A total of $2.3 million in funding was approved for the following 7 projects in March 2013. Project partners are contributing approximately $12 million in matching funds to affect more than 22,000 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2013/Window 2 grants cycle. This information is accurate as of the date of approval. For further information about specific grant projects, please contact the grantee listed in individual project summaries.

Project: Restoring Habitat for Migratory Waterbirds in the Colorado River Delta through Wetland Restoration and Allocation of Environmental Flows.
Location: The Colorado River Delta in Baja California and Sonora.
Grantee: Pronatura Noroeste, A.C.
Contact: Osvel Hinojosa Huerta, ohinojosa@pronatura-noroeste.org.
Partners: Walton Family Foundation; Sonoran Institute.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $441,876.
Matching Funds: $596,018.
The Colorado River Delta provides a diversity of habitat types for migratory birds, including riparian area, brackish marshes, and tidal mudflats, which support over 350,000 wintering waterbirds and 20,000 marsh birds. The project will protect and restore key habitat for shorebird and waterfowl species listed in the U.S. and Mexico Shorebirds Conservation Plan and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, continuing a long-term joint effort to restore the Delta supported by a bi-national partnership. The project will protect 939 acres through conservation easements; restore 116 acres at Las Arenitas; and enhance 74 acres with water acquisitions. The project will benefit the following priority species: Northern Pintail, Mallard, Long-billed Curlew, Snowy Plover, Least Tern, Snowy Egret, Sora, Virginia Rail, Least Bittern, Black Rail, and the Federally Protected Yuma Clapper Rail.
Project: Conservation of the Pacific Brant Wintering Habitat in the Vizcaino Wetlands, Baja California Sur, Phase II.
Location: The Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve located in northern Baja California Sur, specifically, the Ojo de Liebre-Guerrero Negro wetland complex and the San Ignacio Lagoon.
Grantee: Pronatura Noroeste, A.C.
Contact: Gustavo D. Danemann, gdanemann@pronatura-noroeste.org.
Partners: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur; Laguna San Ignacio UMA Fund.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $203,913.
Matching Funds: $364,133.
The Ojo de Liebre-Guerrero Negro wetland complex and the San Ignacio Lagoon are two priority coastal wetlands critical for wintering Pacific Black Brant, with a combined 78% of the wintering population of this species in Mexico. These wetlands, located in the Pacific Flyway, are wintering habitat for more than 85,000 waterfowl and 400,000 shorebirds. The project will protect 4,950 acres through legal agreements and implement a pilot management plan for conservation of 205,194 acres protected under Phase I. The grantee will also educate 1,000 participants on the importance of the area and its wildlife, and monitor Brant and shorebird populations at both sites. In addition to Brant, the project will benefit the following priority species: American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Dowitcher.
Project: Habit Protection for Migratory Birds in the Bahia Magdalena-Almejas Wetland Complex, Phase III.
Location: The Bahia Magdalena-Almejas Wetland Complex in Baja California Sur.
Grantee: Pronatura Noroeste, A.C.
Contact: Miguel Angel Vargas Téllez, mvargas@pronatura-noroeste.org.
Partners: Resource Legacy Fund; Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $470,429.
Matching Funds: $1,021,794.
The Bahia Magdalena-Almejas Wetland Complex is considered the most important wetland complex in the Baja California Peninsula. More than 200,000 birds visit these wetlands in winter, of which 50,000 are shorebirds (22 species) and 11,000 are waterfowl (8 species). However, the area has no legal protection and faces serious threats including logging and agricultural expansion. The project will purchase 1,235 acres of critical habitat within the wetland complex. The grantee will monitor Brant populations and provide education and outreach to 2,000 local people. Priority species benefiting from this work include: Black Brant, Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Black Skimmer, Black Tern, Brandt’s Cormorant, Royal Tern, Gull-billed Tern and Least Tern.
Project: Protection, Ecological Enhancement and Management of Laguna Santiaguillos, Phase II.
Location: Santiaguillos Lagoon, located within the Nuevo Ideal and Canatlán municipalities, in the central valley region of the state of Durango.
Grantee: Pronatura Noreste, A.C.
Contact: Mario Alberto Morales, mmorales@pronaturane.org.
Partners: DU, Inc.; Profauna.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $126,842.
Matching Funds: $234,850.*

*Subject to change
The highland wetlands of Northern and Central Mexico receive 11% of the country’s migratory birds. Twenty-six percent of these species winter in the wetlands of Laguna de Santiaguillo, though the original wetland basin has shrunk by 60% due to encroachment and desiccation exacerbated by intense drought. Laguna Santiaguillo shelters more than 200 species of birds, 56% of which are resident and 44% migratory, including Long-billed Curlew, Mountain Plover, Snowy Plover, Snow Goose, and White-fronted Goose. The project will integrate isolated efforts and prioritize restoration activities, involving the local residents in an effort to stop the deterioration and disappearance of wetland habitat at the lagoon. The grantee will identify potential sites for conservation; restore reserve sites; and monitor waterfowl at these sites.
Project: Multi-Institutional Initiative for the Conservation and Integrative Management of Cuitzéo Lake, Michoacán, Phase II.
Location: Cuitzéo Lake, north of the city of Morelia, in the southwestern state of Michoacána.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited de México, A.C.
Contact: Eduardo Carrera Gonzalez, ecarrera@dumac.org.
Partners: Pronatura Noreste; Protected Areas Commission; Private Landowners; Univ. of Nuevo Leon.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $478,867.
Matching Funds: $9,144,174.
The goal of this ongoing successful initiative is to rehabilitate, conserve and manage the wetland resources in Cuitzéo Lake, Michoacán, through the participation of the general public and the state and municipal governments, in order to maintain a quality habitat for migratory birds while sustaining a rational use of the resources in the long term. Lake Cuitzéo is the third largest wetland area in Mexico and a key site for migratory and resident waterfowl and shorebirds. It is a critical wetland during the dry season because it is the only water source for migratory waterfowl, and the main freshwater source for resident species in the region. Following the integrated conservation and management strategy developed in Phase I of this project, Phase II will restore 770 acres of wetlands in the El Salitre Ejido, Chucándiro municipality and protect them through a conservation agreement. It will also protect 2,471 acres through the establishment of a Regional Environmental Management Unit. Working with partners, the grantee will support infrastructure development including water quality monitoring and construction of seven water treatment facilities, three solid waste treatment facilities, 25 dry latrines and 10 bio-digesters to increase the water quality of the lake. The grantee will also educate 155 teachers, 870 children, and 125 farmers and ranchers on conservation and sustainable resource use.
Project: Land Protection for Migratory Waterfowl Conservation, Laguna Madre, Phase III.
Location: The Natural Protected Area of Laguna Madre and the Rio Grande Delta in Tamaulipas.
Grantee: Pronatura México, A.C., Northwest Office.
Contact: José Alfredo Álvarez Cerda, aalvarez@pronaturane.org.
Partners: Agricultural District; Tamaulipas State Department of Urban Development and the Environment; Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas; Pronatura México, A.C.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $348,500.
Matching Funds: $385,938.
One hundred thirty-four aquatic and semi-aquatic bird species have been registered in the Laguna Madre and Rio Grande Delta area, including 15% of all waterfowl migrating to Mexico and more than 100,000 shorebirds. The Laguna Madre is one of the most important sites on the Gulf of Mexico for wintering migratory birds, containing a large area of lakes with hyper-saline water along with small inland freshwater ponds that host waterfowl species. Thirty-six percent of the Redhead population winters at Laguna Madre as well as nearly 20% of the world’s wintering population of Piping Plover. This project is Phase III in a series of projects directed at the restoration of the freshwater wetlands on the east side of the lake. The project will restore 494 acres of freshwater wetlands; protect 8,895 acres through a conservation easement; and ensure sustainable management of the area’s natural resources.
Project: Restoration of Freshwater Wetlands as Habitat for Migratory Waterfowl in Tamaulipas.
Location: The project is located on the Rancho Aguedita, Matamoros municipality, in northeastern Tamaulipas.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited de México, A.C.
Contact: Eduardo Carrera Gonzalez, ecarrera@dumac.org.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Rancho Aguedita.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $232,299.
Matching Funds: $242,180.
The Laguna Madre area and the freshwater inland wetlands of the Rancho Aguedita region are fundamental habitats for migratory waterbirds, including Redhead, Piping Plover, Wood Stork and Brown Pelican. The Laguna Madre wetland complex contains the largest concentration of sea grass flats (the main food source for Redheads) and its adjacent freshwater wetlands are critical for waterfowl to compensate for the salt excess they get from feeding on the sea grass flats. Unfortunately, the natural freshwater wetlands along the Tamaulipas coastal plain have been disappearing due to the increase of agriculture and cattle grazing in the region. The project will establish a hydraulic management system that will restore 1,710 acres of freshwater wetlands and follow a successful model of working with landowners protect these restored acres through conservation agreements.
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