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East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture Plans

East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture Implementation Plan

Assessment of Biological Planning, Design, Delivery, & Evaluation Issues in the East Gulf Coastal Plain

Bird Conservation Initiative Plans

Bird Initiatives

Five major bird initiatives guide bird conservation at continental scales by providing the foundation for bird conservation across North America.  Joint Ventures have primary responsibility for stepping these broad goals down to regional scales. 

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) was developed and signed in 1986 in response to declining waterfowl populations. This plan lays out a strategy between the United States, Canadian and Mexican (after 1994) governments to restore habitat sufficient to support waterfowl at desired levels. Recovery of these shared resources is implemented through habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement through regionally-based self-directed partnerships known as joint ventures. The original plan was updated in 1994, 1998 and 2004.

Original Plan

1994 Update

1998 Update

2004 Strategic Guidance Document

2004 Implementation Framework

United States Shorebird Conservation Plan is a partnership of organizations throughout the United States committed to the conservation of shorebirds. The partnership has developed conservation goals for each region of the country, identified critical habitat conservation needs, and proposed education and outreach programs to increase awareness of shorebirds and the threats they face.

U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

2002 Southeastern Coastal Plains and Caribbean Report

Partners in Flight (PIF) was launched in 1990 in response to growing concerns about declines in the populations of many landbird species, and in order to emphasize the conservation of birds not covered by the existing conservation initiatives. PIF is a cooperative effort of federal, state and local government agencies, philanthropic foundations, and individuals interested in the conservation of birds not covered by existing conservation initiatives. Its focus is on the improvement of monitoring and inventory, research, management, and educational programs involving birds and their habitats.

Executive Summary [link]

Part One [link]

Part Two [link]

Literature Cited and Appendices [link]

Waterbird Conservation for the Americas is an independent partnership of individuals and institutions having interest and responsibility for conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in the Americas.  It was launched in 1998 to address the conservation needs of colonial wading birds, and subsequently expanded to include seabirds and marshbirds - essentially all species from bird families primarily reliant on aquatic habitats and not already covered by the NAWMP or USSCP. Waterbird Conservation for the Americas has a vision in which the distribution, diversity, and abundance populations and habitats of breeding, migratory, and non-breeding waterbirds are sustained or restored throughout the lands and waters of the Americas.

North American Waterbird Conservation Plan

Southeastern United States Waterbird Conservation Plan

The Southeast Quail Study Group Technical Committee, an arm of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), completed in March 2002 the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). The Initiative is the first-ever landscape-scale habitat restoration and population recovery plan for northern bobwhites in the U.S. NBCI was developed at the charge of the SEAFWA directors, in recognition of (1) the continuing serious decline of bobwhite populations across most of the species, range, and (2) the necessity for large-scale coordinated, collaborative action at the regional level. NBCI has a goal of restoring northern bobwhite populations range wide to an average density equivalent to that which existed on improvable acres in 1980.

Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative


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