The Scott Melvin Memorial Fund
2018 was the first year of Melvin Fund grant and fellowship awards! Read more about the research projects that were funded, and please consider making a donation below to fund even more great work in 2019.
To securely donate online to the Melvin Fund:
If you would like to mail a donation, please send us a check payable to Mass. Outdoor Heritage Foundation with the memo "Melvin Fund" to:
Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 47
Westborough, MA 01581
Scott Melvin: A Leader in Piping Plover Conservation
Scott Melvin, former Senior Zoologist with the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, was an internationally recognized leader in Piping Plover conservation. For over 30 years, Scott led the Commonwealth’s efforts to protect Piping Plovers.
Scott also mentored many biologists entering the field, and recognized that working with beach-nesting birds provided an important real world learning opportunity to train the next generation of practical-minded natural resource managers.
Scott passed away prematurely in 2014. MassWildlife partnered with the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation to establish the Scott Melvin Memorial Fund to honor Scott’s memory and his enduring contributions to wildlife conservation.
Visit MassWildlife's Melvin Fund page for more detailed info on how these funds are used.