Tom Schantz Kayaking in Prince William Sound
Tom Schantz, twin brother of Tim, served as the guide and host for our recipients to the Kackemak Bay Shorebird Festival. After his loss in 2014 the Foundation struggled to determine how to coordinate these trips without him. We are pleased to announce that effective 2017 we entered into a partnership with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska and have resumed awarding trips. Please click the Application link above or see the Application page for more information.
We are pleased to announce that in 2019 we were able to award two trips to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Our recipients were Henry Stevens of New Hampshire and our first Alaskan recipient, Sarah Hoephner from Cordova, Alaska. Henry presented on his work with the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHNRN) and Sarah presented on her work researching shorebird nesting sites on the artic coastal plains of Alaska. In addition to presenting a topic to the festival attendees, both recipients were able to enjoy the rest of the Shorebird Festival activities in Homer and was able to do some additional birding in Alaska. For more information on these fine young people and our other past recipients, please visit our Recipients page.