Founded in 2009 by the U.S. state fish and wildlife agencies, Southern Wings is a partnership between U.S. state fish and wildlife agencies that facilitates partnerships between state fish and wildlife agencies and partners in Mexico, Central, South America and the Caribbean to successfully conserve shared migratory bird species throughout their annual lifecycle. Southern Wings sets the stage for international collaboration by bringing state fish and wildlife agencies together with colleagues beyond our national borders. Conservation efforts for migratory species much go beyond borders and include actions across their annual life cycle.
States connect with in-country partners to engage in conservation projects which have a direct linkage and positive impact on one or more shared priority migratory birds. Once funds are allocated to a project, Southern Wings relies on partner organizations to carry out on-site work. Depending on the needs of particular species and habitats, on-site work may be any of a variety of strategies such as land purchases, habitat restoration, and training, outreach, and education programs.
Southern Wings has provided funding to support conservation projects in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras all of which include a restoration component. Some of this support has moved through American Bird Conservancy.
Thirty US state fish and wildlife agencies have contributed over $2.7 million on the ground for conservation for 22 projects in 9 countries leveraging millions more.
Deborah Hahn, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Staff Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org