Bobolink. USFWS photo.
Great Egrets. USFWS photo.
Migratory Bird Management
The Division of Migratory Bird Management focuses on four key areas:
- We identify Midwest birds of concern including rare, declining, hunted, and superabundant birds that are the focus of conservation and management actions.
- We conduct and coordinate monitoring and research activities to better understand stressors impacting bird populations.
- We provide recreational opportunities including hunting, birding, and environmental education.
- We issue permits for biological, educational and nuisance control purposes.
- We work with partners to develop and implement cross-jurisdictional bird conservation initiatives.
Bird Habitat Conservation
The Division of Bird Habitat Conservation coordinates collaborative, regionally-based partnerships known as Joint Ventures. These partnerships are comprised of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribes and individuals working to implement bird conservation plans within specific geographic areas or for specific species.
The Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture and the Prairie Potholes Joint Venture are two such partnerships advancing bird conservation in the Midwest.
The Division of Bird Habitat Conservation also administers federal funding programs that support birds and bird habitat.
- The North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard and Small Grants Program provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the Midwest.
- The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program provides matching grants to public-private partnerships that promote the long-term conservation of neotropical migratory birds that spend a portion of their lifecycle in the Midwestern United States and migrate to areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.
- The Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) provides biological support to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Management Districts, National Wildlife Refuges, partners, and various conservation agencies and organizations in the Prairie Pothole portion of Minnesota and Iowa.