Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
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 nongame wildlife and their habitats. In 2020, we will provide approximately $1,700 in total grant funds.
The 2020 grant round is currently closed. The 2021 grant applications will be due in late December, 2020.
2019 Mini Grant Recipients:
Restoring Trumpeter Swans and Educating Kids in the Blackfoot Valley. The Blackfoot Challenge will create a community of young citizens engaged in restoration and conservation of Trumpeter Swans and their wetland habitats in the Blackfoot Watershed.
Impacts of Conifer Removal on the Reproductive Output of Sagebrush-Obligate Songbirds. The U of M (Missoula) Cooperative Wildlife Unit will establish study plots in southwest Montana to assess the impact of conifer removal on nesting success of species such as Brewer’s Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee and Sage Thrasher. Quantifying this impact will help determine population trajectories and help guide conservation efforts.
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir Wildlife Viewing Blind. Last Chance Audubon Society will create a public wildlife viewing/photography blind at the reservoir, which is a haven for many species of waterfowl and shorebirds, nesting Great Horned Owl, and Great Blue Herons in an established rookery.
Avian Profiles – Sevenmile Curriculum and Outreach Development. Prickly Pear Land Trust will develop an educational program to raise excitement about and inform student groups, volunteers and visitors about local bird life and the importance of riparian conservation in Helena’s ‘backyard’.