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Contributions Under the Habitat Stewardship Program For Species at Risk in Fredericton and Southwest-Beausejour, New Brunswick in 2010-2011

ProponentProject TitleContribution under the Habitat Stewardship ProgramLocationProject Description
The Nature Conservancy of CanadaHabitat Stewardship for Species at Risk in Coastal Areas of New Brunswick$26,000Northeastern Gulf Coast of New BrunswickThrough this project, Nature Conservancy of Canada will work to preserve species at risk in coastal lands through cooperation with private land owners. Nature Conservancy of Canada will share information about the ecological significance of the areas home to species at risk, listen to landowners concerns and opinions, and identify opportunities for habitat conservation though land donation, purchase, conservation easements or voluntary stewardship agreements
Nature Trust of New BrunswickSpecies at Risk Habitat Securement by Atlantic Canada’s Three Provincial Land Trusts$300,000Maritime ProvincesThrough this project, Nature Trust will undertake permanent, legal protection for priority species at risk (SAR) habitat across the Maritimes, including habitat home to Wood Turtle, Piping Plover, Peregrine Falcon, Boreal Felt Lichen, Piping Plover (in PEI, NS and NB) and Prototype quilwort, Butternut, Anticosti aster and Harlequin duck (in New Brunswick). Nature Trust will also Contribute to recovery planning for SAR and conduct field surveys to better understand the location and breadth of populations of SAR.
Nature Trust of New BrunswickCobblestone Tiger Beetle Conservation and Permanent Protection Through Landowner Contacts, Education and Securement$64,134Upper Saint John River Valley and Grand LakeThis project will conserve habitat and promote good land stewardship practices for Cobblestone Tiger Beetle habitat. The Trust will continue negotiations with previously contacted landowners to permanently protect Cobblestone Tiger Beetle habitat, and will cultivate new relationships with Cobblestone Tiger Beetle  habitat landowners and promote formalizing commitments to conservation.
Canadian Whale InstituteBay of Fundy Disentaglement Support Program$21,000Bay of Fundy and Atlantic Ocean off Southwestern Nova ScotiaThis project will expand, maintain and coordinate a comprehensive disentanglement support network for mariners and the general public to report entangled and entrapped North Atlantic Right Whales, and other large whales including fin, humpback and minke whales. This project will also facilitate the whale entanglement response program in the Bay of Fundy and will launch consultation on fishery interactions with right whales in Canadian waters with the international Wildlife Bycatch consortium to develop modified gear and a testing program for upcoming years.
Canadian Whale InstituteStewardship with the Marine Industry to Mitigate Vessel Strikes of North Atlantic Right Whales$60,000Roseway Basin off Southwestern Nova ScotiaThis project is intended to substantially reduce the risk of right whale vessel strikes through proactive communication with and education of mariners. Surveys will provide an update on right whale distribution relative to the “Area To Be Avoided” and “Critical Habitat” boundaries.
Bird Studies CanadaMapping Stewardship Opportunities for Newly Listed Species at Risk$23,400Maritime RegionSince 2006, Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas volunteers have gathered distribution and abundance information for all Maritimes breeding birds, including species at risk. Through their efforts they have amassed a large and comprehensive dataset and the database’s information offers enormous potential to inform conservation action for species at risk. This project will entail a comprehensive communications strategy to encourage usage of the information available through the database.
Bird Studies CanadaOn the Ground Protection of Bicknell'sThrush Habitat$21,406Northern New Brunswick and Cape Breton HighlandsPre-commercial thinning (PCT) affects the dense regenerating forest used for breeding by the Bicknell’s Thrush, a rare declining songbird found at high elevations. The majority of PCT is conducted during the breeding season, thus directly affecting nests, eggs and young. This project will entail working with foresters in NB and NS to identify stands slated for PCT that support Bicknell’s Thrush and delay thinning in these stands until after nesting and providing estimates of Bicknell’s Thrush density and population size to relevant land managers to facilitate the setting of habitat targets.
Irving Eco-Centre, la dune de BouctoucheProtection of the Piping Plover and its Coastal Habitat in Southeastern New Brunswick$26,784Gulf Coastline of Southeastern New BrunswickThe Piping Plover protection program will begin with the identification of Piping Plover nesting zones in Southeastern New-Brunswick which in turn will be protected by signs, symbolic fencing and exclosures and even beach section closures. These sites will be observed periodically throughout the season and contacts will be made with beach visitors and local coastal landowners. Coastal habitat and species at risk campaigns will be presented to school groups, IEC visitors and other target groups of the surrounding areas. These education programs will be given in the following forms: presentations, exhibits, newspaper articles and distribution of pamphlets and guides.
Fort Folly First NationStewardship Planning for the Restoration of the Petitcodiac Watershed, New Brunswick$109,989Petitcodiac River Watershed, Southeastern New BrunswickThe overall objective of this project is to carry out stewardship planning for the restoration of the Petitcodiac watershed.  Work will be done through the collaborative effort of three partnering organizations, Fort Folly First Nation, the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper, and the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, and on behalf of the newly formed Petitcodiac Fish Recovery Coalition (PFRC). 
Fundy North Fishermen’s AssociationEngaging Fishermen in Right Whale Stewardship$35,200Bay of Fundy, Southwestern New BrunswickFundy North Fishermen's Association will provide information and facilitate dialogue with fishermen in Southwestern New Brunswick (lobster fishing area 36) on how to reduce the risk to whales from fixed fishing gear. 
Nature NB – Species at RiskCoastal Guardian Program for the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick$62,770Acadian Peninsula, Northeastern New BrunswickThis project will protect nesting piping plovers through public outreach and leadership and coordination of a piping plover guardian program. This program will coordinate efforts with other agencies to promote appropriate use of sensitive coastal habitats including piping plovers, common terns, and Gulf of St. Lawrence aster.

For more information on the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, please visit the Environment Canada Web site at www.ec.gc.ca/hsp-pih.

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