What We Do

The work of the NGPJV is guided by our 2006_NGPJV_Impementation_Plan.pdf, which seeks to achieve the goals and objectives of the four Major bird initiatives.  Working both collectively and independently, Northern Great Plains Joint Venture partners conduct activities in support of bird conservation goals developed by the partnership. These activities include:

  • Biological planning, conservation design, and prioritization
  • Project development and implementation
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and applied research activities
  • Communications and outreach
  • Fund-raising for projects and activities
The NGPJV as established in 2004 and formally designated as one of 18 U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures in 2006.  US Habitat Joint Ventures are collaborative, regional partnerships of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribes, and individuals that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.
Key elements in this Strategic Plan are:
Build a strong science base
Develop Partnerships
The NGPJV is a forum for building partnerships in biological planning, conservation design, implementation of habitat conservation projects and programs, monitoring bird populations, and colaborating on research and communications.

Integrated Bird Conservation  is about:

Conserving Birds Across Geopolitical Boundaries

Most birds travel   great distances across our politically delineated landscapes – flying hundreds,   in some cases thousands of miles during annual migrations. On-the-ground   management is often linked to bird population response at the regional or   continental scale. Bird conservation, therefore, requires broad geographical   perspectives – perspectives that are regional, national, continental,   hemispheric, even global in scale. Coordinating and supporting conservation   activities across these geopolitical boundaries will insure that birds are   protected throughout the geographic ranges of their annual life cycles.

Conserving Birds Across Taxonomic   Groups

Birds of different   taxonomic groups, such as waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds, often   share the same habitats or use adjoining habitats within the landscape. By using   a common spatial language and ecological framework to identify priority habitats   and sites shared among birds of different taxonomic groups, conservation actions   can be directed comprehensively to all priority birds within a landscape.   Finding such 'common ground' is key to conserving North America's precious bird   diversity.

Conserving Birds Across Landscapes

Both humans and   wildlife depend upon the bounty of the earth's natural landscapes for sustenance   and survival. Sustainable landscape-level conservation thus requires that the   biological needs of birds, and a host of other wildlife, be successfully   incorporated into land-use policies, programs, and management practices   affecting broad landscapes at regional scales. Since bird populations respond   throughout their ranges to variations in landscape-level conditions, bird   conservation must be delivered in the context of achieving a pre-established   design of landscape sustainability.



THe Key for the NGPJV partners is Habitat on the ground.



The ability to find common ground among diverse interests has proven to be a great factor in the success of the NGPJV partnerships:
  • We provide conservation leadership
  • We foster strategic collaboration
  • We help build regional capacity for conservation
  • We leverage funding opportunities
  • We develop a strong science foundation to guide conservation
  • We emphasize habitat delivery outcomes
  • We recognize and support conservation leaders
  • We communicate with public and private partners within our region and beyond