Coyte Ranch Conservation Easement, Achievement for Wetlands Conservation and Ranching

On a raw spring day in 2010, Josh Vest, IWJV Science Coordinator, and I helped staff of the Ducks Unlimited (DU), Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), The Nature Conservancy, and other JV partners carry out a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) site visit to review DU’s proposed North Park Wetlands Conservation Partnership project.

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North American Wetlands Conservation Act Funds Climate Change Adaptation in Delaware

In coastal Delaware, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act is funding the acquisition of 664 acres of wetland and other bird habitat within the Delaware Bayshores Conservation Area, next to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. These protected areas will provide nesting and foraging grounds for shorebirds and waterfowl, providing them a refuge from sea level rise due to climate change.  Protection of forested areas will help coastal species adapt to climate change by creating buffer areas for salt marsh migration to occur. The Delaware Bayshores Area is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of Hemispheric Importance, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and a globally Important Bird Area designated by the American Bird Conservancy and National Audubon Society. The easement includes 189 acres of tidal marsh, 65 acres of forested palustrine wetlands, three acres of estuarine wetlands, and 418 acres of wetland-associated uplands.  Protection of the land will provide habitat for migratory and resident bird species, including American black duck, wood duck, clapper rail, great blue heron, American woodcock and white-rumped sandpiper.

Donate to the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Account !

The funds you donate will go directly to projects that conserve and protect migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. From Alaska to Argentina, grants program partners are engaged in high-priority conservation projects involving bird population management, habitat restoration and protection, environmental education, research, and more.

Partners match grants dollars 3 to 1, making your donation to the program go three times as far. Talk to your tax advisor about making a contribution to support the program—it may be deductible. It will definitely help the birds.

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Section 9.d) authorizes the acceptance and use of donations to help support the program. Each donor will receive a written acknowledgment of their contribution. For more information, contact Guy Foulks, Program Coordinator, at 703-358-1784 or via email at neotropical@fws.gov.

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Last updated: January 28, 2014