Notice of Funding Opportunity, USFWS Midwest Region Migratory Bird Program

The USFWS Midwest Region’s Division of Migratory Birds is pleased to announce the availability of funding through their small grants program for specific projects to advance the science and implementation of migratory bird conservation in the Upper Midwest. A description of the projects for which we seek proposals follows...


HOWEVER, for complete instructions on submitting proposals, please:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Go to the SEARCH GRANTS tab
  3. Search for opportunity number: F17AS00127
  4. Click on the opportunity number in the table that comes up
  5. Click on the PACKAGE tab
  6. Click Preview under the Actions column
  7. Click the Download Instructions button for the full announcement (NOFO)


The NOFO Instructions can also be found here.


Please Note that proposals should be submitted through

(Apply under the Actions column) and not through the Migratory Birds program, but applicants are encouraged to discuss potential proposals with the individuals mentioned under each of the categories for which proposals are requested.


The Deadline for submitting proposals is 23 April 2017.


Please feel free to share this announcement with your partners.





Notice of Funding Opportunity F17AS00127

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 3 Division of Migratory Birds


Migratory Bird appropriation: 16 U.S.C. 661

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.647


To focus conservation on the highest priority issues with the greatest probability of making a difference for birds, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program operates under the USFWS business model known as Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC).  SHC integrates biological planning, landscape design, conservation delivery, and monitoring and evaluation in a way that generates adaptive feedback that enables sound decisions and constantly improves our efficiency and effectiveness in conserving birds.


Prospective grantees are encouraged to discuss ideas with the individuals identified with the ► symbols below. In 2017, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program will focus on:


A.  Coordinated Bird Monitoring. We seek proposals that advance regional- and state-level bird monitoring priorities as identified through the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership.  Priority will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. Upgrading the Midwest Monitoring/Research Registry to consist of a dedicated web-interface that includes a fillable form, interactive mapping tool, ability to query and display projects on the map, and live links to contact project leads, navigate directly to project websites, or download data directly from the Midwest Avian Data Center (MWADC).

  2. Further developing the Midwest Avian Data Center to support the Midwest Migration Network(MMN) through the following enhancements:

    a.  Creating a metadata storage and retrieval system for banding station metadata within MWADC. These data would include habitat information, effort metrics, and registration details for MMN banding stations or individual permitted banders.

    b.  Establishing a connection with USGS Bird Banding Lab Bandit databases to export banding data into MWADC and merge these data with effort and other data for MMN stations.

    c.  Extending the MWADC data management and bulk uploader tool to also store area search, checklist, site conditions, and point count data collected at banding stations.

    d.  Providing help desk support for establishing new project warehouses in MWADC for MMN stations.

  3. Producing a training manual for the Midwest Migration Network's standardized protocol and delivering a series of training workshops throughout Region 3.

  4. Assessing status and trends of Great Lakes colonial waterbirds.


►  For more information or to discuss bird monitoring proposal ideas, please contact Katie Koch (; 906-226-1249); for information and ideas related to colonial waterbirds, contact Rachael Pierce (; 517-351-5219).


B.     Full Life Cycle Conservation Planning for Focal Species. The USFWS has worked recently with partners to develop conservation plans for focal species that identify threats and conservation actions to address those threats. Priority will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. Resolution of migratory connectivity and full annual cycle ecology of Midwest Common, Caspian, and/or Black terns.

  2. Response of Wood Thrush to woodland invasive species management or forest management specifically targeting Wood Thrush. In this case, preference will be given to proposals that engage collaboration with supported projects in non-Midwestern portions of the species range with similar objectives or which directly engage USFWS Region 3 properties (Refuges or Partners properties).


►  For more information or to discuss focal species proposal ideas for Wood Thrush, please contact Tom Will (; 612-713-5362) or, for waterbirds, Rachael Pierce (; 517-351-5219).


C.    Grassland Bird Conservation.  In recent years, the USFWS has worked with partners to develop and promote grassland bird conservation plans, collaborative workshops, and working groups for a number of high-priority grassland bird focal species.  In 2017, we seek proposals that advance one or more of the following:

  1. Social network analysis that identifies landowners oriented toward grassland conservation and the partners with whom they prefer to work—all leading to the generation of a spatially-explicit opportunity topology at a landscape scale (e.g., the scale of the Southwest Wisconsin Grassland Conservation Area or a subset of the Minnesota Prairie Plan area).

  2.  Research that assesses the effects of current Midwest agriculture practices (i.e., inputs) on grassland bird demography (e.g., impacts to adult condition, nest success, nestling and fledgling survival, etc.).

  3. Development of multi-state, state, or sub-regional scale grassland conservation plans that prioritize grassland preservation, restoration, enhancement, and/or management—including methodology that incorporates partner input and recommendations regarding information that would facilitate successful delivery at narrower scales. (Overall planning scale should not be smaller than, for example, a sub-region of the Minnesota Prairie Plan area or southwestern Wisconsin Grassland Conservation Area.)

  4. Development and piloting of a sustainable regional monitoring design involving multiple partners (including landowners) capable of evaluating grassland bird population contributions of grassland restoration or renovation actions at multiple scales from local to regional.


►  For more information or to discuss grassland bird proposal ideas, please contact Kelly VanBeek (; 507-494-6217).


D.    Urban Bird Conservation.

  1. Development and piloting of a program of involvement and follow-through that engages an ethnically diverse urban community in the solution of urban bird issues (e.g., quality urban stopover habitat, building collisions, invasive species control, Chimney Swift nesting and roosting habitat, etc.).

►  For more information or to discuss conservation planning proposal ideas, please contact Tom Will (; 612-713-5362) or Katie Koch (; 906-226-1249).


For bird monitoring and conservation projects, we anticipate that a maximum of $200,000 will be awarded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  In FY16, we were able to award only one new grant ($25,000), with priority given to continuing agreements—six grants averaging $27,600 (range: $11,667 to $49,436).  In FY17, it is not likely that individual awards will be made for amounts greater than $80,000.  We anticipate making approximately five awards in FY 2017.


This program uses grant agreements and cooperative agreements as the primary assistance instruments, and these instruments typically have a maximum period of performance of five years. For cooperative agreements, Service Migratory Birds staff will serve on a Steering Committee with other partners to help guide and direct progress on projects and to provide technical assistance where needed at critical project decision points; Service staff may also assist grantees with field work depending on the nature of the proposal. Funds will be awarded in FY 2017, but project periods of performance should not anticipate beginning earlier than 15 September 2017 due to uncertainties in the Federal budget and grant administration capacity.


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