biology, ecology

Seabirds fly and swim from continent to continent. They know no borders. They're important for the ecosystem. Studying seabirds helps us understand how our environment is changing and potentially determine what we can do to protect it.

The Projects

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Can Hookpods and reusable LED lights reduce albatross deaths and marine pollution?

Endangered albatrosses and other seabirds are accidentally killed in longline fisheries around the world...

Seeking Safer Skies for Haiti's Rarest Seabird

The goal of our research is to reduce collisions of critically endangered Black-Capped Petrel with communication...

Establishing a new African Penguin Colony: predator monitoring

African Penguin numbers are decreasing due to a lack of prey (sardine & anchovy) on the west coast of...

The Mystery of the Disappearing Seabirds: Using Science to Protect Caribbean Seabirds

Seabirds are among the most endangered of all vertebrate groups. Loss of Caribbean populations is ongoing;...

Where are endangered California least terns spending their winters?

Wintering habitats of California least terns remain unknown, despite having terns being listed as endangered...

Tracking ‘flying penguins’: pelagic distribution and threats of South Georgia Diving Petrels

The South Georgia Diving Petrel is a tiny, highly specialized, wing-propelled diver; a 'flying penguin...

Where is this vulnerable Indian Ocean seabird feeding? Using micro-GPS to track seabirds in the Indian Ocean

Thankyou all! Please continue as it all helps! I have studied the Lesser Noddy at the Houtman Abrolhos...

Say “cheese”: Using automated cameras to assess the status of a threatened seabird

The introduction of non-native goats to an important Chilean seabird island may impact the breeding of...

Blinded by the light: reducing shearwater deaths along a coastal highway in O'ahu, Hawai'i

Wedge-tailed Shearwater chicks are attracted to lights and grounded due to collisions with utility wires...

Plastic marine debris: it’s what you don’t see that may be worse for Arctic Seabirds

Plastic debris is choking our ocean ecosystems, including the Bering Sea. In this region, the seabirds and...

What factors are causing seabird declines in the Grenadines?

Seabird populations are declining. Seabirds face a number of threats in marine and terrestrial habitats...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Jul 06, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jul 19, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

Challenge grants are sponsored prizes. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to seabirds, and all the campaigns will launch together on July 19th, 2016. The project that ends with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $1,000.

When will the grant be awarded?

On August 19th at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

We are seeking proposals from seabird researchers. We will select roughly 15 projects to join the Seabird Challenge Grant Program. Each project will run as an individual campaign. The projects will all launch on the same day for 30 days. 

In the 3rd week the Experiment project that finishes with the most backers will receive an additional $1,000 grant. The two runner up projects will receive $250 each.

Project Eligilibity

All projects related to seabirds are eligible.

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