Habitat Conservation Fund 2009 Approved Projects


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Acadia University
An Individual Based Model of the Cape Breton American Marten Population
Amount awarded: $ 3,000.00
This population model will determine the best strategy for augmentation efforts. A feasible plan concerning will be derived though empirical testing in the simulated environment which may lead to habitat protection for marten and other species with similar habitat requirements. Radio collared marten will be tracked using telemetry, and the data calculated in the context of the habitat suitability index developed in the 2nd year of this research.

Final Report

Hants West Wildlife Association
Akins Marsh habitat restoration/enhancement with youth involvement
Amount awarded: $ 2,600.00
To rejuvenate an area of diverse marsh/woodland area to provide optimal habitat for birds and mammals while providing an area of marsh/woodland that is accessible to the public to view and enjoy the local flora and fauna. Also, to have youth participate in this project in order for them to have positive outdoor experiences that will encourage them to continue to have an interest in the outdoors.

Final Report


Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia
Determining the size and extent of the marten (Martes Americana) population in western NS extension-
Amount Awarded:$6,000.00
The information on the extent and habitat needs of marten in SW NS gathered by the Trappers Association of Nova Scotia (TANS ) through this project will allow NS DNR 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 expanding the survey beyond the Yarmouth/Weymouth area TANS will be able to provide to NS DNR a better understanding of the habitat types marten use in western NS, thereby increasing the validity of a marten habitat model.

Final Report

Cape Sable Important Bird Area Committee
Environmental Education Through Awareness
Amount awarded: $ 5,000.00
To increase the awareness of the uniqueness of the Cape Sable Island area and habitats in terms of its importance to a wide variety of animal and plant including many rare or endangered species.

Final Report

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas- Bird Studies Canada
Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas: Increased volunteer support and coordination in 2009
Amount Awarded: $10,300.00
To collect the information needed to map breeding bird distribution and abundance for NS.

Final Report

Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Medway Harbour Islands Project
Amount Awarded: $30,000.00
To contribute to the urgent need to conserve ecologically intact coastline in Nova Scotia by permanently protecting 350 acres of the diverse and significant coastal habitats.

Final Report


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.


Bird Studies Canada -
Piping Plover Poster Contest
Amount Awarded: $3,000.00
To improve beach habitat quality for Endangered Piping Plovers and other beach dependent plant and wildlife in southern NS.

Final Report
    Poster Contest

Ducks Unlimited
Project Webfoot Wetland Education Program 2009/2010
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
To increase youth awareness about the importance of wetlands and engage community environmental organizations to be involved in wetland conservation and education.

Final Report


Saint Mary’s University
Structure and movements of bat populations among hibernacula in Atlantic Canada
Amount Awarded: $7,000.00
To gain insight into the demographics, fall and winter movement dynamics, winter distribution and population genetic structuring of bats in Atlantic Canada. Specifically, we will PIT tag and subsequently track hundreds of bats to assess survivorship, within- and among year individual movements between summering and wintering sites as well as among wintering sites as well as collect tissues samples for genetic analysis. More proximally, we see this project as having the strong potential to provide information directly related to two emerging threats to our bat populations: wind turbine farms and white-nose syndrome.

Final Report


Young Naturalists Club
Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
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.

Final Report

Total Projects Approved: 11
Total Amount Approved: $ 91,900.00