“Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund” Awards $1.5 Million in Grants to Florida-Based Programs

Disney recently announced 10 Florida-based projects that will be the recipients of the 2010 “Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund” awards to protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems. Awarding $1.5 million in grants will enable Florida non-profit groups to continue their research and protection efforts for more than 45 species, including sea turtles. Over the past 10 years the “Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund” has provided more than $15 million in grants for the study of wildlife, protection of habitats, community conservation, and education.

“As part of Disney’s longstanding commitment to the environment, the work supported through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is more important today than ever in helping preserve our planet’s most precious resources,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Environmental Affairs, The Walt Disney Company. “We are proud to support these organizations that are truly making a difference around the world to aid in the protection of wildlife and the natural environments they depend on to flourish.” (-WDW Public Affairs)

Florida-based projects that will be awarded grant money for 2010 include:

  • The Coral Restoration Foundation’s Coral Restoration Program
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge Education Program
  • The Nature Conservancy’s Jay Watch: A Citizen Science Program
  • Audubon of Florida’s Audubon EagleWatch
  • Audubon of Florida’ s Florida Bay Aquatic Habitat Analysis and Virtual Eco‐Lab
  • Marine Resources Council of East Florida’s Northern Right Whale Monitoring Program
  • Mote Marine Laboratory’s Exploring Effects of Longline Fishing on Loggerhead Sea Turtles
  • Operation Migration’s Whooping Crane Reintroduction Team Support
  • Chicago Zoological Society’s Reducing Human Impacts on Dolphins
  • University of Florida’s Matanzas River Basin Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation Project

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