Northern Bioscience has a team of experienced aquatic ecologists who can deliver services for stream, river, and lake environments.
We can provide the following:
field sampling of aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates (benthos) in streams, river, and lake environments using use of standardized protocols e.g., Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)
odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) surveys and monitoring for hydroelectric or other projects, including Species at Risk such as Rapids Clubtail, Riverine Clubtail, Laura’s Clubtail, and Pygmy Snaketail
use of in-house sampling equipment e.g., D-net, Surber sampler, petite ponar grab, Hess sampler, georeferenced underwater video system
mapping and characterization of aquatic habitats e.g., Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)
extraction and identification of macroinvertebrates to lowest practical level, typically to family/genus, including chironomids (midges) and oligochaetes (worms)
identification of odonate exuviae (we have identified 8000+ exuviae from ON, MB, QC rivers)
multivariate data analyses of benthic communities to assess potential impacts and impairment
workshops and training on using benthic macroinvertebrates for monitoring stream health
Our clients have included:
Hydroelectric Industry e.g.,
Brookfield Power (sub to Hatch Ltd.)
HydroOmega Services Inc. (sub to Hatch Ltd.)
Namewaminikan Hydro / Axor Group Inc.
Ontario Power Generation
Pic Mobert Hydro Inc.
Regional Power Inc.
The Power Limited Partnership
Xeneca Power Development Inc.
Mining Industry e.g.,
Goldstone Resources (sub to exp Services Inc.)
Harte Gold Inc.
New Gold / Rainy river Resources (sub to Klohn Crippen Berger)
North American Palladium Ltd.
Treasury Metals Inc.
Municipalities e.g., City of Thunder Bay
Ontario Ministry of Natural resources and Forestry