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Wildlife Grants

Grants Announced for Wildlife Projects

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 below. In 2020 we provided $1,750 in total grant funds, distributed among five worthy projects. Congratulations grant recipients, and good luck with your projects!

2021 grant applications will be due on December 18, 2020.

Grant Guidelines                       Grant Application


2020 Mini-Grant Recipients:


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.

Awarded: $220.00

Flathead Audubon Society

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.

Awarded: $400.00

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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.

Awarded: $200.00

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program

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.

Awarded: $430.00

Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance

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.

Awarded: $500

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