The Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program is used to award funds to individuals and organizations seeking funding for activities related to Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, that-promote the Indiana Audubon Society’s mission. This program was created in 2010, and receives annual funding from the Indiana Audubon Society annual budget, as well as proceeds from the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival silent auction and raffle.
Some past award recipients include:
- Bethany Land Institute 2022. Institute staff will provide binoculars for the Lazarus Tree Project in Uganda, promoting natural areas and bird study.
- Humane Indiana Wildlife 2022. Funding will provide training within the National Rehabbers Association conference.
- Richmond Parks & Recreation 2022. Owl and bat boxes are being constructed and installed throughout the city park system.
- Institute for Bird Populations 2022. Wintering neotropic bird survival is being funded and studied at the Momotombo Volcano in Nicaraugua (MoSi)
- Eagle Creek Ornithology Center 2022. Staff will continue specialized educational raptor training for workshops and events at the park.
- Dunes Calumet Audubon 2022. Funds will support northwest Indiana heron rookery surveys using drone technology.
- Birds, Skulls, & Feathers. Indiana Young Birders Club- North Chapter. Educational interactive materials. The activities provided will engage young birders at booths and monthly events.
- Workshop at Natural Encounters, Inc. –Contemporary Animal Training & Management. $1000. Jemma McElroy. State-of-the-Art hands-on course will update the skills of the Assistant Manager at Eagle Creek Ornithology Center.
- Field Guides for Farm Kids. Amy Kearns (DNR). Twenty Kauffman Bird ID Guides will be distributed to farm youth to encourage birding as a way to preserve habitats for birds like the Loggerhead Shrike.
- Birding Eco-tourism Interpretive Signs. Juan Diego Vargas. Lifer Nature Tours and National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica will place signs that describe the conservation of the area and the migration story of birds from North America.
- Indiana Birds of Prey in the Classroom. Mark Booth. Live bird-of-prey program will be offered to a winning member of IAS to give to the school classroom of their choice.
- The Value of Small Birds. Pat Knight. Funds given to encourage production of an educational power point presentation to groups in Northern Indiana.
- Equipment and materials to establish avian pollinator field study at Wabash Middle School
- Assist Sassafras Audubon Society with funding to establish a MOTUS Tower at Goose Pond FWA
- Equipment for In-house Lead Testing of Injured Birds including Bald Eagles at Humane Indiana Wildlife.
- Update MOTUS Tower Frequency at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.
- Research funding to test the use of Autonomous recording units and environmental DNA to monitor Marsh Birds
Application Deadline is September 1st each year.
APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR 2022. 2023 APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN BEING ACCEPTED JUNE 1, 2023.