Celebrating the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial 1916-2016

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed on August 16, 1916. The resulting Migratory Bird Treaty, and the three others that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders.

The Treaty connects the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) with our Federal, State, private, non-governmental, tribal, and international partners, who share our long, successful history of conserving, protecting, and managing migratory bird populations and their habitats. Celebrating the Centennial of the first Treaty allows us to bring together those who have contributed to its success.

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2015 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Urban Program Grant Availability
Through the Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2015, approximately $360,000 is available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Programs to fund Urban Bird Treaty projects and Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships that engage urban neighbors and foster a sense of stewardship where there are Fish and Wildlife Service lands or offices nearby (within approximately 25+/- miles). Priority areas also include locations where there are existing Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships or with established Urban Bird Treaty cities.  Proposals should articulate tangible ways the Fish and Wildlife Service can become an asset to the community.
The USFWS Migratory Bird Program is accepting proposals for projects related to the Urban Bird Treaty program. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Urban Bird Treaty program has funded 21 cities through challenge grants over the past 15 years. These cities and their partners identified projects to conserve migratory birds through education, hazard reductions, citizen science, conservation actions, and conservation and habitat improvement strategies in urban/suburban areas.
Approximately $200,000 is available for Urban Bird Treaty projects and should have an emphasis on enhancing urban habitats for birds, engaging citizens in bird conservation and connecting diverse and youth audiences to birds and bird conservation as well as an activity that contributes to the Fish and Wildlife Service's 2016 Centennial recognition celebration of the signing of the first Migratory Bird Treaty (1916). Proposals should also address three or more of the Urban Bird Treaty goals. For more information about the goals, see: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/Partnerships/UrbanTreaty/urbantreaty.html