An Overview of Bird Conservation Planning and Integration

Since the late 1980s, range-wide bird conservation plans have been developed for a wide range of species and habitats. These plans provide a basis for setting population and habitat objectives, as well as identify assumptions that require further research and monitoring. Generally, bird conservation plans share four common components: a vision to sustain a high relative abundance, the development of specific population estimates and objectives, the development of habitat objectives within ecoregions, known as Bird Conservation Regions, and the acknowledgement of partnerships for conservation delivery at local and regional scales. The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) was formed in 2000 to provide a forum for discussion and action among wildlife administrators charged with implementing bird conservation plans. Currently, high priority actions for the U.S. NABCI Committee include increased efficiency of bird population and habitat monitoring efforts, and further integration of trinational conservation priorities. Key words: conservation, planning, NABCI, monitoring, trinational

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