Mackenzie Delta Fish Island Camp

Seasonal kitchen structures and individual sleeping tents.

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Soft-sided kitchen tents. Photo credit: Lisa Pirie, Environment Canada

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Amie Black (613) 998-8523
Secondary Contact Jennie Rausch (867) 669-4709

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Environment and Climate Change Canada

Regular Member



Fish Island, adjacent to Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Mackenzie Delta

Nearest Community
Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik

Territory/ Province
Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Facility Type
Seasonally-Operated Field Camp, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Delta, Ponds, Shrub Tundra, Terrestrial, Wetland

Main Research Disciplines
Terrestrial Biology/Ecology

Research History
This site began in 2005 to monitor and research shorebirds

Current Projects
Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Arctic PRISM) Tier II Site
Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network Site



Local Transportation
Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk can be accessed by scheduled airline service. Access to Fish Island is by helicopter.

Equipment Storage

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
Bring your own tent

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Kitchen tents and fiberglass dome

Laboratory Facilities

Fuel Availability

Research Requirements
Persons interested in using the facility should apply to the Canadian Wildlife Service for a permit to enter the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and to carry a firearm in the Sanctuary, if will be accessing the Sanctuary immediately adjacent to camp. Camp is located on a gravel pad leased to Northwestel. Permission to access site must also be granted by Northwestel. Other licenses may be required.

Special Rules and Regulations
Garbage must flown out from the site.

Local External Resources
RCMP Tuktoyaktuk or Inuvik; Tuktoyaktuk Hunter and Trappers Committee; Inuvik Hunter and Trappers Committee; Renewable Resources Officer Tuktoyaktuk or Inuvik

Nearest Medical Service
Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik

Safety Considerations
This facility is located in grizzly bear country

On a case-by-case basis

Other Information
Use is only available when the shorebird field crew is there; exact dates vary; normally from second week of June until third week of July. Site is operated on 5 year on, 5 year off cycle. Site is currently closed until June 2020.

Last Updated

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Hard-sided kitchen dome. Photo credit: Lisa Pirie, Environment Canada


Sleeping tents. Photo credit: Lisa Pirie, Environment Canada