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Deninu Kųę́ First Nation Shares Outcomes from 2021 Acoustic Chook Survey

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    December 15, 2022: Deninu Kųę́ First Nation (DKFN) with the Nationwide Audubon Society, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NWT Chapter (CPAWS-NWT), and Geese Limitless Canada (DUC) are excited to report on outcomes from DKFN’s summer time 2021 passive acoustic monitoring surveys for birds throughout the Slave River Delta with using automated recording items (ARUs).  

    The ARU’s, offered by the Nationwide Audubon Society’s Boreal Conservation Program, report audio of the encircling panorama, together with fowl songs and calls, at preprogrammed instances and retailer the recordings till they are often retrieved at a later date. That information can then be analyzed to find out the presence of birds within the space and function an archive of the general bioacoustics panorama. The method will be repeated and in contrast over time to assist perceive adjustments going down throughout the ecological communities. Starting in late summer time 2021, members of DKFN arrange 10 ARUs throughout the delta to doc fowl use of the realm throughout the fall migration interval. In whole, 3300 hours of recordings have been collected by way of the tip of October 2021, which have been then despatched to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY for subsequent evaluation. Thirty-three fowl species have been detected on the recordings, with Northern Waterthrush and Swainson’s Thrush being probably the most widespread occurring at 8 out of 10 recording websites throughout the delta. Many precedence species for Chook Conservation Area 6—an ecologically distinct area with related fowl communities and habitats that the delta falls inside—have been additionally documented, together with Alder Flycatcher, Bohemian Waxwing, Caspian Tern, Widespread Yellowthroat, Higher and Lesser Yellowlegs, Inexperienced-winged Teal, Least Flycatcher, Merlin, White-throated Sparrow, and White-winged Crossbill. Lesser Yellowlegs can be federally listed as Threatened on account of estimated inhabitants declines for the species of greater than 50% during the last 10 years, in keeping with the Committee on the Standing of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The Authorities of the Northwest Territories ranked Lesser Yellowlegs, in addition to Caspian Tern, as “delicate” species that require particular protections to forestall the chance of inhabitants losses throughout the area.

    The Slave River Delta is taken into account an Essential Chook Space, largely on account of its significance to migrating waterfowl throughout spring and fall migration, notably Tundra Swans. It’s also of nice significance to shorebirds and land birds throughout migration and supplies pristine habitat for breeding birds in summer time. DKFN deployed ARUs once more this yr and with an earlier begin date to doc breeding birds within the area. Evaluation of these recordings is about to start within the New 12 months with preliminary outcomes prepared in spring 2023.

    This mission exemplifies collaboration in assist of Indigenous-led conservation and land stewardship efforts inside Canada and contributes data to the consideration of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Space (IPCA) on the Slave River Delta and Taltson Watershed. An IPCA mission is now within the means of being launched by DKFN and the Ft. Decision Metis Authorities.   

    Hyperlinks:

    DKFN AND FRMG SIGN IPCA CONTRIBUTION AGREEMENT 

    DKFN FRMG Press Launch December eighth, 2022

    AUDUBON’S Boreal Conservation Program

    Contacts:

    Minnie Whimp, [email protected], Deninu Kue First Nation

    Chantelle Abma, [email protected], Geese Limitless Canada

    Jeff Wells, [email protected], the Nationwide Audubon Society

    Josh Campbell, [email protected], CPAWS – NWT

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