a keratin-based tissue (e.g., feathers), or feces. Fecal sampling of Whooping Cranes would require temporary capturing the bird. However, blood sampling is routinely performed by International Crane Foundation on Whooping Cranes for health assessments (disease, blood chemistry, etc.), during which time feathers are collected non-invasively, so archived plasma and feather samples can be used. (b) This research will use archived blood and feather samples (i.e., tissues collected previously) and therefore will have no negative impact on Whooping Cranes or their habitat or nests. Thus, no mitigation measures will be necessary. (c) This research uses previously-collected blood and feather samples and thus will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of Whooping Cranes.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. John Dunlop
Senior Permit Officer
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter road
Saskatoon, SK
s7n 0x4
Tel: 306-975-4090
Fax: 306-975-4089

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