Funding and other resources
Cataloguing biodiversity on NCC properties is an important aspect of monitoring ecosystem health and alterations. Here, Mitchell MacMillan takes a photo of a plant to ID and record during an assessment on Holman's Island, PEI (Photo by Sean Landsman).
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) can occasionally provide partial funding for applied research projects that directly address priority knowledge gaps identified in our conservation plans. Funding availability is variable, so please inquire early in the development of a relevant research project. NCC can act as a collaborator on research grant proposals such as Mitacs, and offer letters of support for projects that address our knowledge gaps.
New student research opportunity
NCC also supports researchers by providing access to our properties and conservation information. Our properties include some of the most diverse, undisturbed habitats in Canada and serve as excellent natural laboratories. We collect considerable data on each of our properties. We can provide researchers with information on species, habitats and monitoring results from management actions.
NCC staff can also contribute their expertise and will collaborate on research projects, particularly if they relate to ongoing or planned management actions. Many of NCC's management actions can be applied in a replicated, experimental manner.
Common management actions include:
- controlled burning
- invasive species control
- various ecological restoration activities
In some locations, equipment may be available to loan to researchers. This can include boats, canoes, ATVs, trailers, field computers, water-level transducers, chainsaws, greenhouses and equipment storage facilities.
NCC also maintains facilities on many of our properties that can be used to house researchers and field crews, often on a cost-recovery basis. Examples include:
- Ivey Research Station, 567 East Shore Road, Pelee Island, Ontario
- Shorebird Field Cabin, 2459 Route 935, Johnson’s Mills, New Brunswick (Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre)
- Old Man on His Back Ranch, Saskatchewan
- The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre, 32087 Road 10N, Stuartburn, MB
- Pitman Research Cabin on NCC's Gravelly Bay property, Long Point, ON
Field houses are also potentially available in Quebec and in other locations in British Columbia and Ontario. Availability and conditions vary among facilities.
Please contact Samantha Knight for more information on funding and other resources.