It’s #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration…[that] kicks off the charitable season!” Today on #GivingTuesday I hope you will consider The Alongside Wildlife Foundation.
As you may know, this year my foundation started a small grants program to support wildlife conservation projects around the world. In June, we announced the first round of awards to a variety of projects focused on everything from Arkansas dragonflies and Oklahoma ants to Nigerian monkeys and Pakistani wolves. In September, we announced another round of awards funding projects ranging from Nepalese leopards to Costa Rican dart frogs. Today I wanted to let you know about a few more projects we just funded. By the end of this year we will have awarded over $10,000 to wildlife science and conservation projects. I hope you will consider helping us do even more by signing up as a recurring donor.
Sometimes people tell me they feel silly signing up as a recurring donor for just a (tax-deductible) $1-2 a month and I tell them actually this would be great! If a quarter of my online followers signed up at this level we’d instantly become one of the world’s largest wildlife conservation charities.
On to the latest funded projects!
Tilak Thapamagar will be assessing the threats (largely poaching) facing Musk Deer in Langtang National Park in Nepal and creating an educational program to communicate these conservation issues to the local people living alongside the animals. Funding from The Alongside Wildlife Foundation will be used to purchase breakfast and tea for local people while discussing Musk Deer conservation, posters and booklets about Musk Deer, radio spots to broadcast Musk Deer conservation messaging, and travel and accommodation to reach some of the sites.
Dr. Sarah Edwards of the AfriCat Foundation will use our funds to purchase seven camera traps and initiate the first natural history study of aardvarks in Namibia, with a focus on their response to rainfall. Students from Namibia University of Science and Technology will assist in the project, learning valuable skills and practical field experience related to wildlife biology. Because aardvarks are not considered of conservation concern, it can be difficult to find funding to support research related to them, even though they are keystone species and ecosystem engineers.
Tana Nulph of the Big Hole Watershed Committee received funding from the foundation that will go towards printing brochures about the non-lethal predator management programs available for ranchers in Big Hole Watershed of Montana. These programs include a Range Rider that patrols grazing allotments while monitoring predator activity and livestock condition as well as a carcass removal program that reduces predator attractants around livestock. Hopefully, participation in these program will increase as more people learn about them and as a result conflict with wolves and bears in the region will decline.
Daniel Gomes da Rocha, a Ph.D. student at UC-Davis, has received funds from the foundation to support his effort to survey the mammals surrounding the Samuel Ecological Station adjacent to the Samuel hydroelectric dam reservoir to better understand how this modification of the landscape affects wildlife, an important consideration given that there 145 hydroelectric dams currently operating or under construction with another 263 planned. These dams and associated reservoirs have the potential to alter the wildlife assemblages across wide swaths of the Brazilian Amazon, a region facing an uncertain future.
Want to help us do even more to create and promote science-based solutions to living alongside wildlife in perpetuity? Please consider joining our growing network of recurring small donors here.