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    Act for Songbirds The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act


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    1 : Act for Songbirds The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Saving Migratory Birds for Future Generations
    2 : Benefits of Birds Birds add joy to the lives of many Birds are pollinators Birds act as pest control Birds are frequently considered indicators of the health of our environment
    3 : Birds and the Economy 46 million Americans contribute $32 billion to the U.S. economy each year through the sport of wildlife and bird watching
    4 : Birds are Important Birds play an important role in maintaining the ecosystems on which humans depend to maintain our quality of life Kathleen Lich: Alicia King
    5 : Birds and Agriculture Insect and rodent control Plant pollination Seed dispersal There is value in sustaining birds and their habitats! Great- horned Owl: Ruby-throated Hummingbird; Laura Graham
    6 : Migratory Birds Like many migratory birds, this Cerulean Warbler travels thousands of miles every year from its breeding grounds to its wintering grounds south of the U.S. Border Cerulean Warbler: Barth Schorre
    7 : Migratory Bird Trends Migratory bird populations are declining due to human hazards including loss or degradation of: habitat on breeding and wintering grounds Indigo Bunting: Barth Schorre
    8 : Threats to Birds Habitat loss/fragmentation Collisions with Structures Pesticides/contaminants Climate Change Introduced Predators (cats) Human Activities (sprawl)
    9 : Threats to Birds Estimated 2.5 billion birds killed inadvertently due to human activities in the U.S. every year 2 million acres of bird habitat are lost to development in the U.S. each year These pose grave risks across all regions and habitats Habitat fragmentation: Mike Parr
    10 : Migratory birds are particularly vulnerable because they depend on multiple habitats and sites Threats to Birds Townsend’s Warbler: Peter LaTourrette,
    11 : Birds most at risk: restricted ranges limited ability to move small populations facing multiple conservation challenges Threats to Birds Marbled Godwit: Tom Grey
    12 : The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act NMBCA passed in 2000. Designates funding in Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. for: habitat protection education research monitoring birds Wilson’s Warbler: Barth Schorre
    13 : The NMBCA grant program was established with the goals of… American White Pelicans: Eleanor Briccetti The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
    14 : NMBCA Goals Perpetuating healthy populations of Neotropical migratory birds Supporting conservation initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean Providing financial resources and fostering international cooperation Swainson’s Hawk: Peter LaTourrette,
    15 : NMBCA Goals The program provides a competitive, matching grants, and requires a 3 to 1 match So for every $1 received in grant funds, the applicant must raise an additional $3 in partner funds Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Jim Scarff Painted Bunting; Barth Schorre
    16 : NMBCA Authorized Funding Initially authorized at $5 million per year Its first appropriation was $3 million Western Tanager: Dan Casey, ABC
    17 : NMBCA Authorized Funding Current authorization is $6 million per year - 2004 – 2007 appropriations were $4 million 2008 appropriation is $4.5 million Least Tern: Ralph Wright Bicknell’s Thrush: George Jett
    18 : NMBCA Funding More than $21 million from NMBCA grants have leveraged over $97 million in matching contributions Far exceeds the 3 to 1 match! Snowy Plover: Tom Grey Black-capped Vireo: Bill Hubick
    19 : NMBCA Funding Land conservation projects have helped improve about three million acres of bird habitat Common Yellow Throat: Gary Smyle
    20 : NMBCA Submitted Requests Quality project proposal requests far exceed available funding A significant funding increase is needed to support growing conservation needs
    21 : NMBCA Funding At least 75% of NMBCA funding supports projects in Latin American countries (where there is almost no available funding for bird conservation) Up to 25% may be used for projects in the United States 100% goes to U.S. migratory birds! Scarlet Tanager: Greg Lavaty
    22 : Grants have been awarded to conservation programs in 44 U.S. states, Canada 33 other countries in Latin America, and the Caribbean NMBCA Awarded Grants
    23 : NMBCA Providing Effective Cooperation Nations, states, local governments, and other entities work together cooperatively for the protection of Neotropical migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere Buff-breasted Sandpiper: Gary Smyle
    24 : The Act has a proven record of making a difference for Neotropical migratory birds. For example… NMBCA A Successful Program Wood Thrush:
    25 : Successful Projects Increasing Bird Conservation Capacity in the Bahamas Funded in 2006 at $18,300 and matched by $67,100 for support of Bahamians trained in natural resources management and in implementing conservation programs Grantee: The Nature Conservancy Kirtland’s Warbler: Huron Manistee National Forest
    26 : Funded in 2005 at $55,041 and $165,124 matching funds to restore public hayfields and degraded grasslands on outskirts of Chicago to benefit grassland birds. Create Two Bird Conservation Areas Grantee: Audubon-Chicago Region Partner: Corporation for Open Lands Successful Projects Bobolink: Pennsylvania Game Commission
    27 : Monitoring Migratory Raptors as Key Indicators of Ecosystem Quality Funded in 2007 at $83,050 and $255,799 matching funds for online data-collection and large-scale analysis of raptor populations in multiple sites throughout the United States; Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec; State of Veracruz, Mexico. Grantee: Hawk Migration Association of North America Partners: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and HawkWatch International Successful Projects Swainson’s Hawk: Greg Lavaty
    28 : Protecting Habitat for Oak-Dependent Species in Latin America Funded in 2007 at $156,600 and matched by $516,000 to protect over 11,000 acres of wintering habitat in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Mexico for Endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and threatened Golden-winged Warbler Golden-cheeked Warbler: Al Perry Grantee: American Bird Conservancy Partners: Pronatura Chiapas, SalvaNatura, and Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity Successful Projects
    29 : Creating a Protected Area Network for Migratory Birds in Colombia Funded in 2003-2008 at $598,954 and matched by $3,197,088 to establish a network of 38 monitoring stations, 12 bird reserves (over 35,000 acres) and conduct outreach education Partners; Fundación ProAves and American Bird Conservancy Cerulean Warbler: George Jett Successful Projects
    30 : NMBCA Report Success and Need The American Bird Conservancy NMBCA Report details: Trends in bird populations Threats to birds Successful Projects MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ted Ardley
    31 : Support is needed to continue to grow the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants program and increase its funding Western Tanager: Peter LaTourrette NMBCA A Successful Program
    32 : Act for Songbirds Make sure Neotropical migratory birds are conserved for future generations Kathleen Lich: Alicia King
    33 : Support House Bill H.R. 5756 and Senate Bill S. 3490 to reauthorize NMBCA Increase to $10 million by 2010 & $20 million by 2015
    34 : For more information contact Alicia King at or 202-234-7181 Summer Tanager;:Barth Schorre
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