Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

The Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) took flight during the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. This partnership effort is one of the most popular initiatives in NRCS history.

Conservation-minded landowners who love wildlife offered more than 1 million acres for MBHI. More than 470,000 acres are now enrolled -- that's 3 times greater than anticipated! In fact, funding for the initiative had to be increased to $40 million to meet the demand. Participating states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.

MBHI is focused on the future, with projects that will benefit wildlife, landowners, and the environment for years to come. Projects provide food and critical habitat for bird populations; much-needed water during drought; support for local economies by attracting hunters and bird watchers; and new opportunities to improve wildlife management.

Discover MBHI

  • Contacts - Get in touch with MBHI experts.
  • Publications - Interesting words about the birds, plus information on how NRCS and its partners make MBHI happen.
  • Maps - See where NRCS programs are in action.
  • Video - Get up close and personal with birds migrating through MBHI areas, plus stories on CNN, NBC News, and YouTube. Note to reporters: B-roll is available for your MBHI story.
  • Radio Interviews - Hear interviews with NRCS Chief Dave White and other agency leaders.
  • Visit MBHI Partners - Links to some of the organizations working hard for MBHI.

Contact Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

Jason Weller
USDA, NRCS, Office of the Chief
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 5105-A
Washington, DC  20250
Phone: 202-720-7246
Fax: 202-720-7690


Service Area

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

Office Locaters

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