Migratory Bird Joint Ventures

conserving birds and their habitats throughout north america

Migratory Bird joint ventures are collaborative, regional partnerships of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribes, and individuals that conserve habitat for the benefit of priority bird species, other wildlife, and people. Joint ventures bring these diverse partners together under the guidance of national and international bird conservation plans to design and implement landscape-scale conservation efforts in support of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the other bird management plans.

A  national, partnership-based website provides more details on how the joint ventures are  working with others to  conserve birds and their habitats throughout North America.

Conservation in Action
Joint ventures have been widely accepted as the model for collaborative conservation in the 21st century. They use state-of-the-art science to ensure that diverse habitat is available to sustain migratory bird populations for the benefit of those species, other wildlife, and the public. Joint venture actions include: biological planning, conservation design and prioritization project development and implementation monitoring, evaluation, and research communications, education, and outreach funding support for projects and activities.

Partnerships That Work
In the United States, 18 habitat-based joint ventures - some of which stretch into Canada or Mexico - address the bird habitat conservation issues within their geographic area. Four more habitat joint ventures work with partners to maintain, enhance, restore and manage habitat for the benefit of wildlife and people in  Canada. And three species-based joint ventures, all with an international scope, work to further the scientific understanding needed to effectively manage specific bird species.

Joint ventures have a long history of success in leveraging public and private resources to bring together partners and focus on regional conservation needs. Since the first joint venture was established in 1987, 5,700 JV partnerships have leveraged every dollar of appropriated funds with $31 in non-federal partner funds to help conserve 27 million acres of critical habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Learn more from the  national joint venture fact sheet (2.1MB).

Last Updated: February 7, 2018