U.S. NABCI Committee's 3 to 5-Year Vision and Work Plan

In January 2005, the U.S. NABCI Committee committed to a 3 to 5-year vision. The purpose of the vision is to energize and provide focus for the Committee and the bird conservation community in their efforts to facilitate integrated bird conservation in North America. The vision and objectives continue to evolve. The 2010-2011 visions and objectives are below.

See the NABCI Update fact sheet for a summary of the Committee's efforts this year.

  • Monitoring
    We envision effective and efficient integrated monitoring programs that are in place, institutionally supported, and consistent with Mexico and Canada programs.  Monitoring programs are capable of determining status and trends of priority bird populations, as well as the limiting habitat and land use factors. (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective – Develop a unified strategy and/or recommendations to address the information needs for conservation and management decisions affecting birds. This includes engaging and promoting the use of a National Grid Standard. 

  • Private Lands
    To better serve and interact with private landowners, we envision that all State and Federal land management agencies have incorporated specific bird conservation objectives from the regional, national, and continental bird conservation plans into their land use plans and land management practices. (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Engage with the NRCS and FSA to advance strategic habitat initiatives and increase biological capacity to deliver the Farm Bill conservation programs.

  • State of the Birds
    To demonstrate and provide data-driven support for the concepts that (1) the health of bird populations is linked to the quality of life for citizens of the United States, and (2) that bird populations can provide good indicators (bellwethers) of landscape level changes in this nation’s natural resources. (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Develop a report to analyze and assess the state of birds on public lands

  • International Efforts
    We envision that within the U.S., there is much more prioritization of international bird conservation work, including increased funding for international work for priority bird species and habitats, better understanding of limiting factors, and increased communication and collaboration among conservation partners internationally. (Trinational NABCI Committee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Promote tri-national partnership development throughout the continent via NABCI partners. Support the development of regional alliances in Mexico.

  • Policy and Legislative
    We envision that the conservation of birds is considered in federal policy and legislation at the national level. (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Identify priority legislation and policy in order for NGO members to develop white papers, conduct meetings, write letters, or develop other forms of outreach to support bird conservation needs within the priority policy and legislation.

  • Communications
    We envision a significant increased awareness and support for bird conservation among conservation partners, as well as increased public and policymakers support for priority bird conservation needs as defined by the U.S. NABCI Committee.  (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Engage and inform audiences on priority issues by motivating and collaborating with partners to speak with one voice. Use the State of the Birds report as a rallying document.

  • Institutionalize Bird Interests
    We envision that an integrated approach to bird conservation is a standard component of natural resource management, administration, and practices across the country among State and Federal agencies.
    • 2010-2011 Objective: Conduct meetings with leadership in Federal agencies (e.g., USFWS, DOI, USFS, NPS, NRCS, FSA, DOT, DOE, etc.) to inform the agencies about NABCI, discuss priority programs for bird conservation, highlight the State of the Birds reports, and share key messages such as birds as indicators of environmental health. 

  • Conservation Design
    We envision all bird habitat joint ventures operating effective, practicable, scientific processes that produce landscape-scale integrated analysis and strategies (i.e., decision support tools) to help guide partners in the US in their efforts to conserve all priority birds and habitats. (Subcommittee)
    • 2010-2011 – N/A Subcommittee is inactive