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The 2014 program application deadline is December 3.

Since 2002, more than $46.5 million in grants.

Grants have supported 422 projects in 36 countries.

Partners have contributed an additional $178.5 million.

More than 3.25 million acres of habitat affected.

Call for Proposals Closed
Awarded Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants will be announced in Spring 2014.

2013 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Announced
27 of the 74 eligible proposals submitted to the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grant program were approved for funding in 2013.  The grants total $3.5 million with $12.5 million in matching funds and will take place in 15 countries.  
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BirdLife International Wins Coveted Biodiversity Conservation Award
On March 20, 2013, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grantee BirdLife International was presented with a BBVA Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Award for their work to identify and conserve places rich in both native and migratory bird species throughout Latin America. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act has supported BirdLife's biodiversity conservation projects for the last nine years.
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Pilot Program Continues Focus on High Priority Species for the 2014 Funding Cycle
The NMBCA pilot program targets a portion of funding on a group of particularly threatened Neotropical migratory birds with the goal of achieving a measurable biological improvement in these species over the next 5-10 years. Twenty-five to 30 percent of NMBCA funding for 2014 will be dedicated in support of projects that propose to address these species as outlined in these instructions. The remaining 70-75 percent of funds will be dedicated in support of the traditional NMBCA program, where conservation projects addressing any Neotropical migratory bird species are eligible.

'The Sandpiper Challenge' Race Connects Eco-Adventurers with Migratory Birds in Paraguay 
On November 3, 4, and 5, eco-adventurers from several countries will converge in Paraguay for a fierce 80, 150, or 300 kilometer race along part of the migratory route of the 'mbatui' (the Buff-breasted Sandpiper) and other neotropical migratory shorebirds. The race is made possible in part by support from the Service's Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to grantee Guyra Paraguay, working with the Geographic Society of Paraguay and Expedición Tembiasá. 
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Conservation Plan for Grassland Birds in the Chihuahuan Desert
The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) has released the first-ever conservation plan for grassland bird species that winter in the Chihuahuan Desert. Grassland birds have declined more steeply than any other group of North American birds.
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The Southern Cone grasslands
The Southern Cone grasslands of South America are important for resident and migratory birds.  Read about the efforts of the Southern Cones Grasslands Alliance, a collaboration funded by NMBCA grants. In an effort to preserve important areas and promote responsible land management in southern South America, international conservation organizations created the Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance.  A 2003 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided the seed money the Alliance needed to get off the ground.  
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2012 NMBCA Grants Will Fund 28 Projects in 26 Countries
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced today more than $3.78 million in Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation grants for 28 collaborative projects that will support bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. Matched by $14 million in contributions from partners, the projects will support habitat restoration, environmental education, population monitoring, and other priority activities within the ranges of neotropical migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 23 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Several projects are funded under the NMBCA pilot program, which focuses a portion of available funds on a group of particularly threatened neotropical migratory birds.
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Audubon Society Video Highlights Successes of the Neotrop Act
National Audubon Society President Dave Yarnold recently joined Secretary General of the Organization of American States José Miguel Insulza, ambassadors from Brazil, Panama, the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, and Jeff Trandahl, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to host a special celebration marking the tenth anniversary of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.  Audubon created a five-minute video especially for the occasion, highlighting the successes of the Neotrop Act over the past decade.
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Last updated: December 20, 2013