For Researchers

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS:  At  this time, we hope for more or less normal operations for the 2023 season with regard to Covid-19.  We continue to support individual researchers in whatever measures they feel necessary to maintain their own health.  We also thank researchers for working together over the last three years to make for productive field seasons despite covid measures.  HMWF reserves the option to re-implement restrictions and safety measures regarding covid should situations change.

This page provides information for investigators interested in conducting research under the auspices of the Huron Mountain Widlife Foundation.  HMWF  sponsorship provides:

  • logistical support through the Ives Lake Field Station
  • research access to the extensive holdings of the Huron Mt. Club in the Huron Mountains area of Marquette County, MI.
  • access to a limited number of  small research grants.

Researchers wishing to pursue HMWF sponsorship, a research must be submitted to the Director of Research.  The target date for proposals is 1 February of each year.  Later proposals will be considered if no funding is requested and as facilities permit.  Detailed guidelines for proposals to HMWF are available HERE.

What kinds of research are appropriate?

  •  HMWF sponsors field-based, natural-science research focusing on the lands and waters of the Lake Superior region, particularly the area of the Huron Mountains.
  • We support both descriptive research (particularly documentation of biodiversity) and hypothesis-driven/experimental projects
  • Experimental approaches that involve significant alteration of the pristine landscape of the Huron Mts. are generally not appropriate
  • Long-term studies, studies taking advantage of the ‘reference ecosystem’ attributes of the Huron Mts., and projects springing from existing data-sets are particularly desirable.

What protocols and procedures are required?

Because most HMWF researchers make use of the private natural area of the Huron Mt. Club, field methods and protocols must take into account both potential impacts on the unaltered, ‘reference’ ecosystems of the Huron Mts. and the values of the Huron Mt. Club.   HMWF’s agreement with the Club permits, within bounds, experimental research and installation of monitoring/sampling equipment.  However, researchers should consider  these guidelines  in preparing research proposals.

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