What are Migratory Bird Joint Ventures?

Across North America, Joint Ventures have unique geographies and associated conservation issues. Pacific Birds stands out for its large geographical scope 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 various conservation challenges.

Joint Ventures 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. Joint Ventures are self-directed partnerships, with local partners providing the expertise and input to identify  implement effective conservation programs for birds. In the past 25 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.


Learn more about Joint Ventures and the National Bird Initiatives they support:

Migratory Bird Joint Ventures Web Site

National Joint Venture Fact Sheet

National Bird Initiatives

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

North American Waterbird Conservation Plan

U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plan

Partners in Flight