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Funding Recipients

These are the organizations that have received funding from Endow-Bio, Inc.

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Bat Conservation International
rare species management and reintroduction
<span style="font-weight: bold; ">Bat Conservation International's White Nose Syndrome Emergency Response Fund</span>. <br /><br />Bat Conservation International's mission is to conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems in order to ensure a healthy planet. <br /><br />Bats make up 20% of the world's mammal species, and their numbers, diversity and range reflect their unique role and value as pollinators, pest managers and seed dispersers. For thirty years, BCI has tackled bat conservation issues from the destruction of bat habitats in caves and mines to the dangers posed to bats by the increase in the wind turbine industry and the growing threat of White Nose Syndrome — a fungal disease that is now devastating several cave dwelling bat species in the USA. <br /><br />Bat Conservation International has projects underway worldwide. Our Global Grassroots fund invests in grassroots habitat protection projects that teach local citizens the value of protecting bats. Our Student Research Scholarship Program funds conservation-relevant research. As the world's bats face increasing challenges to their very existence, it is clear that promoting awareness of the essential role bats play in the world's ecosystems is the key to conservation success. Bat Conservation International partners with the US Fish &amp; Wildlife Service, USDA, the National Park Service, and US Forest Service. <br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span><span style="font-size: 12pt; ">Learn more at </span></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span><span style="font-size: 12pt; "></span></span></span></a><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span>.</span></span>
Catalina Island Conservancy
environmental education
<span style="font-weight: bold; ">The Catalina Island Conservany's Naturalist Training Program</span>. <br /><br />The Catalina Island Conservancy is responsible for 88% of Catalina Island, off the coast of California. The Conservancy has the mission of protecting these ecologically unique lands for future generations through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. <br /><br />With one million visitors to Catalina Island each year, we strive to connect as many people as possible with our conservation work, and with how they relate to and impact the greater natural world. The critical need is to create and deliver a story-based training tool that conveys the beauty and value of natural spaces in a compelling and memorable way. <br /><br />The goal of the Naturalist Training Program is to develop a corps of Master Guides and Conservancy educators who will expand the Conservancy’s outreach by raising the conservation/education bar for all visitors to Catalina’s wildlands. <br /><br />Support of this program will help us design and deliver an innovative and effective training tool that has the capacity to reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. This program will foster a stronger nature ethic for all visitors and an increased level of understanding and commitment from our diverse audiences. <br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; ">Learn more at </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; "></span></span></a><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; ">.</span></span>
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
<span style="font-weight: bold; ">Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation's endeavors here in the USA</span>. <br /><br />Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy environment. Invertebrates build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans; they are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; and they are food for birds, fish and other animals. Yet invertebrate populations are often imperiled by human activities and rarely accounted for in mainstream conservation. <br /><br />Established in 1971, the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of local citizens to implement conservation and education programs. Over the past three decades, we have protected endangered species and their habitats, produced ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, trained thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat, and raised awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts, and oceans. <br /><br />Of the more than one million species of animals in the world, 94% are invertebrates. The services they perform — pollination, seed dispersal, food for wildlife, nutrient recycling — are critical to life on our planet. Indeed, without them whole ecosystems would collapse. But when decisions are made about environmental policy and land management these vital and diverse creatures are often overlooked. The funding from Endow-Bio will be used to further these programs:<br /><ul><li> Our Pollinator Conservation staff work across the country to educate farmers, land managers, and the public about the importance of pollinating insects and establish habitat protection and management as keys to their conservation. In the last several years, we have directly reached over 5,000 agricultural professionals and farmers through trainings, workshops, and other outreach events in 37 states. As a result of our work, native pollinators are now a key priority for agricultural conservation programs across the U.S., and our efforts have led to thousands of acres of habitat improvements for these vital insects.</li><li>Xerces’ Aquatic Conservation Program conducts applied research and provides advice and resources to scientists, land managers, and watershed stewards for monitoring the health of streams, rivers, and wetlands. We also work with watershed councils to assess the health of local watersheds and to analyze the success of restoration projects.</li><li>Our Endangered Species Program advocates on behalf of threatened, endangered, and at-risk invertebrates and their habitats, and works with agency staff to provide resources and training for their conservation. Our current work includes efforts to protect endangered bumble bees, butterflies, freshwater mussels, tiger beetles and other invertebrates. We protect habitat on private and public lands for the most imperiled species, and regularly provide resources that help land managers conserve endangered insects and other wildlife.</li><li>Through our Conservation and Education we undertake a variety of activities to raise awareness and appreciation of the valuable role of invertebrates. These include publication of our magazine Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation, which features the work of renowned wildlife photographers, scientists and conservationists. We also provide dozens of publications for free download through our website including guidelines to help farmers and gardeners conserve pollinators, guides to identifying endangered bumble bees, tools for monitoring stream health using aquatic insects, and many more.</li></ul><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; ">Learn more at </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; "></span></span></a><span style="font-weight: bold; "><span style="font-size: 12pt; ">.</span></span>
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
family planning
<p><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest's youth educational programs relating to sexual health and family planning.</span></p><p>Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s education and outreach work is focused on prevention. In Alaska, western Washington, and southwestern Idaho our goal is to keep youth healthy and to keep them in school. We run Teen Pregnancy prevention programs that target at-risk youth with age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education in order that they may avoid pregnancy and STD’s, stay in school, and graduate. We offer Peer Education programs that train teens in various topics such as dating violence, bullying, birth control, teen pregnancy prevention, healthy relationship, and STD’s. Teens then act as peer resources in their schools, as well as giving hundreds of one hour in-school presentations across seven counties each year. We also offer Cuidate, which is culturally appropriate for Latino youth to counter the extremely high teen pregnancy rates in the Latino communities.<span> </span>Our Community Educators offer sexual health presentations, which are medically accurate and age appropriate. Many school districts do not offer sex education, which puts teens at risk for pregnancy and STD’s. All of the support provided by Endow-Bio will be directed to these educational programs.</p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold; ">Learn more at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span>
Center for Biological Diversity
environmental law
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature, to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants.&nbsp; Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.&nbsp; We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.&nbsp; We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.&nbsp; Money raised through Endow-Bio, Inc. over 2012 will support our legal work protecting rare species in the U.S.A.
Conservation Fisheries
rare species management and reintroduction
Conservation Fisheries is dedicated to the preservation of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems in the southeastern United States, concentrating on the conservation and recovery of rare freshwater fishes using captive propagation, habitat assessment, and low impact monitoring techniques.&nbsp; As the only private nongame fish hatchery in the U.S., Conservation Fisheries has propagated more than 60 fish species from a dozen southeastern states.&nbsp; Activities include re-establishing fish species in waters from which they were extirpated, maintaining ark populations of rare fish facing extinction in the wild, monitoring habitat conditions and fish population status, discovering valuable life history information applicable to conservation management, and providing a facility and organisms for conservation related research.&nbsp; We've also reported&nbsp;findings to grantors and collaborators, including World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife&nbsp;Service, U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, other government agencies, NGO's, schools and media.&nbsp; Money raised through Endow-Bio, Inc. over 2012 will further our efforts to conserve rare fish in the southeastern United States.
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Spanning the Idaho/Montana border, 60 miles south of Canada, the Scotchman Peaks&nbsp;are one of the last, and largest, wild areas in this region.&nbsp; Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness conducts education, outreach and stewardship activities to preserve the rugged, scenic and biologically diverse 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area.&nbsp; The Scotchman Peaks deserve congressional designation as Wilderness for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.<br /> <br /> Covering parts of both the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests, three ecosystems converge here: northern Rocky Mountain and Canadian Boreal Forests overlap, while Pacific Maritime influences bring abundant moisture, creating diverse and unique habitats, home to many threatened, endangered, and sensitive species of flora and fauna.&nbsp; There are outstanding opportunities for quiet, backcountry use and traditional activities such as hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, and foraging.<br /> <br /> We are building community support where wilderness is highly valued and sought after by the public.&nbsp; We conduct stewardship activities to preserve Wilderness characteristics before and after designation.&nbsp; Money raised through Endow-Bio, Inc. over 2012 will support our advocacy for Wilderness designation for Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area.
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
land acquisition
Since 1997, Mississippi Valley Conservancy has permanently protected over 13,500 acres in nine counties&nbsp;in the scenic Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin:&nbsp;Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, LaCrosse, Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Grant and Crawford.&nbsp; Our land trust now has more than 1600 members.<br /> <br /> Mississippi Valley Conservancy is fundraising to acquire a 398-acre parcel in Grant Co., just east of Boscobel and contiguous with private lands permanently protected by The Prairie Enthusiasts, another land trust.&nbsp; This McNamee Tract, or &quot;Boscobel Bluffs&quot;, is comprised of remnant native prairie, intact oak opening, southern dry, dry-mesic, and mesic forest.&nbsp; This site overlooks the Wisconsin River and has wind-blown sand dunes unique to the Driftless Area.&nbsp; The context, juxtaposition, scenic and ecological values make this acquisition a high priority, especially for the size and quality of the prairies and oak savannas.&nbsp; Rare species have been observed on the property including state Endangered Ornate Box Turtle and Wild Petunia, and the state Threatened Hooded Warbler and Tuberous Indian Plantain.&nbsp; Restoration and management will focus on preserving and restoring existing rare natural communities and species' habitats.&nbsp; The land will be open to the public for hunting, hiking, birding, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing and will be made available for outdoor education and scientific research.<br /> <br /> Should this particular project fail to come to fruition, Mississippi Valley Conservancy will use the funds generated by Endow-Bio, Inc. over 2012 to acquire other wild land over which MVC expects to retain title.
Vermonters For A Sustainable Population
other social issues related to conservation of biodiversity
Vermonters for a Sustainable Population (VSP) is the only one of the hundred or so environmental organizations in Vermont that deals with the primary cause of our environmental problems and not the symptoms.&nbsp; This is the first state environmental organization to endorse a steady state economy, which is absolutely essential to achieving sustainability and a healthy environment.&nbsp; VSP produced the most comprehensive report ever published on Vermont's environment, the &quot;Disappearing Vermont?&quot; report.&nbsp; Money raised through Endow-Bio, Inc. over 2012 will support our advocacy for a sustainable human population.<br />
California Wildlife Foundation
Non-profit doing government work
habitat management
<span style="font-weight: bold">California Wildlife Foundation</span> is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with public agencies, other nonprofits, and community groups to research, design and implement specific wildlife habitat conservation and restoration projects in California. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Examples include: &nbsp;Restoring wetlands in the South San Francisco Bay and North San Pablo Bay; developing Land Use Management Plans for publicly held lands; eradicating invasive species; fencing wildlife refuges and reserves to keep motorized vehicles from entering and damaging habitat; acquiring, holding and transferring land and/or conservation easements for partners to manage in perpetuity for the benefit of fish and wildlife. &nbsp;Endow-Bio funding will specifically support habitat management in cooperation with government agencies.<br /> <br /> California Wildlife Foundation, along with its partners, is actively conserving and restoring necessary landscapes and water systems in order to achieve sustainable wildlife habitat that will support the rich biodiversity of a fast-growing state.
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