Jerome Ford is the Assistant Director for the Migratory Birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jerome oversees the many diverse activities of the Migratory Bird Program divisions of Migratory Bird Management and Bird Habitat Conservation. The Migratory Bird Program administers the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other federal migratory bird laws, implements and oversees bird management and conservation programs across North America, and coordinates the monitoring and assessment of both game and nongame migratory birds.
Jerome is responsible for the management of two multi-million dollar grant programs, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) and will oversee the Urban Bird Treaty grant program. His oversight includes the administration of the Federal “Duck Stamp” program, which generates revenue to help continue the conservation of the migratory birds’ habitat. Jerome also oversees the national level coordination of Joint Ventures, Partners In Flight, U.S. Shorebird Conservation plan, the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, and the North American Waterfowl Management plan.
Jerome began his career with the Service in the late ‘80s as a co-op student. Ford’s first full-time position with the Service was as the Assistant Refuge Manager at Logan Cave National Wildlife Refuge, located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He later became the Deputy Project Leader at the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, which was established to provide winter and feeding habitat for migrating waterfowl. He became the Project Leader at Bayou Cocodrie NWR in eastern Louisiana, where he spent six years managing habitat for neo-tropical songbirds and the threatened Louisiana black bear. In 2000, he transferred to the nearly 70,000 acre Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge as Project Leader. In 2006 Jerome moved to Washington, DC to serve as the Special Assistant to the Director. Since 2008 Jerome served as the Deputy Director of the Migratory Bird Program.