Star Science and Technology, LLC,
Neotropical Raptor Conference Satellite Tracking Award
North Star Science and Technology, LLC was founded in 1998 and began
operating in 1999. Its founders are researchers who, in fact, helped to
develop the very technology that we now provide to clients, i.e.,
satellite PTT technology. Most of North Star�s clients today are
researchers themselves from all over the world. We at North Star
recognize that satellite PTTs are very expensive and that the data they
can provide is usually unattainable via any other method. After being in
business for 7 years, we feel good about continuing to give something
back to the community we serve, the research community. In 2003, we
launched our first annual grant program and provided 3 PTTs to each of
two projects in the Americas. In subsequent years, additional PTTs have
been provided to researchers worldwide. To date, we have donated a total
of 20 PTTs to grant recipients, and we plan to continue to expand the
In 2009, as a Senior Sponsor of the Third Neotropical Raptor Conference
in Bogot�, Colombia, North Star Science and Technology, LLC will provide
an opportunity for a single research project on Neotropical raptors to
acquire 3 battery powered PTTs for free. Please visit
additional information on the company and the PTT units. North Star has
teamed in this effort with the Neotropical Raptor Network to provide
expert advice and to convene a review committee to assess applications
for this award and to select the awardee.
Application materials should include contact information, and a
not-more-than-three-page narrative that includes a full budget for the
project including the awarded PTTs. Proposals are due by 15 July 2008.
The award will be announced no later than 15 October 2008, and the PTTs
will be presented to the awardee at a special ceremony during the Third
Neotropical Raptor Conference in Bogot�, Colombia in January/February,
Please send proposals no later than 15 July 2008 to:
Dr. Keith L. Bildstein
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Acopian Center
410 Summer Valley Road
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
North Star will provide three (3) battery PTTs � a retail value of
approximately $9,000 � to one applicant. The PTTs are to be used to
track and monitor the movements of Neotropical raptors. We hope the
resulting data will improve the scientific understanding of the target
The PTTs offered include North Star�s 20, 30, and 80 gram battery
units. No solar units will be provided. Please see
specifications on each of the offered PTT models.
The Neotropical Raptor Network will handle the proposal submission
process and will determine the awardee. They will do so by appointing a
committee and scoring the proposals based on merit. One awardee will be
selected from the proposals received.
Financial and education status of applicants are not considerations.
Selection will be made by the committee based on the feasibility and
scientific merit of the work, and on the applicant�s likelihood of
publishing timely and substantial contributions to the scientific and
conservation literature, including abstracts to scientific meetings and,
subsequently, publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Awardees need to agree in writing that they will share all PTT data
collected through Argos from the awarded PTTs with North Star and North
Star�s partner, Earthspan. The resulting data will be used in an
educational project called �Eye of the Falcon� and made available on
line, but not published. Publication of the data will be the sole right
of the awardee. However, if the data are not published within three
years of the award, North Star reserves the right to write and publish a
peer-reviewed paper based on the data.
The awardee is responsible for paying all Argos costs associated with
the tracking of the three PTTs. All applicants must certify that they
either have an existing Argos account or will acquire one for this
effort. Furthermore, all applicants must certify that they have the
financial means to pay the Argos tracking charges for the awarded PTTs
for the entire life of the batteries.
three pages of narrative and budget, plus one page of certifications (12
point font throughout), including:
Name of Performing Organization:
Species to be tracked and its average mass (male,
Objectives of study, including:
why you are doing the work; what do you hope to learn, and how your
results will increase
scientific knowledge and aid in
Study site location and why it was
Methods and materials to be used.
Type PTT needed (i.e., 20, 30, or 80 gram battery PTTs).
Background of researchers and or organization:
Certify and explain that you have the field expertise and resources
to execute the project.
Certify and explain that you have the financial resources to pay for
the Argos tracking charges for the life of the 3 PTTs
Certify that you will use these PTTs in a matter consistent with the
goals and rules of this program or return them to North Star.
Certify that you agree to share the data (from the awarded PTTs) to
be used in the educational project, �Eye of the Falcon,� that is
being executed by Earthspan, Inc., a non-profit research and
educational organization, with the understanding that the data will
be provided to students on line but not published in any way by