Bird Conservation Plans
The AMJV was founded to coordinate and implement all-bird conservation plans within the Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region. Our regional partnership guides member organizations to meet objectives established by state, national, and international bird conservation plans as well as coordinate landscape-level conservation efforts for native birds and their habitats.
To focus our resources, the AMJV conducted an extensive review of each bird conservation plan below to identify priority species and their habitat needs. Each priority species identified represents a particular set of habitat characteristics necessary to support viable populations of all birds within that habitat. By coordinating programmatic strengths, enhancing capacity, and implementing projects to promote positive landscape change through restoration, management, and protection of habitat, we are achieving regional bird conservation objectives.
North American Bird Conservation Initiative
Overseeing the various Bird Conservation Plan goals and objectives throughout the continent is the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), which promotes and advances integrated bird conservation. The U.S. Committee of NABCI helps partners meet their common bird objectives by fostering coordination and collaboration on key issues of concern such as conservation on private lands, conservation design, and international collaboration. The U.S. Committee of the Initiative is composed of representatives from federal agencies, partnerships such as the Joint Ventures and Flyway Council, private organizations, and representatives of bird initiatives to ensure the long-term health of native bird populations by delivering the full spectrum of bird conservation through regionally based, biologically driven, landscape-oriented partnerships.
Partners in Flight (PIF) is a cooperative effort of federal, state, local government agenices, and philanthropic foundations conserving birds not covered by existing initiatives. The plan's focus - last revised in 2004 - is on improving monitoring and inventory, research, management, and educational programs to conserve resident, short-distance migrant, and Neotropical migrant landbirds that occupy every major biome and habitat on the continent. The plan provides a continental synthesis of priorities and objectives to guide landbird conservation to protect remaining populations and reverse long-term population declines. Because the majority of the AMJV's priority species are landbirds, much of our work is guided by the PIF and the Landbird Conservation Plan. The PIF "C-Plan" is currently under revision for 2015.
North American Waterfowl Management Plan
U.S. and Canadian governments developed a strategy to restore waterfowl populations through habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement back in 1986. Since then, a variety of partners have implemented the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) with the goal of creating conditions for abudant and resilient waterfowl populations and sustainable landscapes through management decisions based on strong biological foundations. The Plan is innovative because the perspective is international in scope, but implementation functions at the regional level. Success is dependent upon the strength of partnerships. Migratory Bird Joint Ventures originated with NAWMP to develop implementation plans focusing on areas of concern identified in the Plan. Since its inception, NAWMP partners have conserved and restored 15.7 million acres of wetlands and grasslands and other key habitats for ducks, geese, and swans. Many waterfowl populations are now substantially larger than they were 25 years ago. NAWMP was last revised in 2012.
U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan
The U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, completed in 2000, is a scientific framework that determines species, sites, and habitats that most urgently need action to maintain populations of migratory shorebirds. The plan provides an overview of the current status of shorebirds, conservation challenges facing them, opportunities for integrating conservation, and specific programs necessary to meet the overall vision of restoring stable and self-sustaining populations. Main goals within each level include: at the regional scale ensure adquate quantity and quality of habitat is identified and maintained; at the national scale stabilize populations known or suspected of being in decline; and at the hemispheric scale restore and maintain populations through cooperative international efforts.
North American Waterbird Conservation Plan
This Plan was completed in 2002 to support a vision in which 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 North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It provides an overarching continental framework and guide for conserving waterbirds. It sets forth goals and priorities for waterbirds in all habitats from the Canadian Arctic to Panama, from Bermuda through the U.S. Pacific Islands. It advocates continent-wide monitoring; 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. Taken together, it is hoped that these activities will assure healthy populations and habitats for the waterbirds of the Americas.
State Wildlife Action Plans
Congress charged each state with developing wildlife action plans. These proactive plans access the health of each state's wildlife and habitats, identify environmental problems, and outline actions needed to conserve wildlife for the long term. Within each State Wildlife Action Plans are clear and compelling conservation goals to restore unique habitats and keep rare and imperlied species off of endangered listing as well as defined measures of success to recover endangered species. Combined, these plans present a national agenda to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.