Newfoundland and Labrador
Murre Conservation Fund
* Applications are due November 1st *
Fund Goals and Objectives
To direct a portion of the revenues derived from the sale of the
Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp toward conservation activities that will
enhance Murre management and protection, to help ensure a sustainable Murre population.
Murre hunting is a traditional activity and part of the cultural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. During the 1970s
and 1980s, it became apparent to resource users and government that the Murre harvest was unsustainable and efforts
were needed to regulate it. Thus, in 1993, the Canadian Wildlife Service set bag limits and season length for Murre, as
it does for all other hunted migratory game birds in Canada. Beginning in 2001, Murre hunters were required to
purchase a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit. The permit, which includes the Canadian Wildlife Habitat
Conservation Stamp, is a direct way for all hunters to contribute funds to assist in conserving populations of migratory
game birds, including Murre, in Newfoundland and Labrador. To dispense these funds, the Murre Conservation Fund
was created and is currently managed by Wildlife Habitat Canada and Bird Studies Canada (Newfoundland), in
consultation with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Division of the Province of Newfoundland and
Results Supported by the Fund
The Murre Conservation Fund encourages the conservation of Murre as functioning components of ecosystems, and
recognizes their contribution toward the biological diversity of native species and habitats in Newfoundland and
Labrador. The priorities of the Murre Conservation Fund are to fund projects that support conservation and
management of Murre populations and their habitat, as well as projects that introduce the people of Newfoundland and
Labrador to the conservation, management, and sustainable harvest of Murre. This includes:
- Assessments of Murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests, and other mortality factors;
- Facilitation of Murre hunting stewardship and conservation to ensure populations are sustained;
- Activities and events that focus on the long-term conservation of high quality Murre habitat, particularly that
which is vulnerable.
For more information and to apply,
read the Project Eligibility Guidelines and Application Form.
To learn about previously-supported initiatives,
visit the Wildlife Habitat Canada website.