Monday, May 10, 2021

NNY Audubon funds bird projects across the region

bluebirdNorthern New York Audubon (NNYA) is pleased to announce that funds will be awarded to several regional organizations as part of the annual Joseph & Joan Cullman Conservation Grants.

The projects approved by NNYA were submitted by the following non-profits, local environmental organizations, and higher education institutions: Adirondack Interpretive Center at Newcomb, Ausable River Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Watershed Institute, St. Lawrence Land Trust, SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center, Dr. Alyssa Gleichsner of SUNY Plattsburgh, and Jesse Rock of Paul Smith’s College master’s program.

Joseph and Joan Cullman owned the Kildare Club just north of Tupper Lake, New York and loved the Adirondacks. The Cullman Foundation allows Northern New York Audubon to distribute funds to support projects occurring in the Adirondack, Champlain, or St. Lawrence region of Northern New York that are beneficial to birds.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Cullman Foundation and their continued effort to conserve habitat and species in our region,” Shelly Cihan, NNYA President, said. “There were a lot of great applications this year and it’s wonderful to see widespread interest in conservation and education efforts for birds in our NNYA territory.”

Total funds awarded amount to $15,416.00 for the following projects:


Project title


Adirondack Interpretive Center

AIC Bird Feeding Station Enhancements


Ausable River Association

Native Trees and Shrubs to Enhance Songbird Habitat on the Ausable River


Jesse Rock/ Paul Smith’s College

An Investigation into the Vulnerability of Stream/Riparian Communities to Road-Salt Pollution Within the Adirondack Park


Wildlife Conservation Society

Understanding Mechanisms of Avian Community Change around Residential Development


Dr. Alyssa Gleichsner/ SUNY Plattsburgh

Feeling Blue: The impact of nest parasites on Eastern Bluebird Fitness


Adirondack Watershed Institute

Understanding Mechanisms of Avian Community Change around Residential Development


St. Lawrence Land Trust

Avian Surveys, Habitat Enhancement, and Improving Public Awareness of Birds at the Hart’s Falls Preserve in Canton, NY


SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center

Love Your Lake: Drivers of Change, Loons and Fish in Protected Watersheds


“From real science driven projects to substantial outreach efforts, these projects all embody NNYA’s mission,” Tom Langen, NNYA Vice President, said. “We wish we could fund everything, but the NNYA board feels the projects selected best aligned with the goals of the Cullman Grants. When determining which projects to award funds, we looked at overall values for conservation, science, and outreach.”

More information on Cullman Conservation Grants and to see past years’ awardees, visit Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to, environmental organizations, teachers, graduate students, and research project managers.

If you’d like to inquire about future grant opportunities or make a donation, please visit or email

Photo: Eastern Bluebird, by Janelle Hoh/NNYA

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