Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

2014 Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards - Photo by Dan Dzurisin

The deadline for 2014 applications has passed. If you would like to be notified about the next application opportunity, please send your contact information to D.J. Schubert at dj@awionline.org.

A grant program to fund innovative strategies for humane, non-lethal wildlife conflict management and study.

Habitat destruction and degradation, urban and suburban sprawl, and ongoing challenges posed by invasive species make conflicts between wildlife and humans inevitable. Homeowners, property managers, and biologists need effective strategies to deal with conflicts—whether the encounter involves coyotes, deer, Canada geese, bears, exotic species, or a host of other animals. Though improved techniques to address some situations have been developed, more are needed. Similarly, methodologies used to study wildlife need to be humane.

The Christine Stevens Wildlife Award is a grant program—named in honor of the organization’s late founder and president for over 50 years—created to stimulate and support efforts to devise new, non-lethal techniques and strategies and test existing products for the purpose of humanely remedying wildlife conflicts and to improve methods of wildlife study. Each year, the program provides grants of up to $10,000 to award recipients to help spur innovative and creative research to help develop such wildlife conflict management techniques and strategies. With this grant program we aim to honor Mrs. Stevens’ legacy and inspire a new generation of compassionate wildlife scientists, managers and advocates.

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Christine Stevens has long been called the “Mother of the Animal Protection Movement” in America. For over half a century, she dedicated her life to reducing animal suffering both here and abroad. In the words of Dr. Jane Goodall: “Christine Stevens was a giant voice for animal welfare. Passionate, yet always reasoned, she took up one cause after another and she never gave up. Millions of animals are better off because of Christine’s quiet and very effective advocacy.”

Mrs. Stevens founded the Animal Welfare Institute to end the cruel treatment of animals in experimental laboratories. Inevitably, her work expanded to take on other animal welfare causes, including: preventing animal extinctions and reforming methods used to raise animals for food, banning steel-jaw leghold traps, ending commercial whaling, and much more. Mrs. Stevens supported wildlife management programs that were "win-win" situations—such as highway underpasses to facilitate wildlife movements, wildlife birth control, beaver bafflers to minimize or prevent beaver-caused flooding, and perching platforms that protect raptors from electrocution.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards, please contact D.J. Schubert at (609) 601-2875 or by email at dj@awionline.org.



Winning Proposals from 2014

Dr. Duff Kennedy of Santa Barbara Zoo: California condor nest-guarding program

Professor Janet Mann of Georgetown University: Noninvasive hormone monitoring in captive and wild cetaceans: collection and analysis of blow as a novel stress test

Suzanne Stone of Defenders of Wildlife: Assessing the efficacy of foxlights in reducing wolf-livestock conflict

Dr. Ron Sutherland of Wildlands Network: Ecological impacts of the red wolf in eastern North Carolina

Dr. Rob Williams of Oceans Initiative: Compassionate conservation: assessing sustainability and welfare aspects of marine mammal deaths in British Columbia salmon farms

Winning Proposals from 2013

Dr. David Bird of McGill University: Use of a remotely piloted aerial system to census raptor nests

Dr. Anthony Clevenger of the Western Transportation Institute: Developing a noninvasive method of locating wolverine maternalaAreas at a landscape scale

Dr. Peter Coppolillo of Working Dogs for Conservation: Safeguarding Montana’s wildlife from aquatic sontaminants noninvasively, using conservation canines

Jennifer Mae-White Day of the University of Washington: Preventing human-wildlife conflicts through noninvasive landscape-level analysis of habitat requirements and connectivity

Dr. Kerry Foresman of the University of Montana: Hair traps: A noninvasive methodology for shrews and other small mammals in montana

Dr. Michael Sawaya of Sinopah Wildlife Research Associates: Coupling noninvasive genetic sampling methods with cellular-enabled remote cameras to improve detection rates

Winning Proposals from 2012

Michael Callahan of Beaver Solutions LLC: Enable salmon passage at beaver water control devices

Dr. Joshua Miller of the Florida Museum of Natural History: Antlers of the arctic refuge: revealing historical caribou calving grounds from bones on the tundra

Dr. Maureen Murray of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: Rodenticides in four species of birds of prey: assessing results of recent EPA action

Dr. Jooke Robbins of Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies: Humpback whale entanglement rates in relation to management initiatives

Laurel Klein Serieys of the University of California, Los Angeles: The sublethal consequences of anticoagulant exposure in bobcats

Select Winning Proposals from 2011

Antonia Rodrigues of Simon Fraser University: Developing techniques to recover and analyze DNA from processed pangolin products for combating illegal wildlife trade

David Ausband of the University of Montana: Biofence: A non-lethal tool for deterring wolf/livestock conflicts

Dr. Thomas Gehring and Robert Truax of Central Michigan University: Developing a noninvasive technique for estimating bobcat populations: implications for imperiled felids