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. Last year (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.
To date, we have provided a total of 36 PTTs to the world’s research community, and we are continuing the program. By the end of the 2008 grant program, we will have provided 44 PTTs with a total retail value of about $132,000. 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. Even if your proposal does not win this year’s competition, contact us anyway and ask for all possible discounts. We offer several that are not published on our web site.
This year, we are continuing our annual program to provide an opportunity for researchers to acquire PTTs for free. We have decided to continue 2 major changes to our annual grant program for 2007 that we started 3 years ago: (1) We will provide a total of 8 PTTs to the winners, rather than 6; and (2) We will keep the program open to researchers from around the world, rather than limiting it to the Americas. Additionally, we will start a NEW precedent with this program, which we plan to continue into the future: We will allow the winners to choose the model of PTT that they want to use from our entire line of non-GPS PTTs. This line includes solar PTTs as small as 11 grams, along with parrot tags. If you select a solar PTT or a parrot PTT this year, we will ask you to pay a nominal amount ($200-400) for each PTT to cover the additional labor required to make these. In the past, we have limited our program to our battery PTTs, but we feel that this policy is too limiting.