2007 Implementation Plan
Please see the updated Waterfowl and Waterbird Habitat Conservation Strategies below for latest population and habitat objectives.
Bird habitat conservation is implemented at local scales, but avian ecologists have recognized the need to integrate continental bird priorities into local bird habitat recommendations. A primary role of bird conservation Joint Ventures (JVs) is to step-down continental habitat priorities for waterfowl, waterbirds, landbirds, and shorebirds to each JV region. Bird conservation in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region, and throughout North America, is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Scientists are better integrating contemporary biological, ecological, and economic principals in an effort to improve the foundation for bird habitat conservation decisions. Use of new technologies and computer power, biological models, and digital spatial data has increased potential effectiveness of landscape-scale planning and related decision tools. Moreover, regional JVs are implementing management actions while promoting 1) research to test planning assumptions, 2) population monitoring to assess conservation effectiveness, and 3) adaptive management based on evaluation results.
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