The Hartford Audubon Society helps advance bird conservation every year through its Mini-Grant program. Organizations and individuals in Connecticut are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $1,000 that will benefit birds or birding in Connecticut. This year Hartford Audubon received 11 well-planned proposals. With funds augmented by a generous gift in memory of Montgomery Family Foundation in memory of our late member, Peter G. Hansen, the Board of Directors was able to award a total of $6,500 in grants to the applicants as follows:

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

Auer Farm, Bloomfield: Auer Farm Owls: Connecting Agriculture and Nature: owl boxes, educational flyers, nest cameras, and signs for students

Bloomfield Beautification Committee: Farmington River Park Entry Renovation Planting Project: bird-friendly plantings and signage for the entry to the park

Enfield Garden Club: Bluebirds for Enfield: installing Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes in Enfield

Farmington Land Trust: Habitat Enhancement at the West District Nature Preserve: manage invasive plants and enhance bird habitat through habitat restoration

Groton Open Space Association: Avery Farm Nature Preserve Bird Plantings: bird-friendly plantings in a field where invasives have already been removed

Hilltop Farm, Suffield: Second year of bird habitat enhancements and invasives removal

Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation, Ashford: Medical supplies and medicines for raptor treatments and rehabilitation

Manchester Garden Club: Butterflies of Bigelow Brook project: bird friendly plantings and habitat

Old Lyme Open Space Commission: Beavers and Birds: interpretive display, publications, and wildlife cameras for beaver and bird habitat in the Ames Open Space.

Westmoor Park Nest Boxes, West Hartford, Jonathan Pincus, Eagle Scout Project: constructing and installing nest boxes in Westmoor Park

Wood Memorial Library, South Windsor: Wildlife Habitat Certification for Nowashe Village: bird-friendly plantings, habitat, and signage for their Nowashe Native American village area.

Questions? Email Sarah Faulkner, sffaulkner@comcast.net

 

Background:

The purpose of the mini-grants is to help fund and support initiatives within the State of Connecticut and especially within the Hartford County area, which directly benefit the bird life in our state. It is part of the Hartford Audubon Society’s mission to awaken a wider public interest in the enjoyment, preservation, and protection of birds and their habitat. Projects may request a grant of up to $1,000.  All projects must demonstrate some benefit to birds and/or birding in Connecticut.  Past awards have included raptor enclosures, window strike material demonstrations, educational publications, and bird habitat plantings.

 

Please Note:
The COA (Connecticut Ornithological Association) also offers mini grants at the beginning of each year.   

You can find more information about them at their website:

https://www.ctbirding.org/resources/coa-mini-grant/