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eNews: Grant available for Indigenous groups interested in bird research and conservation

Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014

The Shorebirds 2020 program is a nationwide community engagement program run by BirdLife Australia that aims to facilitate the monitoring and conservation of shorebird populations in Australia. Indigenous communities play an important role in the program, and a number of Indigenous ranger groups in the Gulf of Carpentaria have partnered with NAILSMA and BirdLife Australia on a collaborative research project to increase shorebird monitoring in the region as part of the program.

A new opportunity for support from BirdLife Australia to Indigenous communities interested in bird research and conservation is now available.

Indigenous knowledge of native Australian birds and their associated ecology has made a substantial contribution to the scientific study of birds in this country. BirdLife Australia wishes to acknowledge this contribution and facilitate the further engagement of Indigenous Australians in research and conservation of our native birds. 

Through the support of the Australian Bird Environment Foundation, BirdLife Australia is offering a limited number of grants to assist Indigenous groups to improve their capacity to study and protect Australian birds. Applications for these grants of in-kind contributions to training and equipment for bird research and conservation of $5000 close on May 31st.

Successful applicants will focus on providing resources and training to Indigenous groups through funding and facilitation of workshops in any or all of the following priority areas:

  • bird identification;
  • bird monitoring; and
  • on-ground conservation.

It is expected that 2-5 day workshops will be held at the group’s offices or in the field.

Indigenous rangers, community groups, schools, organisations and those who work directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are invited to apply. To apply, download the ‘Indigenous Workshop Grant Application’ form from the Grants and Scholarships page of the BirdLife Australia website at http://www.birdlife.org.au/who-we-are/our-organisation/awards-scholarships.

For more information, please contact BirdLife Australia at research@birdlife.org.au.

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