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1 1 Instructions Thank you very much for agreeing to present at the 2012 RAP Implementation Workshop. As you discussed with Jon and/or Conrad, the theme of the workshop is “Getting the Job Done” – identifying what the needs are for each AOC to delist and making sure that the criteria, measures and indicators are in place to know when the job is done. With respect to “needs”, we have asked the AOC leads to include science and monitoring needs specifically which we plan to summarize by AOC. Our plan is to create a summary document of these needs by AOC as a resource for the workshop. The objective of the Science and Monitoring presentations by the federal and provincial agencies is twofold: to provide staff with a better overall understanding of the diversity of scientific research and monitoring that takes place by the various agency units, and to learn more about specific science and monitoring projects being conducted and how they contribute to the AOC program either through BUI assessments, providing on-going monitoring data, and/or delisting criteria development. We are not looking for a general overview of agency roles and mandates, rather we want to hear about which BUIs are being worked on, what are the specific projects and results/accomplishments, and any challenges/lessons learned. So, when creating your presentation, please ensure the following information is included:  the unit name, who you are and what you do;  the BUIs you work on;  examples of accomplishments/results; and  highlight any general or BUII-specific science or monitoring challenges experienced to date. If there is additional information you wish to share with the group, please feel free to do so however there are time constraints on each agency so keep that in mind and between you and your staff, please allocate time to the individual units presenting so that it conforms to the total time of 1.5 hrs your agency has been provided. So, if each agency has 4 units presenting, each unit will have a maximum of 15 minutes. This will allow ample time for discussion. IF your agency doesn’t require 1.5 hrs total, please let us know what your time needs are and we’ll adjust the agenda accordingly. We have created a unique look for the 2012 Workshop and attached are slides for you to create your presentation. Please return your slides to April White at by Friday January 27 Also, if you have research documents or reports you would like to share, please provide an e-copy to April and bring a few copies along to the Workshop as there will be a resource table to display them. Lastly, please bring a back up copy of your presentation to the Workshop in the (unlikely but possible) event a file becomes corrupted. THANK-YOU again for your assistance !

2 Environment Canada Shane de Solla Douglas Crump, Craig Hebert, Kim Hughes, Kyna Intini, Laura King, David Moore, Pamela Martin, Kim Palonen, Chip Weseloh, Kim Williams 2012 RAP Implementation Workshop Getting the Job Done ! AOC Science and Monitoring Activities, Projects and Accomplishments

3 3 Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Health Division  Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate Science and Technology Branch  Research and monitoring of effects of toxicological and ecological stressors on “wildlife”*  Measurement of contaminants (PCBs, metals, pesticides, etc) in body burdens  Assessment of health * Wildlife: any animals excluding humans and fish

4 4 Canadian Wildlife Service  Environmental Stewardship Branch  Population Assessment Section  Monitoring of wildlife populations  Colonial Waterbird monitoring  Great Lakes Herring Gull Monitoring Program (IJC)


6 6 Overview of Science and Monitoring Work Supporting BUIs BUIs: Bird or animal deformities or reproduction problems Degradation of fish and wildlife populations Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption Science and Monitoring Work (2011/2012): AOCs: Thunder Bay, St. Marys River, Detroit River, St. Clair River, Spanish River

7 7 Science and Monitoring Work: Great Lakes Herring Gull Monitoring Program (and other species – BCNH, terns) Colonial Waterbird Decadal Survey Leopard Frog Reproductive and Contaminant Survey Snapping turtle Reproductive and Contaminant Survey Waterfowl contaminant monitoring Cormorant mutation study Overview of Science and Monitoring Work Supporting BUIs con’t …

8 8 Assessed contaminants, reproduction of colonial waterbirds at Thunder Bay, St Mary’s River, Detroit River, Spanish River Assessed contaminants, reproduction of black crowned night herons at Detroit River Assessed embryonic development, incidence of intersex and deformities, hatching success of leopard frogs at St Clair, Detroit River Assessed contaminants, embryonic development, hatching success of snapping turtles at St. Clair Assessed colonial waterbird populations at numerous AOCs Highlights of Results and Challenges

9 Study/TaskSpeciesData TypeData Collection PastCurrent Thunder BayHERGHealth effects, Contaminants ~20002011/12 St. Marys River HERG, COTEHealth effects, Contaminants -2011/12 Detroit RiverLEFR, BCNHReproduction, Contaminants 2009-20112011/12 St. Clair River AOC includ. Walpole I. LEFR, SNTUReproduction, Contaminants 2007/082011/12 SNTUContaminants2007/082011/12 WaterfowlContaminants2010/11- Spanish RiverHERGContaminants-2011/12 Highlights of Results and Challenges

10 Artificial incubation of eggs  Viability, pipping success, and deformities Health of Colonial Waterbirds Artificial Incubation total eggsviableinfertiledead pipping successdeformities Double Island 23182386%0 Pumpkin Point 17160194%1 Hay Point 15131193%1 Egg viability of herring gulls from St. Marys River AOC

11 Productivity, condition, deformities, stress response, ecological tracers, and physiological endpoints  Herring gulls (SMR, TB), herons (DR) and terns (SMR) Health of Colonial Waterbirds Productivity of herring gulls from St. Marys River AOC reference

12 12 Colonial Waterbird Decadal Survey 1 2 5 3 4 6 10 9 7 11 8 12 13 15 1 Granite I. 2 Agawa Rks. 3 Big Sister I. 4 Gull I. 5 Channel-Shelter I. 6 Double I. 7 Chantry I. 8 Fighting I. 9 Middle I. 10 Port Colborne 11 Niagara R. 12 Hamilton Hrbr. 13 Toronto Hrbr. 14 Snake I. 15 Strachan I. 14 1,200 km N Population counts (nests) of all colonial waterbirds Annual counts at selected colonies

13 13 Great Lakes Herring Gull Monitoring Program Data on PCBs, OCs, PBDEs, dioxin/furans, Hg, and other compounds are available (including other species) Sum PCBs, 2003-2007

14 14 Laboratory exposures: embryos raised in i) water and ii) water and sediment from AOC and reference sites Examined hatching success and embryonic development (i.e., frequency of deformities) Embryonic development of leopard frogs

15 15 Insert text Intersex in young of year male leopard frogs oocyte developing sperm Seminiferous tubules Normal Testes Testes with Testicular Oocytes

16 Snapping turtle monitoring

17 Mutation rates in cormorants Germline mutations  Inherited from parents PAH exposure  Hamilton Harbour Not funded by GLAP!

18 Summary AOCs to be targeted  St. Marys River (2012)  Hamilton Harbour (2012, 2013)  Thunder Bay (2014) Colonial Waterbird population surveys (decadal and annual)  multiple AOCs Great Lakes Herring Gull Monitoring Program  multiple AOCs

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