National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Launches Effort to Protect Migratory Birds in Gulf
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced a project to provide wetland habitat for migratory birds affected by the Gulf oil spill. NFWF's Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife invested $2.5 million in the project. The organization will join Ducks Unlimited and others to establish wetlands on private lands along the coasts outside of the spill area to provide millions of migratory birds with a natural habitat.
NFWF Executive Director Jeff Trandahl said, "Using resources from NFWF’s Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, we can make an immediate difference for shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh bird populations affected by the spill. Through our collaboration with Ducks Unlimited, NRCS and others, we can put projects on the ground to benefit these species now."
Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall added, "Ducks Unlimited is pleased to partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on this important Gulf Coast habitat initiative. This effort will not only offer alternative habitat to migratory birds affected by the oil spill, but will also serve as a foundation for work that will help solve long-term habitat issues waterfowl face along the Gulf Coast. NFWF has been a catalyst in this effort, which stands as yet another example of their dedication to America’s wildlife resources."
Read the full press release here.