AAS Trust Awards from the Fall 2003 Meeting

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Arkansas Audubon Society Trust Report Fall 2017

In 2012 AAS member Dr. Carlos Araoz made a generous donation to the Trust in memory of his wife Eulalia. At the time it was a difficult investment climate to generate significant income from his donated funds, so in 2015 he agreed to let us use those funds for immediate grants. This year we decided to do something special with the remaining $5,000 of Araoz funds. We released an RFP for a one-time $5,000 lump-sum Eulalia Araoz Memorial Grant, hoping to attract an outstanding proposal for a bird research or conservation project in Arkansas. We were pleased with the results. Examination and debate over the merits of the six Araoz proposals plus four other proposals was so challenging and arousing that we did not adjourn until five minutes before dinner! My gratitude to Susan Hardin, Ron Kew, Adam Schaffer, Dr. Than Boves, and Dr. Ragupathy Kannan (not present but submitted comments) for taking the time to fulfill this duty. Additional thanks to Dr. Kannan, who continues to use his overseas birding tours as a fundraiser for the Trust. You can make your own tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check to: Barry Haas, Treasurer, 804 Konrad Ct., Little Rock, 72223.

At the fall 2017 meeting the Trustees gave 8 awards totaling $10,600.

         Alyssa DeRubeis (M.S., UA-Fayetteville) was granted $500 to see if restored grasslands are successful additions to remnant sites for nesting and non-breeding birds.

         Emily Donahue (M.S., ASU) cached $780 for her study of the winter ecology and physiology of Loggerhead Shrike populations in an agricultural landscape.

         Sara Harrod (Ph.D., ASU) received $500 to examine demographic responses of Eastern Bluebirds to spatio-temporal climate variability.

         Ozark Natural Science Center immediately put their $1,140 to use purchasing binoculars on sale from Eagle Optics for their ornithology and field investigation classes.

         Pooja Panwar (Ph.D., UA-Fayetteville) is again the Doug James Award winner, giving her $700 for validating the reliability of ecoacoustic methods to assess bird diversity.

         Mitchell Pruitt (M.S., UA-Fayetteville) netted $780 to determine the breeding and natal origins of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

         Jacob Wessels (M.S., ASU) is the recipient of the $5,000 Eulalia Araoz Memorial Grant for his outstanding proposal to examine Cerulean Warbler breeding biology, habitat selection, and female movements in the Ozarks. Congratulations!

         Joseph Youtz (M.S., ASU) received $1,200, including the Max Parker Award, to look at occupancy of isolated woodlots by Prothonotary Warblers in Northeast Arkansas.

Dan Scheiman, Chair

AAS Trust




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