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Each year Montana Audubon awards mini-grants from the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana, a permanent endowment. Audubon Wildlife Fund mini-grants support education and research projects or activities that focus on the conservation, enhancement and public appreciation of Montana’s wildlife and natural communities. Preference is given to projects benefiting non-game wildlife and their habitats.
We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients! In 2020, we are providing $1,750 in total grant funds, distributed among the five worthy projects below. Congratulations, grant recipients, and good luck with your projects!
2021 grant applications will be due in late December, 2020.
Survey of Mountain Plovers in Rosebud and Garfield Counties
FaunaWest will survey an important remaining population of the declining Mountain Plover, which could play a role in restoring the species’ numbers in Montana.
Jewel Basin Hawk Watch
For the 13th year in a row, Flathead Audubon Society will conduct raptor monitoring at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch, tracking long-term changes in Northern Rocky Mountain raptor populations.
Alpha-Batz: A-Z, Everything You Need to Know about Bats
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will assemble a bat educational trunk to be utilized by Region 5’s three biologists, therefore building public support and excitement for bat conservation in rural southcentral Montana.
Osprey: A Watershed Health Parameter
The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program will develop and introduce a 7th grade science curriculum in Missoula that exposes students to osprey research happening in their own backyards and in their watersheds.
Planting, Protecting and Nurturing Native Shrubs on the Missouri Riverbank
Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance will plant and nurture native shrubs along a section of the Missouri Riverbank, therefore shading the river, providing food and cover for birds and other wildlife, and reducing erosion.