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Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Grants Target AMJV Priority Species

Canada Warbler; photo by William Majoros.
Migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere - including some of the AMJV highest priority species - will benefit from $3.6 million in grants for collaborative conservation projects across the Americas. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants will leverage the Service’s investment with nearly $12.1 million in additional private funds; a more than 3-to-1 match. The projects will conserve migratory bird habitat, stimulate critical research into declining bird populations, and strengthen international relations.

This year’s grants will benefit hundreds of species in 18 countries, conserving neotropical migratory birds from breeding sites in Canada and the United States to wintering sites in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Many of the projects either involve AMJV partners - American Bird Conservancy, Audubon North Carolina, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service - or positively impact AMJV priority species, like:
  • Protecting Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers in Colombia, Phase II: This project will protect 25 areas identified in conservation plans as being critical for the warblers. The project also incorporates ecotourism and sustainable development initiatives that benefit local communities.
  • Conservation of Strategic Properties for Neotropical Migratory Birds on the Territory of the Appalachian Corridor Phase II: This project will acquire 1,150 acres in fee simple or in conservation servitudes. Located in the Quebec Northern Green Mountains natural transborder corridor, these properties are strategically located in an 11,900-acre core area of unfragmented forest. They are a crucial link in allowing connectivity between properties that are already protected. Among the species that will benefit are the Canada Warbler, Wood Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Scarlet Tanager.
  • Reforestation of Critical Wintering Habitat for Neotropical Migrants: Partners will plant 140,000 native trees and coffee bushes; enhance or manage at least 695 acres; and contribute to the ongoing protection of 16,557 acres as significant wintering habitat for migratory birds in Ecuador and Peru. These efforts will focus on the Cerulean Warbler and benefit 20 additional neotropical migratory bird species, as well as many resident birds.
  • Conserving a Boreal Icon: The Canada Warbler: The initiative seeks to build on emerging science regarding the warbler’s decline, and implement partner-based priority actions for the species and its habitats.