We are thrilled to announce the winners of the American Birding Expo Conservation Fund grants! More than 100 groups submitted applications for myriad bird conservation and education projects. A panel of six Bird Watcher’s Digest staffers read through each application carefully and scored them 1 to 10, with 10 being a most-worthy project. Based on the highest scores, we were able to narrow it down to seven deserving winners. Here are the winners and their projects:
1. Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, in Zanesville, Ohio; $1,000 for construction of a chimney swift tower as well as replacement of bluebird and kestrel nest boxes.
2. Project SNOWstorm; $2,400 for continued work on snowy owl research and conservation.
3. Delaware Nature Society; $2,400 for research in the Red Clay Valley (a designated Important Bird Area) to inform future land management efforts designed to increase bird diversity.
4. South Jersey Quail Project; $2,400 for maintenance and expansion of quail habitat.
5. Atlanta Audubon Society; $2,400 for construction of a chimney swift tower with a wrap-around signage kiosk to educate the public in Sam’s Lake Bird Sanctuary.
6. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, in Petersburg, Pennsylvania; $2,400 for its American kestrel nest box program, aimed at constructing kestrel nest boxes as well as educating landowners on kestrel habitat conservation.
7. Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society; $1,000 for installation of bluebird boxes at local elementary schools in order to educate children on birds and bird conservation.
Congratulations to the grant winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We appreciate your efforts to protect birds, enlarge the birding community, and restore, enhance, create, and protect bird habitat. You are all winners in our eyes, and we wish we could fund all of these worthy projects.
We will be contacting the winners individually in a few days to confirm details. Congratulations again!
Your American Birding Expo Team