Two programs that help restore wetlands in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota have received federal grants worth a total of $3.4 million.
The groups are Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Pheasants Forever. Their projects aim to protect wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds, and restore more than 3,000 acres of wetland in the Lake Michigan watershed.
The money was awarded through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
Ducks Unlimited received $2.4 million for three projects designed to maintain wetlands and prairies in all three states.
And Pheasants Forever was awarded $1 million to restore prairie and wetland habitat in parts of southwest Minnesota. The program benefits both aquatic and grassland birds.