NAWCA Project Summaries

April 2015

A total of $2.7 million in funding was approved for the following 12 projects on April 29, 2015. Project partners are contributing approximately $5.7 million in matching funds to affect more than 58,000 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2015/Window 2x 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.

Mexico Standard Grants
BAJA CALIFORNIA NORTE
Project Name PROTECTION, MANAGEMENT & RESOURCE USE OF BLACK BRANT HABITAT BAHIA SAN QUINTIN
Location BAJA CALIFORNIA NORTE
Grantee Organization TERRA PENINSULAR, A.C. Project Officer CESAR GUERRERO AVILA
Grantee Email cesarguerrero@terrapeninsular.org
Partner Name ProEsteros
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $126,811
Proposed Match Amount $188,773
Acres Affected 5,506

Project Location/Wetland Values:  Bahía San Quintín (BSQ) is located on the Pacific coast of northwestern Baja California BSQ includes the most pristine major habitat tracts of coastal salt marsh in western North America.  Vast eel grass beds attract 20-30,000 Brant each winter, greater than 30% of the total winter population in Mexico.  Priority shorebird species such as the Mountain Plover and Long-billed Curlew are also found, and a total 188 bird species have been documented at this site, including priority species such as Mountain Plover and Long-billed Curlew. However, the populations of several species and subspecies that depend on the wetland are diminishing because of the loss and degradation of these coastal ecosystems.  The multi-pronged project will have 5,506 acres at Laguna Figueroa decreed as a Mexican Federal Critical Habitat; implement bird and habitat monitoring on 11,611 acres in the Bahia San Quintin wetland complex; conduct research to determine the carrying capacity of the sea grass beds in Bahia San Quintin; and implement an environmental education program to promote habitat sustainability and train 50 local residents in conservation, management of natural resources and control of solid waste.

NINE STATES

Project Name IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE CONS OF SHOREBIRDS PHASE III
Location BAJA CALIFORNIA NORTE, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, SINALOA, SONORA, NAYARIT, JALISCO, GUERRERO, OAXACA, CHIAPAS
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C. Project Officer EDUARDO CARRERA GONZALEZ
Grantee Email ecarrera@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited, CONANP/Vizcaino/Chacahua, University of Guadalajara/Costa/Costa Sur
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $179,872
Proposed Match Amount $244,988

The project activities will take place at numerous sites in the northern and southern Pacific regions of Mexico.  In a recent survey, almost 1 million birds were recorded in the states of Sonora and Sinaloa alone, including Long-billed Curlew, Black-necked Stilt, Red Knot, and Snowy Plover.

The project will strengthen institutional capacities in the Northern and Central Plateau and the State of Chiapas through training; establish a monitoring network on the abundance and composition of species; and generate information that will support decisions concerning conservation and management of shorebirds and their habitats.
CHIHUAHUA
Project Name PROTECTION & MANAGEMENT OF BABICORA LAGOON, CHIHUAHUA PHASE III
Location CHIHUAHUA
Grantee Organization PRONATURA NOROESTE, A.C.
Project Officer ALFREDO ALVAREZ
Grantee Email aalvarez@pronaturane.org
Partner Name CAAFF, Ejido Gomez Farias, CONANP, ITESM
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $224,319
Proposed Match Amount $344,815
Acres Affected 4,203

 Laguna Babícora is located in the Mexican northern State of Chihuahua, and hosts an estimated population of over 5 million migratory birds.  It is especially important because it is the wintering habitat for an annual average of 122,000 ducks, geese and cranes such as Arctic geese, Greater Snow Goose, Ross´ Goose, Cackling Goose and Lesser Scaup, and it is one of the few examples of functional natural wetlands that still exist in the Chihuahuan Desert.  However, there has been a decrease in freshwater inflows that sustain Laguna Babícora and associated wetlands due to the conversion of native grasslands and wetlands into croplands, and the deforestation of native forests in the sierras surrounding the lagoon.  This project will protect 2,225 wetland acres through a conservation agreement with the Ejido Gómez Farías; restore or enhance 1,980 acres; conduct bird monitoring throughout nearly 75,000 acres. This third phase of the project will contribute to the long-term goals to protect and manage 80% of the surrounding basin and to recuperate the grassland conditions to support migratory bird habitat in the region.

Project Name STRATEGY FOR THE CONS & MGMT OF MEXICANOS & BUSTILLOS LAGOON WETLAND COMPLEX
Location CHIHUAHUA
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C.
Project Officer GABRIELLA DE LA FUENTE DE LEON
Grantee Email gdelafuente@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited, Profauna, University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua State Government, SACLB, Private landowners
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $299,222
Proposed Match Amount $942,498
Acres Affected 15,345

The project will be conducted in the Mexicanos & Bustillos Lagoons Wetland Complex, in north central Chihuahua State. The surface area of these wetlands has been modified by the expansion of the agricultural and cattle ranching activities in the wetlands, taking available for waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife.  The wetland complex is important habitat for priority waterfowl, such as the Northern Pintail, the Mallard, and the Lesser Scaup,  Green-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler.  The project will restore or enhance 9,884 acres at the Bustillos Lagoon; monitor plant productivity and invertebrates post restoration at the Mexicanos Lagoon; protect 403 acres for 20 years through conservation agreements with local landowners; implement an environmental education and training program targeting 120 farmers and cattle ranchers through 2 workshops, and 180 students through 12 workshops; and provide support to newly formed conservation organizations in the region.

NAYARIT/VERACRUZ
Project Name ENVIRONMENTAL WATER RESERVES: ENSURING HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS
Location NAYARIT, VERACRUZ
Grantee Organization WORLD WILDLIFE FUND - MEXICO PROGRAM OFFICE
Project Officer MICHAEL BAUER
Grantee Email Michael.Bauer@wwfus.org
Partner Name Gonzalo Rio Arronte Foundation, Stockholm Environment Institute
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $230,000
Proposed Match Amount $407,049
This project will be conducted in the San Pedro Mezquital River basin, of Nayarit, and the Alvarado Wetlands Complex of Veracruz. The main migratory bird species expected to benefit are: Northern pintail, Greater white-fronted goose, Snowy plover, American white pelican, and Mangrove cuckoo.  The project will protect 15.6 million acres of wetland habitat through the establishment of Presidentially decreed environmental water reserves that secure the flow of water necessary to maintain wetland habitat for migratory and resident birds; develop a procedure to include the water needs of migratory birds as environmental indicators and implement a pilot application; and train 25 local stakeholders to implement management plans.
SONORA
Project Name ENHANCEMENT OF WETLANDS IMPORTANT TO MIGRATORY WATERFOWL: MORONCARIT LAGOON
Location SONORA
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C.
Project Officer GABRIELA DE LA FUENTE DE LEON
Grantee Email gdelafuente@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited, Ejido Moroncarit, Gabinos Outdoors, ASOCIES
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $118,964
Proposed Match Amount $127,502
Acres Affected 1,043

This project will be conducted at the Bahía Santa Bárbara / Bahía Yavaros-Moroncarit lagoon complex, located on the southern coast of Sonora in Northwest Mexico. On an international level, this area hosts a high concentration of continental priority species of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The area is a wintering site of historical importance for many migratory waterfowl species, including Ringed-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Pacific Black Brant, Ruddy Duck, and Crested Merganser. However, the Pacific coast wetlands are being threatened by the shrimp industry, road infrastructure and agricultural activities which have caused a reduction in available habitat for migratory waterfowl. 
The project will restore 500 acres of wetlands as waterfowl habitat through hydrological rehabilitation; guarantee long term wetland protection and conservation benefiting migratory and resident waterfowl through a 20-35 year conservation agreement with a local community for over 500 acres; and establish a monitoring system for waterfowl and their habitats that will be the basis for future management decisions.

TAMAULIPAS
Project Name RESTORATION & ENHANCEMENT OF FRESHWATER WETLANDS ON COASTAL PLAIN OF TAMAULIPAS
Location TAMAULIPAS
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C.
Project Officer GABRIELLA DE LA FUENTE DE LEON
Grantee Email gdelafuente@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited, Rancho El Mezquite
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $280,109
Proposed Match Amount $1,203,340
Acres Affected 4,670
This project will be conducted at the Rancho El Mezquite in San Fernando County in the state of Tamaulipas in northeastern Mexico, within the Laguna Madre Wetland Complex. The Laguna Madre Wetland Complex is a Mexican Priority Wetland, a Key Area for Waterfowl and Shorebirds, and an Important Area for Waterbirds. The freshwater wetlands of the complex are important for migratory birds that winter there, including Northern Pintail and Redhead.  The region hosts 15% of all the wintering waterfowl in Mexico, including 36% of the entire continental Redhead population, 6% of the entire continental population of Piping Plover, globally threatened, and 20% of the Reddish Egret in the world. Unfortunately, the wetlands have been declining or deteriorating because of increased agricultural and cattle raising activities in the region. It is necessary to implement restoration and protection activities to guarantee wetland conservation for the benefit migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. The project will restore 4,670 acres of freshwater wetlands adjacent to the Laguna Madre within the Rancho El Mezquite, through construction of hydraulic infrastructure and protect those acres through a 20 year agreement with the ranch owner to promote conservation and better management.
Project Name WETLAND RESTORATION IN THE LAGUNA MADRE WETLANDS
Location TAMAULIPAS
Grantee Organization PRONATURA NORESTE, A.C.
Project Officer ALFREDO ALVAREZ
Grantee Email aalvarez@pronaturane.org
Partner Name Tamaulipas State Water Commission, Organizacion Vida Silvestre, A.C.
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $292,471
Proposed Match Amount $862,436
Acres Affected 7,770
The project area is at Rancho Los Ebanos and Laguna La Nacha within the Laguna Madre and the Rio Grande Delta Wetland Complex-- Mexican Federal Protected Area, San Fernando County, Tamaulipas, in northeastern Mexico. The Laguna Madre is one of the most important sites on the Gulf of Mexico for wintering migratory birds; over 130 bird species have been recorded in the area, including 15% of all waterfowl migrating to Mexico and more than 100,000 shorebirds. This wetland complex contains a large area of lakes that host waterfowl species like Redheads and Northern pintails that depend on drinking freshwater to dilute the salts consumed when feeding on the sea grasses of the Laguna Madre. The project will: 1) protect or restore more than 7,000 acres and develop a sustainable management plan for Rancho los Ebanos; and conduct a hydrology study and waterfowl monitoring across more than 8,000 acres.
VERACRUZ
Project Name LONG TERM CONSERVATION OF KEY WETLANDS IN THE ALVARADO LAGOON SYSTEM 1A
Location VERACRUZ
Grantee Organization PRONATURA MEXICO, A.C. - VERACRUZ
Project Officer
Grantee Email
Partner Name Pronatura Mexico, Veracruz State Environmental Agency, Mexico National Water Commission
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $414,521
Proposed Match Amount $454,326
Acres Affected 15,355
Project Location/Wetland Values: The Veracruz coast is one of the most important waterfowl and shorebird continental migratory routes. However, extensive cattle grazing and forest fires threaten this wetland complex, especially its mangroves. Over the last 24 years approximately 12,000 acres of mangroves have been lost, and more than 56,000 wetland acres have been turned into grasslands. This project, with the help and involvement of locals, seeks to mitigate the destructive processes and to restore the wetland system to benefit habitat for the conservation of migratory birds The project will be implemented in the 715,175 acre Alvarado Wetland Complex (ALS). It provides habitat to at least 346 bird species, including Snowy Plover, Red Knot Green-winged Teal, American Golden Plover, Wilson’s Plover, and Wilson’s Phalarope. The project will protect 15,355 acres of wetlands through a variety of legal mechanisms; and develop an online training platform for a certificate program in mangrove restoration and sustainable use. Forty-five students will receive training in the first year of operation.
Project Name LONG TERM CONSERVATION OF KEY WETLANDS IN THE ALVARADO LAGOON SYSTEM 1B
Location VERACRUZ
Grantee Organization PRONATURA MEXICO, A.C. - VERACRUZ
Project Officer
Grantee Email
Partner Name Pronatura Mexico, Tlacotalpan Municipality, Ejido Isleta
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $184,353
Proposed Match Amount $552,851
Acres Affected 3,233
The Veracruz coast is one of the most important waterfowl and shorebird continental migratory routes. However, extensive cattle grazing and forest fires threaten this wetland complex, especially its mangroves. Over the last 24 years approximately 12,000 acres of mangroves have been lost, and more than 56,000 wetland acres have been turned into grasslands. This project, with the help and involvement of locals, seeks to mitigate the destructive processes and to restore the wetland system to benefit habitat for the conservation of migratory birds The project will be implemented in the 715,175 acre Alvarado Wetland Complex (ALS). It provides habitat to at least 346 bird species, including Snowy Plover, Red Knot Green-winged Teal, American Golden Plover, Wilson’s Plover, and Wilson’s Phalarope.  Phase 1B will restore 464.56 degraded wetland acres and enhance 2,767.68 additional wetland acres.
YUCATAN
Project Name ENHANCEMENT OF HABITAT FOR WATERFOWL IN NORTHERN YUCATAN PENINSULA 1A
Location YUCATAN
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C.
Project Officer GABRIELA DE LA FUENTE DE LEON
Grantee Email gdelafuente@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $325,915
Proposed Match Amount $341,081
Acres Affected 1,079
The Yucatan Peninsula wetlands are essential ecosystems given their ecologic, economic and cultural value. It is one of the first resting and feeding stopovers during the north-south migration. Conservative estimates indicate an average of over 250,000 ducks in the region during winter, mainly Blue-winged Teal, and up to 50,000 shorebirds. Recent studies have also revealed that the northern wetlands of the Yucatan Peninsula are wintering sites for 38 of the 41 shorebirds recorded for the Gulf of Mexico, including Piping Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Red Knot, and Long-billed Dowitcher. However, disturbances caused by harbor construction and several hurricanes have reduced important mangrove and marine grassland habitat for these species.  This project will work to counteract these impacts in the wetlands of the community of Telchac, Dzemul, along the northern coast of Yucatan by restoring 735 acres of coastal wetlands and regenerating 345 acres of mangrove forest.  It will also evaluate and monitor indicators of habitat enhancement actions success for migratory birds.
Project Name ENHANCEMENT OF HABITAT FOR WATERFOWL IN NORTHERN YUCATAN PENINSULA 1B
Location YUCATAN
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED DE MEXICO, A.C.
Project Officer GABRIELA DE LA FUENTE DE LEON
Grantee Email gdelafuente@dumac.org
Partner Name Ducks Unlimited
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $59,277
Proposed Match Amount $59,277
Acres Affected 179
The Yucatan Peninsula wetlands are essential ecosystems given their ecologic, economic and cultural value. It is one of the first resting and feeding stopovers during the north-south migration. Conservative estimates indicate an average of over 250,000 ducks in the region during winter, mainly Blue-winged Teal, and up to 50,000 shorebirds. Recent studies have also revealed that the northern wetlands of the Yucatan Peninsula are wintering sites for 38 of the 41 shorebirds recorded for the Gulf of Mexico, including Piping Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Red Knot, and Long-billed Dowitcher. However, disturbances caused by harbor construction and several hurricanes have reduced important mangrove and marine grassland habitat for these species.  Phase 1B of this project will work to counteract these impacts in the wetlands of the community of Telchac, Dzemul, along the northern coast of Yucatan by restoring 180 acres of coastal wetlands.

Last Updated: July 22, 2015