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Since 2002, more than $50.1 million in grants.

Grants have supported 451 projects in 36 countries.

Partners have contributed an additional $190.6 million.

More than 3.7 million acres of habitat affected.

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Funding for the following 27 projects was approved in April 2013. More than $3.5 million in funding was approved with project partners contributing $12.5 million in matching funds. This information is gathered from proposals as submitted and is accurate as of the date of approval. For further information about specific grant projects, please contact the grantee listed in individual project summaries.

U.S. Projects -- U.S. - International Projects --
International Projects

U.S. Projects

COLORADO
Project: Maverick Ranch Conservation Easement Project.
Location: Las Animas County, Colorado.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Missy Davis, missy_davis@tnc.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $600,000.
NonMatching Funds: None.
Ecoregion: NA0815.
The grantee will acquire a conservation easement on approximately 33,000 acres of high priority grassland, piñon juniper forest, and riparian habitat for Neotropical migratory birds in Colorado’s central shortgrass prairie. Grassland birds have declined more steeply than any other group of North American birds, primarily due to habitat fragmentation or conversion. The habitat is critical to at least five declining grassland birds: Long-billed Curlew, Western Meadowlark, Cassin’s Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike and Lark Sparrow.
MINNESOTA

Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Creating Golden-winged Warbler Habitat in Minnesota.
Location: Central and northeastern counties in the state of Minnesota.
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy.
Contact: Andrew Rothman, arothman@abcbirds.org.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Fund; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $134,955.
Matching Funds: $405,000.
NonMatching Funds: $1,000,000.
Ecoregion: NA0416.

This project is part of a long-term, multi-partner initiative to reduce threats to the Golden-winged Warbler through conservation actions taken throughout its range. It will restore 1,192 acres of high quality young forest breeding habitat in a Golden-winged Warbler focal area in Minnesota. The project will also train public and private foresters operating in Golden-winged Warbler focal areas in new best management practices and how to implement them. The long-term goal of the project is to meet Golden-winged Warbler population goals by 2050 by creating an estimated 9,000 new acres of breeding habitat annually in Minnesota.

NEW YORK

Project: Making Cities Safer for Neotropical Migratory Species.
Location: New York City, USA.
Grantee: The New York City Audubon Society, Inc.
Contact: Susan Elbin, selbin@nycaudubon.org.
Partners: Leon Levy Foundation.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $49,720.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
NonMatching Funds: None.
Ecoregion: NA0411.

Project Safe Flight will construct and implement a third-generation Tunnel Testing Apparatus to test glass types and treatments for their visibility to birds, with the goal of developing certification criteria for bird-friendly glass products. The project will also expand its monitoring program, increase the number of buildings participating in Lights Out New York, and create a risk analysis map for collision risk in the city.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Preservation: Grassy Ridge in Highlands of Roan.
Location: Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Mountain Massif, North Carolina.
Grantee: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
Contact: Michelle Pugliese, michelle@appalachian.org.
Partners: Fred & Alice Stanback.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $1,250,000.
Ecoregion: NA0403.
Protection of the 600-acre Grassy Ridge property has been the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s highest conservation priority since the organization's founding in 1974. The property is located within the Roan Massif Nationally Significant Natural Heritage Area and is adjacent to a 24,000-acre network of high-elevation protected lands. Protection of this tract forms a critical wildlife corridor of diverse habitats connecting the Roan Mountain Massif to the Yellow Mountain State Natural Area.

U.S. - International Projects

CANADA, ALASKA

Project: The Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network II.
Location: Alaska; Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Manitoba, Canada.
Grantee: Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
Contact: Stephen Brown, sbrown@manomet.org.
Partners: Kansas State University; University of Missouri; University of Alaska; Wildlife Conservation Society; Environment Canada; Trent University.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $137,331.
Matching Funds: $413,601.
NonMatching Funds: $99,000.
Ecoregion: NA1103, NA1104,
NA1107
, NA1115, NA0616, NA1114.

Many North American shorebird species are declining at alarming rates. The goal of the Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network is to determine what limits populations of nine high priority target species including Semipalmated Sandpiper, Dunlin and Whimbrel. This project will support Network partners spread across the entire breeding range of these species in the Alaskan and Canadian arctic, to measure demographic parameters at seven field sites. The results will impact future conservation actions to address population declines by identifying underlying threats to the nine species. This will enable decision makers to target conservation funds more effectively.
CANADA, MONTANA

Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Habitat Management to Conserve the Sprague’s Pipit II.
Location: Montana, USA; Saskatchewan, Canada.
Grantee: Wildlife Conservation Society.
Contact: Dr. Kevin Ellison, kellison@wcs.org.
Partners: American Prairie Reserve.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $27,474.
Matching Funds: $94,851.
NonMatching Funds: None.
Ecoregion: NA0811.

Sprague’s Pipit breed exclusively in the northern Great Plains. They are habitat specialists that require patches of relatively tall, native grass cover. Largely due to land conversion, less than 18% of the grassland in the breeding range of the Sprague’s Pipit remains. This project will build on a previous grant to create critical habitat for the pipit through modified grazing management, working with willing land managers. The grantee will improve the habitat by deferment of grazing (3,590 acres); compare the pipit's use of those lands to nearby “controls”; and provide outreach to ranchers and agencies on management options to conserve this important migratory species. The long-term goal of this project is to provide enough habitat to reverse the pipit’s decline in population locally, increasing the estimated population by a minimum of 1% (approximately 800 individuals).
CANADA, MULTIPLE U.S. STATES
Project: Boreal Avian Modeling Project, Phase IV.
Location: Boreal and hemiboreal forests in 13 Canadian provinces and territories, Alaska, and six other U.S. states.
Grantee: University of Alberta.
Contact: Dr. Erin Bayne, bayne@ualberta.ca.
Partners: Environment Canada; Vanier University; Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Initiative; Environmental Monitoring Committee of Lower Athabasca; Alberta Pacific Forest Industries; Natural Sciences and Engineering Council.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $99,022.
Matching Funds: $557,164.
NonMatching Funds: $222,000.
Ecoregion: 10 ecoregions in the United States and Canada.
The Boreal Avian Modeling Project is a collaboration of industry, academic, government, and non-government researchers throughout North America building a scientific foundation for management of bird species. Phase IV of the project seeks to understand range-wide population dynamics of migratory birds. This research will support regional and national initiatives in avian conservation and monitoring, including full life cycle modeling. The project will quantify effects of boreal land-use change on breeding populations, quantify the effects of inter-annual variation in weather on regional abundances, and evaluate the potential for detecting regional population trends using the sparse data available in the boreal region.
MEXICO, COLORADO
Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: U.S.-Mexico Grassland Bird Conservation, Phase XI.
Location: Colorado; Chihuahua, Mexico.
Grantee: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
Contact: Arvind Panjabi, Arvind.panjabi@rmbo.org.
Partners: Colorado State Land Board.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $600,000.
Ecoregion: NA0815, NA1301.
This project will continue work funded by the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act since 2002 to conserve high-priority and declining grassland bird species of western North America. In this phase the project will expand work with landowners in Chihuahua to improve habitat and reduce threats to Sprague’s Pipit and up to 27 other high-priority grassland birds on at least 37,065 hectares. It will also develop best management practices for seven high-priority grassland bird species breeding in Colorado. This will improve habitat management and reduce threats from oil and gas development. The project goal is to double the wintering population of pipits on project sites in Chihuahua and more than triple populations of other high-priority species over the next 4-5 years.

International Projects

ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR, PERU
Project: Conserving Neotropical Migrants in High Andean Wetlands III.
Location: Llanganates National Park, Ecuador; Lago Junín, Peru; Lagos Poopó and Uru Uru, Bolivia; Catamarca wetlands, Argentina.
Grantee: BirdLife International.
Contact: Amiro Perez-Leroux, amiro.perez-leroux@birdlife.org.
Partners: Aves y Conservación; Asociación Armonia; Aves Argentinas; ECOAN; Biota; Grupo Conservación Flamencos Altoandinos; Ramsar Convention Secretariat.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $196,673.
Matching Funds: $593,965.
Ecoregion: NT0121, NT1001, NT1003, NT1006.
High Andean wetlands are important for a number of Neotropical migrants (White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, American Golden-plover, and Upland Sandpiper) as well as threatened resident birds, and because they provide essential services to local people. This project will engage stakeholders and increase local capacity to improve habitats for Neotropical migrants at four Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The project will result in 411,300 hectares of improved habitats at these four sites. The potential for ecotourism to help provide financial sustainability will also be explored at one of the sites.
CHILE
Project: Saving Critical Wintering Habitat for Hudsonian Godwit on Chiloé Island.
Location: Chiloé Island, off the central Pacific coast of Chile.
Grantee: National Audubon Society.
Contact: Matt Jeffery, mjeffery@audubon.org.
Partners: CECPAN.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $131,600.
Matching Funds: $558,372.
Ecoregion: NT1201.
The marine bays and shorelines of Chiloé support approximately 21,000 Hudsonian Godwit (99% of the Alaskan population and 29% of the global population) and 31,000 Whimbrel (61% of the Pacific Coast population) that overwinter there. Deforestation and degradation due to agricultural expansion are major threats to these species and their coastal habitats. This project will help local landowners take better stewardship of natural resources on private lands, improving watershed quality, managing livestock and agricultural production sustainably, and protecting shorebird habitat in the bays of Chiloé.
CHILE, PERU
Project: Comprehensive Survey of the Pacific Coasts of Peru and Chile for Shorebirds.
Location: Coastal Peru and Chile.
Grantee: Centro de Ornitologia y Biodiversidad.
Contact: Mr. Fernando Angulo-Pratolongo, chamaepetes@gmail.com.
Partners: CORBIDI; ROC.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $32,118.
Matching Funds: $96,354.
Ecoregion: NT0232, NT0404, NT1201, NT1303, NT1315.
This project will carry out a comprehensive survey for Nearctic shorebirds across the Pacific coasts of Peru and Chile. The monitoring effort will provide data for researchers to estimate shorebird populations in the region, identify important sites for shorebirds, and facilitate locally-based shorebird research initiatives.
COLOMBIA
Project: Protecting Cerulean & Golden-winged Warblers in Colombia.
Location: 23 areas across Colombia, including San Andres Island.
Grantee: Fundación ProAves.
Contact: Dr. Paul Salaman, psalaman@proaves.org.
Partners: World Land Trust-US.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $1,088,949.
Ecoregion: NT0107, NT0109, NT0110, NT0115, NT0118, NT0136, NT0137, NT0145, NT0159, NT0201, NT0229, NT1006, NT1401, NT1405.
Two of the most threatened Neotropical migratory landbirds are Cerulean and Golden-winged Warbler. These species depend on tropical forests across Colombia for their survival. This project will protect 23 areas in Colombia that are critical for the warblers, expanding the protected area coverage and restoration of habitats identified in conservation plans. This project will establish four new reserves, one in the last remnant of crucial habitat for wintering birds in the Urabá-Darien moist forest. The grantee will also continue ecotourism and sustainable development initiatives to benefit local communities in these areas.
COLOMBIA, PARAGUAY
Project: Creating Capacity to Protect and Improve Rice Paddies in the Americas.
Location: Southern Cone Mesopotamia Savanna, Paraguay; Cauca River Valley, Colombia.
Grantee: Asociación Guyra Paraguay.
Contact: Alberto Yanosky, yanosky@guyra.org.py.
Partners: Asociación Calidris; Asociación de Arroceros de la Cuenca Baja del río Tebicuary; Visión Banco.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $50,760.
Matching Funds: $155,000.
NonMatching Funds: $15,000.
Ecoregion: NT0207, NT0909.
Rice paddies provide an important alternative habitat for more than 14 threatened Neotropical migratory shorebird species, such as Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Hudsonian Godwit, to feed and stop-over during migration. They also represent sites where birds could be exposed to chemical contaminants. This project will strengthen processes in Colombia and Paraguay to protect habitats in areas of rice cultivation. The project will create an economic 'toolbox' that allows producers to remain financially stable while adopting good environmental practices. The grantee will work with associations of rice producers and national banks to train local producers in these practices.
COSTA RICA
Project: Protecting and Restoring Migratory Bird Habitat in the Osa Peninsula II.
Location: Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas.
Grantee: Osa Conservation.
Contact: Andrea Johnson, andreajohnson@osaconservation.org.
Partners: Blue Moon Fund; Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin; American Bird Conservancy; Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Central America; Costa Rican Institute of Electricity; private landowners.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $95,267.
Matching Funds: $324,311.
Ecoregion: NT0130.
This project will protect and restore critical Neotropical migratory bird habitat within the Osa Biological Corridor, where at least 11 Neotropical migratory birds of concern are found, including Golden-winged Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Wood Thrush. The project will expand avian monitoring and research on habitat and food use to inform decision-making within the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. The grantee will also educate students from three local schools to build awareness of the links between forest habitat and migratory birds.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Restoration of Critical Habitat for Bicknell’s Thrush in the Cordillera Septentrional, Dominican Republic.
Location: Loma Quita Espuela Scientific Reserve in Duarte Province.
Grantee: Vermont Center for Ecostudies.
Contact: Juan C. Martínez-Sánchez, jcmartinez@vtecostudies.org.
Partners: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Fundación Loma Quita Espuela.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $70,675.
Matching Funds: $212,027.
Ecoregion: NT0127.
This project aims to restore critical wintering habitat for Bicknell’s Thrush in Loma Quita Espuela Scientific Reserve. Hispaniolan moist forests are a crucial overwintering habitat for females of this high priority species. The project’s goal is to phase out agriculture and livestock ranching in the core area of the Reserve through economic incentives for farmers, conservation easements, and law enforcement. The grantee will also survey the extent and types of human activities within the Reserve boundaries and collect data on Bicknell’s Thrush populations. The project goals are to increase forest cover within the reserve by 2% over the next five years, and by 5% over a 10 year period, as well as to increase the overwintering population of Bicknell's Thrush, and to monitor population changes over time.
ECUADOR
Project: A Community-based Approach to Conservation in Ecuadorian Choco.
Location: Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador.
Grantee: Tulane University.
Contact: Dr. Jordan Karubian, jk@tulane.edu.
Partners: None.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $80,096.
Matching Funds: $240,288.
Ecoregion: NT0178.
Northwest Ecuador’s Mache-Chindul Reserve, which is home to at least 26 Neotropical migratory species (Bay-breasted Warbler, Canada Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher and others), is a classic ‘paper park’: though considered a reserve by law, several thousand people live within its borders with little oversight or enforcement. This project will educate local residents about migratory birds, and the importance of privately owned forest patches for these species, reaching 15 communities (1,500 residents) per year. The project will also assist residents to map privately owned forest fragments and conduct surveys to better quantify their value for wildlife, resulting in a conservation action plan.
ECUADOR, PERU
Project: Reforestation of Critical Wintering Habitat for Neotropical Migrants IV.
Location: Three sites across Ecuador and Peru.
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy.
Contact: David Younkman, dyounkman@abcbirds.org.
Partners: Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos; Fundación Jocotoco.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $164,801.
Matching Funds: $507,000.
Ecoregion: NT0121, NT0153, NT0223.
The grantee will work cooperatively with partners to protect 691 acres through land acquisition or easement, and to reforest more than 220 acres with 120,000 trees. This will expand and improve important wintering habitat in Ecuador and Peru for more than 15 Neotropical migratory bird species, including Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, and Canada Warbler, and more than 35 globally threatened bird species.
GUATEMALA
Project: Securing Wintering Habitats for 95 Species in Cerro San Gil.
Location: Cerro San Gil Watershed Protected Area in the Department of Izabal.
Grantee: FUNDAECO.
Contact: Marco Cerezo, m.cerezo@fundaeco.org.gt.
Partners: NH-IUCN; American Bird Conservancy; INAB; corporate donors.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $90,000.
Matching Funds: $270,000.
Ecoregion: NT0111.
Cerro San Gil is one of the largest Very Humid Tropical Rainforest remnants in Guatemala. It is a refuge for over 96 migratory bird species, a key site within the Caribbean Migratory Flyway, and an important stop-over along Guatemala´s Caribbean Migratory Corridor, between the borders of Belize and Honduras. This project will protect critically threatened habitat for endangered migratory bird species in the rainforest, including Swallow-tailed Kite, Bell’s Vireo, Wood Thrush, and Golden-winged Warbler. The grantee will purchase and protect 2,090 acres of forest and sustainable community development in two neighboring Maya Q´eqchí communities.
Project: Community-based Habitat Conservation of the Communal Forest of Los Altos de San Miguel.
Location: Los Altos de San Miguel, municipality of Totonicapán.
Grantee: EcoLogic Development Fund.
Contact: Chris Patterson, cpatterson@ecologic.org.
Partners: Association of the Communal Mayors of the 48 Cantones of Totonicapán.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $129,406.
Matching Funds: $390,110.
Ecoregion: NT0112, NT0303.
This project will ensure sustainable management of approximately 51,890 acres of migratory bird habitat in the central highlands of Guatemala. It will restore 370 acres by planting 200,000 native trees produced in community-managed greenhouses. It will also strengthen the local management of 51,890 acres of forest and reduce pressure on the forest by installing 250 fuel-efficient stoves in local communities. Stakeholders will develop an action plan to control illegal logging and broaden community interest in habitat conservation. The project area is important stop-over and wintering habitat for Canada Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and Wood Thrush among others.
GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO

Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Strengthening Conservation Actions for Golden-cheeked Warbler Winter Habitat, Phase l.
Location: Pine-Oak Forest Ecoregion in Central America.
Grantee: Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza.
Contact: Oscar Rojas, orojas@defensores.org.gt.
Partners: Pronatura Sur; The Nature Conservancy Honduras.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $199,343.
Matching Funds: $598,029.
Ecoregion: NT0303.

This project will continue work begun by a five-country alliance in 2003 to protect and manage the pine-oak forest eco-region and the emblematic migratory Golden-cheeked Warbler and related species that rely on this habitat. The project will improve monitoring protocols for Golden-cheeked Warbler to provide the most updated and solid biological information on wintering grounds. It will increase the amount of wintering habitat for the species by creating protected areas and improving forest management with financial incentives. The outcome of this project will be a revised conservation plan that sets 5-10 year measurable biological goals for the Golden-cheeked Warbler population on its wintering grounds.
HONDURAS
Project: Corridors and Communities: Conserving Vital Forest Habitat in Northern Honduras, Phase III.
Location: Departments of Atlántida and Yoro, Honduras.
Grantee: EcoLogic Development Fund.
Contact: cpatterson@ecologic.org.
Partners: Pico Bonito Southern Sector Association of Water Committees; Alliance of Municipalities of Atlántida.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $168,650.
Matching Funds: $506,147.
Ecoregion: NT0111, NT0112, NT0209, NT0303.
This project will strengthen the capacity of two local institutions that conserve 185,300 acres of forested habitat around Pico Bonito National Park, Texiguat Wildlife Refuge and Cuero y Salado National Park in northern Honduras. These forests are critical to many Neotropical migratory bird species such as Swallow-tailed Kite, Peregrin Falcon, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler. Combined, the two institutions represent 49 rural communities who hold the key to maintaining forest cover and providing connectivity between the protected areas. The project will also reforest 214 acres of habitat.
MEXICO
Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Chihuahuan Desert Sprague’s Pipit Wintering Grounds Conservation Action Plan, Phase I.
Location: Janos-Ascención, Valles Centrales, Chihuahua, and El Tokio.
Grantee: Pronatura Noreste, A.C.
Contact: Mauricio de la Maza-Benignos, mmaza@pronaturane.org.
Partners: American Bird Conservancy; Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; State of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $199,750.
Matching Funds: $599,450.
NonMatching Funds: $523,237.
Ecoregion: NT1303.
The goal of this project is to reverse the population decline of Sprague´s Pipit by addressing the destruction of the low slope grassland habitat this and many other high-priority species require. In Canada nearly 75% of the grasslands have been converted to agricultural use, with similar large-scale conversion in Mexico. This has resulted in depletion and pollution of groundwater in the desert state of Chihuahua. This project will develop a conservation plan for the pipit and support joint initiatives to protect its wintering habitat. It will establish a 1,235 acre new Ejido Reserve in El Tokio. It will improve habitat on 494 acres of prime grassland and set grazing regimes that reduce water use in Ejido El Cercado. The result will be to double the local population of Sprague’s Pipit wintering on project sites over the next 4-5 years.
Funded under the NMBCA pilot program
Project: Conservation and Restoration of Critical Wintering Sites for Reddish Egret in Mexico, Phase I.
Location: Laguna Madre and Laguna San Andrés, Tamaulipas; Laguna Oriental and Isla Pájaros, Oaxaca; Salitrales Salinera, Baja California Sur.
Grantee: Pronatura Noreste A.C.
Contact: Mauricio De la Maza-Benignos, mmaza@pronaturane.org.
Partners: Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Laguna Madre y Delta del Río Bravo; Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas; Pronatura Sur; Pronatura Noroeste.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $199,952.
Matching Funds: $683,016.
NonMatching Funds: $945,928.
Ecoregion: NA0230, NA0701,
NA1301, NA1407.
This project aims to reverse the population decline of Reddish Egret by conserving and restoring its wintering grounds on five sites where the largest concentrations of wintering Reddish Egret are known to occur in Mexico, together with more than 15 other avian species of high and moderate concern. The project will support an ongoing effort to develop a conservation plan for the egret. It will protect 358 acres of habitat through conservation agreements and other measures; restore 2,470 acres by restraining sand dunes; reforest 1,235 acres of mangrove; and control invasive animal and plant species on 3,705 acres of foraging and wintering areas. The grantee will train 30 birdwatchers and 10 technicians to do community monitoring in three fishermen villages. The result will be to increase the migratory population of Reddish Egret in Texas by 50% on project sites over the next 4-5 years.
Project: Grassland Protection and Restoration in Mapimí Biosphere Reserve, Coahuila, Mexico III.
Location: Sierra Mojada municipality in Coahuila.
Grantee: Pronatura Noreste A.C.
Contact: Mario Alberto Morales Loa, mmorales@pronaturane.org.
Partners: Ejido Colonia Ganadera Constitución; Ejido El Cedral; Comisión de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP); Pronatura, A.C.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $199,500.
Matching Funds: $619,970.
Ecoregion: NT1303.
Grasslands in the Chihuahua Desert are among the most threatened ecosystems in North America, and are utilized by migratory bird populations as resting, feeding and refuge sites during their winter stay in Mexico. The Mapimí Biosphere Reserve is one such area hosting several species of conservation concern: Ferruginous Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague's Pipit, Cassin's Sparrow, Baird's Sparrow, Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspur, and others. This project will protect and manage 24,700 acres of native grasslands by establishing a reserve in Ejido Colonia Ganadera. It will also restore 690 acres of degraded land, fence a 14 km cattle exclusion area, and monitor soil loss.
Project: Aros/Yaqui Rivers Habitat Conservation IV.
Location: Northern Jaguar Reserve and surrounding ranches, Sierra Los Pavos and Sierra Zetasora in Sonora.
Grantee: Northern Jaguar Project.
Contact: Diana Hadley, information@northernjaguarproject.org.
Partners: Naturalia, A.C.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $30,000.
Matching Funds: $99,445.
Ecoregion: NT0201, NT0302.
This project area includes the Northern Jaguar Reserve and nine neighboring private ranches. There are no other protected areas for Neotropical migratory birds between Alamos and the Sierra Los Ajos. The project will conduct a molt-migration study of Neotropical migrants in the foothills of Sonora, surveys to improve understanding of Neotropical migratory bird phenology and abundance, and vegetation and bird monitoring at cattle-exclusion sites. The project will also support a native plant nursery at a local school, supplying locally collected seeds.
PANAMA
Project: Conserving the Bay of Panama.
Location: Bay of Panama Wetlands on the Pacific side of Panama, east of Panama City.
Grantee: National Audubon Society.
Contact: Matt Jeffery, mjeffery@audubon.org.
Partners: Panama Audubon Society.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $117,463.
Matching Funds: $370,034.
Ecoregion: NT1414.
The Bay of Panama is a critical migration and wintering site for more than 33 species of North American breeding shorebirds. Of those, 24 are species of conservation concern and seven occur in globally significant numbers, including more than 30% of the population of Western Sandpiper. The habitats these birds rely on for survival are highly threatened by development pressure stemming from Panama City. This project will implement strategies established in a conservation plan developed with 30 local organizations. It will develop baseline data to support decision-making, educate and engage key stakeholders and future leaders in preserving key habitats in the bay, and strengthen the capacity of local conservation organizations to carry out communications strategies.
PARAGUAY
Project: Restoring and Managing Priority Habitats in Asunción Bay.
Location: Asunción Bay, Paraguay.
Grantee: Guyra Paraguay.
Contact: Alberto Yanosky, yanosky@guyra.org.py.
Partners: None.
Approved: April 2013.
Grant: $162,330.
Matching Funds: $486,990.
Ecoregion: NT0708.

A total of 32 species of Neotropical migratory birds have been recorded in Asunción Bay, and it is globally significant as a stop-over site for the Near Threatened Buff-breasted Sandpiper, as well as four birds of national concern. Dredging to create the embankment for a coastal road destroyed about 70% of the shorebird habitat in the bay. This project will restore and manage 61 acres of priority habitat within Asunción Bay, including 19 acres of beach habitat, and 42 acres of grassland habitat. It will install information panels at two visitor centers and train local conservation 'promoters.'  The grantee will also hire two reserve guards and lead an update of the management plan for the area.

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