U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Urban Wildlife Conservation Program
More than two million dollars of Five Star Urban Waters grants announced.
- New Haven, CT: The Urban Oases for Migrating Songbirds in the New Haven Harbor Watershed project, a designated Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Project, employs an innovative model of community-based land stewardship. The model engages multiple stakeholders in restoring urban green spaces to provide quality stop-over habitat for migratory songbirds. It also addresses critical community needs in underserved neighborhoods of New Haven. Nine project partners, with input and support from the local community, will identify migratory songbird hotspots where community residents, particularly children and youth, would benefit from increased access to natural areas. Outreach events will celebrate the centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty, with Canada, in 2016.
- Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Audubon Society will bring national and local forces together to create bird-friendly communities in two areas along tributaries of the Chattahoochee River. Participants will restore and enhance habitat for birds and begin regular inventory of birds. They will also provide citizen science opportunities for local communities and educational programs that heighten awareness about bird conservation and the need for quality habitat.
- Baltimore, MD: Outward Bound Baltimore and partners will restore forest and shrub habitat, reduce collision hazards for birds, and create awareness for migratory birds in the city of Baltimore.
- Pittsburgh, PA: Volunteers and partners will improve backyard habitat at 100 homes and restore mixed-hardwood forests at Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area in McKeesport, PA. Citizen scientists will track bird collisions with buildings throughout Pittsburgh and help apply collision-reducing window treatments at 200 homes.
- McAllen, TX: The City of McAllen Urban Bird Conservation Project focuses on restoring land at the McAllen Nature Center, a 20-acre urban site. It also aims to raise awareness of nature spaces and conservation throughout the city of McAllen and surrounding Rio Grande Valley area.
Funding will also support existing urban partnerships in Anchorage, AK; Denver, CO; New Haven, CT; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Yonkers, NY; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; and Washington, DC. For more information about the Migratory Bird program Urban Bird Treaty cities.
Learn more about the USFWS Urban Conservation programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation News release