Habitat Conservation Fund - 2006 Approved Projects


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Acadia University - Sara V. Good-Avila
Conservation of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Species at Risk and important lakeshore habitat in the Tusket River Watershed
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To evaluate connectivity among populations of Atlantic Coastal Plain Species at Risk through population genetics and ecology, and to understand how connectivity is affected by current land-use patterns. Secondly, to make recommendations for assessing species statuses for these plants.
Final Report

Acadia University - Scott Hubley
Dragonflies as Indicators of Habitat Integrity of Treed Bogs
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To assess the impacts of adjacent forestry on diversity and movements of dragonflies in treed bogs; and to evaluate dragonflies as indicators of wetland health in treed bogs.
Final Report

Saint Mary’s University - Hugh G. Broders
The utility of eastern pipistrelles as indicators of landscape level change at large spatial and temporal scales (Year 2 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To increase our local knowledge of the habitat requirements of eastern pipistrelle and the status of the population in Nova Scotia. Additionally, to assess the utility of the study of eastern pipistrelles as an indicator of changes in habitat and landscape structure in SW Nova Scotia.
Final Report

St Francis Xavier University - Randy F. Lauff
Forest characteristics required by the Northern Saw-whet Owl compared with the more rare Boreal Owl
Amount Awarded: $6,000.00
To determine the ecological differences between the two owls, including habitat use and nesting phenology. To inform the public (especially woodlot owners) and the forestry industry of the requirements of the owls so they can make informed decisions about land use.
Final Report

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas
Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas: Engaging and Training Volunteers for Bird Conservation
Amount Awarded: $9,000.00
To recruit, train, inform and offer support to up to 300 Nova Scotian volunteer participants in the second Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas, leading to higher quality data for use in research on, and conservation of, Nova Scotia’s birds and bird habitat.
Final Report

Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia
Examining the size and extent of the marten (Martes Americana) population in western Nova Scotia (Year 1 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To obtain the extent and size of the marten population in western Nova Scotia. To reduce the number of incidental marten captures, assess the impacts of deforestation and the risk, to marten, of contracting Aleutian disease from ranched mink. Additionally, to investigate habitat preferences of southwestern marten populations and to determine the availability of such habitat(s) in Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Annapolis and Queens counties.
Progress Report

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

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Project Webfoot Wetland Education Program
Amount Awarded: $8,000.00
To help ensure the protection of Nova Scotia’s wetlands by helping to educate a generation of people who believe in the importance of wetlands and who will take action to help conserve them.
Final Report

Dalhousie University - Dr. Cindy A. Staicer
The Role of Riparian Buffers in Forest Bird Conservation (Year 2 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To understand the influence of buffer width on the value of riparian forest to birds of conservation concern.
Final Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada - Small Marsh Enhancement in Southern Kings County
Amount Awarded: $11,000.00
To enhance an area of cattail marsh to the original wetland that was altered by human activity.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Project

Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To permanently protect natural areas in the St. Mary’s River Watershed, including critical habitats supporting the Atlantic Salmon, old-growth Acadian floodplain or Hemlock forests, or Wood Turtles, and to increase landowner and community awareness of land conservation issues, while engaging people in land stewardship.
Final Report

Acadia University - Sean LeMoine
Wildlife and forage-quality benefits of a late maturing hay cultivar (Year 2 of 2)
Amount Awarded: $12,000.00
To determine the effects of a late maturing cultivar of hay on biodiversity and forage quality in comparison to conventional hay crops. 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.
Final Report

The Woodcock Conservation Society
Woodcock Habitat Enhancement
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
To improve woodcock feeding habitat and establish temporary singing grounds which also serve as good brood and nesting habitat by rejuvenating over mature alder covers.
Final Report

St. Mary’s River Association - Wood Turtle Habitat Conservation in the St. Mary’s River Watershed
Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
Protection and enhancement of important wood turtle habitats in the St. Mary’s River watershed through education, awareness and signed informal land use agreements.
Final Report

Tusket River Environmental Protection Association
Youth Leading in Stewardship Program
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To involve NS Youth Teams working on wildlife habitat projects with other youth teams from around the Gulf of Maine for enhancement of scientific process, leadership and civic involvement skills, and their greater understanding of their contribution in a bioregional and international context.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Shelter Cove Campaign
Amount Awarded: $50,000.00
To permanently protect, for the benefit of future generations, one of the last undeveloped, unroaded pristine coastal headlands in Nova Scotia, a spectacular 145 acre property supporting a rich diversity of habitats and enjoyed by generations of local residents and intrepid visitors who treasure its wilderness hiking, sea kayaking, yachting, picnicking, fishing and hunting.
Final Report