Projects for Brad Toms


Boreal felt lichen (BFL) and other rare lichens that inhabit coastal forests in Nova Scotia are at risk because of air pollution and forestry.  Boreal felt lichen and other rare cyanolichens are difficult to detect and as a result the knowledge of their ranges and distributions is incomplete.  Little is known about which sources of air pollution pose the greatest threats and at what levels.  A Geographic Information System (GIS) habitat algorithm was developed by the Nova Scotia government and has allowed the forest industry to use precaution when harvesting in potentially sensitive areas.  This project has fostered partnership with industry to search for Boreal felt lichen.  Since the algorithm was developed, knowledge of Boreal felt lichen populations has increased greatly.  The continuation of this long term data set will be crucial to conserving Nova Scotian populations of Boreal felt lichen.

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Recently, MTRI researchers conducted a visual survey of a larger maternity colony in southwest Nova Scotia.  Last year when this site was surveyed, only 58 bats were documented.  This year however, 157 bats were counted which is a spark of optimism towards the species populations in Nova Scotia.  Along with the Little brown bat, the Northern myotis and Tri-colored bat are also listed as endangered due to white-nose syndrome. 

On May 15th, out bat conservation website will be open again for you to report any bat sightings you have.  Please visit to report any bats you encounter this year.  We encourage you to report any and all sightings, even if you believe it to be a repeat sighting of a bat you already reported.

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