Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
|Contact: Hugh Vickery 202-501-4633|
|For Immediate Release: May 17, 2005||Chris Tollefson (FWS) 202-208-5634|
Norton Signs Conservation Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Announces $3.9 Million in Grants for Migratory Bird Conservation
Interior Secretary Gale Norton today commemorated the 12th International Migratory Bird Day by signing a declaration of intent with Canada and Mexico to strengthen cooperation on bird conservation. She also announced $3.9 million in grants to conserve birds throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.
Norton signed the North American Bird Conservation Initiative Declaration of Intent to "conserve North American birds throughout their ranges and habitats, and ultimately to collaborate with all participant nations regarding bird cooperation.
More than 340 species of birds
breed in the United States and Canada, and winter in Latin America. Examples
of these birds include species of plovers, terns, hawks, cranes, warblers
The declaration will formalize
the process for undertaking the initiative, which is designed to address
the sharp decline of many migratory bird species in recent decades.
"The nations of the Americas
and the Caribbean are linked by the birds that travel between thousands
of miles as they migrate in the spring and fall," Norton said. "Working
together, we can ensure these birds have the habitat they need both for
their nesting and wintering seasons."
The funds can be used to protect, research, monitor and manage bird populations and habitats as well as conduct law enforcement and community outreach and education. By law, 75 percent of the money goes to projects in Latin America and Caribbean countries while 25 percent goes to projects in the United States.
International Migratory Bird
Day takes place on the second Saturday in May each year. It encourages
bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through hikes, bird
watching, information about birds and migration, public events, and a
variety of other education programs.
Projects in the United States.
Colorado -- A partnership led by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will receive $122,400 and put up $322,500 in matching contributions to develop a conservation plan that will guide future decisions on land use to benefit birds in the state's western mountain region.
Colorado -- A partnership led by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will receive $26,666 and put up $114,860 in matching contributions to assess and conserve seasonal wetlands in Eastern Colorado.
Illinois -- A partnership led by the Illinois Natural History Survey/University of Illinois will receive $22,736 and put up $80,192 in matching contributions to study channelization and forest drainage of southern Illinois's Cache River watershed.
Illinois -- A partnership led by the Audubon-Chicago Region will receive $55,041 and put up $165,124 in matching contributions to restore native prairies for breeding birds outside of Chicago.
National -- A partnership led by the National Audubon Society will receive $20,000 and put up $285,600 in matching contributions to document species of concern in important bird areas.
New York -- A partnership led by the New York City Audubon Society will receive $43,000 and put up $129,890 in matching contributions to research and monitor birds that fly into buildings and work with building management to minimize collisions.
Pennsylvania -- A partnership led by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Research Station will receive $10,388 and put up $31,164 in matching non-government funds to examine the effects of certain forest management practices on birds.
Puerto Rico -- A partnership led by the Puerto Rican Ornithological Society, Inc. will receive $53,140 and put up $166,415 in matching funds to monitor shorebirds and work with local citizens on conservation efforts.
Texas -- A partnership led by the National Audubon Society will receive $25,000 and put up $159,000 in matching funds to conserve reddish egret habitat on the Gulf Coast.
U.S. Virgin Islands -- A partnership led by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station will receive $27,000 and put up $82,400 in matching non-government funds to monitor forest birds at Virgin Islands National Park.
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas/Mexico -- A partnership led by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Inc. will receive $49,538 and put up $255,792 in matching contributions to monitor bird migration in the Gulf of Mexico.
California/Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Antilles, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama -- A partnership led by The Institute for Bird Populations will receive $139,624 and put up $1,406,519 in matching contributions to monitor over-wintering survival rates.
California, Oregon, Washington and El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua -- A partnership led by the American Bird Conservancy will receive $58,000 and put up $750,000 in matching contributions to conserve oak habitats on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds.
Colorado, New Mexico/Mexico -- A partnership led by The Nature Conservancy will receive $250,000 and put up $750,000 in matching contributions to protect grassland in eastern Colorado and New Mexico and northern Mexico.
Georgia/Ecuador -- A partnership led by Maquipucuna Foundation will receive $235,038 and put up $753,475 in matching contributions for public outreach in Georgia and Ecuador's Andean region.
Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay -- A partnership led by Kansas State University will receive $74,243 and put up $224,309 in matching contributions to study the use of agricultural pesticides effects on birds at breeding and wintering grounds.
Missouri/Mexico -- A partnership led by the American Bird Conservancy will receive $50,000 and put up $750,317 in matching contributions to create a conservation alliance to conserve forested and coastal habitats for birds that summer in the central hardwood region of the Lower Mississippi River.
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