Habitat Conservation Fund 2005 Approved Projects


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Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
Mahone Bay Roseate Tern Habitat Recovery Project

Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
A single site in Mahone Bay once supported a third of the Endangered Canadian Roseate Tern population. This colony was abandoned in the mid-1990s, and Roseate Terns have attempted unsuccessfully to nest at several sites since. This project will provide a secure nesting site for Roseate Terns, through habitat enhancement (placement of nesting shelters), predator deterrence (pyrotechnics, human presence), and public awareness (signage, public consultation, outreach)
Final Report

Acadia University - Sean LeMoine
Wildlife and forage-quality benefits of a late-maturing hay cultivar
(Year 1 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $15,840.00
To determine the effects of a late maturing cultivar of hay on biodiversity and forage quality in comparison to conventional hay crop. Secondly, to assess the cultivar’s potential as an alternative land management tool capable of providing for the needs of both wildlife and farmers in an agro-ecosystem.
Progress Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Small Marsh Restoration in the Annapolis Valley

Amount Awarded: $5,280.00
To restore habitat conditions for aquatic wildlife and to improve the ability of this wetland to benefit people.
Final Report

Ecology Action Center
Coastlines
Natural History Column

Amount Awarded: $4,710.00
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
The utility of eastern pipistrelles as indicators of landscape level change at large spatial and temporal scales
(Year 1 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To collect more information on the status of eastern pipistrelles population in Nova Scotia; to assess the utility of the study of eastern pipistrelles as an indicator of changes in habitat and landscape.
Progress Report

Woodcock Conservation Society
Woodcock Habitat Enhancement Project

Amount Awarded: $2,500.00
To improve woodcock feeding habitat by periodic rejuvenation of over mature alder covers; to provide temporary signing grounds and also serve as good brood and nesting habitat; to begin a spring singing survey on project site.
Final Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Adopt-a-Class Wetland Education Program

Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To engage 110 Nova Scotia grade 4 classes in our Adopt-A-Class wetland education program during the 2004-05 school year and, provide those classes within reasonable travel distances of designated educational marshes with hands-on wetland field-trip experience to compliment the “in-class” program.
Final Report

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

Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To establish riparian edges in the agricultural landscape of the east flowing watersheds of King’s County and to identify and document sensitive habitat utilized by aquatic and riparian fauna.
Final Report

Acadia University - Dr. Sara Good-Avila
Conservation of critical lakeshore habitat in the Tusket River watershed

Amount Awarded: $4,750.00
To understand how the habitat requirements and persistence of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora species at risk are affected by recent changes in land-use patterns.
Final Report

Dalhousie University - Dr. Cindy Staicer
The Role of Riparian Buffers in Forest Bird Conservation
(Year 1 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $14,700.00
To understand the influence of buffer width on the value of riparian forest to birds of conservation concern.
Final Report

Sarah Spencer
Mercury in River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

Amount Awarded: $8,000.00 (Year 2 of 3)
To test for the relationship between tissue mercury levels in river otter (Lontra canadensis) and the habitats in which these animals are detected; to test for a relationship between tissue mercury levels and female reproductive condition.
Progress Report

Clean Annapolis River Project Society
Habitat Friendly Farming

Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
This project will seek to increase the area and quality of riparian habitats in the Annapolis Watershed.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Plants on the Edge: Securement and Stewardship of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in Southwest Nova Scotia 2005 to 2006

Amount Awarded: $8,500.00
To conserve in perpetuity critical lakeshore, wetland and shoreline 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

Cape Sable Important Bird Area Committee
Community Education through Awareness

Amount Awarded: $9,000.00
To increase conservation awareness and promote the conservation of Cape Sable Island habitats and the fauna and flora they support.
Final Report