Migratory Birds - Joint Ventures
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Joint Ventures Overview


Joint Ventures have risen to the challenge of maintaining waterfowl as a significant focus and incorporating research, biological planning, monitoring and evaluation and on-the-ground projects that address bird conservation and helps to conserve critical bird habitats.

  1. Migratory Birds Joint Ventures logo.
  2. A pair of mountain bluebirds rest on a fence line. The efforts of the joint venture partners are creating large connected natural areas that benefit countless species of fish and wildlife. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS.

    U.S. Prairie Pothole Joint Venture

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    The PPJV encompasses prairie wetlands from Montana through North and South Dakota into Minnesota and Iowa.

  3. A pair of mountain bluebirds rest on a fence line. The efforts of the joint venture partners are creating large connected natural areas that benefit countless species of fish and wildlife. Credit: USFWS.

    Intermountain West Joint Venture

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    The IWJV conserves priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs.

  4. Mallards enjoy the lush habitat at the Funk water production area in the Rainwater Basin National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska. Credit: USFWS.

    Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

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    The RWBJV works to restore and protect high-quality wetlands and associated uplands for waterfowl and other migratory birds.

  5. Geese on Farm - Playa Lakes. Photo Credit: USFWS

    Playa Lakes Joint Venture

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    The PLJV takes in more than 60,000 wetlands known as "playas" across the southern High Plains of the U.S.

  6. Piping plover on alkali lake nesting habitat in Northern Great Plains. Credit: USFWS / Steven Tucker

    Northern Great Plains Joint Venture

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    Maintaining and protecting existing wetlands and grasslands and creation/enhancement of wetlands are a major focus of the NGPJV.

Mountain-Prairie Region Joint Venture Links: Prairie Pothole | Intermountain West | Rainwater Basin | Playa Lakes | Northern Great Plains

 

About Joint Ventures

What Do Joint Ventures Do?

  • Build partnerships for conservation where participation is voluntary and programs are non-regulatory
  • Work on public and private lands to protect, restore and enhance critical habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and landbirds
  • Build a scientific foundation thorough improvement of data bases, scientific technologies and monitoring that help partners target conservation efforts to where they will do the most good and make the best use of resources
  • Leverage partner dollars with Federal and State funds to expand and enhance conservation activities


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Who We Are

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In 1986, an idea became reality. Canada, the United States and Mexico united to form the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), designed to restore diminishing continental waterfowl populations to the levels of the 1970’s.


The “Plan” as it is sometimes called, brought together Federal and State agencies, private conservation organizations, business and private landowners national corporations and individuals of the three countries into “Joint Ventures”. Joint Ventures are regionally based, self-directed partnerships that carry out science-based conservation through a wide array of community participation.


From 1986 through the mid-90’s, Joint Ventures focused almost exclusively on waterfowl, striving to meet the goals of the NAWMP. In the late 1990’s and early 2000, several other bird initiatives, based partially on the successes of the NAWMP, became reality. These included the Partners in Flight North American Landbird Plan, the US Shorebird Conservation Plan, and the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan.


Joint Ventures, arguably one of the most successful conservation strategies ever begun, rose to the challenge, maintaining waterfowl as a significant focus and incorporating research, biological planning, monitoring and evaluation and on-the-ground projects that would address a broad spectrum of bird conservation and conserve critical bird habitats.


Now that we are in the 21st century, the legacy continues as Joint Ventures provide a model for regional, national and international conservation through the spirit of partnership and cooperation.

 

Priority Species

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