2014 Projects

August 2014 – Haliburton-Muskoka Children’s Water Festival – granted $1,500 for developing and constructing two new activity centres.

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.

August 2014 – Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters – granted $5,200 for production of an Asian Carp public service announcement.

Project Objectives:
The Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP) is working with a video production company to create an educational and informative 60 second Asian Carp public service announcement (psa). The video will highlight the four species of Asian Carp (Bighead Carp, Silver Carp, Grass Carp and Black Carp) currently threatening to enter the Great Lakes. The ISAP is administered by the OFAH, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

August 2014 – Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre – granted $10,000 for the expansion of educational wildlife displays.

Project Objectives:
This project will make possible the expansion and enhancement of the Centre’s unique wildlife displays, as well as funding the purchase of resources for youth conservation education outreach programs and initiatives.

August 2014 – 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. In November 2011, a specially designed captive breeding facility to house and breed Loggerhead Shrike was completed at Mountsberg Conservation Area. Since the facility opened, the Shrike recovery project has shown great success.
In 2012, 22 eggs were laid by five of the six breeding pairs active at the Mountsberg facility. Of these eggs, 8 were released and, following the migration, 3 of these shrikes returned to breed in Canada. This was considered very successful (average return rates are 2%), and were the best release and return rates of the Shrike recovery efforts in Ontario. The complete results for the 2013 season are still pending. Of the 37 eggs laid, 18 were released, and Mountsberg staff are now awaiting their return.

August 2014 – Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters – granted $10,200 for the Deer Save program.

Project Objectives:
The OFAH Deer Save program is designed to provide seed funding to eligible grassroots conservation groups that undertake emergency winter deer feeding programs. These programs are only undertaken in severe winters, and are only eligible for Deer Save funding if they meet the requirements of strict science-based guidelines. The goal of these programs is to mitigate large-scale winter-related mortality of white-tailed deer in Ontario. In 1995, the OFAH created the Deer Save fund to assist local MNRF and community emergency deer feeding programs where and when necessary. The fund exists to augment local conservation efforts; not replace them.

August 2014 – Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) in Ontario – granted $5,000 to assist communities by teaching them how to enhance their marginal lands to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.

Project Objectives:
To provide extension assistance to four ALUS communities so that farmers in those communities learn to enhance their marginal lands to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Project locations are Norfolk County, Municipality of Bayham in Elgin County, Grey and Bruce Counties, and watersheds of the Raisin Region and South Nations Conservation Authorities.