Funding Sources for Migratory Bird Conservation Partnerships

Bird conservation is not the job of just one program or agency. The Migratory Bird Program supports partnerships that work together towards the specific goal of undertaking conservation activities to benefit birds and their habitats.

One of the ways we do this is by providing matching grants to partnerships of organizations, governments and individuals to carry out bird habitat conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere. Collectively, our bird habitat grant programs have affected well over 30 million acres of bird habitat in more than 36 countries throughout the hemisphere.

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants programs fund projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. In Mexico, partners may also conduct projects involving technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies.

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) Grant Program funds projects promoting the conservation of neotropical migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Grants funded under the NMBCA program help partners to protect, research, monitor, and manage bird populations and habitat throughout birds' entire migratory life cycle, as well as to conduct law enforcement and community outreach and education.

The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (Urban Bird Treaty) is a program working with cities and partners to conserve migratory birds through education, hazard reductions, citizen science, conservation actions, and conservation and habitat improvement strategies in urban/suburban areas. Urban areas can become effective sanctuaries for birds and by restoring and conserving green-space, Urban Bird Treaty cities enhance urban areas for migratory birds that nest, overwinter, or migrate through municipal and urban/suburban neighborhoods as well as for citizens.

For a list of all Fish and Wildlife Service funding programs, go to  Financial Assistance.

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Last Updated: October 1, 2015