Joint Venture” is a term usually associated
with the business world; essentially, a business JV is an
entity formed between two or more parties to undertake economic
activity together. However, in the mid-1980s, joint ventures
interested in migratory bird conservation began to form. In
the bird conservation world, JVs are self-directed partnerships
of agencies, organizations, corporations, tribes, or individuals
that have formally accepted the responsibility of implementing
national or international bird conservation plans within a
specific geographic area or for a specific taxonomic group,
and has received general acceptance in the bird conservation
community for such responsibility. Currently in the U.S.,
there are 18 habitat JVs (see map below) and 3 “species”
JVs (Arctic Goose, Black Duck, and Sea Duck) that focus solely
on species or species groups of waterfowl.
Map depicting 18 habitat Joint Ventures in the U.S.
Image Credit: USFWS
What do Joint Ventures do?
Working both collectively and independently, joint venture
partners conduct activities in support of bird conservation
goals cooperatively developed by the partnership. These activities
• biological planning, conservation design, and prioritization,
• project development and implementation,
• monitoring, evaluation, and applied research activities,
• communications and outreach,
• fund-raising for projects and activities.
How can I learn more about Joint Ventures?
Visit the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Bird Habitat Conservation website
Visit websites of other