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Chris Merkord

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This funding opportunity came across grants.gov today. Although it doesn't explicitly say so, I'm guessing there is already an intent to award this to a particular researcher or group, but in the interest of sharing I thought I would pass it along anyway. Apply at your own risk!


Funding Opportunity Number: G13AS00046
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
CFDA Number: 15.808

Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility: This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESU's are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of Great Plains (CESU) Program.

Agency Name: DOI-USGS1
Closing Date: May 30, 2013
Award Ceiling: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Creation Date: May 20, 2013:


Funding Opportunity Description: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research to support refinement of monitoring techniques for Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) and Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) nests within the Missouri River Basin. Interior least terns and piping plovers are federally listed species nesting in the upper Missouri River system. Extensive annual monitoring of the reproduction and productivity of these two species is conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Such monitoring facilitates management of this dynamic river system which serves as an important breeding area for these listed species. Both species nest in open sand, gravel, or shell-covered substrates along rivers, coastal areas, and lake edges. Researchers conduct grid searches to locate nests and monitor them every 2-3 days to determine nest fate. Nest fates are classified using sign at the nest, but this method has not been rigorously evaluated to determine if misclassification occurs, and if so, how often for each species.

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