The American Birding Expo announced is awarded a total of $14,000 to seven nonprofit organizations, including the Delaware Nature Society, that have demonstrated their dedication to protecting wild birds and their habitats, and raising awareness of key environmental issues impacting birdlife.

The Delaware Nature Society, based in Hockessin, received $2,400 for research in the Red Clay Valley, a designated Important Bird Area, to inform future land management efforts designed to increase bird diversity.

Money for the American Birding Expo’s Conservation Fund was raised through raffles and silent auctions at its 2018 event in Oaks, Pennsylvania. This year’s seven grant winners were selected from more than 100 applicants following an extensive review process by the staff of “Bird Watcher’s Digest.” Bill Thompson III, the magazine’s editor and publisher, founded the American Birding Expo in 2015. The expo features exhibitors from around the world representing all aspects of the birding and nature market, including birding tours, optics, gear, nonprofit conservation groups, artists and bird-feeding merchandise.

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