The MOU supports bird-related projects through Savaloja Grants. A record $15,000 is available for Minnesota-based projects beginning in 2016 that increase our understanding of birds, promote preservation of birds and their natural habitats, or increase public interest in birds, including in minority populations currently underrepresented in Minnesota's birding community.
Last year $12,800 was awarded through eight grants ranging from $400 to $2700. Projects included: Scholarships to Flying Wild workshops for educators working in urban low-income and minority areas; an owl-banding program at a nature center; binoculars for two urban nature centers; a nature center’s educational big birding day; a study of bird immune system defenses against nest parasites; a pilot program encouraging seniors in a low-income neighborhood to become involved in birding activities; and a program that uses birds as an integrating theme in teaching disparate subjects to elementary school students.
Application information may be obtained by going to http://moumn.org/grants.html. The deadline for receipt of grant applications is January 31, 2016. Grant recipients will be notified by April 1, 2016.