UMGL JV Boundary Map

where we work

The mission of the Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture (UMGL JV) is to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation through regionally based, biologically driven, landscape-oriented partnerships. The geographic boundary of the UMGL JV includes all of Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, plus portions of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio.

conservation in action


news & events

New Forestry for Michigan Birds Toolkit Now Available

Over three years ago, a group of natural resource professionals started working on an initiative titled Forestry for Michigan Birds. These professionals were interested in improving the knowledge of landowners and other natural resources professionals on the topic of bird habitat and forest management.

JV-Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Opportunity is Now Available!

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is now available for the Joint Venture portion of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). This competitive funding process will fund proposals that focus on habitat protection, restoration, or enhancement, for the conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly of migratory birds.  Applications due by September 20, 2022.


news & events

conservation tools


Monitoring and research objectives were established and prioritized in each of the JV bird-group strategies, and are periodically reviewed and updated by the JV Science Team.


Learn more about funding opportunities available for on the ground projects across the Joint Venture.

UMGL JV Boundary Map

Ryan Brady is a Conservation Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. He coordinates citizen-based monitoring programs for owls, nightjars, and secretive marsh birds; serves as Science Coordinator for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II; and conducts a variety of communication and outreach activities related to birding and bird conservation.

across the joint venture

Since 2007, JV partners have restored or enhanced 1,378,500 acres across the region. Also during this time, 167,800 acres of bird habitat were protected.

Learn more about the partnerships across the joint venture that work collectively to achieve habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement.