Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Small wildlife enhancement project application deadline Feb. 18
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Chickadee Checkoff Program has funded hundreds of nongame species projects through the years. These range in scope from small species survey projects of $500 or less to efforts of $100,000 or more using matching federal funding sources such as the Endangered Species Act and the State Wildlife Grants Program.
This small grants program reserves $20,000 of annual contributions to the Chickadee Checkoff for small grant projects. As in the case for large projects as well, these small grant project proposals (for up to $5,000) must address elements in Kansas' Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP), "A Future for Kansas Wildlife," or identified elements in endangered species recovery plans and prioritized issues for this year’s small grants funding, which include the following:
  • refinement of bird and bat monitoring efforts, particularly related to wind power development and gray myotis bat populations in Kansas; and
  • characterization of the micro-habitat of the Scott optioservus riffle beetle (an endangered species found only at Scott State Park in Scott County).
For information on the Chickadee Checkoff Program, go to the KDWP website,, then click “Other Services/Wildlife Diversity/Chickadee Checkoff.” More information on the Kansas CWCP may be found by clicking “Other Services/Kansas CWCP” on the KDWP website.
Applications should be no longer than two pages and include project title, name of applicant and contact information, purpose of the project, and how the project relates to the stated priorities and “A Future for Kansas Wildlife.”
Proposals may be submitted online or emailed to Ken Brunson, wildlife diversity coordinator, at or phone Brunson at 620-672-0792. The deadline for submission is Feb. 18. Requests may be made to fund a portion or all of a proposed project.

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