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Urban Bird Treaty Program Expanded

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Five new cities will get funding for migratory bird conservation projects as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program. The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds program, known simply as the Urban Bird Treaty program, has expanded into Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Haven, Conn., and McAllen, Texas after these cities were awarded grant money from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “The Urban Bird Treaty program is a valuable and important program for getting citizens engaged in conservation,” said Alicia King of the USFWS Migratory Bird Program and national coordinator for the Urban Bird Treaty program, “The goals are to really heighten that awareness and make our cities livable not only for birds but ultimately for us.” Thirteen existing partnerships in Urban Bird Treaty cities also received funding from NFWF. The program brings together federal, state and local governments, citizens and nongovernmental organizations to emphasize education and outreach opportunities. Each of the new cities has slightly different needs and will focus on different areas of conservation, though all 26 cities in the program share the same goals — protecting and restoring urban and suburban bird habitat, reducing hazards to birds, educating and engaging citizens in bird conservation, and [...]


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