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Wildlife and the Aquatic Environment

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Local wildlife (blue jay).

The Makami River is located west of the community of Gogama, and is a natural watercourse that discharges into Minisinakwa Lake. It is a relatively undisturbed and winding river system with many associated wetlands. These aquatic features, along with the surrounding dense riparian forests, are home to many species of plants and animals.

The fish community of the Makami River is characterized by coolwater species, including walleye (yellow pickerel), northern pike, smallmouth bass, and white sucker. The Makami River provides both spring and fall spawning habitats for these species, and there is an annual fish sanctuary from April 1 to June 15.  

The river system also provides habitat for migratory waterfowl (e.g., ducks). Some of the birds common to the area are the blue jay, the red-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, the common raven, and even magnificent birds of prey like the bald eagle. The Makami River and surrounding areas are also home to a number of small and large mammals.

Throughout the site work completed in 2015, the site and surrounding area were monitored by CN for wildlife presence and activity. A monitoring program was implemented to assess impacts to the aquatic environment through biota (fish and benthic invertebrates), sediment, and surface water samples.

For more information on the work conducted to assess, remediate and monitor wildlife and the aquatic environment, please click on the links to the left.