Wyoming Bird Habitat Conservation Partnership

The mission of the Wyoming Bird Habitat Conservation Partnership (WBHCP) is to facilitate habitat conservation planning and projects to help achieve priority state, regional, and continental bird objectives.

The Partnership’s objectives are to:

  • focus primarily on wetlands and riparian habitat conservation.
  • coordinate with other terrestrial bird initiatives and conservation efforts as appropriate.

WBHCP is comprised of 39 members representing 15 conservation organizations and two private citizens. The Partnership has existed since 2010 and was preceded by the Wyoming Joint Venture Steering Committee originally formed in 2002. Membership is open to organizations and persons interested in bird habitat conservation in Wyoming.

For further information, click here for the Statewide Wetland Conservation Plan and Regional Wetland Conservation Plans.


  • Check out the Wyoming Conservation Partner Resource Catalog
  • Members of WBHCP are currently completing regional conservation plans for ten priority wetlands complexes identified in Wyoming’s Statewide Wetlands Conservation Strategy.  The plans will provide resource inventories and future direction for conservation efforts on a regional scale.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy have partnered to conduct a detailed (level 2) wetlands condition assessment in the Upper Green River Basin.  The assessment project is funded through an EPA Wetlands Program Development Grant and is expected to be completed during the 2012 and 2013 summer field seasons.  Data from the assessment will help determine future conservation opportunities and priorities in the region.  Additional assessments are planned for other important wetlands complexes of Wyoming. EPA funding was recently approved to conduct level 2 assessments in the Goshen and Laramie Plains wetland complexes in SE Wyoming.  Field work will begin in summer, 2013.
  • Several Wyoming wetlands complexes are being recognized as bird areas of continental significance in draft updates to the four North American bird conservation plans.  In the past, only the Greater Yellowstone Area was acknowledged as continentally significant.  The additional areas include Lower North Platte/Goshen Hole, Laramie Basin, Bear River, and Upper Green River Basin.

Additional Resources

The Teton Mountains reflect on the Blacktail Ponds in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Project Spotlight

Fig. 1 Map shows major remaining wetlands (green) and the location of specific sites that are critical for wildlife (red dots).

By Steve Tessmann, Wyoming Game and Fish Staff Biologist and State Conservation Partnership Chair The Goshen Hole is an unassuming group of wetlands on the southeast border of Wyoming and western Nebraska. No iconic snow capped mountains grace the skyline and your first impression might be that it is a seemingly uninteresting collection of shallow ponds lost on the edge of the Great...

Brian Jensen
State Biologist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
100 East B Street, 3rd Floor
Casper, WY 82601
O: 307.233.6740

Ian Tator
Statewide Habitat Manager
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82006
O: 307.777.4565
Wyoming Game and Fish Department


Wyoming Game and Fish Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wyoming Partners for Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex 
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Ducks Unlimited
Audubon Wyoming
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Little Snake River Conservation District
Teton Conservation District
The Conservation Fund in Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Wyoming State Engineer’s Office