Athens is an area rich with parks, active citizens, and wildlife. Athens/Clarke County is home to over 200 bird species that rely on habitats maintained by citizens in this beautiful region. The diversity and health of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Athens relies upon the efforts of its citizens, and one of ORAS's goals is to promote awareness of the remarkable diversity of nature in our own backyards.
The conservation grant program began in the fall of 2009. Since its creation, the conservation grant has funded several scientific research, community service, and conservation projects not only in Athens, but throughout the state of Georgia.
Eligible Applicants: Any individual wishing to conduct wildlife research with an emphasis on bird conservation, habitat improvement, or environmental education within Georgia.
Eligible Locations: Locally or throughout the state of Georgia, depending upon the theme and relative importance of the project to conservation.
Requirements: Successful applicants are expected to submit a report detailing findings or results to ORAS. In addition, applicants are expected to give a 30min to 1hr presentation of their project during one of ORAS’s monthly meetings.