OGDEN -- Ogden is among 10 cities chosen to receive funding as part of the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds grant program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday.
The city will receive up to $70,000 from a $650,000 fund to help conserve migratory birds that nest in, overwinter, or fly through the city.SClBEach of the 10 chosen cities and their partners will develop and implement bird conservation projects and provide matching dollars and in-kind support, while the Fish & Wildfire Service provides the grant and technical assistance.
According to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Ogden will use the money to help increase awareness of the value of migratory birds and their habits, and their significance to the community.SClB"Birds are a critical component of every ecosystem and serve as an excellent indicator of the overall health of the environment," Jerome Ford, the service's Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, said in a news release. "Creating green space in urban environments, landscaping with native plants in backyards and parks, adopting architecture and lighting systems that reduce collisions and keeping pets indoors can provide great benefits to birds, while also creating more livable communities."
The city partnered with Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, the Sierra Club, and Weber State University for the grant. The groups have a variety of conservation activities planned, including creating bird-friendly outdoor classrooms for youth, developing bird safe building standards, and restoring riparian corridors.
Cities in Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Alabama, Connecticut, California, and Washington D.C. also received money as part of the Urban Bird Treaty grant program.