North American Waterfowl
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We are responsible for supporting the habitat conservation work of partnerships
formed under four major bird plans:
U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan
Partners from state and federal agencies, joint ventures, and non-governmental organizations from across the country pooled their resources and expertise to develop a conservation strategy for migratory shorebirds and the habitats upon which they depend. The U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (Plan) provides a scientific framework to determine species, sites, and habitats that most urgently need conservation action. Main goals of the Plan, completed in 2000, are to ensure that adequate quanity and quality of shorebird habitat is maintained at the local levels. These national assessments were used to step down goals and objectives into 11 regional conservation plans. Plan partners are working with joint ventures to accomplish these goals. The Shorebird Plan is administered by the Division of Migratory Bird Management. Contact Brad Andres for further information on the Shorebird Plan
North American Waterbird
This relatively new initiative focuses on waterbirds across the continent. Primary attention is provided to species that are not currently addressed by other conservation initiatives, and includes grebes, rails, seabirds, terns, and herons. Jennifer Wheeler,who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Migratory Bird Management, is the national coordinator.
Partners in Flight
This broadly based bird conservation initiative has developed songbird conservation priorities and habitat conservation plans for physiographic areas nationwide. Terry Rich, who works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Migratory Bird, is the national coordinator for Partners in Flight. Partners in Flight's monitoring, research, planning, and implementation activities have been beneficial to the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation by providing a scientific and planning base that contributes to ranking and developing habitat priorities. We support Partners in Flight by providing species assessments, project development and review, and national coordination efforts.
Bird Conservation Initiative
The U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Web site is dedicated to promoting and advancing integrated bird conservation. Online you will find a variety of tools and resources including an easy-to-browse Bird Conservation Regions (BCR) map hot-linked to BCR descriptions, BCR staff, the Bird Conservation Node maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, and a Bird Conservation Directory of contact information. The site contains a host of information about NABCI, including downloadable documents: the NABCI Vision, the U.S. Committee's Action Plan, and Committee and Working Group contact lists and meeting summaries. The site also provides links to the NABCI International site and the Canadian and Mexican national NABCI sites. For more information about NABCI, contact our NABCI Coordinator Allison Vogt.