Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
Adopt-a-Beach: Newfoundland and Labrador Beached Bird Survey Program
The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is creating an Adopt-a-Beach program to help monitor seabirds that have washed up on local beaches. While some birds die of natural causes, others have come into contact with oil in the ocean from marine traffic.
B.C. Wildlife Federation
Wetlands Education Program – Wetlandkeepers in the Sea to Sky
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Wetlandkeepers Sea to Sky project trains and educates participants in the inventory, mapping and restoration of wetlands.
Federation of British Columbia Naturalists
Expanding Public Awareness and Conservation of B.C.’s Important Bird Areas
In B.C. a mere 25 per cent of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) overlap protected lands, like parks. The rest are at risk of development and human disturbance. BC Nature is working hard to inform the public about the importance of IBAs.
Galiano Conservancy Association
Forest to Sea Watershed Education Program
The Galiano Conservancy Association’s Forest to Sea Watershed Education Program offers environmental education to schools and groups across Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Return of the Peregrine Falcon Society
Get to Know BioBlitz
The Robert Bateman Get to Know program started the BioBlitz in 2010 to connect youth with biodiversity by encouraging them to embrace the arts and to get outdoors. The 2011 BioBlitz will ask kids to get to know the great outdoors by participating in activities like species identification, biodiversity mapping, nature photography and sketching, hiking, tree planting and clean-up projects.
Great Lakes Program
The Toronto Zoo’s Great Lakes Program teaches participants about the importance of our country’s Great Lakes as well as the species at risk that call it home: redside dace, lake sturgeon, Atlantic salmon, eastern sand darter and the American eel.
Caribou Recovery: forest users in the game!
The woodland caribou was designated as vulnerable in Quebec. Nature Quebec is working towards the recovery of the woodland caribou by creating awareness among land users and educating the public on what they can do to protect the woodland caribou’s habitat.
Western Purple Martin Foundation
BC Purple Martin Migration Study
In 1985, the B.C. western purple martin population dwindled down to five breeding pairs because of a loss of nesting habitat due to logging, clearing land for agricultural purposes, fire suppression and urban development. The remaining nesting spots were sought after by European starlings and house sparrows, leaving the purple martin homeless. In association with the Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society, the Western Purple Mountain Foundation is conducting a migration study on Vancouver Island where the largest colony of purple martins will be banded (between 50 and 60 pairs).
Application of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Wildlife Research and Management
Researchers at the Avian Science and Conservation Centre at McGill University are studying the potential benefits of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in wildlife conservation. The centre has found that UAVs can collect data with higher degrees of accuracy than manned vehicles can and reduce the risk of disturbing and harming wildlife and its habitat.
A community-centred approach to conserving rare wetland shrews
Researchers at Acadia University are studying the impact that habitat modification has on two of Nova Scotia’s shrews – the water shrew and maritime shrew.
Saint Mary’s University
Population structure of the eastern North Pacific gray whale: Implications for the management of aboriginal whaling
In 1994, the eastern North Pacific gray whale was removed from the endangered species list. Since then Washington and British Columbia aboriginal groups have discussed resuming traditional whaling of this species. While most of these whales summer in the Bering, Chuckchi and Beaufort Seas, so¬me stay close by to Vancouver Island. Researchers at Saint Mary’s University are studying the population structure of gray whales living in the eastern, north Pacific ocean as well as the implications resumed whaling may have on the population.
University of Prince Edward Island
Trichomonosis, an emerging disease in Canadian Maritime wild finch populations and a welfare issue
The Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre and the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island are joining forces to study the cause of trichomonosis in finches living in Canadian Maritime provinces. Researchers are studying whether or not public bird feeding and watering is linked to the transmission of this parasitic disease.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Chilcotin Coast Grizzly Bear Project
Using DNA analysis of grizzly bear hair, researchers at Nature Conservancy of Canada will track grizzly bear numbers and their movements in the Chilcotin/Coast region of B.C.. This research will help researchers inform grizzly bear management and conservation policy.
University of Alberta
Ecology and Behaviour of Grizzly Bears in Response to Open-pit Mining
Researchers with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta are examining the impact of open-pit mining on grizzly bear behaviour between the Alberta Foothills and the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Wildlife Preservation Canada
Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program: Captive breeding and release program
There are only 31 pairs of eastern loggerhead shrikes in Canada, making the species one of the most critically endangered species in Canada. To ensure the species doesn’t become extirpated in Canada, Wildlife Preservation Canada will coordinate and implement the eastern loggerhead shrike recovery strategy in Ontario by managing a captive population and releasing them into the wild.
Kids for Turtles Environmental Education
Ontario Species at Risk and Wetland Wonders Educational Programs
Kids for Turtles Environmental Education works to promote public awareness of wildlife habitats through environmental education. With help from the Canadian Wildlife Foundation, they developed two additional programs: Ontario Species at Risk and Wetland Wonders.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Rouge Park Native Demonstrative Garden
Located in the heart of Toronto, Rouge Park is an urban wilderness park spanning over 40km₂. The Glen Rouge Campground will be adorned with a demonstration garden filled with native wildflowers and shrub species to educate visitors on the benefits of growing native plants.
Le Nichloir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre
Birds in our Backyard Youth Educational Program
Le Nichloir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre offers youth of the Hudson, Quebec region an educational program called Birds in our Backyard. This program introduces kids to the wild birds living in their backyards, the importance of habitat for these birds and also teaches kids how their actions can benefit these birds.
Spring monitoring of the neo-tropical migratory birds at the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac
From the threatened Canada warbler to the Tennessee warbler, there are 300 species of neo-tropical birds in the boreal. The Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac will document the migration of neo-tropical warblers to assess their numbers, and will help train ornithologists and ecology/biology students.
Universite de Montreal
Conservation of Common Map Turtle Colonies in Quebec and Ontario
The common map turtle has been assessed as a species of Special Concern by COSEWIC. Researchers at Universite de Montreal are studying the species to learn more about the turtle and to help identify its various populations in the Outaouais, Laval, Montreal, the Monteregie and the Ottawa River. This information will help researchers protect the colonies.
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
Ocean Discovery Program Educational Video
The Ocean Discovery Program offers Grade 6 students in the Charlotte County area of New Brunswick a two-day, hands on, ocean-science course. The Canadian Wildlife Foundation funding will go towards the development of a video on the issues facing our oceans which will be aired to program participants.
Saint Mary’s University/Dalhousie University
Structure and Movements of Bat Populations among Hibernacula in Atlantic Canada – Year 2
In response to the unprecedented number of bats dying in the United States at the hands of white-nose syndrome, the biology departments at Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University are conducting a joint research study to learn about the health of bats in Canada especially with white nose syndrome becoming an emerging threat to Canada’s bats. The team will track tagged bats as they migrate from their summer to winter habitats, study the genetic structuring of bats within their hibernacula and monitor the bats.
Linking Residencey to Spawning Populations in Striped Bass
Striped bass were assessed as Threatened in 2004 by COSEWIC due to by-catch and a lack of information on its habitat. Researchers at Acadia University will monitor and study the striped bass population in the estuaries and rivers around Nova Scotia.
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Sturgeons have existed for 135 million years, but over-harvesting and habitat changes are threatening this species. The Saskatchewan Science Centre will be installing a sturgeon tank in which two endangered lake sturgeon will reside for the Wild Saskatchewan exhibit. Their presence will help educate visitors about the importance of sturgeon.