The dedicated work of many conservation partners from the UMGL Joint Venture region has paid off. It is time to celebrate the recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler, a Joint Venture Focal Species, which has been recently “delisted” and no longer needs protection from the Endangered Species Act.
We would like to give recognition to Ducks Unlimited, a substantial Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture partner, for successfully securing North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) funding for two proposals within our JV!
The Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture is proud to help underwrite the 2019 Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Symposium, which will be held at Maumee Bay in Oregon, Ohio, September 19-20.
Conservation delivery, landbird planning, and Nebraska’s natural resources were the main themes of our most recent Joint Venture Management Board meeting, held in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 13th-14th.
We will be having our annual summer Management Board meeting August 13th-14th, 2019, in Lincoln Nebraska. We will attend meetings at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Nebraska Outdoor Education Center, and are planning an exciting field trip looking at saline wetlands and tallgrass Prairie Corridor work in the area.
I'm excited to switch hats and work with everyone to advance bird conservation in our joint venture. Strong partnerships, good communication, and focus on mission have been hallmarks of our JV, and building on those strengths will keep us working together to make meaningful impacts on bird habitat and society in our ten states.
We are excited to officially announce the selection of Doug Gorby as the new Coordinator for the Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture! His official start date will be Tuesday, May 28th, and his office will be located at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing Field Office.
The Joint Venture Landbird Committee met May 1-3 on the shores of western Lake Erie. The focus of the meeting was revision of the 2007 JV Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy.
We are pleased to announce the availability of funds for the Joint Ventures – Improving the Science Foundation for Bird Conservation program, also known as the JV Flex Fund grant. The goal of this grant program is to assist partners in implementing effective science-based bird conservation projects in the Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture (UMGL JV) region.
The UMGL JV is pleased to showcase the newly revised Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Strategy, and the Waterbird habitat Conservation Strategy.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity is now available for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This competitive funding process will fund proposals that focus on habitat protection, restoration, or enhancement, for the conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly of migratory birds.
This model-based tool will support the JV partner organizations’ efforts to both improve waterfowl habitat and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities across the landscape in the most cost-effective way possible.