Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Focal Species Strategy

Red-throated LoonIn 2005, the Migratory Bird Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiated the focal species strategy to better measure its success in achieving its bird conservation priorities and mandates. The focal species strategy involves campaigns for selected species to provide explicit, strategic, and adaptive sets of conservation actions required to return the species to healthy and sustainable levels.

The Service remains committed to landscape-scale, integrated bird conservation for the full array of species of management concern, but has developed the focal species strategy to provide the increased accountability required from all federal agencies. Campaigns have been launched for a subset of focal species since 2005 and have involved the creation of multi-agency and conservation organization working groups and the development of conservation action plans.

Saw-whet OwlAlthough the focal species strategy targets particular species, the Service must work to ensure that the status of other species does not decline. Since the performance goal for the Service is a net increase in the percent of migratory bird species at healthy and sustainable levels, the Service will maintain existing commitments while using the focal species strategy to more tightly link Service activities to measurable outcomes.

Also available, Focal Species fact sheet.

Information about Focal Species Conservation Action Plans can be found at theĀ NBII Bird Conservation portal.

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Last updated: April 11, 2012