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2011 Projects

September 2011- Conservation Halton- granted $5,000 -for the  Mountsberg Shrike recovery project

Project Objectives:
To help bring the endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrike back from the edge of extinction in Canada. To accomplish this our goal is to build a captive breeding facility so we can stabilize the population by releasing captive bred loggerhead shrike hatchlings into the wild beginning in 2012.

In addition to supplementing and stabilizing the wild population of Eastern Loggerhead Shrike via captive breeding and release the Mountsberg Shrike recovery project includes a campaign to raise awareness of Ontario’s species at risk. By highlighting the Shrike in Mountsberg’s already existing and very successful educational programs, this project can make a difference for community members and students. This program will be enhanced with interpretive signage, video footage, social media and print and online support.

September 2011- Haliburton- Muskoka Children Water Festival- granted $1,300 to upgrade equipment at the festival

Project Objectives:
To provide an active, outdoor hands-on learning event which teaches elementary students the importance of water and water ecosystems; inspiring good water stewardship practices. The intention is that good water messages will be transferred back to children’s classrooms where teaches can draw upon these curriculum-linked messages. Children will also start acting on these important messages, becoming stewards in their homes and communities. Participants including students, teachers and parent supervisors learn that their actions and attitudes make a difference towards water and ecosystems and that we are all ultimately responsible for maintaining healthier water systems for future generations.

The festival was held at the Kinark Outdoor Centre in the Township of Minden Hill on September 27th and 28th and hosted 834 elementary students from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board area. During their visit participants enjoyed exploring a variety of hands on learning centres focusing on water quality, quantity, ecology, technology, use, conservation protection and science. The HMCWF fosters awareness of the importance of water, and helps instil good water stewardship in a fun and interactive way.

September 2011- Elgin Stewardship Council- granted $7,500 for South Mill Creek fisheries habitat rehabilitation

Project Objectives:
The rehabilitation of South Mill Creek is intended  to improve the channel and turn it into a Rainbow Trout spawning stream. South Mill Creek is known to be a cold-water stream which confluences with Kettle Creek north of Lake Erie in the Town of Port Stanley. Currently the Lake Erie Salmon and Trout club operate a hatchery upstream.

October 2011 – Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters – granted $1,400 for Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project(LOASRP) signage

Project Objectives:
To make landowners, stakeholders and the general public aware of the LOASRP and the critical role habitat restoration plays in bringing back an extirpated species by placing large steel signs at the sites of 20 habitat projects in 2011. The signs will identify the site as restored habitat, and will identify the partners in the restoration program and their contact information.

October 2011- Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters granted $ 2,500- for the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project (LOASRP) Classroom Hatchery Program

Project Objectives:
To deliver the LOASRP to at least 44 classes or outdoor education centres mentored by the OFAH and support the Metro Toronto Zoo and Let’s Talk Science volunteers in their delivery of the Atlantic Salmon Classroom Hatchery programs

October 2011- Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters- granted $4,250 to the Community Stream Stewardship Program for a  habitat enhancement project

Project Objectives:
To increase available habitat for fish and wildlife at four project locations: The Humphrey property, Elliott property, Bunnick property, and Beyeler property. The project intents to restore degraded conditions at identified locations, improve water quality at each site and in associated downstream environments, assist landowners in completing restoration projects on their property, and enable them to identify future enhancement opportunities; educate landowners and their neighbours about stream environments and how to become a stream steward for their waterway, and engage youth and volunteers in stream habitat projects, providing hands-on experience and learning opportunities.