Habitat Conservation Fund 2013 Approved Projects


2013 NSHCF Approved Projects
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Black Point Beach Conservation Lands
Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Awarded: $ 41,695.00
The Nature Trust is working with Acadia University and an adjacent landowner to permanently protect 310 acres of ecologically significant coastal and wetland habitats in southwest Nova Scotia, significant for a diversity of birds, including the endangered piping plover. The Nature Trust will protect the land in perpetuity through conservation easement and purchase, and develop a long-term stewardship and habitat monitoring plan in collaboration with Acadia, Bird Studies Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Service.  

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Common Eider population decline and habitat change on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore Islands
Acadia University
Awarded: 8,500.00
The goal of the current study is to determine the possible cause(s) of the decline in breeding common eiders in the Eastern Shore Islands Wildlife Management Area, and to suggest possible means to improve populations and female survival.

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Conservation of Leach's storm-petrels
Acadia University
Awarded: $11,500.00
The goals of this project are to quantify effects of predators, diet, and heavy metal exposure on breeding success Leach=s storm-petrels. These data will provide valuable information for conservation of this and other seabird species in the Maritimes and the rest of the world.

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Development of a seed bank for Nova Scotia Flora
Acadia University
Awarded: $ 9,500.00
This initial research project is part of the overall goal toward development of a functional seed bank for Nova Scotia flora at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. This will support habitat conservation programs in the province.

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Exchange of lead ammunition for non-lead ammunition
Halifax Wildlife Association
Awarded:  $9,500.00
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Immediate reduction by hunters of introducing lead into animals and environment by moving from the use of lead based ammunition to non-lead based ammunition. First year goal is to inform, educate and migrate a significant number of hunters from using lead-based ammunition.

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Factors determining duck brood success in constructed wetlands, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Acadia University
Awarded: $8,500.00     
The overall goal of this project is to examine and test the assumptions about the use of wetlands by ducks in farmland as outlined in the Nova Scotia Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (NS-EHJV) Implementation Plan for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan released in June 2008

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Habitat Modeling for Landbird Species at Risk in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University
Amount Awarded: $8,500.00
The goal of this applied research project is to identify and map breeding habitat for three recently-listed
(Schedule 1 SARA) species: Canada Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Rusty Blackbird. Loss of habitat is a main threat on their breeding grounds. Before we can take actions to conserve their breeding habitat, we must first determine what features make a habitat suitable and then use this information to identify its location on the landscape.

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Incorporating newly enhanced maps and data analyses into final Breeding Bird Atlas products for Nova Scotia.
Maritime Breeding Bird Atlas - Bird Studies Canada
Awarded: $8,500.00     
Our project goals are to incorporate the innovative new data analyses and enhanced, more detailed maps of breeding bird distribution, abundance, and 20 year changes in these factors, into the two final Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas products for Nova Scotia.

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NS Swiftwatch: Engaging Nova Scotians in Chimney Swift Recovery-Year2
Bird Studies Canada
Awarded: $7,000.00     
Focusing on communities that host significant numbers of roosting and nesting Chimney Swifts, Bird Studies Canada will engage landowners, community groups and non-government organizations in activities that will foster local stewards fill key knowledge gaps and, ultimately, protect Chimney Swifts and their habitat in these communities.

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Oiled Wildlife Education and Response Team
Hope for Wildlife Society
Awarded: $4,500.00

The Oiled Wildlife Education and Response Team will bring together a group of volunteers and educational materials and displays focused on educating the public about wildlife and habitats at risk of pollution due to accidental and/or illegal dumping or disposal of petroleum products. The team will also be trained in properly washing and rehabilitating wildlife covered in oil.

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Pilot Project Proposal
Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Awarded: $5,000.00     
The NS Federation of Anglers and Hunters, through member clubs that apply to the Federation, will fund a number of local activities related to conservation and education.
 
Year 2: In-depth analysis of deer management in Nova Scotia: critique of current policy and suggestions for future management approaches
Acadia University
Awarded: $7,700.00
All data and information garnered relating to deer will be invaluable for wildlife conservation and policy in Nova Scotia and this analysis will help guide future management and policy decisions for large mammals over time.

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Young Naturalists Club: Observe and Conserve
Young Naturalists Club
Awarded: $9,500.00     
The YNC is a free club for youth and families that promotes the appreciation and conservation of nature. Members learn about NS wildlife species and the importance of wildlife habitat conservation through interactions with adult naturalists and hands-on learning experiences in local wild are

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Total Projects Approved: 13
Total Amount Approved: $139,895.00