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Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Protection Fund: 2015 Request for Proposals

Deadline: 1 May 2015

Grants are available to registered Dominican or Haitian non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife and habitat conservation. Projects must focus on Bicknell's Thrush and/or the Hispaniolan forest habitats in which the species overwinters. These include montane cloud forests, mid-elevation rain forests, and low-elevation coastal wet forests.

Grants must have an explicit, underlying conservation goal with identified outcomes that contribute to enhancement or protection of Bicknell's Thrush winter habitat. For a review of those actions and outcomes most closely aligned with priorities of the International Bicknell's Thrush Conservation Group, refer to A Conservation Action Plan for Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli).

Projects supported by the Fund may include habitat acquisition or restoration, development and implementation of protected areas management plans, protected areas infrastructure development, field research and monitoring, training or other capacity building, equipment purchases for in-country use, community outreach efforts, local education programs, and ecotourism development.

Monies must be spent entirely within the Dominican Republic or Haiti.

Proposals will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee of the Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Protection Fund, under the auspices of the Adirondack Foundation, which manages the Fund. After reviewing proposals and selecting one or more for funding, the Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to the Foundation's Board of Trustees, which will have final determination on selection of a grantee(s).

The Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Protection Fund was established in 2007 as a result of the unit management planning efforts for the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area in New York's Adirondack Mountains; its goal is to protect this rare species' wintering habitat in the Caribbean through funds raised in North America. The Fund's Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Council, Audubon New York, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

2015 Request for Proposals

A total of U.S. $11,000 will be awarded through one large or two smaller grants, depending on quality and scope of proposals received. Applicants should consider whether a project requesting funding for the full amount available could be revised and accomplished if less than the full amount is awarded. Proposal deadline is 1 May 2015, and grants will be announced by mid-June 2015. Granted funds must be expended within one year of the grant award date. A final report will be required at the project's conclusion, including a brief accounting of grant funds.

Proposals should be written in English* and must be no longer than 3 pages, including an itemized budget. The following information must be included:

• Project title
• Brief description and contact information of submitting organization (history, mission, primary accomplishments, staff) and project leader(s)
• Project background, including statement of conservation need and project goals to address that need
• Geographic location(s) of project activities (a map can be included)
• Description of methods and activities to be undertaken to achieve results
• Anticipated conservation outcomes and how the project will benefit Bicknell's Thrush habitat on Hispaniola
• Measures to evaluate project success
• Intended means to communicate project results
• Anticipated follow-up activities after project is completed
• Timeline of activities
• Itemized budget by category (e.g., salary, travel, equipment, field expenses, indirect costs). If other funds are needed to implement this project, the total budget should be specified, and all current or anticipated sources of additional funds identified.

Proposals should be submitted in electronic format as Word documents or pdfs to Chris Rimmer, Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Questions about the proposal process may also be e-mailed.

*If submitting a proposal in English is not possible, please contact us at the address above regarding alternatives.


New Report Documents Severe Threats to Core Bicknell's Thrush Winter Habitats (2/4/2014)

New findings reported by IBTCG partner Grupo Jaragua present a disturbing picture of severe, unchecked broadleaf forest loss within the Dominican Republic's Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.  Read Jaragua's detailed report, which was funded by a grant from the Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Protection Fund, by visiting the links below. 


A New Approach to Protecting a Rare Songbird (10/22/2012)
LAKE PLACID, NY – Launching a new effort to protect the rare Bicknell’s Thrush, an alliance of North American scientists and conservationists is taking the unusual step of funding a team of Dominican biologists to work in the migratory songbird’s Caribbean wintering habitat.

The Bicknell’s Thrush Habitat Protection Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust has awarded a $5,000 grant to Grupo Jaragua, whose biologists will study the thrush in forested mountains on the Dominican Republic’s border with Haiti. The grant recognizes a need to protect the songbird across its entire range, particularly in its threatened winter destinations.
“The Bicknell’s Thrush has two homes – one here in North America and the other in the Caribbean Basin,” said Chris Rimmer, executive director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, a research group working to conserve the thrush. “Our efforts to protect this vulnerable songbird can’t stop at the water’s edge. We need to concentrate our work where the threats are most severe and imminent.”

Donations to the fund can be made at:

Read the entire news release (PDF).

IBTCG Progress Report Jan-Jun 2012 (6/28/2012)
Juan Carlos Martínez-Sánchez, Bird Conservation Coordinator - Caribbean Region

Summary: During these six months I have concentrated my efforts in building capacity of our partner NGOs, understanding the needs and perceptions of local ornithologists in the DR towards our conservation plans, writing proposals, and language training. I have spent a considerable amount of time travelling and especially solving logistic and bureaucratic issues. For the rest of the year I plan to complete these tasks, expand our activities to Sierra de Bahoruco in the DR, and visit new areas of importance for BITH conservation. Finally, I present an analysis of our current efforts and make recommendations to adjust our current plans to a strategy that seeks to guarantee the long-term success and sustainability of our mission.

New Report Released (5/25/2012)

Timyan, J.C, J.E. Goetz, J.C. Martínez-­-Sánchez. 2012. Toward an Improved Conservation Strategy for Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli) in La Visite National Park, Haiti. Unpublished report for Canadian Wildlife Service and BirdLife International.

Conservation Action Plan Finalized (7/1/2010)
















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