The Boulder County Nature Association (BCNA) is a private, non-profit membership organization committed to preserving the natural history of our region through research, documentation and public education. BCNA is pleased to offer research funding by giving small grants for projects consistent with our mission.
Grants are available in two categories:
The Ken Evenson Memorial Grant, up to $1500, is available specifically for research on our native cats (mountain lion, lynx, and bobcat). One grant may be awarded annually.
General BCNA grants, up to $3,000, fund projects that will add to our understanding of the natural history of Boulder County or will augment the existing documentation of the county’s ecosystems. Exceptional proposals may be considered for funding at a slightly higher level. Past projects include a survey of butterfly species, a study of bat species and their ecological requirements, pika habitat and climate change, and a comparison of flora and fauna adjacent to trails that allow dogs and don’t allow dogs, among many others. Proposals are judged on their scientific rigor, prudent use of resources, and the potential benefit to natural resource conservation and management along the Front Range.
Proposals should include a detailed methodology, timeline, complete budget (including other funding sources if applicable), and be limited to five pages (not including a cover page). Note that no institutional overhead is allowed; individuals at institutions requiring overhead can apply as independent scholars. Successful applicants must sign a contract specifying that they will complete the project within the year, allow their written reports to be shared on the BCNA website, and agree if asked to make a brief presentation at BCNA's annual meeting or other venue.
Applications should be submitted and received no later than Friday, February 2, 2018. Electronic applications to Megan Bowes (email@example.com), chair of the Grants Committee, are preferred; alternatively they can be sent to Boulder County Nature Assoiciation, PO Box 493, Boulder CO 80306.
Awards will be granted by Friday, March 9, 2018.
Conserving Northern Leopard Frogs on Colorado's Front Range: This project is studying the once common Northern Leopard Frog and the invasive American Bullfrog at 3-7 ponds on City of Boulder Parks & Recreation properties to learn more about the Northern Leopard Frog ecology in order to enhance efforts to manage and conserve this species and lay the foundation for a volunteer monitoring program.
Drivers of Spatial Heterogeneity in Nitrogen Processing among Three Alpine Plant Communities in the Rocky Mountains: Nitrogen deposition in the alpine has increased resulting in a cascade of ecosystem consequences. This project is looking at the within-site factors that may interact to stabilize or amplify the differential response of N pools under future conditions of resource deposition in the alpine. This should help Boulder County with monitoring efforts and enable informed decisions about maintaining healthy ecosystem processes in the alpine.
The Effect of Urban Areas on Avian Species Interactions: Anthropogenic habitat disturbances are modifying species interactions and frequently creating human-driven hybrid zones, but few studies have assessed how these disturbances promote hybridization. This project will investigate how distubance modifies interactions between black-capped and mountain chickadees to promote hybridization.
Butterflies in Three Boulder County Open Spaces - Effects of the 2013 Flood: This study is to observe changes following the 2013 flood within three Boulder County Open Space properties. The goal is to document changes in the butterfly populations making up these recovering communities.
The Front Range Pika Project: The Front Range Pika Project has the following long-term goals:
Determining Lichen Individuality Through Analysis of Ploidy Architecture: The major research question in this project is: What constitutes a genetic individual in lichens? What are the observable mechanisms behind new thallus development in Boulder County? These questions will be answered utilizing flow cytometry to analyze thallus ploidy among the genus Xanthoparmelia.
Proposal to assess the impact of rock-climbing on local avian cliff communities in Boulder OSMP: The purpose of this project is to compare avian species diversity and behavior between infrequently climbed and frequently climbed sites. This will indicate whether or not rock climbing has the potential to impact the productivity, fitness, and/or habitat loss of bird species that use cliffs.
Front Range Pika Project (2016)
Front Range Pika Project (2010)