Habitat Conservation Fund 2007 Approved Projects


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Rebecca Jeppesen
Adaptive habitat model for the Cape Breton American marten (Martes Americana) augmentation project
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00

To develop an accurate quantitative and G.I.S. based adaptive habitat model for use by the DNR in order to conserve marten habitat in Cape Breton Island, thereby improving the chances of achieving a long-term viable marten population through augmentation efforts.
Final Report

St. Mary’s University - Ron Russell
Amphibians as Indicators of Road Disturbance in Forests
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
This project will develop amphibians as indicators of road disturbance in forest habitats. The extent of disturbance into adjacent forest will be quantified by analytical chemistry of pond water and by changes in amphibian community structure along disturbance gradients.
Progress Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Beaver Pond Management in Northern Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $6,000.00
To secure four sites in Cumberland County and maintain or improve some of the benefits derived from beaver ponds and associated plant communities while preventing extensive flood damage.
Final Report

Bird Studies Canada -
Best Conservation and Stewardship Practices Strategy for High-Elevation Forest Habitat in Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
To promote conservation of high-level forest habitat that is important for Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli) and other high-elevation landbirds, which are unique components of Nova Scotia’s biological diversity.
Final Report

Saint Mary’s University - Hugh Broders
Characterization of critical habitat for moose on mainland Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $22,000.00
To design and implement a scientifically rigorous and ethically acceptable study to quantitatively characterize the demographics (by definition this includes population statistics as well as geographical distribution and physical environment) of a mainland moose population which are deemed, by expert opinion, most likely to be limiting population growth.
Project cancelled

Ecology Action Centre
Coastlines Natural History Column
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
For the general public, private landowners, and resource users to develop an appreciation and understanding of coastal habitat conservation issues, coastal ecology and biology in order to encourage their participation in protecting, conserving, and managing wildlife habitat.
Final Report

Acadia University - Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen
Determining appropriate amounts of deadwood as habitat for wildlife for sustainable forestry in the Acadian Forest Region
Amount Awarded: $3,800.00
Collect data on deadwood to design a computer simulation model that will predict appropriate amounts of deadwood associated with forests at different stages of development particularly for old growth.
Final Report

Acadia University - Tom Herman
Effects of agriculture and forestry on the distribution, movements and survival of wood turtles in an intensively managed landscape
Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To recommend sustainable management practices that will ensure the viability of wood turtles and other components of riparian and forest biodiversity.
Final Report

Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia
Examining the size and extent of the marten (Martes Americana) population in western Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
By determining the extent and the habitat needs of the SW NS Marten population, the Trappers Association of Nova Scotia will be able to work closely with landowners and the forest industry to ensure that marten habitat can be identified (and protected if deemed necessary) based on an enhanced marten habitat model.
Progress Report

Nature Conservancy Canada
Land Acquisition at Port Joli Harbour
Amount Awarded: $25,000.00

To preserve a 43 acre property on Port Joli Harbour in its natural state in perpetuity through purchase of the property.
Final Report

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas
Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas: Engaging and Training Volunteers for Bird Conservation
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To train and support 450 Nova Scotia participants and to achieve coverage targets in Nova Scotia’s less populated areas.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Medway River Conservation Lands Project
Amount Awarded: $20,000.00
To increase the area of protected habitat for COSEWIC-listed species of Atlantic coastal plain flora, through permanent protection of irreplaceable wetland habitat, and long-term stewardship.
Final Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Project Webfoot Grade 4 Wetland Education Program
Amount Awarded: $ 7,000.00
To increase youth awareness about the importance of wetlands and to develop an appreciation among them of the environment and the importance of protecting wetland habitats into the future.
Final Report

Dalhousie University
Roost use and social behaviour of northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis)
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
To understand the roosting ecology and social behaviour of northern long-eared bats in an effort to conserve this species and its habitat.
Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Project
Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To permanently protect natural habitats in the St. Mary’s River Watershed in order to ensure the long-term health and ecological integrity of the river and the survival of associated imperiled species, such as Atlantic Salmon and Wood Turtles.
Final Report

Woodcock Conservation Society
Woodcock Habitat Rejuvenation and Enhancement
Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
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

Shelburne County Fish & Game Association
Wood Duck Nesting Boxes for Shelburne County
Amount Awarded: $1,500.00
To enhance nesting conditions for increasing wood duck population in Shelburne County over a 5 year period and to involve the youth of local high schools through construction and monitoring of the boxes.
Final Report

Young Naturalists Club
Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $2,000.00
To instill a conservation ethic in children by providing them with natural history knowledge and memorable experiences in the natural world.
Final Report