Habitat Programs

Background
After the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in April of 2010, Congress appropriated money for a limited time to fund a Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI). Under the initiative the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contracted with landowners away from the coast to provide mitigating habitat for migratory birds through a set of NRCS approved management practices while the coast was affected by oil. During this initiative, researchers at Mississippi State University (MSU) and the University of Arkansas collected data on shorebird use of MBHI habitat from participating landowners. Those data show that the initiative was widely successful at providing desirable shorebird habitat that attracted large numbers of migrants.

Habitat Incentive Programs
Delta Wind Birds is building on the success of the MBHI by offering Habitat Incentive Programs to private landowners who already have infrastructure in place for creating high-quality moist-soil and shallow-water habitats for migratory shorebirds. For example, catfish ponds can be drawn down to reduce water depth prior to shorebird migration seasons, allowing evaporation to expose fresh mudflats around the edges over the course of several weeks. Similarly, abandoned catfish ponds can be disked and flooded with shallow water.

For additional details on our Habitat Incentive Programs, please contact us by e-mail (dwindbirds@gmail.com).