Grant Funding - Current Projects

2018-2019 Wildlife Conservation Commission Grant Cycle

Land Trust of Napa County, $13,000

Post-fire Ecological Monitoring, Restoration, and Erosion Repair on the Foote Botanical Preserve: There is much opportunity for ecological restoration and post-fire research on the Foote Botanical Preserve following of the 2017 fires. In order to ensure the health and survival of rare plant holly leaved canothus population, the Land Trust is working with botanists and plant ecologists to protect new post-fire seedlings. The Land Trust is also looking to address invasive plant species that have been stimulated by the fire, including French broom, Himalayan blackberry, bigleaf periwinkle, and a number of invasive annual grasses; and improve erosion issues that have become apparent post-fire along the trail system. The WCC grant will fund two full weeks of service from an American Conservation Experience (ACE) crew towards these efforts, as well as support post-fire botanical research efforts taking place on the preserve.

Napa Wildlife Rescue, $14,040

Part-time Education Coordinator, $13,270: In addition to wildlife rehabilitation efforts, NWR has grown significantly in their school and community outreach in the last three years.  These programs are aimed at building wildlife appreciation and prevention, through awareness of human activities that might put wildlife at risk, and promotion of the Hawkline and NWR as the places to go when help is needed.  They also focus on building wonder and love for wildlife, particularly in the schools, with the hope that it will develop into an environment of support for Napa’s wildlife community. The programs are provided at no cost to the schools and other community groups/organizations. Demand for events and presentations have exceed NWR’s current capacity. The WCC grant will fund one part-time education coordinator who will manage the outreach coordination for school and event presentations, assist during events, help train new volunteers, and develop new educational materials.

Incubator for Orphaned Opossums, $770: NWR rehabilitates opossum babies, often orphaned when the mother is hit by a car. The babies must be kept in an incubator for warmth. NWR’s current incubator is at the end of its life. The WCC grant will fund the purchase of a new large incubator.

Napa-Solano Audubon, $8,000

Maintain and expand the position of Educational Coordinator to enable the continued development of educational curriculum, lead field trips and bird walks, mentor and organize Citizen Science volunteers of all ages. This position has been funded by the WCC in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and there are plans to expand the position fulltime in the next several years. Specifically the education coordinator will:

  • Lead family-friendly Beginning Birding Walks
  • Educate volunteer citizen scientist
  • Manage citizen science teams
  • Citizen science projects include:
    • Climate Watch: organized by National Audubon, Napa-Solano Audubon volunteers collect data twice per year to assess the accuracy of predictions on the effects climate change on specific species
    • NestWatch: collects information on the timing and success of nesting western bluebirds, tree swallows and other birds that occupy nest boxes monitored by volunteers.

Napa County Resource Conservation District, $13,717

Napa Youth Stewardship Counsil (NYSC) was launched in 2015 by Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) in partnership with Friends Of the Napa River (FONR) and funded by a seed grant from the Wildlife Conservation Commission.  This year’s WCC grant will help the NYSC accomplish the following objectives:

  • Facilitate Napa Youth Stewardship Council, an extracurricular environmental stewardship leadership club for up to 20 Napa County high school youth during school year 2018-2019.
  • Improve wildlife habitat and watershed function in Napa County through conducting stewardship projects with NYSC members such as tree planting, trash clean-ups, riparian restoration, or other activities as deemed appropriate by technical staff.
  • Increase student awareness of Napa County’s watersheds, including open space lands, agriculture, and urban ecology.