The Works of

DOUGLAS M SMITH

Halifax, NS
(902) 830-2420

MAPS

Queens County Recreation (2012)

The maps on the wall of the hostel in Port Mouton where I spent two summers were in sufficient to show the local attractions. I designed this map to showcase the beauty and the recreational oppertunities in the sourrounding area.

Final print version: 35 x 35 inch poster

Click on the map for a small version

Mountain Bike Trails in Gore, NS (2013)

The Blois Farm in Gore, NS is has been a hotspot of mountain biking activity since 1997. Currently, the location serves three races a year. This map of the trails showcases the network of trails for folks to engage in.

Final print version: 35 x 32 inch poster

Click on the map for a small version

REPORTS

Managed Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Nesting Habitat at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside (2013)

Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) are a species of endangered shorebirds, which nest on North American beaches. Their critical nesting habitat is popular for beach goers, off-highway vehicle use, kite flying, and dog walking. All of these activities disturb Piping Plover nests. Natural disturbances such as flooding and predation also negatively impact nesting success. At St Catherine’s River Beach in Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, critical habitat has been shrinking since the area became a national park in 1988. It was decided to use drastic management methods to help attract more breeding pairs in the beach. In 2003 a 1-hectare managed nesting habitat was created. Between 2004 and 2012, fourteen nests have been laid within the management area. Higher site selection by nesting pairs was seen in one end of the management zone where the substrate has considerably more cobble and gravel. Future management options must look carefully into the substrate and to design the management areas in order to help answer the question of whether or not the current strategy is attracting more pairs, or spreading pairs around that would otherwise be on the beach.

Supervisor: Chris McCarthy

Submitted to meet the requirements of BIOL 4806, at Dalhousie University.