Migratory Bird Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation

Working with others to conserve, enhance, and better understand the ecology and habitats of migratory bird species.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Projects supported include surveys and other monitoring and assessment activities to determine the status of numerous migratory bird populations and their habitat.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates funding projects that support bird conservation projects similar to prior fiscal years.

Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Additional information is available from Regional and National Migratory Bird Offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ventana Wildlife Society $ 80,000   2016-12-282021-12-31
Eaaf Partnership Secretariat $ 30,000   2016-03-312021-03-31
Boise State University $ 106,887   2015-03-152021-03-14
Government Of Ontario, Ministry Of Natural Resources And Forestry $ 90,879   2017-07-012019-10-01
University Of Maine System $ 14,406   2017-09-012019-08-30
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 125,897   2011-08-012019-07-31
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 45,000   2017-06-152019-06-15
University Of Tennessee $ 93,500   2015-07-062018-12-31
Michigan Technological University $ 111,100   2015-07-012018-12-31
Great Basin Bird Observatory $ 75,000   2012-08-152018-12-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program continued to work with partners in the development and implementation of conservation plans that contribute to improving the health of migratory bird species and their habitats, and increasing opportunities for and access to outdoor recreation. The program also supported monitoring activities that provide critical data that allows the establishment of migratory bird hunting seasons that, in turn, provides hunting opportunities. Fiscal Year 2018: The program will continue to conduct conservation and monitoring activities similar to prior fiscal years. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and payments may be used for the conservation of any bird species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Special emphasis will be placed on bird species listed in USFWS conservation and management priorities documents (e.g.

USFWS Birds of Conservation Concern 2008, Focal Species list).

Implementing national, regional, flyway Bird Conservation Region, and state-level bird conservation plans (e.g., Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation (http://www.partnersinflight.org), U. S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/bird-management-plans/the-us-shorebird-conservation-plan.php) North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/bird-management-plans/waterbird-conservation-for-the-americas.php) are among the Service's highest priorities.

Projects related to the priorities identified in these plans will receive the greatest funding consideration.

Projects should address one or more of the following activities: a) Population surveys and monitoring to determine the health, status, trends, and distribution of bird species and groups of concern.

Emphasis will be placed on landscape-level applications of standardized inventory and monitoring protocols (e.g., Breeding Bird Atlases, national marshbird call playblack surveys).

Local-scale monitoring (e.g., local land management units) activities will generally not be a focus of this program; b) Applied research, including but not limited to, studies of habitat requirements, limiting factors, and population responses to habitat conservation activities; development of new monitoring techniques and programs for poorly-surveyed species; use of Geographic Information Systems, bird habitat modeling, and similar tools to identify bird habitat focus areas and further bird conservation planning efforts; and investigation of avian mortality events and monitoring of health and disease problems; c) Compilation of technical information, such as status reviews of bird species of concern, development of habitat management and restoration guidelines, disseminating updates and providing training about current and emerging diseases which impact migratory bird populations, and other outreach and education programs including programs structured towards youth and connecting people with nature.

Habitat management projects are generally not covered under this program.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Approximately 15% of program funding may be available depending on annual appropriations and program priorities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal; Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; including Tribal Government; Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Public Institution/Organization; Federally Recognized Tribal Government; U.S.

Territory or Possession; Institutions of Higher Education including Public Private, State College, University, Junior, and Community College; Individual/Family; Specialized Group; Small Business; Profit Organization; Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Private Institution/Organization; or Native American Organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal; Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; including Tribal Government; Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Public Institution/Organization; Federally Recognized Tribal Government; U.S. Territory or Possession; Institutions of Higher Education including Public Private, State College, University, Junior, and Community College; Individual/Family; Specialized Group; Small Business; Profit Organization; Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Private Institution/Organization.

Credentials/Documentation

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application coordination is not required.

Environmental impact information may be required and will be specified in program funding opportunity postings on Grants.gov.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Projects and informal or formal proposals may be requested by the Regional or National Migratory Bird Program office directly from appropriate eligible applicants. These funding opportunities will be posted at www.grants.gov and will clearly outline the required forms or supplements (e.g. SF-424, full budget, etc.). Unsolicited project proposals from eligible applicants may also be submitted for consideration to Regional or National offices. Projects may also be mutually developed by the Regional or National office and appropriate eligible applicants. All projects contain mutually agreed upon deliverables and funding. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF)-424, and the appropriate Budget Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF 424B - Non-construction; or SF-424C and SF-424D - Construction).

Award Procedures

The Migratory Bird Program Chief reviews and approves conservation projects based on proposals meeting the objectives. Once a proposal is accepted and mutually agreed upon deliverables and funding are approved, a formal agreement is written. Upon signing both parties, work can begin.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. 661-666; Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.; Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Decisions on funding a proposal are usually made no later than 180 days after receipt of the proposal. However, funding opportunities may present themselves at a later opportunity at which time projects may be reconsidered.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

An award may be modified at the discretion of the issuing Regional or National office.

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

The period of performance of awards will vary. The time phasing of assistance will vary based on timing of appropriation and funding opportunity posting dates and deadlines. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All projects and activities are monitored for progress and for compliance with award scope of work.

The recipient shall submit progress and financial reports as specified in the award.

At a minimum, a performance progress report summarizing accomplishments and including an explanation of any milestones not accomplished is to be submitted within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award.

A final performance progress report is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.

All project reports may be evaluated and reviewed by project supervisor and his or her appointees, including but not limited to outside sources such as other appropriate federal; staff at national and regional levels, state and local government employees, and other individuals with project area expertise, to insure quality and fulfillment of obligation.

At a minimum, the recipient shall submit an SF-425, Federal Financial Report within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award.

A final SF-425 is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Audits

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.

Records

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $1,635,200; FY 18 est $1,400,000; and FY 19 est $1,400,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $1,635,200; FY18 $1,400,000; FY19 $1,400,000. FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Information not available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Additional information is available from Regional and National Migratory Bird Offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Migratory Bird Bird Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation, Migratory Bird Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-1757

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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