Habitat Conservation Fund 2008 Approved Projects


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St. Mary’s University - Ron Russell - Amphibians as Indicators of Road Disturbance in Forests
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
This project will investigate 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. This project will have application to future projects involving road construction through forested areas, placement of logging roads, and width of buffer zones along roadways. This project will also address basic questions on the structure and function of communities and ecosystems in disturbed habitats..

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Acadia University - An Individual Based Model of the American Marten (Martes Americana) in Cape Breton, N.S.
Amount Awarded:$5,000.00
To complement the efforts of the Nova Scotia Marten Recovery Team (NSMRT) and the NSDNR towards achieving a viable self-sustaining marten population in Cape Breton Island. We aim to accomplish this by recommending augmentation and management strategies based on the results of simulated empirical testing within the framework of an individual based computer model (IBM) of the CBI population.

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Randy Lauff - Canopy preferences of Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in different forest types
Amount Awarded:$3,700.00
It is my intent to provide information on the life history of Nicrophorus pustulatus, with particular emphasis on microhabitat use and potentially that of nutrient source for its brood.

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Ecology Action Centre - Coastlines Natural History Column
Amount Awarded: $4,500.00
For the general public, private landowners, resource users and young Nova Scotians to develop an appreciation and understanding of freshwater habitat conservation issues, ecology, and biodiversity in order to encourage their participation in protecting, conserving, and managing wildlife habitat.

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Nature Conservancy Canada - Conserving the Scotian South Shore
Amount Awarded: $25,000.00
The goal of NCC’s Scotian South Shore conservation initiative is to secure critical habitat and species in this natural area for the benefit of future generations.

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Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia - Determining the size and extent of the marten (Martes Americana) population in western Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded:$10,500.00
To better understand the habitat needs of marten in mainland NS. This information will improve the existing marten habitat model, and enable NS DNR to provide better information to landowners and the forest industry to ensure that marten habitat can be identified (and protected if deemed necessary), allowing the population to grow and expand on the mainland. By increasing the efficacy of detection units, methods and procedures, marten presence/absence in the landscape can be more easily determined, and will be valuable in evaluating the success of augmenting the endangered Cape Breton marten population.

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Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas- Bird Studies Canada - Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas: A community effort to map bird distribution and abundance in NS
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To provide NS volunteers with the support and training they need to maximize the value of their contribution to the Atlas project and to hire staff to help achieve survey coverage targets in less-populated areas (i.e., regions with fewer participants).

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Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute - Monitoring flying squirrel survivorship and fecundity
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To determine survivorship of flying squirrels. To determine fecundity (ability to produce young) of flying squirrels. To develop population viability models tied to models of forest harvesting to understand long-term connectivity requirements for flying squirrels in southwestern Nova Scotia.

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Bird Studies Canada - Nova Scotia Landowners’ Beach Stewardship Guide
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
To educate private landowners, property managers and developers of beaches in Nova Scotia and promote best practices for habitat protection for endangered Piping Plovers on privately-owned beaches

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Atlantic Coastal Action Program Cape Breton - Outdoor Learning Centre, Year 2
Amount Awarded:$3,000.00
The creation of an Outdoor Learning Centre will broadly focus on surrounding natural habitat, environmental issues, and our role of stewardship. We hope to act as a catalyst to create a shift in the teaching protocol by offering teachers a sense of security and comfort with the Outdoor Learning Stations. With the assistance of our program, teachers should feel equally at ease outside the school as they would inside. Our intent is to help those involved create a “sense of place”, and in turn, gain a newfound respect and understanding of the ecosystems around them.

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Ducks Unlimited - Project Webfoot Wetland Education Program 2008/2009
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To engage community environmental organizations and other groups to be involved in wetland conservation and education. To have the four past field trip delivery partners confirm their partnership for the school year and to engage two new partners in the Guysborough and Lunenburg area.

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Queens County Fish and Game Association - Replacement of two dilapidated flow control structures on Meadow Pond Watershed
Amount Awarded: $6,975.00
To remove existing dilapidated flow control structures and replace with more environmentally friendly flow structures to maximize waterfowl and wildlife production, by stabilizing water levels and enhancing habitat. The project will also provide a user friendly area for residents, visitors, and science students in local area schools to interact with wildlife and related habitat.
Project Cancelled

Saint Mary’s University - Roosting and social ecology of the eastern pipistrelle, Perimyotis subflavus, in south western Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $4,000.00
To assess the social structure and roosting ecology of maternity colonies of the eastern pipistrelle bat in southwestern Nova Scotia in and around Kejimkujik National Park. The limited summer distribution of this species to southwest Nova Scotia and the apparently small population size, as well as high roost fidelity between years, makes them ideal for long term study. As such, it is important to understand how these individuals interact during the summer months and what their critical roosting needs are, at several scales.

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Nova Scotia Nature Trust - St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Project
Amount Awarded: $7,500.00
The project will protect habitat along the St. Mary’s River, through increasing landowner and community awareness of land conservation issues, while building upon the existing stewardship ethic in the local community. helping to ensure the ecological integrity of the river and the survival of associated imperiled species, including wood turtles and Atlantic salmon. The long-term goal of the project is to create a corridor of protected areas along the river supporting ecologically significant habitat, by working with both private and government stakeholders.

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Clean Annapolis River Project - Weeding Out: Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Through Community-Based Invasive Plant Management
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
The main project goal is to develop a community-based approach to the control and management of invasive alien plants, leading to improved quality of habitat for native wildlife species.

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Young Naturalists Club - Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $5,000.00
To provide positive experiences and learning opportunities related to natural history, primarily of Nova Scotia. Positive experiences in nature, and excitement regarding natural history knowledge, lead to the development of an environmental and conservation ethic in children.

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Big Game Society of Nova Scotia - Youth Hunter Education Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $2,565.00
To discover youth that have the desire to become hunters but may not know how to get involved. To reach 10 youth between the ages of 12 to 17 yrs. and put them through the NS Hunter Safety Course and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.