Preliminary Habitat Suitability Analysis for Moose in Mainland Nova Scotia, Canada

Project description (English)

ABSTRACT: Ecosystem management for biological conservation should include consideration of landscape-scale processes such as the habitat requirements of focal species. Moose (Alces alces americana) have been identified as an appropriate target for focal attention in mainland Nova Scotia. Currently, the population is at risk, and strategies for conservation should include the protection of sufficient habitat to meet the spatial requirements of the population. Delineation of spatial habitat requirements calls for an understanding of species-habitat associations and the distribution of suitable habitat across the landscape. To this end, habitat suitability in Nova Scotia was assessed relative to four criteria: (1) food availability; (2) conifer cover; (3) mixed-wood cover; and, (4) aquatic resources. Model predictions were tested by comparing habitat suitability values to provincial pellet inventory data. Road density was found to be more important than habitat composition in determining moose pellet distribution. ALCES VOL. 38: 73-88 (2002)

Project description (French)

Main contact organization for the project

Dalhousie University

Partner organization(s)

Dalhousie University

Part of larger network(s)

Project status


Start year of project


Primary ecosystem focus


Connectivity action

Research (Modelling)

Research (Evaluation of structural connectivity)

Standard keywords

Transportation (roads, rails, bridges, culverts)

Wildlife species with a special status


Habitat Suitability

Taxonomic Coverage


Geographical coverage


Nova Scotia

Annapolis County, Antigonish County, Colchester, Cumberland County, Digby County, Guysborough County, Halifax Regional Municipality, Hants, Kings County, Lunenburg County, Pictou County, Queens County, Shelburne County, Yarmouth County

Location name

Mainland Nova Scotia

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