North Star Science and Technology Transmitter Grant Program
In 2003, we launched our first annual grant program and provided 3 PTTs to each of two projects in S. America, one on Pink-footed Shearwaters and one on Blue-eyed Shags. The next year, we provided 3 PTTs to a raptor migration project in N. America and another 3 PTTs to an Andean Flamingo project in S. America. In 2005, we provided 4 PTTs for a project on Christmas Island Frigatebirds, 3 PTTs to a White-rumped Vulture project in Nepal, and 1 PTT to a Whooping Crane reintroduction project in the USA. In 2006, we provided 2 PTTs to a study of Long-billed Curlews in the western USA, 1 PTT to a Black-browed Albatross project in the Falklands Islands, 2 PTTs to the continuation of the Christmas Island Frigatebird project, and 3 PTTs to a project on wintering Siberian Cranes in China. In 2007, we provided 2 PTTs to track reintroduced Whooping Cranes in the USA, 4 PTTs to track Spectacled Petrels off Brazil, and 2 PTTs to track Blue Ducks in New Zealand. In 2008, grant PTTs were used to study Bengal Florican in Cambodia, Gren Macaw in Ecuador, and the Philippine Eagle. In 2010, grant winners used our PTTs to study Koloa, Tristan Albatross, and Umbrellabirds. In 2013, award recipients used our PTTs to study declining vulture populations in the old world.
To date, we have provided a total of 60 PTTs to the world’s research community, worth a total retail value of about $200,000. So the next time you make a buying decision for PTTs, ask yourself if you are supporting a company that is giving something back to the research community, or not. We can only hope that your buying decisions will be affected (to some small degree) by our generosity to the clients we serve.
This year, the Grant Program will offer the usual 8 PTTs that we have offered in the past. Our grant program is open to researchers from around the world and will allow the winners to choose the model of PTT that they want to use from our entire line of PTTs, including GPS units. This line includes solar PTTs as small as 5 grams, along with parrot neck collars, leg band units, and/or neck collar units.