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The Australasian Bat Society proudly supports projects by members  that promote the conservation and/or knowledge of bats in Australasia through the ABS Grants programme.

 

Grant details will be announced to ABS members in autumn and spring each year.

 

 

 

 

ABS Grants

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2011 Projects

  • Julie Broken-Brow: The abundance, species diversity and habitat usage of microbats in coastal mangroves of South-East Queensland.

  • Cory Toth: The breeding ecology of the Lesser Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata).

  • Jenny Maclean: Tolga Bat Hospital: Assistance with Spectacled Flying Fox rescue and care during 2011-12 tick season.

 

2012 Projects

  • Stephen Griffiths: Efficacy of artificial bat-boxes as a tool in the conservation  of tree-roosting insectivorous bats.

  • Ian Gill, Keiran Stone, Gavin Collis, Sarah Evans, Tim Shaw: John Paul High School - Mauria Forest bat survey, New Zealand.

 

2013 Projects

  •  Lisa Cawthen: King Island Bat Survey.

 

2014 Projects

  • Jane Hall: Developing non-invasive methods for the detection of toxic heavy metals (e.g. Cadmium) in the Christmas Island Flying-fox (Pteropus melanotus natalis), using the Grey-headed flying-fox (P. poliocephalus) as an analogue.

  • Cathy Hartley: Improving mortality rates in Juvenile Grey-headed Flying-foxes  during Heat Stress Events.

 

2015 Projects

  • Tyrone Lavery and Michael Pennay: Bat calls of the Solomon Islands: a reference call library and identification key to the bats of the Solomon Archipelago.

  • Toni Mitchell: Enhancing caring standards for bats and raising awareness for deadly hazards in our    

      environment.

  • Julie Broken-Brow: The roosting preferences of Saccolaimus mixtus and Critically Endangered

      Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus in Cape York.

 

2016 Projects

  • Kayla Asplet: Investigating the sensitivity of Myotis macropus (Large-footed Myotis) to heavy-metal pollution in urban waterways, Sydney, New South Wales.

  • Erin Westerhuis: The importance of riparian woodland for insectivorous bats and their prey in central Australia.

 

2017 Projects

  • Bradley Clarke-Wood:  Insectivorous bats and spatial subsidies across a land-use gradient in north-eastern Victoria’ as a part of ‘Longitudinal trends in land-use, spatial subsidies and food-webs of north-eastern Victorian perennial streams.

  • Anita Freudmann: Foraging ecology and behaviour of Eastern Tube-nosed Bats (Nyctimene robinsoni).

  • Danielle Eastick: Sex and the city: Investigating the reproductive ecology of a successful urban species, the Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), in greater Melbourne.

 

 

 

Past projects

Eligibility

Who: 

Any member of the Australasian Bat Society Inc. can apply for an ABS grant.

 

Activities funded: 

The ABS Grants programme is open to applications for any proposal that:

 

• Improves or promotes the conservation of bats and their habitat in Australasia,

• Raises positive public awareness of bats in Australasia,

• Undertakes scientific research that directly or indirectly contributes to bat conservation in Australasia,

• Supports the role that wildlife carer and rehabilitation organisations play in bat conservation in Australasia.

Projects may include (but need not be limited to):

• Scientific research, student projects, on ground bat conservation work, education programs or materials, equipment or materials purchased to support bat conservation programs or projects.

 

The ABS is interested in supporting a very broad range of projects. However, funding is unlikely to be available for the following purposes:

 

• conference travel, attendance at meetings, or other short-term activities mainly involving travel, where these are

  the principal elements of the grant proposal,

• activities which are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies,

• recurrent funding of existing projects,

• payment of salaries, wages etc.

 

Where:

ABS Grants are only available for projects undertaken in the Australasian region. That is the islands east of ‘Wallace’s Line’ including; Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the islands of the south-west Pacific.

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Two types of grants

1) Regular ABS grants 

Three grants of $1,500 awarded once a year (Sept-Nov)

 

2) Paddy Pallin Foundation-sponsored ABS grants 

Two grants of $3,000 awarded once a year (March-May) kindly sponsored by the Paddy-Pallin Foundation

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