Seattle City Light: Wildlife Research Grant

Seattle City Light

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $65,000

Next deadline: Jan 10, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Feb 14, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Counties in Washington: Chelan County, Island County, King County, Kittitas County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Seattle City Light is offering wildlife research funds to qualifying applicants. The Wildlife Research Program (WRP) was established in response to federal licensing requirements related to the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

The primary goal of the WRP is to facilitate the development of improved methods for the understanding, management, and protection of wildlife resources in the North Cascades ecosystem, with an emphasis on the Skagit River Watershed.

A secondary goal of the program is to contribute to the training of new researchers and investigators. Since 1995, SCL has funded a wide range of research projects including riparian plant communities, aquatic invertebrates, shorebirds in the Skagit River Delta, lynx ecology, land bird monitoring, mountain goats, American pika, wolverines, amphibians, and grizzly bears.

Research Priorities

The WRAC will prioritize research proposals that address issues that are of particular interest to resource agencies in the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project Area, the Skagit River watershed, and North Cascades/western Okanogan ecoregions .

The proposals should either include study areas within these ecoregions or if located elsewhere, be directly applicable to management in the region. 

We strongly encourage applicants to consult with the WRAC prior to proposal development to appropriately focus proposals. Below are some of the current priorities:

  • Federal candidate, threatened or endangered wildlife species in the North Cascades (includes spotted owl, marbled murrelet, wolverine, fisher, grizzly bear, gray wolf): habitat connectivity, population estimates, and/or demography of these species.
  • Priority species or animal aggregations, as identified by federal or state agencies or tribes for the North Cascades, because of their population status, sensitivity to hydrologic conditions or habitat alteration, and/or recreational, commercial, or tribal importance (elk, mountain goats, etc.) 
  • Wildlife or ecosystem relationships for WDFW's Priority habitats in the Skagit watershed;  
  • Effects of the hydroelectric project operation on wildlife species;
  • Forest carnivore habitat use, population estimates, abundance of potential prey, and demography;
  • Big Game (Oreamnos americanus) habitat use;
  • Impacts of human activities on wildlife;
  • Impacts of climate change on wildlife and responses of wildlife to climate change, for example: 
    • What species are expected to be most affected by climate change or the combination of climate change and on-going habitat conversion? 
    • Are high-elevation pollinator populations changing? 
    • How is climate and habitat fragmentation influencing the distribution of predators and how will changes in predator distributions change prey abundance and distribution? 
    • How does climate change affect high-elevation mammal populations such as heather voles, marmots, and pikas? (see ongoing North Cascades research here) 
    • What is the status of ptarmigan populations and how are they affected by climate change? 
    • Are species distributions shifting due to climate change (e.g. red squirrels and Columbia ground squirrels)? 
    • Are hybridization rates along suture lines (such as red squirrel and Douglas squirrel) changing with the influence of climate change?

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Projects must meet all of the WRP's goals as outlined in the Mission and Goals statement;
  • Selected projects should complement, contribute to, or build onto the existing body of wildlife research;
  • Professional standards must be met for all research funded;
  • Projects may not duplicate or substitute for usual agency responsibilities and program