Current Projects

2011 Grand Recipients

Flying WILD Technology Integration: Online Training for Bird Education Professionals for the Kaytee Avian Grant program

Council for Environment Education

Flying WILD enlists “City Partners” to train educators using a curriculum developed by the CEE (Council for Environmental Education). Each City Partner is asked to establish a train-the-trainer network in their city to provide maximum outreach to teachers and educators in their community. Effective use of technology in the form of online tutorials is an efficient and flexible training tool to meet the training demands of multiple new City Partners in different locations across the county. Additionally, access to tutorial training helps existing City Partners build and expand their facilitator network to train more educators. Flying WILD workshops are reaching tens of thousands of students across the US. They have City Partners that span the nation, from New Jersey to Indiana to Texas to Hawaii. 

KAF funds also helps to support Bird Education Network (BEN) bulletins. BEN serves as an association of bird educators dedicated to bird conservation through education. Monthly, electronic BEN Bulletins will be distributed to over 4,600 bird educators.

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Wild parrot Nutrition: Lessons from the Crop Contents of Peru’s Green-Winged Macaws

Texas A&M – Texas AgriLife Research

Most of our knowledge for captive parrots today comes from studies of domestic poultry, parakeets and cockatiels. Knowledge of parrot diets and nutrition and the annual variation in nutrient levels is important to aid in the long-term conservation and management of many species. This study will use analyses of the crop content of wild Green-winged Macaw chicks from the Tambopata region of Peru to provide novel information on the nutrition of parrots. 

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Scarlet Macaw Conservation Education in the Osa Peninsula

Friends of the Osa

A broad-based conservation education program designed to monitor Scarlet Macaws and other parrot populations, and protect their habitat on the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica. This project will establish and implement an Adopt-A-Scarlet Macaw Conservation Education Program as a vehicle for fostering ecological literacy and stimulating conservation action among residents and visitors. Scientific monitoring of natural and artificial nest boxes will provide crucial data on the current status of Osa parrots and their habitat.

It is an educational project about what is required to conserve birds in their natural habitat and how to restore degraded habitats and areas that have been destroyed by hunting and poaching. The Scarlet Macaw is the flagship bird for this effort; however nest boxes will also be created for seven other parrot species found in this area.

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Celebrate Urban Birds – Latino Outreach Initiative

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology will engage Latino youth and their families in bird watching, science and nature using Celebrate Urban Birds. Celebrate Urban Birds is a bilingual, (Spanish and English) project which connects communities to local nature through active participation in citizen science, habitat improvement and environmental education. CLO will strengthen and support urban Latino youth, their families, and their communities by delivering targeted educational activities using videos, podcasts/radio announcements, webinars, and Spanish educational materials focused on bird-feeding and birdscaping. 

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Establishing and Maintaining a Scientific Research Colony of Hispaniolan Amazon Parrots

LSU Foundation

Maintains a statistically significant population of medium sized “companion-type” psitticine species for research, education and conservation. This population has a known health history and meet laboratory animal standards for appropriate animal care and use.

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Field Trip Program: Conservation Education in Wisconsin’s Outdoors

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Many of these local, bird-focused trips highlight migration events while others showcase birds at a property or ecosystem. All trips use birds as a portal for teaching about broader ecological concepts and issues.

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