The Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards are offered as a means of giving younger and less experienced students a way to get started in field research. The awards committee received eleven proposals in 2012. Six University of Montana undergraduates and five graduate students proposed studies of birds (6), reptiles (1), fish (1), insects (1), and habitat (2). We made the following awards:
- Zoe Glas, a junior, $1,180 to study Mountain Plover nest attendance habits in Colorado.
- Matthew M. Henderson, a senior, $550 to study development along the Bitterroot River and its effects on frequency of nest predation of Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
- Kyle Van Atta, a junior, $350 to study the effects of physical environment on host finding by the insect parasitoid Trichoramma deion.
In accordance with established tradition, the recipients will report how they used the grants and the results of their investigations at a Five Valleys Audubon meeting early in 2013.
In the 26‐year history of these research grants, Five Valleys Audubon has awarded $25,667.50 to 59 recipients. Awards have averaged $435 and subjects studied have varied across the natural realm: birds (25), plants/habitat (11), mammals (9), reptiles/amphibians (7), insects (6), and fish (2).
by Bill Gabriel