Research, Education & Conservation Grants

Drawing blood from female Mountain Bluebird Taking a blood sample from a female Mountain Bluebird. Jessica Fish

The DFO Research, Education, and Conservation Fund provides grants for projects in three areas of study: education in the knowledge of birds, research in ornithology, and conservation of birds and their habitat. In awarding grants, preference is given first to projects in the Denver metropolitan area, then Colorado's Front Range, and finally, elsewhere in the U.S.

DFO has awarded fund grants since 1994, when Mary Hope Robinson donated $15,000 to to establish DFO's Educational Endowment Fund. In 2012, the name was changed to the DFO Research, Education, and Conservation Fund. Thanks to the generosity of donors including club members, DFO is able to support more grants each year with modest research funding.

View the projects we have funded. Those in bold are linked to a report on the project.

2018 - $5800 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Scott Yanco, CU Denver Avian Habitat Selection in Flammulated Owls $1500
Rob Sparks, Bird Conservancy of Rockies Black Swift Movement Ecology Project $1000
Angela & James Dwyer, Central Plains Experimental Range & Bird Conservancy of Rockies Cattle Stocking Rates & Abundance of Northeastern CO raptors $750
Ranchlands Foundation Chico Basin Ranch Bird Banding Station & Education Program $500
Alyssa Kircher, U. of Wisconsin Greater Sage Grouse Response to Surface Mine Disturbance $1000
Tyler Michels, CU Denver Spatiotemporal Patterns of Habitat Use by Mountain Plover $1050
2017 - $6400 Total
Grantee Project Amount
T. Michels & A. Pierce, CU Denver Breeding schedules & habitat for Mountain Plovers $500
Casey Setash, CSU Cinnamon Teal nesting success in the Monte Vista NWR $1500
Katherine McGinn, Colo. College Flammulated Owl males maximize territories for breeding $500
Erin Bissell, MSU Denver Habitat at Chatfield SP and remediation after flooding $1800
Scott Yanco, CU Denver Habitat selection by Flammulated Owls before/after a burn $2100
2016 - $6000 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Amber Carver, CU Denver Breeding success in shortgrass steppe birds $1150
Casey Setash, CSU Cinnamon Teal Breeding Ecology, San Luis Valley $1000
Tyler Williams, CU Denver Clark's Nutcracker Seed Use and Spatial Dynamics in Rocky Mountain NP $750
Max Ciaglo & Ross Calhoun Flammulated Owl Fall Migration in Manitou Experimental Forest $1000
Allison Pierce, CU Denver Mountain Plovers of South Park, CO: nest survival $600
James & Angela Dwyer Raptor Ecology with adaptive grazing at Central Plains Experimental Range $500
Tyler Edmundson, BCR Summer Ornithology camp scholarships $1000
2015 - $6623 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Tyler Williams, CU Denver Co-evolution of Clark's Nutcracker and Trees in RMNP $1900
Max Ciaglo & Ross Calhoun Flammulated Owl Migration in Manitou Experimental Forest $1523
Amber Carver, CU Denver Passerine Nest Survival on Prairie Grazed in 2 Manners $1800
Tyler Edmondson, RMBO Scholarships to On the Wing birding camp in RMNP $1000
Tyler Edmondson, RMBO Two-way radios for birding camps $400
2014 - $6558 Total
Grantee Project Amount
RMBO Binoculars and Guide Books for Brighton $600
Denver Zoo Bird Diversity on Grasslands with Bison and Cattle $1000
Garolyn Gunn, Richard Levad Fund Black Swifts in Ouray $400
Boulder County Audubon Society Dodd Reservoir Restoration $500
Rob Sparks, RMBO Eastern Screech-Owl $1000
Ross Calhoun and Max Ciaglo Flammulated Owl Migration $1512.93
Amber Carver, CU Denver Grazing and Nest Survival of McCown's Longspur $1545
2013 - $5100 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Kris Haglund DMNS Archives Bailey Film Project $2000
Jessica Fish CU – Denver Bluebird Research $500
Jeff Birek RMBO Fall Bird Banding and Educational Outreach $1000
Joe Roller DFO Last Chance Habitat Restoration $600
Rob Sparks RMBO Screech Owl Research $1000
2012 - $3300 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Molly O’Malley Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (DPS) Binoculars for science program $1000
Kim Potter RMBO Black Swift Genetics Research $1000
Brendan Doyle East High School (DPS) East Angel Wildlife Habitat Garden $300
Noe Marymor RMBO Workshop: Educating Eastern Colorado Land Managers on Wildlife Habitat $1000
2010 - $1500 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Sylvia Brockner Evergreen Bird book project $500
Birds of Prey Foundation, Broomfield Raptor rehabilitation work $1000
2008 - $1700 Total
Grantee Project Amount
East High School Birding Club, Denver Bird Habitat project $400
Joyce Gellhorn Film and educational brochure on White-tailed Ptarmigan $1000
Ph.D. Candidate CSU Studying Burrowing Owls and plague $300
1996 - $545 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Denver Audubon Society For plastic storage system for study skins and nests $225
Colorado Bird Observatory (now RMBO) Funding for supplies and teacher training $320
1995 - $300 Total
Grantee Project Amount
Tim Mitzen Scholarship to summer bird camp at Camp Chiricauhua, Arizona $300