The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2018 Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Program.
In 2009, NFWF and partners piloted a business plan that aimed to reverse declining populations of American oystercatcher. By simultaneously addressing human disturbance and predation across the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, declines in American oystercatcher populations were reversed. Building on this success, in 2014 NFWF and partners launched the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Program business plan, which targets fifteen federally listed or declining shorebird populations and identifies five conservation strategies to address threats to shorebirds by protecting habitat, minimizing predation, reducing human disturbance, reducing harvest pressure, and filling knowledge gaps.
To that end, NFWF is seeking proposals that address one or more of these strategies along the Atlantic Flyway.
Current geographic priorities include important breeding, staging and wintering areas along the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Atlantic coast, with a focus on coastal areas in Delaware Bay, Cape Fear and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Georgia’s coastal islands and estuaries, and the St John’s River and coastal areas of northeastern Florida. NFWF will also consider projects that advance its understanding of threats to critical wintering habitat for red knot along the northern coast of Brazil, Lagoa do Peixe in southern Brazil, and priority sites from Samborombon in Argentina south to Bahia Lomas in Chile.
In 2018, the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird program seeks projects that integrate green and grey infrastructure needs at important sites along the flyway; restore wet and dry sand habitats for shorebirds along the Atlantic coast lost to incompatible coastal engineering practices; reduce the impact of predation and human disturbance on populations of breeding shorebirds along the U.S. Atlantic coast; and/or fill information gaps.
Efforts to collate and analyze information on species populations as well as the status and prioritization of important shorebird sites are considered a major priority of this phase of the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Program.
The majority of awards under this program will range between $50,000 and $200,000.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, unincorporated individuals, international organizations.
See the NFWF website for complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions.