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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

Taking Wing logoTaking Wing

[2013 - The "Taking Wing" program is currently inactive]

Bringing together all branches and programs of the USDA Forest Service, the public, and partners to increase conservation for waterfowl

Taking Wing, led by USDA Forest Service, is a partnership program with over 14 years of experiences and acomplishments in building, maintaining, and enhancing partnerhips dedicated to the needs of waterfowl and wetland-depenedent wildlife. In response to national direction, Taking Wing is expanding.

AvocetThe Forest Service is making a significant investment to grow Taking Wing into a world class, national and international program capable of bringing together broad based public and private partnerships dedicated to delivering significant resources to the resolution of important water and wetland related problems. The expanded program will build from the ground up as agency employees and partners identify, prioritize, and implement new and more challenging opportunities.

The North American Waterfowl Managment Plan, U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, and the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan are fundamental references to guide Taking Wing priorities and strategies. Taking Wing continues to support U.S. Joint Ventures in their efforts to deliver integrated bird conservation.

You can also find locations for viewing wildlife, plants and fish through our NatureWatch "Viewing Sites" website at


USDI Fish & Wildlife Service - Flyways Website:
Initial Assessments of Waterfowl Breeding Habitat Conditions Available
Up to date waterfowl hunting information can be found at the site.
It also has some great links to other information that can be used for monitoring such as "waterfowl breeding populations and monitoring surveys", "2007 Waterfowl report", "midwinter ground surveys", and more.

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Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator, WFW staff
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