AEF Announces 2016 Grant Winners
The American Eagle Foundation is once again proud to announce next year’s successful eagle grants applicants. For 2016, seven applicants for American Eagle Foundation grants were selected to receive a combined total of $100,251 in funding for work to be carried out in 2016. The American Eagle Foundation grants are directed towards work that promotes eagle conservation and research. This is the fourth year the American Eagle Foundation has sponsored grants in support of eagle conservation and research, with awards to date totaling in excess of $400,000. We appreciate the important work of these grantees, and are honored to be able to contribute to the continued success of the bald eagle.
The American Eagle Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the United States’ living symbol of freedom, the American Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey. The AEF is celebrating its 30th year of carrying out its mission through Preservation, Repopulation, Education, & Rehabilitation. It is headquartered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood Family Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The following are recipients of the American Eagle Foundation 2016 Eagle Grants.
- Audubon Eagle Watch, Maitland, Florida. Monitor Eagle Nests for Disturbance and Productivity with Satellite Tracking of Rehabilitated Juveniles. $20,000
- College of William and Mary, Barton Paxton, Williamsburg, Virginia. Eagle Roost Loss Data Analysis. $19,106
- Delaware-Otsego Audubon, Oneonta, New York. Reduce Poisoning of Bald Eagles by Reducing Lead Shot Residues. $10,961
- Dr. Brian Washburn, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, Sandusky, Ohio. Analysis and Treatment of Lead Exposure in Bald Eagles in Southeastern United States. $8,300
- Conserve Wildlife New Jersey. Monitor and Protect Nesting Bald Eagles and conduct public outreach. $20,000
- Minnesota Chapter, The Wildlife Society, International Falls, MN. Hunter Outreach to Reduce Lead Poisoning of Eagles: Copper Bullet Demonstrations. $4,839
- The Peregrine Fund, Dr. Tricia Miller, Boise, Idaho. Winter Movements of Upper Midwest Bald Eagles into Upland Areas: Consequences for Wind Energy Development. $17,045
The American Eagle Foundation obtained funding for this grant program in 2004, when both the U.S. Senate and House UNANIMOUSLY passed the “Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Act.” Congress authorized the U.S. Mint to mint gold, silver and clad coins, which they sold to the public in 2008. The American Eagle Foundation continues to make those coins available to the public through its web site.
Sales from the U.S. Mint generated $7.8 million in 2004, which Congress designated that the American Eagle Foundation use for the benefit of bald eagles. Approximately $5.8 million or 75% of these funds were set aside to perpetually grow in the American Eagle Fund, to provide competitive annual grants for eagle projects.
The American Eagle Foundation uses a Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team to numerically rate all grant applications. This team consists of some of the most outstanding eagle authorities nationwide.
We congratulate our successful applicants for 2016!