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Wildlife Grants

Each year Montana Audubon awards grants from the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana, a permanent endowment. Audubon Wildlife Fund grants support education and research projects that benefit wildlife in Montana. Preference is given to projects benefiting nongame wildlife and their habitats. If you are considering applying for an Audubon Wildlife Fund grant, the 2017 application process closed in December 2016. If you are interested in a 2018 grant, the application, along with the Grant Guidelines, will be posted in October 2017.

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Below is a description of the grants issued in 2016:

Salish Kootenai College

For this project, funds will primarily cover mileage for wildlife education and research, including:

  • Providing opportunities for students to interact with professionals beyond SKC faculty by attending professional meetings and additional field trips;
  • Securing guest presentations from professionals studying and managing nongame wildlife and their habitats. These presentations will be open to the greater community to attend, available to watch on KSKC-TV, and filmed so that they are available at the SKC Library.
  • Continuing student research and citizen science surveys of Long-billed Curlews, waterbirds, macroinvertebrates, and wetland habitats; and
  • Purchasing a subscription of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online Birds of North America  to aid with both education and research activities.

Awarded: $400

Harlequin Duck Study

For this project, funds will primarily be used in a project to track 6 pairs of Harlequin Ducks in Montana as part of an international, multi-agency effort to examine local and regional movements and habitat use. Montana birds generally migrate west to the coast to spend their winters. Marked birds will produce data for 2-3 years, and the data, migration timing, molt areas, and winter areas, will be used to inform conservation and management at nearly every Harlequin Duck’s life stage.

Awarded: $500

Montana Avian Night Flight Project - Bitterroot Valley

For this project, funds will used for acoustic monitors to document night migration of bird populations in the Bitterroot Valley. Local high school students will be used to evaluate the potential for large-scale deployment of recorders and the ability of citizen scientists to collect and process data. The data collected by students will further develop open-source software that anyone can use to collect and process similar data efficiently and with little training. The data will also allow the first comparisons of nocturnal flight calls from different locations in the Bitterroot Valley.

A long-term goal of this project is to deploy an acoustic array throughout the Bitterroot Valley and possibly throughout Montana. High School students will be encouraged to pursue individual projects related to the data collected.

Awarded: $700

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