Securing Federal Funding for Bird Conservation
United States Capitol


The Challenge

The need to increase federal funding for bird conservation programs that have a proven track record of success is now greater than ever.  The 2010 State of the Birds report found that most U.S. bird species will be imperiled by climate change, including common birds that are currently not of conservation concern.  In times of record federal deficits, funding for these programs is critical for restoring and maintaining healthy and abundant bird populations throughout the United States.


ABC Conservation Framework

Without a strong financial footing, bird conservation in the U.S. cannot maximize its impact. Securing funding for bird conservation therefore forms the base of ABC's Conservation Framework, Building Conservation Capacity
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Primary Birds Impacted

All U.S. endemic and migratory birds, as well as some species endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean.



Increased funding for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program at can address two of the primary causes for decline of bird species; habitat loss and degradation.  The NMBCA grants program supports partnership programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean to conserve migratory birds focusing on the areas where they winter.


Increased funding for Joint Ventures (JVs) will help restore habitats critical to conserving declining species.  Nationally JVs have protected, restored, or enhanced more than 13 million acres of important habitat for migratory bird species.

ABC Results

ABC Results Button ABC currently leads the Bird Conservation Funding Coalition (BCFC), which consists of conservation organizations that together advocate for increased federal funding for bird conservation.
ABC Results Button Since 2005, ABC and members of BCFC have been instrumental in garnering more than $1 billion in federal appropriations for six programs which include the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program and Joint Ventures.
ABC Results Button Between 2008 and 2010, ABC has helped increase funding for NMBCA and Joint Ventures by approximately $250,000 and $2 million respectively. 
ABC Results Button In 2009, ABC helped secure an additional $2 million in federal funds to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian birds.


What Next?

What Next Button The legislation authorizing the NMBCA grants program is about to expire.  Urge the U.S. Senate to bring S. 690, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Reauthorization, to the floor for a full vote and pass the bill so this successful program with proven results can continue uninterrupted.
What Next Button In 2009 the House of Representatives introduced and passed H.R. 2188: Joint Ventures for Habitat Conservation Act of 2009 which formalized the very successful program at the United States Fish and Wildlife Services.  The bill passed by a vote of 400-0 in the House.  Urge the full Senate to vote and pass the bill. 

Take Action

Help support reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act - the Act for Songbirds. Visit ABC's Action Pages to send a message to lawmakers today