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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.

Funding for the following 29 projects was approved in April 2014. More than $3.6 million in funding was approved with project partners contributing $12 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: Lazy UO Ranch Conservation Easement Project.
Location: Los Animas and Baca counties.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Missy Davis, missy_davis@tnc.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $600,000.
NonMatching Funds: None.
Ecoregion: NA0815.
Privately owned grasslands are vital to 29 breeding obligate grassland bird species, with 82 percent of their distribution occurring on private land.  Because most grasslands today are working lands, grassland birds benefit most from private land conservation.  In the vast Central Shortgrass Prairie, priority areas for acquisition and conservation are largely on private lands where riparian corridors and wetlands provide a buffer or link to existing protected areas.  Through this project, the grantee will acquire a conservation easement on the Lazy UO Ranch property, conserving approximately 10,785 acres of declining grassland bird habitat.  The Long-billed Curlew, which nests on the ground, often near water, and is especially sensitive to habitat fragmentation, will benefit from this project, along with other grassland birds.

U.S. - International Projects

ARGENTINA, CANADA, PERU, MULTIPLE U.S. STATES

Project: Disease Risk of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere.
Location: U.S.: Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Oregon, Washington; Canada: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon; Argentina: Bahia San Antonio, Peninsula Valdes; Peru: Paracas.
Grantee: Kansas State University.
Contact: Brett K. Sandercock, bsanderc@k-state.edu.
Partners: Kansas State University; Centro Nacional Patagonico-CONICET.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $60,709.
Matching Funds: $185,939.
NonMatching Funds: None.
Ecoregion: NA1103; NA1107; NA1104; NA1109; NA1115; NA0614; NA0616, NA0510,
NA0413; NT0805, NT0802, NT1315.

Little is known about the effect of disease on shorebird populations and how pathogen pressure varies throughout their annual cycle.  This project will address the knowledge gap by determining the diversity of pathogens of migratory shorebirds, assessing the prevalence and infection intensity of common pathogens of special interest for avian and public health, and providing population health measurements for 15 migratory shorebird species including American Golden Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Western Sandpiper.   This study will shed light on the physical health of shorebird populations over a large geographical gradient and identify areas of increasing infection risk.
MEXICO, ARIZONA

Project: San Bernardino Neotropical Migratory Bird Habitat Restoration, Phase III.
Location: Arizona, U.S. and Sonora, Mexico.
Grantee: Cuenca los Ojos Foundation.
Contact: Valer Austin, vaustin@elcoronadoranch.net.
Partners: Private individual.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $621,000.
Ecoregion: NA 1303, NA0302.

The grantee and partners will work on both sides of the border to restore 2,500 acres of upland grasslands to benefit more than 250 neotropical migratory bird species, including Montezuma Quail and Bell’s Vireo.  Other activities will include restoring a key tributary to the Rio San Bernardino to benefit species of continental concern such as Yellow-billed “Western” Cuckoo and Cassin’s Kingbird.   The grantee will also cultivate a native grass seed bank to secure the sustainability of future grassland restoration, monitor grassland- and riparian-related bird species of regional and continental concern, and conduct outreach with local landowners educational institutions to promote conservation and restoration work on their lands.
MEXICO, NEBRASKA

Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: U.S.-Mexico Grassland Bird Conservation, Phase XII.
Location: Nebraska; Chihuahua, Mexico.
Grantee:RMBO.
Contact: Arvind Panjabi, Arvind.panjabi@rmbo.org.
Partners: Tutuaca Mountain School.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $600,000.
Ecoregion: NA0815; NA1303.

This project will continue work funded by the NMBCA since 2002 to conserve high-priority declining grassland bird species. In this project phase, the grantee will expand work with landowners in the Valles Centrales of Chihuahua to improve habitat for Sprague’s Pipit and other grassland birds on at least 25,500 acres; advance research on limiting factors for overwinter survival of grassland birds in the Chihuahuan Desert; and permanently protect 800 acres of short and mixed grass prairie in a priority conservation area in western Nebraska that provides breeding and stopover habitat for these same species. The grantee expects to double the wintering population of Sprague’s Pipits and other high priority species, including Baird’s Sparrow and Chestnut-collared Longspur on project sites in Chihuahua over the next 5 years.

International Projects

ARGENTINA
Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: Conservación de Dos Especies Focales de Aves Playeras Migratorias en Patagonia Sur, Argentina: Conectando Comunidades a Través de Reservas Naturales Urbanas, Educación Ambiental y Participación Ciudadana.
Location: Patagonia.
Grantee: Asociación Ambiente Sur.
Contact: Germán Rafael Montero, orgullo@ambientesur.org.ar.
Partners: Municipalidad de Rio Gallegos; Municipalidad de Rio Grande.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $196,054.
Matching Funds: $650,118.
Ecoregion: NT0805.
This project will improve the conservation status of Red Knots and Hudsonian Godwits in southern Patagonia by reducing key threats in two Western Hemisphere Reserve Network sites: disturbance of the birds by vehicles and domestic animals, primarily free-running dogs; and mismanagement of household solid waste degrading and devaluing key habitats. This will be accomplished by building an interpretive center; consolidating local support for conservation action; expanding the area and degree of protection of urban natural reserves; and conducting awareness campaigns using innovative methods such as social marketing.
ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PARAGUAY, URUGUAY
Project: Towards Sustainability of Neotropical Grassland Migrant Conservation III.
Location: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil.
Grantee: BirdLife International.
Contact: Rob Clay, rob.clay@birdlife.org.
Partners: Aves Argentinas; Aves Uruguay; BirdLife International; Guyra Paraguay; SAVE Brasil.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $198,000.
Matching Funds: $674,419.
Ecoregion: NT0803; NT 0806; NT0909; NT 0710.
This project builds on four earlier NMBCA-funded projects that have begun to integrate migratory bird conservation into the production landscape through an innovative joint-venture type approach, the Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance. Project objectives include: ensure the maintenance of at least 370,500 acres of natural grassland habitats through the certification of bird friendly beef production; expand the constituency of producers adopting best management practices (BMPs); support government-backed incentives for implementing BMPs; and build support for conservation and sustainable use of the Southern Cone grasslands.  Species that will benefit include Swainson’s Hawk, American Golden Plover, Upland Sandpiperand Bobolink.
BOLIVIA
Project: Protecting Critical Stopover Habitat for the NMB Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Bolivia III.
Location: Barba Azul Nature Reserve.
Grantee: Asociación Armonía.
Contact: Bennett Hennessey, abhennessey@armonia-bo.org.
Partners: American Bird Conservancy; Loro Parque Fundacion; World Land Trust; International Conservation Fund of Canada; Rainforest Trust.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $120,433.
Matching Funds: $361,300.
Ecoregion: NT0702.
The Barba Azul Nature Reserve is a critical stop-over area in Bolivia for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.  In this third phase of this ongoing NMBCA-funded effort, partners will continue to manage 17,300 acres of tropical savanna habitat; continue to manage short-grass habitat away from lake edges for Buff-breasted Sandpiper through patch burns on 4,940 acres of habitat; continue to manage 2,470 acres of lake-edge habitat for Buff-breasted Sandpipers; and ensure law enforcement within the Barba Azul Nature Reserve.  Partners will also research and monitor Buff- breasted Sandpiper populations, movements and habitat usage in the Beni Savanna, including evaluating ideal habitat and habitat management methods, as well as educate cattle ranchers on how to improve the quality of habitat on their land.
BRAZIL
Project: Red Knot Conservation at a Key Wintering Site in NE Brazil (NMBCA phase II).
Location: Icapuí municipality, Ceará State.
Grantee: Associação de Pesquisa e Preservação de Ecossistemas Aquáticos.
Contact: Jason Alan Mobley, jason.a.mobley@gmail.com.
Partners: Federal University of Ceará/Marine Invertebrates Laboratory; Aquasis; Manati Project; Cajuais Bank project.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $130,800.
Matching Funds: $428,281.
Ecoregion: NT1304.
This project will focus on making an accurate assessment of Red Knot seasonal abundance and habitat use in eastern Ceará. This project will also support the development of new partnerships to develop a long-term strategy for creating and sustaining a large-scale shorebird research and monitoring program in northeastern Brazil.
CANADA
Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: Conservation Action for Bicknell’s Thrush on its Canadian Breeding Grounds.
Location: Highlands in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Grantee: Bird Studies Canada.
Contact: George Finney, gfinney@birdscanada.org.
Partners: Bird Studies Canada; University of New Brunswick; Environment Canada; New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; JD Irving Ltd.; Acadian Timber; Port Hawkesbury Paper Inc.; Intervale Associates Inc.; International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $74,690.
Matching Funds: $224,070.
Ecoregion: Atlantic Maritime.
Approximately 38 percent of the global population of Bicknell’s Thrush breeds in eastern Canada. This project will improve conservation for the Bicknell’s Thrush in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by addressing habitat destruction, degradation and loss on the breeding grounds, focusing on industrial forest and other unprotected areas.  The grantee will partner with timber companies and land management agencies to develop and implement Best Management Practices, and conduct targeted outreach in communities surrounding unprotected areas to secure long-term support for and protection of Bicknell’s Thrush.
Project: Conservation of Strategic Properties for Neotropical Migratory Birds on the Territory of the Appalachian Corridor, and Capacity Building with 11 Affiliated Conservation Organizations, Phase II.
Location: Northern Appalachians Ecoregion.
Grantee: Appalachian Corridor Appalachien.
Contact: Melanie Lelievre, melanie.lelievre@corridorappalachien.ca.
Partners: Canadian Wildlife Service-Environment Canada; Open Space Institute; Echo Foundation; Fondation de la Faune du Québec; Regional government; Nature Conservancy Canada – Quebec Region; Massawippi Conservation Trust; Ruiter Valley Land Trust; Mount Pinnacle Land Trust; Conservation des Vallons de la Serpentine; private landowners; Mount Echo Conservation Association; Alderbrooke Marsh Land Trust; Brome Lake Land Trust; South-Stukely Nature Conservation Association; Memphremagog Wetlands Foundation.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $154,200.
Matching Funds: $829,388.
Ecoregion: NA0410.
This project will acquire 1,150 acres in fee simple or in conservation servitudes. Located in the Quebec Northern Green Mountains natural transborder corridor, these properties are strategically located in an 11,900-acre core area of unfragmented forest. They are also a crucial link in allowing the connectivity between the properties that are already protected. This project will also support and build capacity for the grantee’s 11 affiliate members.  Among the species that will benefit Canada Warbler, Wood Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Scarlet Tanager.
Project: Identifying Important Habitats and their Use by Shorebirds at a Global Hotspot: Southern James Bay.
Location: James Bay, Ontario.
Grantee: Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service.
Contact: Christian Friis, christian.friis@ec.gc.ca.
Partners: Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Royal Ontario Museum; Trent University; Bird Studies Canada; Moose Cree First Nation; Mount Allison University.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $157,803.
Matching Funds: $473,409.
Ecoregion: NA0616; NA0410; NA0408.

Project partners will monitor southbound migrant shorebirds, including Red Knots, Hudsonian Godwits, Semipalmated Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers and Dunlins, to estimate variability of migration phenology and length of stay, and variation in annual abundance.  They will also assess habitat and food resource availability and determine the minimum proportion of the global Red Knot and Hudsonian Godwit populations that use the study area.  Partners will engage local First Nations community members annually in shorebird survey camps.

Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: Implementing the Canadian Recovery Strategy for the Golden-winged Warbler.
Location: Southern Ontario and southern Manitoba.
Grantee: Bird Studies Canada.
Contact: George, Finney, gfinney@birdscanada.org.
Partners: Bird Studies Canada; Environment Canada; University of Manitoba.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $34,100.
Matching Funds: $102,300.
Ecoregion: NA0414, NA0407, NA0406, NA0608.
This project builds on a successful research and conservation program addressing threats to Golden-winged Warbler recovery. This multi-partner project examines threats across the Canadian breeding range, particularly in focal areas identified by the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group.  The grantee will complete the research component of this initiative, documenting the current distribution of Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers, collecting detailed data on fecundity and habitat selection, and documenting genetic structure.  In addition, the grantee will synthesize research results and work with forestry industry partners to develop and implement Best Management Practices that will allow for sustained occupancy and high fecundity at managed sites.
Project: Increasing Critical Habitat for Sprague’s Pipit in Alberta.
Location: South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin and Milk River Watershed.
Grantee: Alberta Fish and Game Association.
Contact: Kerry Grisley, Kerry@afga.org.
Partners: Habitat Stewardship Program; Alberta Conservation Association; Alberta Fish & Game Association; Alberta Real Estate Foundation; TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $72,500.
Matching Funds: $217,500.
Ecoregion: NA0810.
Since 1989, Operation Grassland Community has collaborated with stakeholders to restore and adaptively manage native prairie to benefit endemic prairie birds while supporting diverse socio-economic interests.  Through this project, the grantee will implement a ranch-wide monitoring and adaptive management, enhancing 7,000-9,000 acres to benefit Sprague’s Pipits and other prairie-endemic Neotropical migrants, and re-seed 160-220 acres of converted lands back to native grass. These activities will help address habitat loss and degradation, causes of the main threats to Sprague’s Pipits. Project work will also examine opportunities for livestock producers to use less intensive, “bird-friendly” approaches to land use.
Project: Stewards of Saskatchewan for Bird Species at Risk IV.
Location: Southern Saskatchewan.
Grantee: Nature Saskatchewan.
Contact: Melissa Ranalli, mranalli@naturesask.ca.
Partners: Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program; Science Horizons; Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment–Fish & Wildlife Development Fund; SaskCulture; SaskPower; SaskTel; Nature Saskatchewan; TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; ELSA Canada.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $80,000.
Matching Funds: $268,370.
Ecoregion: NA0811, NA0810, NA0802.
The Stewards of Saskatchewan (SOS) programs focus on engaging landowners and managers in actions to conserve habitat for species at risk, including the Burrowing Owl, Prairie Loggerhead Shrike, Piping Plover and Sprague’s Pipit. Currently, 552 landowners participate in SOS programs, conserving approximately 175,100 acres of grassland and 63 miles of shoreline habitat. This project will help conserve bird species of conservation concern through voluntary stewardship agreements and actions; promote conservation easements; develop site-specific Species at Risk Beneficial Management Practices with land managers; increase, enhance and monitor target bird species’ habitat; annually monitor populations at participating sites; and provide conservation outreach to agricultural producers, youth and others.
CARIBBEAN
Project: Engaging Youth in Science and Conservation through Caribbean BirdSleuth.
Location: Countries and islands in the insular Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Grenada, Grenadines of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Grantee: BirdsCaribbean.
Contact: Dr. Lisa G. Sorenson, Lsoren@bu.edu.
Partners: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; Optics for the Tropics; Jamaica Environment Trust; Bahamas National Trust; Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña Inc.; Grupo Acción; Environmental Awareness Group of Antigua and Barbuda; Sustainable Grenadines Inc.; Turks and Caicos Islands, Department of Environment and Marine Affairs; Science Initiative for Environmental Conservation and Education, St. Vincent; Kido Foundation; Les Fruits de Mer; Anguilla National Trust; Environmental Protection in the Caribbean; Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola; St. Croix Environmental Association; St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation; Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society; Grenada Fund for Conservation Inc.; Montserrat Department of Environment.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $109,044.
Matching Funds: $409,193.
Ecoregion: NT1402; NT0131; NT0127; NT0903; NT0134; NT1305; NT0220.
A pilot Caribbean BirdSleuth — an innovative curriculum for young peoplewasdeveloped and tested recently. The program was shown to increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds and their habitats and increase engagement in conservation by students and teachers. This project will expand this program to more than 16 countries through an international “train-the-trainers” workshop and funding for partners to implement the project using workshop kits and local workshops to train teachers and educators to use the materials and curriculum.  BirdsCaribbean is expected to reach more than 10,000 students in the first year.  Species that may benefit include Bicknell’s Thrush, Kirtland’s Warbler, Reddish Egret and Whimbrel.
COLOMBIA
Project: Protecting Cerulean & Golden-winged Warblers in Colombia II.
Location: 25 areas across Colombia, in 15 departments.
Grantee: Fundación ProAves.
Contact: Dr. Paul Salaman, psalaman@proaves.org.
Partners: ProAves; Rainforest Trust.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $200,000.
Matching Funds: $811,260.
Ecoregion: 21 Neotropical ecoregions.
Two of the most threatened Neotropical migrant landbirds – the Cerulean and Golden-winged warblers – depend on tropical forests across Colombia. In 2003, with NMBCA support, ProAves launched an intensive nationwide research and monitoring campaign to identify key areas and habitats for these species.  Based on resulting data and plans, ProAves has built a strategic network of public and private protected areas that has protected 713,632 acres across Colombia. This project will protect 25 areas that are critical for Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers by expanding the protected area coverage and restoring habitat. It will acquire in fee 4,348 acres, develop conservation plans and maps for 85,525 acres; and restore 5,948 acres at six sites. The restoration will consist of a combination of cattle removal, human-assisted natural regeneration, and planting of native trees in select areas. This project will also monitor migratory bird populations and continue outreach and communication campaigns.
Project: Providing Habitats for Neotropical Migratory Birds through Bird-Friendly Ricefields and Traditional Extensive Ranching in the Natural Grasslands of the Colombian Orinoco.
Location: Meta and Casanare Departments.
Grantee: Asociación Calidris.
Contact: Luis Fernando Castillo, calidris@calidris.org.co.
Partners: Asociación Renacer; Arrocera La Esmeralda; Fundación Palmarito; Empresa Colombiana de Petróleo; Fundación Cunaguaro.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $106,000.
Matching Funds: $318,000.
Ecoregion
The Colombian Orinoco basin harbors one of the highest diversity of fish and wildlife in the world.  This region is an important wintering and stopover area for at least 50 Neotropical migratory bird species, including 15 species that can co-exist and thrive with bird friendly agricultural and traditional ranching practices. The Orinoco also hosts 2 percent of hemispheric populations of Solitary Sandpipers. This project will enhance 4,942 ha of natural grasslands, and will recommend bird-friendly management practices in ricefields, which will be certified as bird-friendly rice production lands. This work will benefit species such as the American Swallow-tailed Kite, Upland Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Dickcissel.
COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, PANAMA, PERU, VENEZUELA
Project: Conserving a Boreal Icon: The Canada Warbler.
Location: Panama to Peru.
Grantee: BirdLife International.
Contact: Rob Clay, rob.clay@birdlife.org.
Partners: U.S. Forest Service-International Programs; Bird Studies Canada; Canadian Wildlife Service; Nature Canada.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $49,720.
Matching Funds: $149,725.
NonMatching Funds: $10,000.
Ecoregion: Multiple Neotropical ecoregions.
With 80 percent of its breeding range in the Boreal Forest and a wintering range in tropical forests of the Andes, the Canada Warbleris an icon for both boreal and tropical forest conservation. Analysis of Breeding Bird Survey data shows a loss of 61 percent of its Canadian population. In 2013, project partners began developing a range-wide conservation initiative to benefit Canada Warbler and co-occurring migratory and resident species. The initiative seeks to build on emerging science regarding the warbler’s decline, and implement partner-based priority actions for the species and its habitats.  Immediate objectives are to determine the winter distribution and identify priority areas and major threats to the species; improve understanding of winter ground ecology and responses to habitat management; build awareness of the importance of Canada Warbler habitat conservation among key stakeholders; and establish a partnership to implement a full lifecycle conservation strategy.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Project: Enhancing Protection of Reserva Biologica Loma Charco Azul and Sierra de Bahoruco National Park for Neotropical Migratory Birds III.
Location: Reserva Biologica Loma Charco Azul and Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, in the provinces of Pedernales, and Independencia.
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy.
Contact: Andrew Rothman, arothman@abcbirds.org.
Partners: Sociedad Ornitológica Hispaniola; Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $156,008.
Matching Funds: $638,407.
Ecoregion: NT0127; NT0215; NT0305.
With support from two prior NMBCA grants, ABC and local partners have helped to create the Loma Charco Azul Biological Reserve adjacent to Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.  Partners have also increased the Ministry of the Environment’s capacity to enforce regulations and conduct patrols and identified key areas for migratory birds via a monitoring program.  With this project, partners will continue to strengthen protection of critical wintering habitat for migratory birds within the protected areas by hiring, training and equipping park personnel; increasing the number and quality of park patrols in the south; marking the southern park boundaries; continuing to promote eco-tourism in the region; conducting outreach and education programs; reforesting degraded areas in south; and monitoring migratory birds in both the north and south.  Species that will benefit include Cape May Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Ovenbird.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GRENADA, JAMAICA
Project: Conserving Birds Through the Caribbean Birding Trail.
Location: Dominican Republic: Constanza La Vega Province; Jamaica: Cockpit Country Important Bird Area; Grenada: St. George parish.
Grantee: BirdsCaribbean.
Contact: Dr. Lisa G. Sorenson, Lsoren@bu.edu.
Partners: BirdsCaribbean; private individuals; Sociedad Ornitologica Hispaniola; Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund; Grenada Fund for Conservation; Grenada Forestry and National Parks Department; Grenada Dove Conservation Programme; Villa Pajon Eco-lodge; Golden Swallow Project; Idea Wild.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $99,968.
Matching Funds: $348,854.
Ecoregion: NT0127; NT0131; NT1305.

The goal of the Caribbean Birding Trail is to raise awareness across all communities, particularly those in or near critical bird habitat, of the region’s biodiversity and the imperative to protect what remains of habitat that supporting neotropical migrants such as the Bicknell’s Thrush, Swainson’s Warbler, Whimbrel and Greater Yellowlegs.  BirdsCaribbean will use grant and match funding to advance this effort by developing a comprehensive guide training program on environmental interpretation and bird and plant identification; creating interpretive materials to build awareness about sites; and conducting environmental education trips to inform local residents about the value of the birds and their habitat, and the contribution bird-related tourism can make to a sustainable economy in the Caribbean.

ECUADOR, PERU
Project: Reforestation of Critical Wintering Habitat for Neotropical Migrants V.
Location: 5 sites across Ecuador and Peru.
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy.
Contact: Daniel Lebbin, dlebbin@abcbirds.org.
Partners: Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $161,980.
Matching Funds: $505,952.
Ecoregion: NT0121; NT0145; NT0153; NT0223.
The American Bird Conservancy and its in-country partners will plant 140,000 native trees and coffee bushes; enhance or manage at least 695 acres; and contribute to the ongoing protection of 16,557 acres as significant wintering habitat for migratory birds in Ecuador and Peru. Partners will also measure migrant warbler density and habitat use to guide adaptive management for future restoration work. These efforts will focus on the Cerulean Warbler and will benefit 20 additional neotropical migratory bird species, as well as many resident bird species.  Activities will also engage coffee growers and cattle ranchers, through technical workshops and outreach, to improve bird habitat on their lands, and encourage people living on public lands within the Alto Mayo Protection Forest to sign conservation agreements, empowering local people to use agricultural practices that benefit migratory birds.
MEXICO
Project: Communities Protecting Flora and Fauna in Oaxaca.
Location: Papaloapan River Watershed.
Grantee: EcoLogic Development Fund.
Contact: Marco Acevedo, mlopez@ecologic.org.
Partners: Fondo Ambiental Regional de la Chinantla, Oaxaca A.C.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $156,143.
Matching Funds: $498,331.
Ecoregion: NT 0146; NT 0154.

This project focuses on conservation and sustainable management of critical neotropical migratory bird forest habitat, with a long-term goal of adding an additional 28,800 acres to 139,000 acres already certified as Community Conservation Areas.  Grant and match funds will be used to place 9120 acres under conservation.   Other project outcomes include improving local capacity to maintain, manage and restore forested habitat (960 acres) - increasing community awareness of the importance of forests to wildlife and people - and increasing local participation in the government of Mexico’s Payment for Ecosystem Service mechanism.  Species that will benefit include Northern Bobwhite, Painted Bunting, Peregrine Falcon and Blue-throated Hummingbird.

Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: Implementing Golden-cheeked Warbler Conservation Plan in Chiapas, Phase 1.
Location: Chiapas.
Grantee: Pronatura Sur, A.C.
Contact: Claudia Macias Caballero, cmacias@pronatura-sur.org.
Partners: Moxviquil, A.C..
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $133,000.
Matching Funds: $432,000.
Ecoregion: NT0303.
This project focuses on reducing pressure on habitats for the Golden-cheeked Warbler due to illegal logging and deforestation in the Highlands of Chiapas Region. This region has one of the most abundant wintering populations of the species in Mexico. Using grant and match dollars, project partners will involve local communities and governments in developing forest demonstration models for sustainable management practices.  A regional strategy for reducing deforestation and an education program for teachers and children will also be developed.  Additionally, partners will study habitat use analysis for the Golden-cheeked Warbler and provide recommendations to forest managers to benefit the species.
Project: Migratory Landbirds Conservation in Sinaloan TDF.
Location: Municipalities of Concordia and El Rosario.
Grantee: Conselva, Costas y Comunidades, A.C.
Contact: Sandra Concepción Guido Sánchez, sandra.guido@conselva.org.
Partners: Comisión Nacional Forestal; Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas; Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza; Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $87,413.
Matching Funds: $262,582.
Ecoregion: NT0228.
The dry forests Sinaloa serve as wintering, post-breeding moult and second brood grounds for several migratory bird species, some of which have suffered a population decrease linked to habitat loss.  This project will be carried out on 11,730 acres of two agrarian units on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Project objectives are to ensure long-term conservation of birds and habitats by involving landowners in conservation actions, and implementing a monitoring program to determine the status and trends of bird populations and define sites on which to focus conservation and management efforts.  Partners will also implement a training program for forest keepers to allow for long term monitoring activities supported by local residents.  Among the species that will benefit are the Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Nashville Warbler and Green-tailed Towhee.
Project: Reestablishment of Connectivity in Priority Grasslands of the Southern Chihuhuan Desert, Mexico, Phase I.
Location: Chihuahua.
Grantee: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon.
Contact: Irene Ruvalcaba Ortega, i.ruvalcaba.o@gmail.com.
Partners: Especies, Sociedad y Hábitat, A.C.; Pronatura Noreste, A.C.; Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $141,621.
Matching Funds: $459,373.
Ecoregion: NA1303.
This project will protect 7,410 acres through a conservation agreement and restore critical habitat for grassland birds such as Sprague’s Pipit, Lark Bunting and Baird’s Sparrow.  Partners will also protect and recover soil, promote grass regrowth and restore a drinking trough to benefit Long-billed Curlews and other wildlife.  Additional project activities will include monitoring grassland migratory bird densities and vegetation structure before and after management and restoration activities, identifying critical needs to promote grassland migratory birds winter survival, and involving landowners and local children in conservation and environmental education.
Project: Restoration and Conservation of Thorn Scrub and Deciduous Forest in Sierra Tamaulipas II.
Location: Tamaulipas.
Grantee: Pronatura Noreste, A.C.
Contact: Mauricio De La Maza-Benignos, mmaza@pronaturane.org.
Partners: SEDUMA.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $58,055.
Matching Funds: $174,165.
Ecoregion: NA1303.
This project will protect 7,413 acres of forest through conservation agreements and begin the restoration of 494 acres of denuded habitat by preventing erosion and increasing moisture content. Partners will also establish fire prevention measures in 11,119 acres of forest. These activities are part of a larger plan to reestablish biological corridors between Sierra de Tamaulipas and Sierra Madre Oriental.
NEOTROPICS
Project: Priority Neotropical Migrant Sites: How are They Doing?
Location: Neotropics.
Grantee: BirdLife International.
Contact: David Wege, david.wege@birdlife.org.
Partners: Aage V Jensen Foundation; BBVA Foundation; Canadian Wildlife Service; Guyra Paraguay.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $24,500.
Matching Funds: $73,500.
Ecoregion: Multiple Neotropical ecoregions.
This project will consolidate a list and map of known priority sites for neotropical migratory birds and conduct land use change analysis on a subset of priority areas where Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act projects have taken place. The project will result in a spatial data layer of NMBCA projects.  Many species will benefit including Bicknell´s Thrush, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Cerulean Warbler.
Project: Protegiendo y Manejando el Hábitat de Invernada de Aves Playeras en la Ruta del Pacífico.
Location:Neotropics.
Grantee: Asociación Calidris.
Contact: Luis Fernando Castillo, calidris@calidris.org.co.
Partners: Conservación Internacional; Bird Studies Canada; Terra Peninsular; Point Blue; Parque Nacional Natural Sanquianga; Reserva Nacional de Paracas; Servicio Nacional de Áreas Protegidas Perú.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $183,266.
Matching Funds: $549,800.
Ecoregion: Multiple Neotropical ecoregions.
Urban and commercial development, aquaculture and human disturbances are among main threats to habitat sites used by Red Knots, Whimbrels, Western Sandpipers, Dunlins and other shorebird species wintering along the Pacific flyway. In 2011, the Migratory Shorebird Project (MSP) established an international partnership to understand and reverse those and other causes of shorebird declines along the Pacific Flyway. This project will use information gathered by MSP to locate and protect critical sites for shorebirds.  Objectives are to secure the legal protection of 2130 acres of shorebird habitat, reduce the disturbance experienced by shorebirds on over 260,000 acres in 8 WHSRN sites, increase knowledge about the impacts of habitat loss on shorebirds populations wintering along the Pacific Flyway, and increase the capacity of local groups and national agencies in 9 countries to assess shorebird populations and implement management practices beneficial to shorebird habitat.
NICARAGUA
Funded under the NMBCA IMPACT program
Project: Expanding Golden-winged Warbler Conservation in the El Jaguar - Volcan Yali Corridor and Beyond.
Location: El Jaguar Reserve.
Grantee: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute.
Contact: Jeff Larkin, larkin@iup.edu
Partners: American Bird Conservancy; Reserva El Jaguar; North Carolina Audubon; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: April 2014.
Grant: $75,075.
Matching Funds: $225,717.
NonMatching Funds: $5,550.
Ecoregion: NT0112; NT0303.

Partners will expand reforestation and habitat protection efforts within the El Jaguar –Volcan Yali Biological Corridor to protect, connect and increase the size of remaining forest fragments and provide shade trees for sun coffee plantations used as wintering ground habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler. In addition to the Golden-winged Warbler, this project will benefit nearly 50 nearctic-neotropical migratory bird species such as Golden cheeked Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush and Painted Bunting.

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