Community Education Projects
Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center – $3,000
Taxidermy for the Bird Habitat Exhibit
This grant will be used to add several new species to the taxidermy exhibit. The exhibit is an important element of The Ornithology Center’s main goal of educating the general public about birds and their role in the larger ecosystem. Recreating the natural environment in an exhibit space brings birds down to eye level allowing visitors to learn identifying features, habitat, and behaviors.
Indiana Raptor Center – $2,500
Flight Cage Construction
This grant will fund construction of two 8′ x 16′ intermediate flight cages to provide step-up conditioning for releasable raptors at its second facility in Lawrence County.
Indiana Audubon Society – $2,000
Indiana Birding Trail Project
Indiana Audubon Society, in partnership with the Indiana DNR, local Audubon chapters, and local County Visitors Bureaus is creating a statewide Indiana Birding Trail to introduce both resident bird watchers and out of state travelers to the premiere birding destinations around the state. The project will identify existing birding hot spots, develop an Indiana Birding Trail website, place aluminum site signs, and create Birding Trail Guides.
Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators – $1,500
This grant will help fund a week long summer day camp. The camp is four hours per day from June 17 to 21 for ages 10 to 12. Activities cover a range of topics using hands-on activities such as scavenger hunts in the field, owl pellet dissection, “arms length” animal care, and the creation of a nature journal. Campers will learn about habitat, animal behavior, urban wildlife, endangered species, conservation, and wildlife careers through an intimate look into native Indiana wildlife.
Friends of Fort Harrison State Park – $1,300
Bird Viewing Area
This grant will fund a stand-alone bird viewing area at Fort Harrison State Park with a bird blind and seating. A birding area will be incorporated into the park’s interpretive programs and used as a meeting place for naturalist-led bird hikes. The area will be available year-round for the enjoyment of park visitors.