Pictured above: Golden-winged warbler. Photo by Caleb Putnam CC-BY-SA-2.0.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has recently announced a funding opportunity through the Cornell Small Grant Program to support land trusts’ efforts to advance bird conservation. These awards are intended to bolster bird conservation on private lands through land-trust-related initiatives such as land stewardship, capacity building, strategic planning, and more. This funding opportunity comes in two award values: three $5,000 awards and five $20,000 awards, and applicants are permitted to apply for both.
The $5,000 awards are aimed at land trusts with a proclivity for collaboration or an intent to share their experiences in bird conservation at conferences, with other land trusts, or with the general public. One of the major goals of this award is to educate about how bird conservation can go hand-in-hand with the objectives of land trusts – and in many cases even advance the cause of land conservation.
The $20,000 awards will go towards supporting more active, large-scale land stewardship and protection activities promoting bird conservation, with a special emphasis on at-risk and endangered species.
Applications are due March 1, 2020, with funding being dispersed in late May 2020.