The International Osprey Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation of the Osprey

Need a research Grant?

The board of The International Osprey foundation will consider grant applications throughout the year and there is no longer any deadline for applications to be received.

Write a letter explaining in detail what you plan to do, the likely completion date and who is involved.

Provide details of the estimated cost and state whether it is a one year or multi-year project and what other funding sources may be

Applications for TIOF grants should be sent to The International Osprey Foundation, PO Box 250, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA 

Grants in 2020

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Osprey Foundation Awards Grants To Treat Injured birds in South Carolina 2019

The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF), based on Sanibel, recently set about re-organizing and appointing new board members. The result is a renewed commitment to its goal of protecting and preserving osprey populations worldwide. To that end, TIOF has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Avian Conservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The grant request allows the center to provide medical treatment for the roughly 30 injured ospreys admitted to the center’s avian clinic throughout the year and educate more than 40,000 students and individuals annually on the importance of ospreys and their conservation both locally and globally. It will also allow the center to maintain and expand vital partnerships with industry professionals who utilize Avian Protection Programs that prioritize the conservation of osprey nest sites amidst utility company operations. Daniel Prohaska, the center's director of development, said TIOF's support "will have a significant impact on our osprey conservation work here in South Carolina," he said. "We are very excited by the alignment between our missions and are grateful to be a part of your work. We look forward to staying in touch and building on this work together now and in the future," Prohaska added. The Avian Conservation began in 1991 with a single injured osprey is now a professional facility that has treated over 10,000 birds and includes the capacity to treat birds impacted by toxic spills. Along the way, the center has published groundbreaking research into environmental threats that affect both birds and people. Its mission is to identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research, and conservation initiatives. The Avian Research Center provides: * Professional medical treatment for more than 700 injured/orphaned birds of prey and shore birds each year, releasing the majority back to their natural habitat utilizing strict criteria providing sound assurance of their survivability in the wild; * Maintains 115 resident educational birds representing 50 species from around the world – among the most significant collections of captive birds of prey in the United States; * Outreach to 40,000+ students and adults each year through on-site and off-site educationalprograms, highlighting the threats to birds from habitat loss, contaminants, and other human-related risk factors, as well as the key role that wild birds play as crucial environmental sentinels; * Annual research projects including a fall coastal raptor migration survey and a citizen science survey of the endangered swallow-tailed kite;

* Service as the only permanent Oiled Bird Response Facility of its kind on the eastern
seaboard, affording the most efficient response possible in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breeding habitats; * A professional staff representing over 75 years of collective avian experience, and a Volunteer Staff Program that provides more than 20,000 skilled volunteer service hours each year

TIOF Awards $7,000 in Research Grants in 2017

The board of The International Osprey Foundation voted unanimously in March to approve the following four grant applications totalling $7,000 for 2017: * Avian Research and Conservation Institute — Re-establishing the Magnificent Frigatebird Breeding Colonies in the Florida Keys — $2,000; * Author Alan Poole, towards publication costs for a new book about ospreys worldwide — $2,000; * Fundacion Migres, for Supporting Measures for Re-introduction of Osprey in Spain — $1,500; and * Ghana Wildlife Society for Research on the Current Population of Ospreys on and along the Volta Lake, Ghana — $1,500.

The International Osprey Foundation made the following research grants in 2014:

Philip M. Goppola Department of Biology University of West Florida “Status of the Snail Kites’ exclusive diet of Apple Snails”

Francisca Helena Aguiar-Silva Raptor Research Foundation National Institute of Amazonian Research “Harpy Eagle habitat use and range in Brazilian Amazon”

Avian Research and Conservation Institute Gainesville, Florida “Expand Reddish Egret research on habitat, forage,and movement from Florida Keys to Sanibel and adjacent coastal areas”

Research Grants 2011

·Sharon Matola, Belize, Central America: $500 to continue her project, “Belize Harpy Eagle Restoration Program.”

·CROW, Sanibel, Florida: $1,000 for “Repair and Maintenance of the Osprey Flight Cage.”

·Matthew Hanson, Boca Raton, Florida: $1,000 for his “Study of foraging ecology of Bald Eagles in Everglades National Park.” ·Alejandro V. Baladrón, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Funes, Argentina: $1,000 for his “Study of Breeding success of the Burrowing Owl in natural and modified environments of the Flooding Pampas of Argentina.”

·Cathy Viverette, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA: $1,000 for her study “A comparative Phylogeography and Landscape Genetic Analysis of Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagles and Osprey Populations.”

·Kathlene St. Clair-McGee, Clark Ford, Idaho: $1,000 to help sponsor the American Heritage Wildlife Foundation.