Migratory Birds
Mountain-Prairie Region

Welcome to the Migratory Bird Program located in the Mountain-Prairie Region. We provide leadership in the conservation of migratory bird species and their habitats through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations. 

Baird's Sparrow by Bob Gress

Baird's Sparrow
Copyright: Bob Gress

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the primary responsibility for administration of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (1918), its amendments, and subsequent acts. All migratory birds are listed as trust species and require USFWS management, however, the list of species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) are a subset of the trust species and can be found here. More information on MBTA and information on the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can be found here.

Declining species and species groups are a major priority for the Migratory Bird Program. The Migratory Bird Management Office in Washington D.C. published a list of Species of Conservation Concern, 2008 to focus on identifying species most at risk for listing as endangered or threatened and investigating reasons for their decline. Additional sources of information about species of conservation concern is available from other national plans including: Partners In Flight, North American Waterbird Conservation PlanNorth American Waterfowl Management Plan, and the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan. To see the most recent national state of the birds report click here.

Another function of the Migratory Bird Program is technical data exchange and application of science to the management of avian species. Recently, we have published reports concerning our regional priority species; Status of 10 Bird Species of Conservation Concern in Region 6 and Status of Additional 10 Bird Species of Concervation Concern in Region 6 as well as a number of Biological Technical Reports focused on avian issues.


Other Resources

  1. Monitoring bird trends is the major method used to determine the status of trust species. The largest effort to monitor avian species is the Breeding Bird Survey. Another major tool used to assess avian populations and trends is banding. Data from the Bird Banding Lab is important for setting annual hunting regulations and is a tool for assessing nongame bird populations and migratory pathways.
  2. The natural history accounts for all avian species in North America can be found at Birds of North America.
  3. Status assessments for all birds have been published by Nature Serve.
  4. The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota has a informative web site with a wealth of information on many species in the Mountain-Prairie Region.

Other internet sites with interesting information on birds can be found through the Electronic Resource in Ornithology and BirdNet.

Last updated: October 22, 2014