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Partners in Flight 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan Released

By Partners in Flight

A new analysis of the population status and trends of all landbirds in the continental U.S. and Canada documents widespread declines among 450 bird species—a troubling indicator of the health of these species and their ecosystems. Nearly 20% of U.S. and Canadian landbird species are on a path towards endangerment and extinction in the absence of conservation action, according to the Partners in Flight (PIF) 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan Revision. Fortunately, regional partnerships like Migratory Bird Joint Ventures can help implement cooperative strategies found within the Landbird Conservation Plan Revision to restore habitats and reverse bird population declines at the continental scale over the next decade and beyond.

The Plan presents new science using year-round eBird data to assign stewardship responsibility, identifying regions of greatest importance to landbirds during winter and migration. The Plan also recommends specific actions to guide landbird conservation over the next 10 years to reverse long-term population declines, prevent future species listings, and keep common birds from becoming highly threatened or at risk.

The second half of the Plan highlight Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, their conservation challenges and successes, and the continental Watch List species they have responsibility for in their regions. The Plan provides regional partnerships with important information on Watch List species, such as population trends, loss, and extinction risk, to aid in prioritizing and carrying out conservation actions across the full life-cycle of birds.