ABOUT BIRD CONSERVATION
Continental Bird Conservation Initiatives and Plans: The foundations for bird conservation in the U.S. and the rest of North America are land bird, waterbird, waterfowl and shorebird continental conservation initiatives and plans. These plans, written by coalitions of public and private conservation partners, identify ranges and conservation needs by species and indicate priorities for action. These plans are being stepped-down for regional information and conservation needs. The plans serve to focus the conservation work, making it more effective and efficient.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative: The Forest Service contributes to the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). The purpose of NABCI is to ensure the long-term health of North America ’s native bird populations by increasing the effectiveness of existing and new bird conservation initiatives, enhancing the coordination among the initiatives, and fostering greater cooperation among the continent’s three national governments and their people. The Forest Service sits on the U.S. NABCI committee and co-chairs the Federal Agency Subcommittee. NABCI recognizes the importance of landscape perspectives and collaboration among landowners, states, and nations. Wings Across the Americas plays a similar role across the Forest Service.
Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs): NABCI established BCRs (click here for the map) to delineate ecologically-based planning, implementation, and evaluation units for cooperative bird conservation in the US and Canada . Forest Service personnel are key members of Bird Conservation Region teams, joining colleagues from other agencies, tribes, conservation organizations and others. These teams assess bird conservation needs and opportunities across regional landscapes and develop recommended project priorities.
The Forest Service and other partners can then plan their work with these new perspectives and new partnerships.
Joint ventures are regionally scaled, self-directed partnerships involving federal, state, and local government agencies, corporations, tribes, individuals, and non-governmental organizations. Joint ventures deliver science-based, on-the-ground conservation in support of continental and international bird conservation plans. Together, they facilitate cooperation among partners across landscapes and land ownerships to fund and implement projects on the ground. Over the years, the Forest Service has worked increasingly with Joint Venture management boards and partners. Those priorities identified in the waterfowl, shorebird, waterbird, and landbird continental bird conservation plans help guide Joint Ventures and Forest Service efforts. Many of these priorities involve working in other nations, requiring the international context, collaboration, and field projects.
Forest Service Bird Conservation Initiatives and Partnerships: The Forest Service leads several national and international initiatives and partnerships within individual program areas. Examples are Making Tracks, Answer the Call, and Taking Wing under the National Forest System. Another example is the Upper Mississippi River Forestry Partnership in State and Private Forestry. Wings Over the Americas supports these efforts and works to increase the visibility and breadth of these programs, and to link them with more national and international partners and work.