Terry Savaloja was a well-known, respected Minnesota birder and TS Roberts Award recipient who died in 1992. Each year, the MOU considers funding requests for bird-related projects from the Savaloja Memorial Fund. In 2014, five projects were awarded funds for:
Grants ranged from $594 to $4,383.
- Binoculars, bird ID and activity guides, teacher training and field trips. These will be used to expand a promising pilot program into a year-long program for second graders that will use birds as an integrating theme between different disciplines normally considered in isolation (Harambee Elementary School).
- Six pairs of binoculars, to grow to 24 pairs through matching funds, for Staring Lake Nature Center (Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter).
- Production of a booklet using the Ojibwe names of common northern Minnesota birds, to include stories and legends gleaned from community elders that describe these birds and their cultural associations (Bena High School).
- Hiring a technician to color band red-headed woodpeckers at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, and collect nest productivity and habitat data (Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Committee).
- Geolocators to use in identifying significant purple martin roost sites, migration routes, and overwintering sites, and collecting longevity data for this declining species.
Individuals or organizations who are undertaking projects in Minnesota that increase our understanding of birds, promote preservation of birds and their natural habitats, or increase public interest in birds, especially in minorities currently underrepresented in Minnesota’s birding community, may submit grant applications to the MOU. Application information may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.
The deadline for receipt of grant applications is January 31, 2015. Grant recipients will be notified during April 2015.