February 2012- Traffic Injury Research Foundation & Eco-Kare International- granted $5,000 for wildlife collision study
A study to explore the feasibility of creating an accurate and comprehensive clearing house of wildlife-vehicle collision data in Canada overall, as well as in each province and territory. Such a clearing house can help improve our understanding of the magnitude and characteristics of the problem on a national, provincial, territorial and regional level, and provide insight for devising effective strategies that can mitigate this problem to prevent injuries and loss of life for drivers and wildlife on Canadian roads.
May 2012- Nature Conservancy of Canada- granted $5,250 for a Grey Fox on Pelee Island study
In partnership with Trent University and the MNRF, the goal of this project was to acquire information about the Grey Fox population on Pelee Island to support the conservation of the species. The population on Pelee Island is of particular interest as it is the only known breeding population in Ontario.
2014 progress report: Motion sensor cameras and hair snares were deployed at 30 sites around the island. All sites are on conservation lands. Ten cameras were rotated through these sites on a monthly basis. The data acquired has helped determine the presence, habitat use and identity of individual foxes. Ultimately, this information will be used to aid in the conservation of grey fox in Canada. All activities were completed as planned. However, grey foxes showed very little interest in the bait. As a result, almost no grey hair samples were collected. Through the analysis we will be able to quantify population size and habitat use. We hope this will lead to future studies of this species.
August & December 2012- Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters- granted $30,164 Community Stream Stewardship Program for the Farm Stewardship Awareness and Conservation Initiative
The project will target landowners within south central Ontario. Seven restoration projects were projected in 2012. The selected sites are distributed geographically among the target counties, occur in different watersheds, and conserve a variety of cold-water streams, warm-water streams, wetland and upland habitats. These projects ensure the benefits will be felt across the landscape and will hopefully encourage neighboring landowners to think about habitat enhancement possibilities on their own properties. In addition, a Farm Stewardship workshop will provide information, resources, advice and encouragement to agricultural landowners looking to conserve fish and wildlife habitats on their property.