Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture

The Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) encompasses much of the same habitat types as the IWJV, including a plethora of grasslands, wetlands, forested areas and mountains. The result is a diverse habitat mosaic for a variety of bird species inside a relatively unspoiled landscape. So it’s no surprise that migrating birds approaching the U.S.-Canadian boundary don’t stop at border patrol. They continue their journey, seeking hospitable stopovers to feed, rest, and eventually hunker down for a seasonal stay.

Cedar Waxwing

The Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) was created in 2003. Like the IWJV, it was initiated to implement the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and is focused on bird habitat conservation.

In the winter of 2011, the CIJV and IWJV initiated a joint project aimed to increase collaboration and strengthen conservation actions, especially those regarding wetland conservation, across the border.

In a recent Implementation Plan, the CIJV identified the lack of wetland habitat tracking as a serious information deficiency in conserving wetlands, especially as it relates to conservation planning in a changing climate. Despite having several recent snapshots of wetlands distribution, the CIJV’s conservation community has few assessments of historic wetlands occurrence and cannot meaningfully track future trends. The CIJV, with the support of the IWJV, secured $50,000 from the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative to track wetlands changes over time in a pilot area in the CIJV. If the proposed methods are successful, they will be replicated throughout both JVs and will provide an essential tool for setting conservation priorities, creating best practices, creating and applying policy tools, predicting climate change impacts on priority bird species, and further developing the joint ventures’ science foundation.

This CIJV/IWJV collaboration fulfills the desire of both the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee and Partners In Flight to see Joint Ventures develop improved collaboration and coordination of biological planning and conservation delivery across broad regions so that conservation objectives may be achieved at meaningful scales.