ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program is a partnership of ConocoPhillips, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that provides grants for bird habitat conservation projects in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence.

From 2005 through 2012, the program awarded 55 grants worth $6.5 million to 30 conservation groups in 12 states and five countries. Grantees matched this funding with an additional $9.9 million, for a total conservation investment of $16.4 million. As a result of this investment, roughly 99,000 acres of critical bird habitat have been protected, restored or enhanced.

Funding priorities include:

  • Restore, enhance or protect bird habitats on the order of tens or hundreds of acres.
  • Apply the majority of grant funding to on-the-ground habitat improvement/protection and minimize expenses for planning, design and engineering.
  • Have completed planning, design and engineering stages to the extent that on-the-ground implementation can begin shortly after the grant is awarded.
  • Include pre- and post-implementation monitoring to document habitat improvements and other project outcomes.
  • Provide long-lasting ecological benefits, as demonstrated by provisions for long-term maintenance and management as appropriate.

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