The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has been awarded a grant to purchase land and easements to protect migrating birds’ habitat in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Some 130 acres within Bird Conservation Region 13 and the Lake Erie watershed will be protected thanks to a $289,275 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative/Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection grant.
Three bird-habitat projects in Michigan received more than $400,000 combined in grants. The grant applied to northwestern Pennsylvania was the largest of the four announced today by the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Most of the annual mortality of land birds occurs each year during the spring and fall migration, so resting habitat along migratory routes is an important conservation issue,” Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber said. “These grants will conserve natural forests, shrublands and wetlands along the Great Lakes that are critical for millions of migrating birds.”
According to a news release, “the Pennsylvania project will permanently protect and prevent fragmentation of important breeding, roosting and migration stopover habitat for coastal-dependent and migratory birds in Erie County.”