North American Waterbird Conservation Plan

Conservation requires a broad range activities over a huge geographical area, multiple scales of planning and implementation, and the involvement numerous partners from government and nongovernmental organizations, from the scientific community, and from local citizenry. The Waterbird Conservation for the Americas initiative was launched to facilitate and guide these activities.

The initiative...

  • is an international, broad-based voluntary partnership dedicated to conserving waterbirds and their habitats.
  • has as a vision that the distribution, diversity, and abundance of populations and habitats of breeding, migratory, and nonbreeding waterbirds are sustained or restored throughout the lands and waters of the Americas.
  • provides a means of formalizing alliances to plan and implement waterbird conservation cooperatively with other bird initiatives and other national and regional strategies for species and habitat conservation.
  • conducts planning in order to identify partners and opportunities to address long-term waterbird conservation and to provide an overarching hemispheric-scale framework and guide for conserving waterbirds.
  • advocates and drives involvement in broader, hemisphere-wide monitoring and conservation; provides an impetus for regional conservation planning; proposes national, state, provincial and other local conservation planning and action; and gives a larger context for local habitat protection.
  • identifies priorities, thereby catalyzing and focusing resources and actions, as it is only with collective funding and effort that coordinated conservation of waterbirds can proceed.

North American Waterbird Conservation Plan

National FWS Programs They Work With

The Migratory Bird Program works with partners to protect, restore and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generations by: ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds,...

Partner Category

We often partner with non-governmental conservation organizations on conservation projects, whether it's to conserve identified species such as the monarch butterfly or to advise on land acquisition for conservation so that it has the greatest benefit for species.

Other Partners

Here are just a few of our National Partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.