In the coming months, the Southwest Region will highlight each of its programs as a means to introduce the extraordinary activities that the Region's staff bring to the diverse habitats, species and conservation efforts within its boundaries. The next in the series is Ecological Services. Read Highlight Series Archives
Gulf Coast Joint Venture: A Bird Habitat Conservation Partnership (Migratory Birds)
Presentation by Barry Wilson, GCJV Coordinator, July 8, 2014, Southwest Region All Employee Meeting
|Habitat conservation important to priority bird species within the joint venture region. Credit: USFWS.
Barry Wilson describes the origin and current role of Migratory Bird Joint Ventures (JVs) nationwide, with an emphasis on the Gulf Coast Joint Venture and a distinction between the Service's JV Program and multi-organizational JV Partnerships. Details of the GCJV partnership are , including the management board composition, JV staffing, administrative funding, and partnership organization. The GCJV's landscape-level approach to bird habitat planning and assessment requires taking a birds-eye view of habitats without regard to administrative boundaries or landownership, but considering the role of individual organizations and land tracts in fulfillment of landscape-scale objectives. Toward that end, the GCJV employs satellite imagery and
spatial landcover data, in combination with detailed information from public lands in a Managed Lands Geodatabase. Details of biological planning, conservation design, habitat delivery, outcome-based monitoring, and assumption-based research for shorebirds is provided as an example of GCJV-led Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) for birds.
Learn more about the Migratory Bird Program.
Advancing Environmental Education and Youth Employment in the Middle Rio Grande -
The Start of a Beautiful Partnership for Local Youth
Youth involvement in the natural world through both education as well as employment opportunities has long been a priority area for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Here in the Southwest Region, our Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle has always had a passion for creating meaningful conservation experiences for local youth, especially in urban areas where many young people have become increasingly cut off from nature and wild spaces.