Enhancement of Freshwater Wetlands as Wintering Habitat for Waterfowl, Laguna Madre
Ducks Unlimited De Mexico, A.C.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
The Laguna Madre of Texas and Tamaulipas and its adjacent freshwater wetlands represent a historical habitat for migratory waterfowl, including 36% of the continental population of Redheads. This Important Bird Area and Ramsar site is also considered a priority area for shorebirds and waterbirds, such as Piping Plover, Reddish Egret, Wood Stork and Brown Pelican. The project will support a binational initiative for the conservation and restoration of freshwater wetlands adjacent to the Laguna Madre. It will set up conservation agreements for 19,739 acres in two ranches. It will also enhance 2,197 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands within those ranches through the construction of water control structures, which will emulate natural hydrological fluctuations to guarantee the availability of high quality fresh water.
Ducks Unlimited De Mexico, A.C., Private Contributors, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department