Working Toward a Strong Financial Footing for U.S. Bird Conservation

The need is greater than ever to increase federal funding for bird conservation programs. The 2014State of the Birds report found that several groups of birds continue to show alarming population declines. Aridland birds in particular, such as the Greater Sage-Grouse are in serious trouble, as are long-distance shorebirds like the rufa Red Knot. Then there is Hawai'i, known as the bird extinction capital of the world and home to fully one-third of all America's federally endangered birds.

At ABC, we push for increased funding for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program and the Migratory Bird Joint Ventures to help restore habitats critical to conserving declining species.

Ensuring a strong financial footing for bird conservation in the United States is a part of our work to “build conservation capacity.


We currently lead the Bird Conservation Alliance (BCA), which consists of conservation organizations that together advocate for increased federal funding for bird conservation and work together to achieve greater conservation results — for Black Skimmers (shown) and many other birds.

Since 2005, ABC, along with members of the BCA and other partners, have been instrumental in garnering more than $1 billion in federal appropriations for programs including the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants program and Joint Ventures. Between 2008 and 2010, ABC helped increase funding for NMBCA and Joint Ventures by approximately $250,000 and $2 million respectively, benefiting birds like Red-headed Woodpecker (shown) and many other species.

'Akikiki, RObby Kohley

In 2009, ABC helped secure $2 million in federal funds to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian birds like ʻAkikiki (shown), Maui Parrotbill, and Palila.