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Long-Distance Animal Migration

Photograph by Joe Riis

The world's large-scale animal migrations provide aesthetic, economic, ecological, and recreational value. However, migratory species are on the decline globally. Climate change, habitat loss and conversion, poaching, bird strikes, predation (especially by non-native mammals), and competing pressures of a growing global human population are the main threats imperiling the ecological and evolutionary integrity of migrations. Long-distance migrants are particularly sensitive to global change as they start their journeys with no knowledge of the conditions they will find upon arrival. We seek proposals from around the world that aim to test innovative approaches to improve the viability (status, trends, vital rates) of migratory species by addressing issues surrounding land, air, and water migrations, including the migrations of lesser-known species as well as the most important long-distance migrations.


Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:

  • fill critical knowledge gaps that can help reverse negative population trends;

  • demonstrate methods for improving population viability;

  • seek to promote the effective conservation of migratory populations and species;

  • develop intervention plans to help overwintering, breeding, or stopover sites; or

  • use public-private partnership models to protect migratory species and pathways.

Applicants may request from $10,000 to $150,000 to be used over one or two years, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the How to Apply page regarding stipend eligibility), and up to 15 percent of which can be used for institutional overhead (where applicable for awarded grants of at least $50,000). Projects may be focused around conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology, but all applications should explicitly state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work. Preference will be given to proposals that include feasible plans to measure baselines or demonstrate change in key indicators (e.g., migratory habitat size, habitat trends, population size, population trends and connectivity, vital rates, threat factors).


Please observe the following deadlines when submitting your application:

JANUARY 3, 2018
11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Check back on January 4 for new Requests for Proposals,
and look at our opportunities in Standard Grants & Early Career Grants 



On the application, please select “Wildlife and Wild Places” for Lens,
“Standard” for Grant Type, and “Long Distance Animal Migration” for RFP.

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