WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVES
Project Name: Land Stewardship through Grazing Management Improvements
Project Description: This project will enhance habitat on two Community Pastures by establishing a prescribed burning program, restoring over 300 acres grassland in these areas. Brush encroachment is taking away valuable habitat for Elk, Moose and White tailed deer that inhabit the pastures. These areas are well used by hunters (grouse, big game, etc). As the program gets established more acres will be restored.
Project Name: 5-Stand & Sport Improvements
Project Description: This project will improve the facilities at St. Hubertus Game & Fish Association rifle and shotgun range. Safe and ethical wildlife harvest is very important to the association, and the facility improvements will help to provide a safe and consistent environment for sportsmen of all ages to practice their skills.
Project Name: Swan River Waterfowl Enhancement
Project Description: The Swan Valley Regional Secondary School will partner with the Swan Valley Outdoors Association to install 50 waterfowl nesting tunnels and 24 duck boxes throughout the Swan River Area, which will involve more than 50 high school students working together on the construction and installation. This project will create quality habitat to enhance waterfowl populations and it will create public awareness of waterfowl management strategies.
Project Name: Improving connectivity for wildlife around Riding Mountain National Park
Project Description: This project will benefit wildlife by reducing poaching on NCC's Angus property. Two gates will be installed to restrict access to the property and limit trespassing. Signs that direct interested hunters to contact NCC will be installed, which will benefit wildlife by allowing NCC to better manage hunting on the property.
Project Name: Assessment of Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Technologies for Big Game Surveys
Project Description: This project will apply satellite and drone imaging technologies in conjunction with machine learning analytics to landscape-scale wildlife surveys for big game species across Manitoba. Drone based imagine will be employed on moose, elk and deer populations while satellite based approaches will be applied to moose only. The anticipated deliverables include improved population estimation methodologies and population estimates to better inform wildlife management decision making, and improved habitat structure analysis to gain a better understanding of the overall quality of habitat.