The U.S. Congress recognized the importance of conserving habitat for migratory birds by passing the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). The Act is available through the Internet here.

The Act does several things:

It encourages partnerships to conserve North American wetland ecosystems for waterfowl, other migratory birds, fish, and wildlife.
It encourages the formation of public-private partnerships to develop and implement wetland conservation projects consistent with the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), a blueprint for continental waterfowl and wetlands conservation, and other North American migratory bird conservation agreements.

It creates the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund to help support projects through grants.

It establishes a nine-member North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) to review and recommend grant proposals to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for funding.

It lists proposal evaluation factors to be considered by the Council.
The Act specifically references goals of the NAWMP. The Act provides a mechanism to support NAWMP objectives and those of other migratory bird recovery programs.

Last updated: November 20, 2013