ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program
The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program is a public-private partnership focused on improving habitat quality and quantity for both migratory and non-migratory bird populations. Within landscapes heavily dominated by working lands, the program places a high priority on partnering with ranchers, farmers and other private and public land managers to help improve landscape connectivity and habitat quality for birds and other wildlife. The program awards grants to protect, restore and enhance grassland, sagebrush, wetland, and coastal habitats and accelerate innovations for understanding bird conservation needs across their ranges.
Since 2005, the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program has awarded more than $15.3 million to 124 projects. Grantees have provided an additional $38.2 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of $53.5 million. This investment has supported the protection, restoration and enhancement of more than 531,000 acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Current funding priorities for this program include the following strategies:
- Restore or enhance grassland, sagebrush, wetland, and coastal habitats for birds: conduct restoration activities to expand or improve habitat patch size, connectivity, and quality; remove encroaching woody vegetation that negatively impacts grassland-nesting or sage-steppe habitat nesting birds; reduce invasive species’ impact on bird habitats; restore wetland function more beneficial to birds; and restore important breeding, wintering or stopover sites.
- Protect key habitats for birds: Support fee title or conservation easement acquisitions for parcels with important habitat linkage/connectivity functions, or important breeding, wintering or stopover sites.
- Conduct identified priority research or monitoring: Increase the quality or quantity of bird population data that can be used to inform current and future habitat management decisions. Data should be useful at specific sites or in assessing bird use of habitats across breeding, wintering, or stopover ranges.