Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded primarily through grants and private donations. Work is conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and the U.S. Bird Banding Lab.
In 2016, SARR was awarded a grant for the fifth consecutive year from the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources initiative of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation through a partnership with Mainspring Conservation Trust. This grant supports the MAPS projects at Cowee Mound, Tessentee Bottomland Preserve and Welch Farm, including education programming for over 200 local students.
The autumn 2016 Big Bald Mountain Bird Migration Project was funded though a grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (North Carolina License Plate Grant Program) for the sixth time, as well as a grant from the Madison County Unrestricted Endowment, a component North Carolina Community Foundation. SARR was also the recipient of a grant from the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) in support of on-going raptor education work during the Big Bald Mountain Bird Migration Project. Funding support from HMANA will assist in the purchase of binoculars for student hawkwatchers this autumn.
SARR appreciates the grants and foundation support over the past 6 years from the following organizations: