Intermountain West Waterbird Conservation Plan (2006)

This Intermountain West Waterbird Conservation Plan (IWWCP) is one of several regional step-down plans designed to implement the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (NAWCP, Kushlan et al. 2002, www.waterbirdconservation.org). As defined by these hierarchical plans, waterbirds are wetland-dependent species including both colonial breeders (e.g., gulls, terns, most grebes, cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis and pelicans), and solitary nesting marshbirds (e.g., cranes, rails, coots, bitterns and loons). Shorebirds and waterfowl are covered by other bird conservation initiatives and, thus, are excluded from this plan. Bird families represented here include: Gruidae, Rallidae, Laridae, Podicipedidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Ardeidae, Threskiornithidae, Pelecanidae, and Gaviidae. The goal of the IWWCP is to maintain healthy populations, distributions, and habitats of waterbirds throughout the Intermountain West region. The regional planning area includes the U.S. portions of 11 western states and four Bird Conservation Regions that are defined as geographic regions with similar habitat conditions delineated to facilitate bird conservation efforts (U.S. NABCI Committee 2000a). This IWWCP was developed with the assistance of the Intermountain West Waterbird Working Group. (Version 1.2, 2006)

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Ivey, G.L., and C.P. Herziger. 2006. Intermountain West Waterbird Conservation Plan, Version 1.2. A plan associated with the Waterbird Conservation for the Americas Initiative. Published by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region, Portland, Oregon.