Did you know?

Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970. Roughly 25% of those were grassland birds.

The Northern Great Plains Joint Venture is a public-private partnership working to facilitate conservation actions that result in healthy ecosystems and bird populations and also benefit the people living and working in the Northern Great Plains. 

Our ecological goals are:

  • Stable and thriving bird populations.
  • Improved ecosystem services such as improved quality and quantity of surface and ground water, stable soils, and productive, diverse wildlife populations.
  • Increasing amounts of grasslands and shrub-steppe habitats with regionally appropriate assemblages of mostly native plant species which provide breeding habitat for priority bird species.
  • No net loss of wetlands.

Our action goals are:

  • Landowners adopting diverse conservation actions and practices into their management systems.
  • Local community leaders actively supporting grassland, wetland, and riparian conservation.
  • Unified voices (e.g., hunters, producers, birders, etc.) coming together in support of grassland conservation.
  • Greater institutional commitment to conservation of grassland ecosystems.