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Citizen Science Funding

citizen_science_fundingFunding agencies are slowly catching up with the citizen science movement. In today’s post, I round up some sources for citizen science grants and other funding sites to help you or your organization get a project off the ground. If you have additional US grant sources, or grants available in other regions around the world, please contact me and I’ll add them here!

Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grants

Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG

Community Funded

The Conservation Fund

The David and Lucille Packard Foundation

The Environmental Protection Agency

The Heinz Endowments


The Knight Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

The National Science Foundation

Rocket Hub

The Sloan Foundation

The Takagi Fund for Citizen Science

The Verizon Foundation

August is For the Birds

for_the_birdsBirdwatchers are kind of the original citizen scientists, at least as far as the Audubon Society is concerned: the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a grassroots effort to monitor bird populations, has been going on since the early 1900s. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to note that there are several citizen science initiatives that focus on birds. This week, I round up several taking place across the US this month. Grab your binoculars!

Vaux’s Happening
Named after Sir William Vaux, this bird is a member of the swift species, and is primarily found in Washington State. The Vaux’s Happening is an Audubon citizen science project that tries to locate and document the chimneys that are used as communal roosts by the bird during migration.

Urban Ecology Center/Milwaukee Biome Project
The Urban Ecology Center’s field sites are stopover locations for migrating birds. Organizers need your help to document what birds are coming and what time, and need help with banding the wee, feathered visitors.

Nesting Bald Eagles
Eagles nest at this time of year, rather than in the spring. Researchers want to know the locations and numbers of adult and immature Bald Eagles, behavior, and learn more about their nesting activity.

Wild Turkey Survey
Sorry, this is the bird, not the drink. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants to know the sex and age composition of flocks of Wild Turkeys observed in New York.

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors and Project Safe Flight,,
Put your first aid skills to use by helping birds injured after striking buildings in Chicago or New York. Recover dead birds for study and counting as well.

Shorebird Monitoring
The La Purisma Audubon Society wants you to help survey shorebirds along the Lower Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County, California.


Photo By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Bird Spotting Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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