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