Montana Audubon - wildlife grants
2014 will mark the 19th 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 2014 grant, applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 13, 2013. Grant recipients will be announced by February 7, 2014.
In 2013, the following projects received grants:
Clark's Nutcracker Research Project. A grant of $500 was given to support nutcracker research on the Beartooth Plateau. Clark's Nutcrackers are known as the “Johnny Appleseed” of declining whitebark pine, serving as the primary seed disperser for these trees. Current climate change predictions for treeline communities indicate that whitebark pine will tend to migrate to higher elevations. This can only happen if Clark’s Nutcracker cach seeds above the treeline. Results on where these birds cache seeds should help pine regeneration work in a changing climate.
- Lee Metcalf Refuge Education Project. A grant of $250 is acting as matching funds to print 300 workbooks for Bitterroot Valley third 3rd -graders. The color, student work booklets were designed by Rebecca Ames, Lee Metcalf NWR Volunteer. Rebecca visits 3rd grade elementary classrooms representing the Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley doing environmental education to inspire the students to embrace wildlife, habitat and embark them on a journey to absorb new knowledge and gain confidence to interpret the natural world around them. An enriching five week nature program (one hour/classroom visit) encompasses the topics of: Water, Rocks and Ice; Early Peoples; Mammals; Birds; Insects and Spiders; and Plants. This program is free to schools.
- Black Swift Monitoring Project. A grant for $350 is supporting a citizen science Black Swift 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!