Conserving birds across the americas

What We Do

Our Services

The NMBCA program operates on an annual grant cycle. Each year, a panel of Service staff and outside experts reviews eligible project proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the FWS Director. The Director approves the projects for funding on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. An Advisory Group convened by the Secretary of the Interior makes policy recommendations to the program.

Our Projects and Initiatives

Since 2002, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act has provided more than $89 million in grants to support 717 projects in 43 countries. These projects have positively affected more than 5 million acres of bird habitat and spurred partnerships on multiple levels contributing an additional $346 million. The networks that have developed as a result of NMBCA funding have evolved into powerful conservation alliance. You can learn more about the projects by visiting our project summary database.

Our Laws and Regulations

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act authorizes the grant program and establishes broad guidelines for its management.

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Our Services

The NMBCA program provides matching grants to Neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere, with at least 75 percent of funding going to projects outside the United States. The competitive grants require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 3-to-1 ratio.

Our Library

Bird Species Considered as Neotropical Migrants under the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA)