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Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

NRCS works with agricultural producers to create and enhance habitat for wetland-dependent migratory birds. Through a number of Farm Bill conservation programs, producers can flood farm fields to create temporary habitat, or they can place lands under a conservation easement, restoring and protecting wetland habitat for the long term.

After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, NRCS launched the former Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) to help landowners create more than 470,000 acres of alternative habitat along the Mississippi River Flyway.  While MBHI was a three-year effort, it demonstrated the potential for agricultural lands to remain productive and provide much needed habitat for wildlife. NRCS continues to work with producers in key areas across the country to restore and protect habitat for migratory birds. 

In an effort to best restore habitat for migratory birds, NRCS collaborates with producers, government agencies, non-government organizations and others. Opportunities through RCPP and the Conservation Innovation Grant program help NRCS leverage additional conservation investments.


Contact Information Contact Information
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
Martin Lowenfish
Landscape Conservation Initiatives Coordinator
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 5105-A
Washington, DC  20250
Phone: (202) 690-2196
Fax: 202-720-7690

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Statewide Program in:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Texas



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