Audubon gives grants

The Indiana Audubon invites grant applications for its annual environmental grant and scholarship program.

Individuals and organizations may apply online now through Sept. 1 for projects related to Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s birds, that promote the Indiana Audubon’s mission.

The Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program is the official name of the grant program, created in 2010. The Mumford and Keller fund receives annual funding from the Indiana Audubon annual budget, as well as proceeds from the most recent Indiana Dunes Birding Festival silent auction and raffle. Over $5,000 in funding is available in 2019 for various projects related to educational, scientific and conservation pursuits. Grant applications can be accessed online at indianaaudubon.org/about-ias

For more information about the grant program, call Indiana Audubon Awards Chair, Kim Ehn, at 219-728-8351. To learn more about the Indiana Audubon and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web at indianaaudubon.org.

DNR wins GIS award

INDIANAPOLIS — For the seventh time in 11 years, a Department of Natural Resources project has taken home an Excellence in GIS Award from the annual Indiana GIS Conference.

Three members of the Division of Engineering — director Dale Gick, Deb Kuehn and Jomary Baller — were honored for their DNR Owned Dams Viewer Project, which won the Excellence in GIS Award in the state or federal agency division.

The DNR Dam Viewer was created as a central location for dam-related information, including location. The project included gathering the information, putting together a GIS dataset, then creating a browser-based application for DNR staff to easily find the information.

The DNR owns about 100 regulated dams at 40 different DNR properties throughout the state.

Series in Ohio

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab staff members will present “Lake Erie Science” at Lakeside Chautauqua this summer from June 18 to July 30. The talks, held most Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at Lakeside’s Steele Memorial Bandstand and Gazebo, are free and open to the public.

Speakers will cover a wide range of topics, from trash pollution and invasive species to water quality and native snakes. They will also answer questions about Lake Erie, Ohio Sea Grant’s current work, and the research and education going on at Stone Lab.

A full list of topics, speakers and dates is available at go.osu.edu/Lakeside, along with directions to navigate the Lakeside campus

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