National & International Plans and Bird Conservation Initiatives

Biological planning and conservation design for the Intermountain West has evolved at the nexus of four major bird initiatives – North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (USSCP), North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (NAWCP), and Partners in Flight (PIF) initiative for landbirds. These initiatives join together on activities, such as State of the Birds and Farm Bill outreach, through the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI).

The major role of the four initiatives is to establish the continental foundation for bird conservation. JVs then translate continental conservation objectives to meaningful regional scales.

North American Waterfowl Management Program (NAWMP)

NAWMP is an international agreement developed in 1986 that recognizes the recovery and perpetuation of waterfowl and other wetland wildlife that depend on the restoration of wetlands and associated ecosystems throughout North America. As a result, it established cooperative initiatives (Joint Ventures) to reverse declines in wetland habitats and associated wildlife.  JVs now implement all bird conservation in a variety of habitats.


Partners In Flight (PIF)

PIF is a cooperative effort of federal, state and local government agencies, universities, industries and nonprofit organizations founded in 1990 to focus on the conservation of landbirds. PIF is well-known for its species assessment process which establishes priorities for conservation activities.  PIF follows a two-pronged approach of keeping common birds common and helping species at risk. 


The U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (USSCP)

The USSCP is a partnership of organizations throughout the United States committed to the conservation of shorebirds. The partnership has developed conservation goals for each region of the country, identified critical habitat conservation needs, and proposed education and outreach programs to increase awareness of shorebirds and the threats they face.


The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (NAWCP)

NAWCP is a multinational partnership for conserving and managing waterbirds and their habitats throughout North America. Its goal is to produce a plan for maintaining healthy populations, distributions, and habitats of waterbirds in North America, throughout their breeding, migratory, and wintering ranges.


The Role of IWJV

The role of the IWJV is to synthesize National and International Bird Conservation Initiatives and translate bird population objectives to ecoregional scales within the Intermountain West. We use scientifically defensible means to identify the quantity and quality of habitat needed to support priority bird populations at goal levels.