This is a renewal of baseline environmental studies completed at Chidliak Property from 2009 to 2016. The NIRB Screening File No. is 09YN041. This application is consistent with our previous work completed in the project area from 2009 - 2016, and only includes ground-based surveys to minimize possible disturbance.
Chidliak Property is located approximately 120 km northeast of Iqaluit, on the Halll Peninsula of Baffin Island, of Nunavut. The objectives are to identify existing baseline wildlife conditions and to report any important or sensitive wildlife areas to minimize or avoid adverse wildlife effects from any exploration activities. Baseline environmental studies include; water quality sampling, fish and fish habitat survey, and non-intrusive bird, caribou, and other wildlife surveys. The field surveys are expected to be completed over one to two field events from mid-June to late September each year. Actual dates will depend upon logistical arrangements and weather.
No aerial-based surveys are proposed; however, helicopter support is required.
Ground-based surveys include the deployment and retrieval of remote cameras and or bird autonomous recorder units (ARUs) to document wildlife within Peregrine’s Exploration Focus and regional study areas. Remote digital cameras and or ARUs will be used to detect and monitor bird and other wildlife (e.g., caribou, wolves) presence, timing of occupation, and habitat association. The cameras and ARUs will be mounted together on a wooden tripod secured with rocks (or sandbags as needed). Cameras will be programmed to take photos at a prescribed time and when motion activated. ARUs will also be programmed to collect sound recordings at specified intervals (i.e., early mornings). Cameras and ARUs will continue collecting data until either retrieved, batteries expire, and or memory cards fill. Cameras, ARUs, tripods, and sandbags will be retrieved at the end of survey.
This fish community characterization will use non-lethal survey methods including backpack electrofishing, minnow trapping, fyke netting and gillnetting. Species presence, species numbers, general health, body weight and length will be recorded. For fish ageing and metals analysis of tissue samples, a maximum of 10 fish of each species from each survey lake/river will be collected.
All work will be done on Crown Lands.
No significant wastes will be generated by the 4 person environmental field team.
Field activities will be based out of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. field camps as authorized by the following permits:
1) INAC - Class A land use permit N2018C0002
2) NWB - Class B water use permit 2BE-CHI1823
All wastes generated from camp will be disposed in accordance with the camp waste management plan.