U.S. Senate Approves Bill to Reauthorize Funding for Migratory Bird Conservation

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Companion Bill One Step Closer to Renewal
 The Piping Plover is one of 400 species benefiting from the funding authorized by the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Photo by Matt Filosa.

Recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, yesterday, the Senate approved the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act (H.R.4389/S.4022). This bill reauthorizes the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), a successful federal grants program funding migratory bird research and habitat restoration throughout the Western Hemisphere. Since 2002, grants from the NMBCA have supported a remarkable 717 projects in 43 countries, with 400 migratory bird species benefiting from the funding. The bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law.

“American Bird Conservancy commends Senators Boozman and Cardin for working together and championing the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act and thanks the Senate for its quick passage,” said Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy at American Bird Conservancy (ABC). “Since 2002, the NMBCA has funded projects that conserved beloved species, like the Golden-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, and Piping Plover.”

The Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act holds authorized funding at the current level of $6.5 million while lowering the match for grant seekers from 3:1 to 2:1. The decreased match will improve access to federal funds for organizations, encouraging new partnerships and supporting community-based collaboration. 

One of the nation's most important bird laws, the NMBCA has helped catalyze bird conservation and encourage collaboration. Birds have seen staggering declines over the last five decades, with habitat loss the main driver. The direct funding from the NMBCA supports research and habitat restoration for vulnerable birds like the Cerulean Warbler and Piping Plover throughout the full annual cycle. 

Representatives María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and Mary Peltola (D-AK) introduced the House-passed bill. A companion bill (S.4022) was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR).


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