Nova Scotia


Amherst Point/AirScapes

Amherst Point, Nova Scotia/AirScapes

The Nova Scotia Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (NS-EHJV) of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is expanding its provincial partnership and broadening objectives to focus on the conservation and management of all-bird species (waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, landbirds) and their habitats. The NS-EHJV program is administered through the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and operates under the following guiding principles:

  • conservation activities overlap agricultural sector interests (e.g., water quality and riparian health
  • habitat conservation priorities include:
    • coastal islands with breeding populations of Common Eider and other colonial nesting birds
    • large, contiguous salt-marsh projects
    • private holdings within coastal management areas and sanctuaries
  • private land stewardship is recognized as having positive effects on wetland habitat and waterfowl populations
  • maintaining existing managed wetlands is a priority
  • evaluation is an important component of the program – partners and funding for evaluation are identified during project planning

Program Delivery Partners


Ducks Unlimited Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Nova Scotia Environment

Wildlife Habitat Canada

Additional partners and supporters include corporate and private landowners, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitat and associated upland habitat in Nova Scotia.

Habitat Conservation

Partners have delivered numerous habitat conservation projects since 1989 resulting in:

  • retention of 39,137 hectares
  • restoration and enhancement of 11,358 hectares
  • management of 15,465 hectares
  • stewardship of 393,394 hectares


Since 1989, $35.9 million has been invested in Nova Scotia to conserve and increase wildlife productivity at many of the Province’s NAWMP priority areas.

Project Example


Agricultural Wetland Waterfowl Research Project


Black Duck/J. Mills

The NS-EHJV, in partnership with Acadia University, has supported an Agricultural Wetland Waterfowl Research Project in the Annapolis Valley. The multi-year project was designed to assess waterfowl importance and variation in constructed wetlands built on agricultural lands. The study investigates waterfowl brood production, invertebrate diversity/density and land-use as indicators of wetland quality for waterfowl production. Data from the project also contributed to the American Black Duck Population Habitat Model currently being developed for Maritime Canada by Mount Allison University and other partners of the Black Duck Joint Venture. The results will direct future NS-EHJV habitat management activities.

Other Project Examples

Salt marsh land securement in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia/ Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Wetland Stewardship Project


The promotion and delivery of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation Plans is the current focus of the NS-EHJV Wetland Stewardship Project.Habitat SecurementNS-EHJV partners secure wetland and associated upland habitat through fee simple acquisition, land donations, conservation easements and owners unknown.

Habitat Enhancement and Management

EHJV partners invest in maintaining and improving habitats using various techniques such as wetland restoration, small farm pond construction, maintenance of existing wetland projects and installation of nest boxes.

Bayer’s Island, Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia/ Mike Dembec

Related Research

The NS-EHJV is working in partnership with Mount Allison University on a multi-year project funded by the Black Duck Joint Venture to investigate American Black Duck habitat selection in
the Maritimes.

Wetland Inventory

The Nova Scotia Wetland Inventory may be viewed on-line by visiting the Wildlife Division’s website.

Wetland Policy

Nova Scotia’s Wetland Conservation Policy was released in September 2011.

Related Wildlife Banding
and Surveys

  • Common Eider Banding – Nesting Females
    and Molting Males
  • Mid-Winter Coastal Waterfowl Surveys
  • Black Duck Winter Banding
  • Temperate Breeding Canada Geese Banding
  • Woodcock Singing Ground Surveys

For more information, see the
NS-EHJV Implementation Plan 2007 to 2012.



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Woodcock on Nest/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Pugwash River Estuary, Nova Scotia/Sean Blaney

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