Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) - Uluagullik
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) - Nirliq
Brant (Branta bernicla) - Niglignaq
Migration: Brant and White-fronted geese are common migrants across the Yukon coastal plain, while Canada Geese are uncommon during migration.
Breeding/nesting: All three species breed along the Yukon coastal plain in small numbers. Brant are slightly more common but also more localized than the other two species. There are four known Brant breeding colonies, with fewer than 200 breeders. White-fronted and Canada geese are solitary, dispersed nesters and more difficult to locate and count. Both species are uncommon breeders along the coastal plain.
Fall staging: Besides the local breeding populations, only White-fronted Geese stage along the Yukon coastal plain. As many as 18,000 White-fronts have been observed in the Babbage River delta. Brant use the outer marine deltas in large numbers at times during migration.
Population size is difficult to define and measure. Up to 40,000 White-fronted Geese migrate across the Yukon coastal plain and at least 25,000 Brant migrate along the coast. Probably fewer than 200 geese breed, and probably fewer than 20,000 stage on the Yukon North Slope.
Canada Geese are believed to be increasing, while White-fronted Geese are thought to be declining. Pacific Brant populations have declined in the 1990s. Population estimates are crude.
This is the only place in the Yukon where Brant breed.
Breeding geese are few on the coastal plain and there are few unique or special habitat characteristics, with perhaps one exception. Brant use salt marshes off the Yukon coastal plain that are subject to storm tides, predisposing them to natural declines and oil contamination.
Under the IFA, the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee has the authority to develop bylaws that apply to the Inuvialuit harvest of specific species, if required. NWT laws must then reflect these bylaws; bylaws may also be reflected in Ivvavik National Park regulations and Yukon wildlife regulations. There are currently no bylaws in place for any of these species.
From 1988 to 1999 Inuvialuit harvest data was collected through the Inuvialuit Harvest Study. In the period from 1988 to 1997, the average annual harvest reported was 130 White-fronted Geese and 18 Canada Geese. Funding and support for the collection of harvest data is supplied through the IFA and other agencies.
|Ivvavik National Park||Exclusive||None Permitted|
|Herschel Island Territorial Park||Exclusive||None Permitted|
|East of the Babbage River||Preferential||With license, bag limits, seasons|
|Adjoining NWT||Exclusive on Inuvialuit lands and preferential on Crown lands||With license, bag limits, seasons|
Regulations under Yukon Wildlife Act, NWT Wildlife Act and National Parks Act apply in their respective jurisdictions. In the event of sport hunting, Migratory Birds Regulations apply.
Brant contribute to the Arctic experience sought by birders and naturalists along the Yukon North Slope.
Potential threats to nesting colonies and migrant Brant include oil spills or other marine contamination, and disturbance. Brant use salt marshes off the Yukon coastal plain that are subject to storm tides, predisposing them to natural declines and oil contamination.
Goose populations are being monitored in a number of locations in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. There is also an ongoing program to record species observed on Herschel Island.
Population and other management research is conducted by government management agencies on the advice of WMACs and IGC. From 1988-1993, the Canadian Wildlife Service completed a study in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to determine the distribution and abundance of White-fronted Geese. Incidental observations of Canada Geese and Tundra Swans were recorded.
The Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board has funded and/or conducted a number of waterfowl studies in the Gwich’in Settlement Area, to the east and south of the Yukon North Slope. http://www.grrb.nt.ca/wildlife.htm
Estimates of population trends are crude. There is no information on breeding productivity or survivorship. There is little information on life history on the North Slope.
Management is guided by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The Arctic Goose Joint Venture is a component of this plan.
|Ivvavik National Park||IFA, Migratory Birds Convention, Migratory Birds Regulations||Parks Canada||Migratory Birds Convention
North American Waterfowl Management Plan
Arctic Goose Joint Venture
|Nesting, staging, migration|
|Hershel Island Territorial Park||Yukon Wildlife Act||YTG|
|East of the Babbage River||National Parks Act||YTG|
|Adjoining NWT||NWT Wildlife Act||GNWT|
To meet conservation goals of the IFA, the co-management bodies are mandated to determine and recommend (to Yukon Government, GNWT and Parks Canada) a total allowable harvest and/ or promote research, if and when required. A Migratory Bird Protocol which sets out provisions for spring hunting has been agreed upon by Canada and the United States and has been ratified by Canada.
In 2003, the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee undertook a project to record traditional knowledge of certain birds and animals on the Yukon North Slope. The observations, comments and concerns expressed by Aklavik residents as part of this study were as follows:
Brant (Branta bernicla)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Community-based information on this species may also be found in the reports of the annual community-based monitoring program conducted in Aklavik and neighbouring communities by the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op. http://www.taiga.net/coop/community/index.html
In 2004, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resources Centre prepared a report titled “Tariurmiutuakun qanuq atuutiviksaitlu ilitchuriyaqput ingilraan Inuvialuit qulianginnin = Learning about marine resources and their use through Inuvialuit oral history”. Transcripts from two Inuvialuit oral history collections were reviewed to see what could be learned about marine resources and their use within the southeastern Beaufort Sea. The study area included the coast from the Yukon/United States border in the west to the Franklin Bay area in the east. Information was compiled on beluga and bowhead whales, some coastal birds, fish, polar bears and seals, in an effort to provide a foundation for developing future projects on Inuvialuit knowledge of marine resources. http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/279627.pdf
Canadian Wildlife Service Waterfowl Committee. 2006. Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada: November 2006. CWS Migr. Birds Regul. Rep. No. 19.
Eckert, C.D., 2007. Personal communication, Government of Yukon, Department of Environment.
Hawkings, J. 2002. Personal communication, Canadian Wildlife Service, Whitehorse.
Hines J. and M. Wiebe Robertson. 2006. Surveys of geese and swans in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Western Canadian Arctic, 1989-2001, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, Ottawa.
Joint Secretariat, 2003. Inuvialuit Harvest Study, Data and Methods Report 1988 - 1997. Inuvik, NT. http://www.fjmc.ca/publications/IHS.htm
Sinclair P.H., W.A. Nixon, C.D. Eckert and N.L. Hughes (eds). 2003. Birds of the Yukon Territory. UBC Press Vancouver. 596 pp.
Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee. 2003. Aklavik Inuvialuit describe the status of certain birds and animals on the Yukon North Slope, March, 2003. Final Report. Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope), Whitehorse, Yukon.
Yukon Bird Club. 2000. Check list of the birds of Herschel Island. http://www.taiga.net/wmac/herschel/herschelbirds.pdf