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We need your help in improving schoolyard habitats for birds, and we’re offering grants to support teachers in their efforts!

You can win cash and prizes to support habitat improvements and citizen science monitoring at your school.

Ms. Gonzales’s 3rd-grade class in front of sunflowers planted to attract House finches and Lesser Goldfinches, as well as native bees.

First, tell us what you’re already doing by submitting to the BirdSleuth Action Map.  It’s OK if your actions are small to start!  Simply show us in pictures and words what you’ve done to improve habitat for birds. Need an example?  Check out this great post from Dorn Community School!

Then, every month this spring, we will invite as many as 10 schools who have shared their work on the Action Map to apply for Habitat Heroes mini-grants so they can take their projects further. If your school gets chosen to apply, we’ll send you an email to request that you fill out a very simple form to officially apply.

Each month, we’ll make awards to schools who share the best ideas for improving their schoolyards for birds, monitoring birds there, and using the habitat to learn science.  (Tip: Submit to the Action Map early to have the best chance for selection!)

It’s easy to get started: just take some photos and/or tell us your story on the action map. More details can be found at this page.

Grants will range from $100-750.  We anticipate that prizes totaling $10,000 will be given out to approximately 30 schools throughout the United States. These grants can be used by teachers to fund things like feeders, to seed, curriculum materials, and native plants.  We hope you’ll think broadly about the ways you can monitor and improve your schoolyard habitat for birds and people!

While anyone can submit to the Action Map, only schools are eligible to win Habitat Heroes mini-grants.

Our Mission
BirdSleuth K-12 creates innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects.

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