Migratory Bird Conservation


To maintain and enhance populations and habitats of migratory bird species found in the Upper Midwest (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Received 10 proposals and funded 8 for $344,863. Fiscal Year 2015: Anticipate receiving approximately 5 proposals and funding approximately 3 for approximately $200,000. Fiscal Year 2016: Anticipate receiving approximately 5 proposals and funding approximately 3 for approximately $200,000.
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-754; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C.661-667(e); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 2901-2911; and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 709a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments; private nonprofit institutions/organizations; and public nonprofit institutions/organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments; private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/organizations; and general public.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction)
Award Procedure
The Regional Migratory Bird Program Chief convenes a committee of FWS biologists to review, rank, and select proposals for funding. Once a proposal is accepted, a grant agreement is written and work can begin.
Mar 02, 2015 January 21, 2014.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding of a proposal are usually made no later than 180 days after receipt of the proposal.
A grant agreement may be modified at the discretion of the Regional Office.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed to determine how well they address the migratory bird program priorities outlined above and in a Notice of Funding Availability that is published annually at the Grants.gov website for CFDA # 15.647. Proposals will also be evaluated for their biological and statistical soundness, feasibility, geographic scope of applicability, and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used for the conservation of any bird species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and occurring in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Region 3 (Upper Midwest, including IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, and WI). Special emphasis will be placed on Birds of Concern in the Midwest (see http://www.fws.gov/midwest/midwestbird/concern.html) as these species are experiencing known or suspected population declines, are recreationally important, or are causing biological or social conflicts. Implementing national, regional, and flyway bird conservation plans, including the Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan (http://www.partnersinflight.org), U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (http://shorebirdplan.fws.gov), North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (http://www.waterbirdconservation.org), North American Waterfowl Management Plan (http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/NAWMP/index.shtm), and Mississippi Flyway bird management plans, is the USFWS's highest priority, and proposals related to the priorities identified in these plans and Bird Conservation Region and state-level bird conservation planning efforts will receive high funding consideration. The following activities are also of high interest to the USFWS: a) Population surveys, monitoring, and assessments to determine the status, trends, distribution, demography, and responses to management of bird species and groups of concern. Emphasis will be placed on landscape-level applications of standardized inventory and monitoring protocols as identified through the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership (http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com). Local-scale bird monitoring (e.g., local land management units) will generally not be a focus of this grant program, nor will support for long-term operational bird monitoring efforts. Rather, the program seeks to address coordination of monitoring efforts and development and evaluation of new survey and monitoring techniques (both field and analytical); b) Conservation of focal species for which conservation plans and/or working groups have been developed and research, monitoring, and other priorities have been identified. Examples of focal species include: Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Henslow’s Sparrow, Bobolink, other Midwestern grassland birds, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Phalarope, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Common Tern, Black Tern, King Rail, and Lesser Scaup (for further information on focal species, contact Steve Lewis, USFWS, steve_j_lewis@fws.gov); and c) Strategic Conservation, wherein the USFWS and partners integrate biological planning, landscape design, conservation delivery, and monitoring and evaluation in a way that generates the adaptive feedback loops that enable sound decisions and constantly improve our efficiency and effectiveness in saving birds (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/science/SHC/FAQ.htm). Strategic conservation involves applied research, including studies of bird habitat requirements, threats, limiting factors, and population responses to habitat conservation activities; and use of Geographic Information Systems, modeling, and similar tools to identify bird habitat focus areas and further bird conservation planning efforts. 25%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work. Written progress and financial reports using the SF-425 Federal Financial Report, and final reports on the project are generally required. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Unless a project is extended, awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the grant agreement and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the agreement. Grants are normally written for a period of 1 to 5 years and payments can be made in a lump sum or on a periodic basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Office: Tom Will, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Birds, 5600 American Blvd. West. Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458; 612-713-5362; tom_will@fws.gov.
Headquarters Office
Steve Lewis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Division of Migratory Birds, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437-1458 Email: steve_j_lewis@fws.gov Phone: (512) 713-5473
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $344,863; FY 15 est $200,000; and FY 16 est $200,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $344,863; FY15 est $200,000; FY16 est $200,000.
FY15 and FY16 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels and projected budget allocations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $5,000 to $99,974; average $43,108 in FY14.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: (1) Development of a Midwest grassland bird conservation strategy; (2) Marsh bird use of impounded and unimpounded wetlands in the Midwest; and (3) Wintering grounds conservation plan for the Golden-winged Warbler. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that relate to: (1) Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network; (2) Midwest Breeding Bird Atlases; and (3) research on Golden-winged Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers on their wintering grounds. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that relate to coordinated bird monitoring and focal species conservation.


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