Bird Conservation Plans

During the last two decades of the 20th century, a surge of interest in conserving birds and their habitats spurred the development of several unprecedented, partnership-based bird conservation initiatives. These initiatives have produced national and international conservation plans for birds that lay out species status assessments, population goals, habitat conservation threats, issues and objectives, and monitoring needs. To learn more about these initiatives, visit their Web sites using the logo-links on this page.

These bird initiatives have also produced regional plans that provide more detailed information on population objectives and habitat needs for birds in specific landscapes. To view or download conservation plans at the regional scale for the various taxa (i.e., landbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds, waterfowl, resident game birds) -- as well as a limited number of all bird plans -- visit the interactive Bird Conservation Region (BCR) map on this Web site or the initiative links to the right. To learn more about BCRs, click here.

Plans are only effective if people work to achieve the established goals and objectives. A host of organizations are working together together at state, regional, national, and international levels to meet the goals and objectives of these plans in a coordinated fashion to achieve comprehensive bird conservation and management For example,

  • Joint Ventures are self-directed, regional partnerships of public and private organizations and individuals, originally established to carry out the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Joint ventures have now accepted the challenge of carrying out multiple bird conservation plans using an integrated approach. For more information about a specific bird habitat joint venture, visit their web site via the Joint Venture map, or contact the appropriate Joint Venture Coordinator. To download a national JV fact sheet, click here.

  • Organizations in many states are forming state-based bird conservation initiatives -- partnerships focused on developing and implementing state bird conservation priorities identified in the various bird conservation plans. Use the links below to find out more about individual state bird conservation initiatives:
  • In order to receive federal funds through State Wildlife Grants program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy, also known as State Wildlife Action Plans. To see individual state plans, use the following link: State Wildlife Action Plans

  • The Southern Wings Program is a partnership of state agencies that support the common vision of providing a funding mechanism for bird conservation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Species Assessment: The following links provide information on existing species assessments and priorities of individual
initiatives and programs:

NAWMP logo
North American Waterfowl
Management Plan
PIF Logo
Partners In Flight
U.S. Shorebird Plan logo
United States Shorebird
Conservation Plan
Canandian Shorebird Plan cover
Canadian Shorebird
Conservation Plan

Waterbird Conservation for the Americas logo
Waterbird Conservation
for the Americas

North American Grouse
Management Strategy

National Bobwhite Initiative logo
National Bobwhite
Conservation Initiative