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Announcing the Winners of the Q4 2015 Product Grant

Announcing the Winners of the Q4 2015 Product Grant

Once again, we are proud to announce that we were able to accommodate two grant winners this quarter. We received 90 applications from 10 countries and 6 continents submitted in just 8 weeks! The strength of these applicants’ proposals made it a very difficult decision for the grant committee, which is made up of Wildlife Acoustics staff.

We are pleased to award our Q4 2015 product grants to Dr Jessica Bryant from the Zoological Society of London and Dr Bryan Bedrosian of Teton Raptor Center.

Dr. Jessica Bryant, the Zoological Society of London

Detecting the world’s rarest ape: Improving monitoring efforts for the Hainan gibbon.

How airplanes are saving the whales

How airplanes are saving the whales

Since 1999, California has been protecting its marine life by providing underwater sanctuaries to preserve and reestablish increasingly threatened marine life. The network of sanctuaries is one of the world's largest and stretches all along the California coast. Everything in the protected areas is regulated; from recreation to research.

Lighthawk volunteer pilots fly airplanes above the waters, conducting aerial surveys of the habitats. Twice a month, the pilots follow whales and dolphins and monitor boat traffic. By collecting data on the geographic locations of the creatures, they are able to advise ships to change course and avoid collisions. They can then report their data to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and help them establish the whales’ geographic distribution. The same observers are getting the bigger picture on the kelp reforestation in the area. Their work has become a vital element in the restoration of the marine ecosystem in the Pacific Ocean, from its gigantic mammals to its plants.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil