The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and Preservation was established by Bird Studies Canada in 1976. It is funded by the annual Baillie Birdathon and by private donations.
Originally, the focus of the Baillie Fund was on amateur ornithological research within Ontario. In 1983, the scope of the granting program was expanded to include projects by individuals and organizations that increase understanding, appreciation and conservation of Canadian birds in their natural environment. Additional information on the program goals and objectives is available in the Baillie Fund Application Guidelines.
The Baillie Fund is directed by a group of independent Trustees comprised of professional and amateur ornithologists from across Canada. The Trustees come from all walks of life, but share an enthusiasm for increasing the knowledge of Canada's birds as well as addressing concerns for their well-being.
Matching funds required.