FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2011
Ashley Spratt, (612) 713-5314
Alicia King, (571) 214-3117
Service and City of Indianapolis join forces for urban bird conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today celebrates the City of Indianapolis’ implementation of the Service’s Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (Urban Bird Treaty), including a $70,000 Federal grant which will be used for on-the-ground, bird-friendly efforts by the partners.
Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability and Indy Parks and Recreation will team with local partners to plan and implement projects that enhance bird habitats and educate the public on native and migratory bird species.
“Indianapolis is located in a transition zone between the Eastern deciduous forest and the historic prairie/savanna ecosystem and provides a variety of habitats for both breeding birds and migratory birds going to and from Lake Michigan,” said Tom Melius, Regional Director of the Service’s Midwest Region.
“The city is a natural fit for the Urban Bird Treaty program, and the efforts put forth by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Park and Recreation Board, Audubon and other local partners will bring to light the importance of protecting birds in our neighborhoods, parks and backyards.”
Urban Bird Treaty projects will create bird watching trails along the White River, enhance bird habitat as part of the Indianapolis Historic Park and Boulevard Plan, increase educational opportunities at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, engage citizens in bird monitoring activities, and support city partners with outreach programs.
Project partners include the Amos W. Butler Audubon Society, Butler University, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Wildlife Federation and the Center for Urban Ecology.
Outdoor wildlife watching activities like bird watching generate more than $933 million in economic benefit in Indiana per year. Birding is an outdoor activity that continues to grow in popularity and can be enjoyed by people of all ages in all geographic areas.
For more information about Urban Bird Treaty efforts in the Service’s Midwest Region for the visit: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/midwestbird/urban_migratory_bird_treaties.htm
The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (Urban Bird Treaty) program was created to help municipal governments conserve birds that live and nest in or overwinter or migrate through their cities. Launched in 1999, the treaties are a partnership agreement between a U.S. city and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve migratory birds through education, habitat improvement and bird conservation actions. Typically, many other partners are involved with Urban Bird Treaty activities and projects at a local level.
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