Priority Species List

The first step in strategically implementing habitat conservation is to determine priority species and develop population objectives for those species; this ultimately tells us how much habitat is needed to sustain bird population at goal levels. The IWJV has identified the following priority species from which to base conservation planning.  The 2013 Implementation Plan further identified Sandhill Cranes as a suitable landscape species to serve as a vehicle for wetland conservation in the Intermountain West. 


American Widgeon
Cinnamon Teal
Nortnern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan


American Avocet
Black-necked Stilt
Long-billed Curlew
Mountain Plover
Snowy Plover
Upland Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope


American Bittern
Greater Sandhill Crane* (see above)
White-faced Ibis


Band-tailed Pigeon
Bendire's Thrasher
Brewer's Sparrow
Ferruginous Hawk
Flammulated Owl
Grace's Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Gray Vireo
Greater Sage-Grouse
Lewis's Woodpecker
Long-billed Curlew
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pinyon Jay
Red-naped Sapsucker
Rufous Hummingbird
Sage Sparrow
Sage Thrasher
Swainson's Hawk
Virginia Warbler
White-headed Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher