At-risk songbirds get habitat grant in Poconos

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced $1.6 million in grants from its Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) for the Pennsylvania portion of the Delaware River watershed including the Poconos.

Among the grant recipients is the American Bird Conservancy, which will receive $205,492 from the fund for a grant to help re-establish “dynamic forest structure” for three at-risk songbirds—golden-winged warblers, cerulean warblers and wood thrushes—in the Poconos Cooperative Management Area. Additional matching funds of $211,471 from conservation partners bring total funding for this project to $416,963.

All three of these birds are deemed to be threatened, near threatened, or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (

NFWF’s funding partners for this and 13 other watershed grants include The William Penn Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the American Forest Foundation.

The Delaware River Restoration Fund was launched in 2013 to help community-based nonprofits and government agencies work together to clean up and restore polluted waters and improve habitat for target species. Priorities include “sustaining and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat; improving and maintaining water quality for fish, wildlife and people; sustaining and enhancing water management to benefit fish and wildlife; and improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed” (


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