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  • 2015-2 MBTA

    Saskatchewan (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding –DUC – Touchwood Hills/Conjuring Creek
    Landscape
    Location: Saskatchewan
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $2,100,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $1,050,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $1,050,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The goal of this project is to conserve critical habitats within the Touchwood Hills/Conjuring Creek Landscape of the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to provide long-term benefits to a diversity of species impacted by the British Petroleum (BP) Oil Spill. The grasslands and wetlands in the Touchwood Hills/Conjuring Creek Landscape provide a diversity of important habitats for breeding and migratory stages of the life cycle for numerous species. Upland habitats — including native prairie, native aspen parkland, and tame pasture and hay fields — provide a wealth of habitat diversity for species using this landscape. Wetland habitats are equally diverse, and the Touchwood Hills/Conjuring Creek Landscape includes several basin types ranging from ephemeral, to temporary, to seasonal, to semi-permanent, to permanent wetlands. Each of these wetland types provides unique habitat for migrating, foraging and nesting birds.

    To have the landscape-scale benefits identified as critical to success in the PHJV Implementation Plan, an extensive acreage of habitat must be conserved in the PPR including the Touchwood Hills/Conjuring Creek Landscape. Given the predominance of privately owned land within the PPR, the majority of the proposed activities will occur on private land. Purchase of lands with high wetland density/diversity will provide opportunities for retention of important at-risk wetland and upland habitat, as well as restoration of drained wetlands and conversion of croplands to upland habitats. Purchased conservation easements will be focused on retention of intact tracts of high density/diversity wetland habitat intermixed with uplands at high risk of being converted to cropland. Wetland restoration activities will focus primarily on small, shallow wetland basins, where restoration can be accomplished via simple earthen ditch plugs. Upland restorations will be focused on restoring a mixture of both tame and native grassland activities are tightly aligned with PHJV goals and contribute to habitat conservation goals identified in Bird Conservation Region 11.

    The $2,100,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $2,100,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Saskatchewan. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,473 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 1,278 secured habitat acres.

    Ontario (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding – DUC - Loyalist – St. Lawrence Wetland Restoration Initiative
    Location: Ontario
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $122,088
    U.S. Matching Funds: $61,044
    Canadian Matching Funds: $61,044
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 13

    This proposal focuses on enhancement of two wetland projects representing 482 acres of wetland habitat. Failure to reinvest in these wetlands will create a real risk of future loss of these critical wetlands. The work will be focused across two EHJV priority areas: 1) Bay of Quinte, with the restoration of Beaver Meadows that is 128 acres in area and 2) St. Lawrence (1000 Islands) with the restoration of Amherst Island Marsh at 354 acres in size.

    These two proposed enhancement projects, in a region of high species richness, will ensure the long-term availability of critical breeding and staging/stopover habitat for 28 of the species listed as priorities for BP Oil Spill Funding. Ten oiled Species (Black Tern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Common Tern, Least Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lesser Scaup, and Mallard) and an additional 18 species of priority migratory birds were identified as utilizing the inland and coastal wetlands associated with the Bay of Quinte and the 1000 Islands, Lake Ontario for breeding or as staging / stopover habitat during their migration to and from the Gulf Coast States.

    The $122,088 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $122,088 in matching funds will be expended in Ontario. These funds will restore (enhance) 2 wetland projects consisting of 482 habitat acres.

    Manitoba (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding –DUC – Killarney Landscape
    Location: Manitoba
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $1,200,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $600,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $600,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The goal of this project is to conserve critical uplands and wetlands within the Killarney Landscape of the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region to provide long-term benefits to species impacted by the British Petroleum Oil Spill (hereafter “spill-affected species”). Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will secure, via conservation easement, private lands to restore drained wetlands, convert croplands to upland habitat and retain important at-risk wetland and upland habitat. DUC will also secure conservation easements on private lands to retain intact tracts of high density/diversity wetland habitat intermixed with uplands at high risk of being converted to cropland. DUC’s enhancement activities will restore small, shallow wetland basins via simple earthen ditch plugs  and engineered control structures, in addition to restoring uplands by converting crops to hay, delayed hay and dense nesting cover.

    These securement and enhancement activities will provide nesting, foraging, broodrearing and/or stop-over habitats suitable for 24 spill-affected species in a region of high species richness. All proposed activities are tightly aligned with PHJV goals, and they contribute to habitat conservation goals identified in BCR 11.

    The $1,200,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $1,200,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,553 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 920 secured habitat acres.

    Quebec (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding – DUC - Nicolet Marsh Restoration
    Location: Quebec
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $300,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $150,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $150,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 13

    The proposed project will enhance habitat conditions on a species-rich 316-acre wetland complex by maintaining consistent water at suitable levels. This project will ensure continued availability of high-quality staging and breeding habitat on 316 acres for 10 oiled species: Least Bittern, Black Tern, Black-crowned Night-heron, Common Tern, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Mallard1. An additional 17 species of priority migratory birds were identified as either utilizing Nicolet Marsh for breeding or for staging/stopover during their migration to and from the Gulf Coast States.

    Nicolet Marsh is recognized as a key component of several national and international conservation areas: Nicolet Migratory Bird Sanctuary (designated by Environment Canada), Important Bird Areas in Canada by Bird Studies Canada and is part of the Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and Ramsar site designated by The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

    The $300,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $300,000 in matching funds will be expended in Quebec. These funds will restore (enhance) 316 wetland acres.

    Quebec (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding - NCC Quebec: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat (2015-2).
    Location: Quebec
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $200,000  
    U.S. Matching Funds: $100,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $100,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 12 and 14

    This project is composed of securement activities that will occur on private lands, at three locations in Coastal/maritime Québec (Mingan Archipelago, Magdalen Islands and Longue-Rive,). Activities will occur near Nature Reserves, designated Wildlife Refuges or National Parks, and target habitat requirements of migratory bird species affected by the BP oil spill. Securement projects will conserve pristine habitat necessary for staging, pairing, nesting and molting of 5 target species (Red Knot, Common Tern, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck and Piping Plover). A direct link can be demonstrated between the populations of these affected species in these locations in Quebec and their migration through or wintering in the Gulf region.

    NCC will protect 279 acres of important wetlands and associated North Atlantic coastal habitats in Eastern Quebec from drainage, conversion, development, and other critical threats. This perpetual protection will directly contribute to maintain bird and waterfowl populations affected by the BP oil spill. The EHJV will benefit from the conservation work done on the proposed habitats.
     
    The $200,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $200,000 in matching funds will be expended in Quebec along the Ottawa River. These funds will secure 279 habitat acres.


    Saskatchewan (Single-Province Project)

    Project: MBTA Gulf Spill Funding - NCC Missouri Coteau, SK: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat (2015-2)
    Location: Saskatchewan
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $175,106  
    U.S. Matching Funds: $87,553
    Canadian Matching Funds: $87,553
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    Securement and enhancement of high quality Missouri Coteau wetlands and associated uplands support high densities of breeding waterfowl and staging shorebirds. By working in these areas, NCC-SK will maximize the benefits to 12 BP Priority Species by conserving core breeding and staging habitat: Mallard, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Common Tern, Marbled Godwit, Piping Plover, Semipallmated Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-Billed Dowitcher and Lesser Yellowlegs. The perpetual protection of 480 acres and enhancement of 522 acres of suitable breeding, feeding and staging habitat will have direct benefits for the targeted bird populations. This protected and enhanced habitat will ensure that breeding pairs will not lose their nests to damage by farm machinery and that grazing and haying activities are managed responsibly and for the benefit of waterfowl and shorebirds. It will also ensure that the native habitat remains healthy with abundant forage and protective cover.

    The $175,106 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $175,106 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Saskatchewan. These funds will enable securement of approximately 480 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 522 secured habitat acres.