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Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI)

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Interested agricultural producers should contact their Local USDA NRCS Office.



Through the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), NRCS will work with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to manage portions of their land to enhance habitat for migrating birds. MBHI projects 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.

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) Applications Accepted Through May 17, 2013

Funding for the MBHI will be offered in portions of twenty-two parishes across southern Louisiana and will be used for protecting, restoring, and enhancing migratory bird habitat. MBHI applications will be accepted through May 17, 2013.

All applications for MBHI must meet Environmental Quality Incentives Program producer and land eligibility requirements to be eligible for enrollment in MBHI.

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Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Area Map

The MBHI Area Map identifies the Parishes, 8-Digit Watersheds, and Regions that are included in the MBHI. The following geographic watershed boundaries have been established for funding allocation:

  • Atchafalaya Basin
  • Deltaic Plains
  • Gulf Coast Prairies

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Louisiana MBHI HUC-8s

Approved Conservation Practices

Eligible practices needed to accomplish MBHI objectives are designed to provide a direct benefit to migratory bird habitat. For example: practices such as Brush Management, Prescribed Burning, and Forage and Biomass/Range Planting are eligible only when managing and enhancing the grassland component of mottled duck habitat. Below is a document listing five MBHI activities which are under the Shallow Water Development and Management (646) practice. This document can be downloaded and used as a reference for activity information.

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  • Louisiana MBHI Activity List (Under Construction)

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