North Star Science and Technology Transmitter Grant Program open NOW!!

We are proud to announce that the North Star Grant Program is underway for 2019.  The call for proposals is open now, with proposals due April 20, 2019.  Click HERE for the proposal format and program guidelines.

This year, we will give away 8 of our newest model, the Phoenix tag for larger birds.  Proposals may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to the following recipient:

M. Blake Henke
P.O. Box 3981
Oakton, VA  22124
FAX:  603 386-6875


North Star will conduct the proposal review and will make the awards with the aid of the American Bird Conservancy.  Awards will be made and winners notified by May 31, 2019.  Deliveries of awarded transmitters will be conducted during the summer of 2019.  Any questions can be directed to Blake Henke at the addresses listed above.

BACKGROUND: In 2003, we launched our first annual grant program and provided 3 PTTs to each of two projects in S. America, one on Pink-footed Shearwaters and one on Blue-eyed Shags. The next year, we provided 3 PTTs to a raptor migration project in N. America and another 3 PTTs to an Andean Flamingo project in S. America. In 2005, we provided 4 PTTs for a project on Christmas Island Frigatebirds, 3 PTTs to a White-rumped Vulture project in Nepal, and 1 PTT to a Whooping Crane reintroduction project in the USA. In 2006, we provided 2 PTTs to a study of Long-billed Curlews in the western USA, 1 PTT to a Black-browed Albatross project in the Falklands Islands, 2 PTTs to the continuation of the Christmas Island Frigatebird project, and 3 PTTs to a project on wintering Siberian Cranes in China. In 2007, we provided 2 PTTs to track reintroduced Whooping Cranes in the USA, 4 PTTs to track Spectacled Petrels off Brazil, and 2 PTTs to track Blue Ducks in New Zealand. In 2008, grant PTTs were used to study Bengal Florican in Cambodia, Gren Macaw in Ecuador, and the Philippine Eagle. In 2010, grant winners used our PTTs to study Koloa, Tristan Albatross, and Umbrellabirds.  In 2013, award recipients used our PTTs to study declining vulture populations in the old world.

To date, we have provided a total of 60 PTTs to the world’s research community, worth a total retail value of about $200,000.  So the next time you make a buying decision for PTTs, ask yourself if you are supporting a company that is giving something back to the research community, or not. We can only hope that your buying decisions will be affected (to some small degree) by our generosity to the clients we serve.