Joint Ventures are self-directed partnerships. They were established in 1986, under authority granted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as a means to implement the conservation goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Within joint ventures, local partners collectively provide the expertise and programs to identify and implement strategic conservation programs for birds. Over the past 30 years, joint ventures have expanded to support not only waterfowl, but waterbirds, seabirds and landbirds.
There are currently 22 Bird Habitat Joint Ventures across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In addition, three species-based joint ventures, all with an international scope, work to further the scientific understanding needed to effectively manage populations of specific bird species.
Among the JV’s, Pacific Birds stands out for its large and international geographic scope. Pacific Birds houses six Bird Conservation Regions and numerous habitat types–from arctic tundra to tropical rain forests–and for the wide range of issues facing bird populations. Within Pacific Birds there are multiple endangered species in Hawaii, a rapidly warming Arctic, and coastal habitats facing sea level rise, to name only a few of the conservation challenges!