The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.
In addition to local partnerships, out Conservation Partnerships program is more than an organizational structure, it is a guiding philosophy. The Pacific Southwest Region and the refuges and wildlife management areas within it have instituted a initiative that groups our customer-oriented programs together and provides a "storefront" for voluntary, cooperative opportunities in habitat restoration, migratory bird conservation, and environmental education. Our Conservation Partnerships Program brings the Service's mechanisms for funding or implementing strategic habitat conservation for our trust species under one umbrella, so that we may better serve our public and private citizen partners.
We seek to expand the pool of resources available to our partners and provide the best in fish and wildlife expertise in order to leverage the Service's greatest assets: our people and our partners!
You will find partnership opportunities throughout the Service, but the following programs are formally working together to enhance our delivery of habitat restoration and conservation efforts:
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Migratory Bird Program
Tribal Partnership Program and Grants
Sport Fish and Wildlife Resoration
American bitterns are almost always solitary and can be difficult to see. They often hide among wetland vegetation, walking slowly as they forage. American bitterns typically hunt in low light, catching food with their bill and killing prey with biting or shaking movements. Flight is stiff and fairly clumsy with rapid wingbeats.