BLM Arizona Audubon River Pathways Program (PDO)

The summary for the BLM Arizona Audubon River Pathways Program (PDO) grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Bureau of Land Management, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
BLM Arizona Audubon River Pathways Program (PDO): a. Background:

Through an existing assistance agreement, Audubon Arizona has been a partner with BLM and the Phoenix Union School District in developing and implementing the River Pathways program. This program has two main objectives: 1. Educating and engaging youth in riparian ecology and management; and 2. Carrying out bird and riparian habitat surveys on public lands.

Audubon staff in conjunction with teachers from Carl Haden High School, Metro Tech High School, Phoenix Bioscience High School and Central High School developed the River Pathways curriculum which gives students a background on riparian ecology, vegetation, wildlife and geomorphology. Since its start, River Pathways has reached over 1,800 students from 24 different schools in the Phoenix area. Students are taught the River Pathways curriculum at the various high schools then take field trips to the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center (¿Rio Salado Audubon Center¿) located adjacent to the Rio Salado River. At the Rio Salado Audubon Center students receive more education on riparian ecology and management, and are taught riparian monitoring techniques. Students also visit riparian areas for hands-on learning.

To date, 11 summer high school student interns have been hired through the River Pathways program. These interns have assisted Audubon biologists in carrying out population and habitat surveys for the yellow-billed cuckoo and have provided data entry support. The yellow-billed cuckoo was recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, so data collected on this species and its habitat is critically important in conserving the species and the riparian habitat on which it depends. Audubon has also accomplished surveys for grassland species on public lands to help monitor the effectiveness of ongoing grassland restoration treatments.

b. Objectives:

The objectives of this new agreement with Audubon Arizona are to continue carrying out the River Pathways program as described above. This agreement will assist Audubon with their important ongoing work in engaging youth in science and natural resource management and in collecting critical data to help conserve birds and their habitat.
Federal Grant Title: BLM Arizona Audubon River Pathways Program (PDO)
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: L15AS00106
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.231
CFDA Descriptions: Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Resource Management
Current Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2015 See announcement cover sheet for the
Original Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2015 See announcement cover sheet for the
Posted Date: Apr 30, 2015
Creation Date: Apr 30, 2015
Archive Date: Jul 6, 2015
Total Program Funding: $250,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $250,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $2,500
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
The following types of entities are eligible to apply for award under this announcement. Failure to meet eligibility requirements will result in precluding the BLM from making an award. Eligible applicant types are:

Unrestricted, anyone may apply
Grant Announcement Contact
Eddie W Bell Jr, Grants Management Officer, 602-417-9268

Bureau of Land Management 801-539-4178
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