Habitat Conservation Fund 2004 Approved Projects


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Bird Studies Canada
Making Nova Scotia's Lakes Loon Friendly (Year 4 of 4)

Amount Awarded: $4,870.00
To educate lake users and school children about how their actions affect loon breeding and foraging habitat and encourage positive behavioral changes through Bird Studies Canada's Canadian Lakes Loon Survey and Loon Friendly Lakes Program, and the development of a Nova Scotia Loon Ambassador Program.
Final Report

University of New Brunswick - Joe Nocera
Benefits and Risks of Agro-ecosystem Management to Grassland Birds in Nova Scotia (Year 3 of 3)

Amount Awarded: $13,800.00
Complete a final year of evaluation of Wildlife habitat provided in managed agro-ecosystems in Atlantic Canada to influence the future delivery of successful habitat stewardship initiatives. This year will serve to refine and validate initial models of habitat selection derived from data collected in 2002 and 2003. Model development of habitat selection patterns exhibited in areas includes varying habitat composition, context, and level of connectivity. These models will reveal the structure(s) that most benefit breeding grassland birds in small - medium scale managed and non-managed agricultural landscapes.
Final Report

Ecology Action Center
Natural History Column (Year 3 of 3)

Amount Awarded: $4,735.00
To enhance knowledge and appreciation of the coastal ecology of Nova Scotia by creating and distributing a natural history column, Coastlines, to weekly newspapers around the province.
Final Report

Saint Mary's University - Hugh Broders
Distribution and Behaviour of Bats in Nova Scotia (Year 2 of 2)

Amount Awarded: $12,000.00
To determine the summer and winter distributional range of the eastern pipistrelle, northern long-eared and little brown bats in mainland Nova Scotia through trapping and ultrasonic surveys throughout the mainland portion of the province. Additionally, to continue the intensive work in Kejimkujik National Park to examine the foraging and roosting behavior of each of these species in forested landscapes, with a major concentration on eastern pipistrelles. I view this research as practical in nature since currently we have limited local information on ecological requirements of this abundant group and potentially have a nationally significant population of eastern pipistrelles. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide empirical information that can be used to ensure the continued viability of local populations.
Final Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Small Marsh Restoration in the Agricultural/Urban Landscape

Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To restore, enhance or create wetlands in the agricultural/urban landscape where many have been destroyed or altered by human activity since European settlement.
Final Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Adopt-A-Class Wetland Education Program

Amount Awarded: $13,000.00
To engage 80 Nova Scotia Grade 4 classes in our Adopt-A-Class Wetland education program during the 2003-04 school year and, where possible, provide these classes with a hands-on wetland field trip experience to compliment the "in-class" program.
Final Report

Friends of the Cornwallis River
King's County Riparian Fencing Project

Amount Awarded: $8,000.00
To establish riparian edges in the agricultural landscape of the east flowing watersheds of King's County.
Final Report

Acadia University - Amanda Lavers
Microhabitat Selection of Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels in NS: Analysis of Diet

Amount Awarded: $10,400.00
To determine habitat selection for two sympatric species of flying squirrels in Nova Scotia by examining dietary components in stomachs and feces collected from voluntary trappers and live-trapping.
Final Report

Acadia University - Dr. Sara Good-Avila
Conservation of Critical Lakeshore Habitat in the Tusket River Watershed: Using Ecological Processes as Indicators of Habitat Health

Amount Awarded: $12,840.00
To understand how the habitat requirements and persistence of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Species at Risk are affected by recent changes in land-use patters.
Final Report

Sarah Spencer
Mercury in River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

Amount Awarded: $8,000.00
To test for the relationship between brain mercury levels in river otter (Lontra canadensis) and the habitats in which these animals are detected. 2. To test for a relationship between brain tissue levels and female reproductive history.
Final Report

Acadia University - Joseph Mudge
Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Examination of the Ecological Effects of Porcupine Feeding on Acadian Forests

Amount Awarded: $4,500.00
The goal of this project is to determine the overall effect of porcupines on a forest ecosystem, taking into account not only the negative impact that winter porcupine feeding has on trees (as many studies already estimated), but also any positive results for other organisms that may arise from this activity.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Plants on the Edge: Securement and Stewardship of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in Southwest Nova Scotia 2004 to 2006

Amount Awarded: $12,500.00.00
To conserve in perpetuity critical lakeshore, wetland and riparian habitats in southwest Nova Scotia that support nationally significant Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (ACPF), and to mitigate threats to ACPF through stewardship and education.
Final Report

St. Mary's River Association
Conserving Critical Wood Turtle Habitats Through Community Stewardship

Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
Facilitate the conservation of wood turtles and their critical habitats through community based education and stewardship programs.
Final Report