Past Conservation Projects
& Awarded Grants
White-headed Duck Project
The IWWA was made aware of the Spanish white-headed duck problems and at the recommendation of Mike Lubbock (IWWA member) the Board of Directors approved an expenditure of $5,000 to support the preservation of this species habitat. Bill Makins (IWWA member) was also interested in this project and donated funds and his expertise to get the project started even before IWWA became involved. The IWWA funds provided wardens to protect the breeders. Additional habitats were made available to the ducks. A captive breeding program was started, and management personnel were trained to oversee the entire program.
Tom Gullick, an English Ornithologist, was also vital to the project and Pedro Mollina, an employee of ICONA, the Director of Tablas Daniel provided important support. Most importantly the Spanish Government has taken control and responsibility for the program and they are providing the necessary financial support.
Greater Sandhill Crane Research Grant
The IWWA Board of Directors approved a $500 grant to Jeff DiMatteo of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. The object of this research was to provide information on the breeding biology of cranes in the Northwest Minnesota population, and to identify the migration routes, stopover area, staging grounds and wintering grounds of this population.
Four separate populations of greater sandhill cranes are recognized and this group probably belonged to the mid-continent population. Their migration appeared to be from northwestern Minnesota, south along the western border of Minnesota, into eastern and central South Dakota, central Nebraska (along the Platte River), through central Kansas to Fort Bend Co. Texas.
Trumpeter Swan Emergency Grant
The Trumpeter Swan Society applied for an IWWA Grant to assist in the effort to save valuable breeding stock of this species in Harriman State Park, Idaho. The Board of Directors approved the request for $500 to support their effort.
Drought had reduced the amount of water available in the area and water had to be purchased to support the Trumpeter Swan population. In addition, feeding stations were established to assist the swans; however they were slow in coming to the feeding stations.
Approximately 500 swans were threatened and it was reported that up to 50 Trumpeter Swans had died.
New Zealand Brown Teal Grant
The highly endangered New Zealand Brown Teal is threatened by drainage of wetlands, excessive hunting and perhaps most significantly, by predation of feral cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, rats, pukeko and harrier hawks. Richard and Kay Jaquest of Sussex, UK are considered to be the most successful breeders of this species and the IWWA Board of Directors approved a $500 Grant to support the construction of an enclosure to further the breeding program of this species by Richard and Kay Jaquest.
Kuril Island Aleutian Canada Goose Recovery Grant
At one time the Aleutian Canada Goose was considered a severely endangered species. With the help of the IWWA, the USFWS and other conservation groups, this species has been re-established on several islands in the Aleutian chain. The IWWA awarded a $2,300 Grant to Dr. Gerasimov for his efforts to re-establish a breeding population of Aleutian Canada Geese on the Kuril Islands.
Washington Brant Foundation
The IWWA awarded a grant of $1000 to the Washington Brant Foundation to help continue their outreach and conservation activities. The Foundation purchased a high quality mini video camera to build a bank of Brant video footage to be used for education in schools and other public presentations. The Foundation is also developing a proposal to build a sand island haul-out site for Brant.
Swan Goose Restoration in Russia
The IWWA Board of Directors approved a $2,500 Grant to support the reintroduction of Swan Geese along the Amur River in Russia. This program was headed up by Sergei and Elena Smirenski and was supported by the Moscow Zoo who donated a pair of Swan Geese to start a captive breeding program. They have also developed an active education program about the Swan Goose’s current status in the wild and the Muraviovke Park project to bring back this species to the Amur River Basin. This program received both national and international television coverage to increase public awareness.
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