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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.