Montana Audubon - wildlife grants
2013 will mark the 18th year of our Audubon Wildlife Fund grants. These grants fund education and research projects that benefit wildlife in Montana. Preference is given to projects benefiting nongame wildlife and their habitats. The funds can be used for mileage, supplies, equipment, printing, and communications. Ineligible uses include salaries, stipends, per diem, and personal equipment.
To apply for an Audubon Wildlife Fund grant, please fill out the application form found below, following the Grant Guidelines. Additionally, it may be helpful to review the types of projects we have funded in the past:
We can also mail you a copy of the application, guidelines, and/or past grant recipients: Audubon Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 595, Helena, MT 59624; by phone: (406) 443-3949; or by email.
To be considered for a 2013 grant, applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 14, 2012. Grant recipients will be announced by February 1, 2013.
In 2012, the following projects received grants:
- Montana Bird Distribution. A grant of $500 was given to support the development of the 7th edition of Montana Bird Distribution, which is the primary source of information about the current and historical distribution and status of birds in Montana, with maps indicating breeding, migration, and wintering areas for each species. This is a cooperative project between Montana Audubon, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Montana Natural Heritage Program, and the Montana Bird Records Committee. For more information about this project, click HERE >>.
- Osprey Project. A grant of $600 will support establishing baseline nesting population estimates, reproductive success rates, and contaminant levels in Osprey along the Yellowstone River. This project will be done utilizing citizen science volunteers from the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society and students from Rocky Mountain College. The project includes taking blood samples from nestlings to determine mercury (Hg) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) levels in the samples. This information will be used to assess the contaminant levels, the geographic distribution of the contaminants, and their possible impacts on Osprey.
- Black Swift Monitoring Project. A grant for $320 is supporting a citizen science Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) monitoring project in Western Montana. This species is a poorly studied in the state. Few nests have been located in the State of Montana to date. This species nests exclusively near (or behind) waterfalls, and it is not easily located during breeding season. Additionally, climate change projections are of concern both because of the potential for this insectivorous species to be out of sync with food sources (timing of aerial insect activity may be altered with temperature changes) and because of the potential for altered flow from waterfalls.
Thanks for your interest in helping Montana's Wildlife!