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Protecting Wildlife Across State and International Borders

What do the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, State Wildlife Grants, and the North American Wetland Conservation Act all have in common? They protect species outside the boundaries of our public lands. Species cross state and international borders, and it’s important that we help protect them wherever they go. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act helps protect neotropical birds internationally, and State Wildlife Grants and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act aid in the protection of species in the United States outside the borders of our public lands.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act:

Painted Bunting at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge | Christine Flores
Painted Bunting at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge | Christine Flores

The goals of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act are to:

  • Perpetuate healthy populations of neotropical migratory birds;
  • Provide financial resources for bird conservation initiatives;
  • Foster international cooperation for such initiatives.

At least 75 percent of the total funding available for grants each fiscal year must, by law, be used to support projects outside the United States. As such, the program has proven to be successful in catalyzing partnerships and capacity building for neotropical migratory bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere.

Successes of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act:

  • Since 2002, more than $50.1 million in grants have been awarded;
  • Grants have supported 451 projects in 36 countries;
  • Partners have contributed an additional $190.6 million;
  • More than 3.7 million acres of habitat affected.

State Wildlife Grants:

The State Wildlife Grants Program provides federal grant funds for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats. Priority is placed on projects that benefit Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Grant funds must be used to address conservation needs such as research, surveys, species and habitat management, and monitoring, identified within a state’s comprehensive wildlife conservation plan/strategy. These funds may also be used to update, revise or modify a state’s strategy.

North American Wetland Conservation Act:

North American Wetland Conservation Act projects are developed by landowners and organizations at the community level, and fuel an effective public-private partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, landowners, and conservation organizations. These projects protect habitats that are vital to the production and survival of continental mallards, northern pintail, other waterfowl, and declining migratory bird species. In turn, these projects benefit the millions of Americans who depends on these species for hunting, birding, and other outdoor pursuits.

From September 1990 through March 2014, approximately 5,000 partners in 2,421 projects have received nearly $1.3 billion in grants. They have contributed another $2.7 billion in matching funds to affect 27.5 million acres of habitat.

To help ensure the protection of species across state and international borders, take action today! Click here to send a message to your Senators today.

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