The Ornithological Council's Small Grants Program is concluding its fifth funding round. The program focuses on research that supports bird conservation projects in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean and gives priority to projects focused on resident species. As in years past, we received far more proposals worthy of funding than we could actually fund.
This year, two awards were made.
Glenda Denise Hevia of Argentina is conducting research on breeding physiology of and management actions for the Two-Banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus) population in northern Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. Her work assesses how different levels of human disturbance impact plover breeders at the physiological level, throughout the assessment of reproductive parameters and the physical condition of the birds. This work will not only enhance the knowledge of the Two-banded Plover demography but will also support effective engagement with regional and local conservation actions to protect the breeding population.
Isabel Raymundo Gonzalez of Mexico is developing a "participatory monitoring" project, similar to citizen science, to engage a local community in collecting data that will be used to inform management of a community-managed forest ("ejido") in Baja California. The site is used for harvesting Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera) and is also the potential site of a wind energy installation.