Habitat Conservation Fund 2014 Approved Projects


2014 NSHCF Approved Projects
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Acquisition of Young’s Island, Musquodoboit Harbour
Nature Conservancy Canada
Awarded: $ 50,000.00
The project is focused on the acquisition of a portion of Young’s Island, Musquodoboit Harbour for conservation by the Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC). NCC will acquire roughly 75% of the island from a private landowner and will steward the site for its extraordinary conservation values. The site surrounds and contains portions of an outstanding intertidal wetland complex, located in the heart of the Martinique Beach Game Sanctuary. It is a prime resting and cover habitat for many waterfowl. The project will permanently protect 85 acres of intact, high priority coastal habitat within a rich and productive estuarine environment.

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An integrative approach to white-tailed deer management in Nova Scotia: Policy review and implementation
Acadia University
Awarded: $15,000.00
This project will support improvements to deer management which, in turn, will support wildlife habitat conservation by NS DNR. The key objectives of this project include predictive models to Pellet Group Inventories (PGI) data, producing total and age-structured deer abundance estimates under varying harvest regimes and implementing the methodology in a user-friendly statistical package available in R programming language.


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An innovative theatre performance for elementary schools promoting awareness of species at risk
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Awarded: $5,000.00
CODE GREEN is an interactive one-hour curriculum-based theatre piece designed specifically for presentation in school auditoria. The production incorporates puppets and original music with an informative text created in conjunction with professionals in the field (i.e. scientists, environmentalists and teachers of science).  Study Guides for pre-show instruction will be available, as will post-performance workshops.

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Determining the role of food availability on swallow population declines
Dalhousie University
Awarded: $4,800.00
This project will identify whether food availability (abundance of aerial insects) is limiting productivity for swallows, and if there is a mistiming between breeding and insect abundance. This was identified as a key knowledge gap by the Aerial Insectivore Working Group. If addressed, the information could direct recovery efforts for swallows through actions to manage abundance of aerial insects (e.g., habitat management, reduced insecticide use, etc.)

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Enhancing habitats and conserving birds and other wildlife at IBA in NS
Bird Studies Canada
Awarded: $ 7,500.00
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are global biodiversity hot spots. This project will engage individuals, community groups and conservation partners in conservation activities at 15 IBAs in NS. Project activities will enhance habitats, reduce threats to birds and other wildlife, and increase stewardship of IBA sites. Hands-on workshops and in-field mentoring will strengthen capacities of existing volunteers and help engage new volunteers and partners.

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Exchange of lead ammunition for non-lead ammunition (Exchange, Awareness, understanding and acceptance of non-lead use program)
Halifax Wildlife Association
Awarded: $ 17,500.00
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. The five year plan is to move toward the complete elimination of the use of lead based ammunition by hunters.

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Factors influencing population decline of marine birds on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore Islands
Acadia University
Awarded: $ 9,000.00
This project will support a research assistant to work along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to assist with three research efforts: a) population estimate of Leach’s Storm Petrels breeding on the Eastern Shore Islands Wildlife Management Area (ESI WMA); b) collection and analysis of voles on Country Island and nearby shore to determine their predation on Leach’s Storm Petrels; and c) deployment of nesting structures for Common Eiders in the ESI WMA.  

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ImagiNature – putting play and imagination back in the outdoors
Hope for Wildlife Society
Awarded: $ 3,400.00
The idea for ImagiNature stems from the growing separation of today’s society from the natural environment, particularly in the younger generation who are growing up with the many modern conveniences that allow them to stay separate from the natural world. The goal of the ImagiNature is to reconnect children to their natural environment and in turn inspire a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, naturalists and conservationists.

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NS Swiftwatch: Engaging Nova Scotians in Chimney Swift Recovery-Year 3
Bird Studies Canada
Awarded: $ 8,000.00          
Loss of human-built structures (namely chimneys) and destruction of nests have contributed to the drastic decline of the Chimney Swift. Thus, protecting swift-occupied structures is critical to recovering swifts. Because this “habitat” is shared with humans, landowner and community participation in conservation is critical to the species’ survival. This multi-partner project engages landowners, communities, non-government organizations, and wildlife agencies, to achieve on-the-ground conservation for swifts in NS.

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Population structure of Black Bears in NS: mitigating human bear conflicts
Acadia University
Awarded: $ 10,000.00        
Black bears appear to be an increasing nuisance to farmers and public in Nova Scotia culminating in the fall of 2013 with two women being chased by a bear. Understanding space use of animals is essential in mitigating human/wildlife conflicts. Instead of using GPS collars to infer distribution and movement, this study will used modern molecular genetic techniques to attain similar information at a fraction of the cost.

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Promote and Educate sustainable renewable resources from Nova Scotia’s fur bearing animals
Trappers Association of Nova Scotia
Awarded: $ 6,500.00        
Increase public awareness, trapper participation through a highly functional and appealing booth focusing on natural renewal products from Nova Scotia’s fur bearing animals. Make the public aware of sound habitat and wildlife management for constant renewal resources for today, tomorrow and future generations.  .

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Species at Risk – Training & Interpretive Panels
Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute
Awarded: $ 7,500.00          
This project will develop and deliver hands-on training workshops on identification and reporting of Species at Risk and critical wildlife habitat and promote an understanding of the value of conserving important wildlife habitat to field workers, hunters and anglers. The project will also develop new interpretive panels to promote awareness of several new Species at Risk and critical wildlife habitat for use on MTRI's mobile display at conferences, workshops and farmers' markets in and around south western Nova Scotia and beyond.

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Survival of Leach's storm-petrels
Acadia University
Awarded: $ 15,000.00        
Leach’s storm-petrels are now recognized as a species in need of conservation attention. Current threats include predation by escaped farmed mink, climate change that impairs access to food, and heavy metal exposure (especially mercury). This project will continue to monitor these threats and evaluate breeding success, but most importantly, we will now quantify survival of adult Leach’s storm-petrels.

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The diversity of predaceous insects in wetlands and ponds
Randy Lauff
Awarded: $ 5,000.00          
This project seeks to describe the non-benthic, predaceous aquatic insect communities of still water systems. It will focus on free-swimming forms, dominantly beetles and bugs, which are food for fish, including game fish, otters, ducks and other birds.

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Understanding and Protecting Wood Turtles in the Annapolis River Watershed
Clean Annapolis River Project
Awarded: 12,500.00
Through research CARP will gain a greater understanding of wood turtles, a species at risk, with regard to their habitat usage and needs, and the threats posed to this species and their habitat. A multi-faceted outreach and education program will not only allow community members develop an understanding of the importance of wildlife habitat, but will promote behavior that reduces risks to the species and their habitat by altering land use practices.

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Wetland Conservation Today & Tomorrow
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Awarded: $10,000.00         
The program aims to increase youth awareness about the importance of wetland habitats and inspire them to take action to protect these vital areas. DUCs wetland conservation education program offers these opportunities through experiential learning, mentorship and stewardship of local wetlands.

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Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia
Young Naturalists Club
Awarded: $ 12,000.00
The goal of the YNC is to provide positive, educational experiences related to natural history for youth and families. The Club provides natural history knowledge and skills not currently taught in schools–such as wildlife species identification and field guide use. These are fundamental skills for understanding habitat conservation issues. The skills-learning sessions and hands-on learning experiences inside and outdoors lead some youth to become scientists and conservationists, and others to develop a lifelong personal interest in nature.

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Youth Hunter Mentorship Program
Hants West Wildlife Association
Awarded: $ 6,000.00
Participants in the program will have developed the knowledge and skills to understand the importance of a diverse wildlife habitat and the role hunters play in the conservation of wildlife habitats through experimental learning in an outdoor environment.

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Project Approvals: 18
Total Amount Funded: $204,700.00