U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture (JV) is a collaborative, regional partnership of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribes, and individuals that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.

Joint Ventures bring these diverse partners together under the guidance of national and international bird conservation plans to design and implement landscape-scale conservation efforts.

Over the last 25 years, Joint Ventures have become widely accepted as the model for collaborative conservation. JVs bring diverse partners together under the guidance of National and International Bird Conservation Plans to design and implement regional, landscape-scale conservation efforts.

Using state-of-the-art science to ensure that a diversity of habitats is available to sustain migratory bird populations, JV activities include:

  • biological planning, conservation design, and prioritization
  • project development and implementation
  • monitoring, evaluation, and research
  • communications, education, and outreach
  • funding support for projects and activities.

Nationwide, there are 18 habitat-based Joint Ventures, each addressing the bird habitat conservation issues found within their geographic area. Additionally, three species-based Joint Ventures, all with an international scope, work to further the scientific understanding needed to effectively manage specific bird species.

Since the first two habitat Joint Ventures were established in 1987, Joint Ventures have grown to cover the entire continent. JV staff members have worked directly with over 5,700 NGOs, local, state, and federal agencies, private landowners, tribes, businesses, universities, and other partners. This record of success has positioned Joint Ventures as the national model for partnership-driven conservation. During this 25-year history, $5 billion dollars have been invested nationally to conserve 17.3 million acres of critical habitat. 

 To access other US Habitat Joint Venture websites use the Habitat Joint Venture directory.

Habitat Joint Venture Directory


In North America, there are 18 U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures plus 4 Canadian Habitat Joint Ventures. Three additional species-specific (Arctic Goose, Black Duck, Sea Duck) Joint Ventures bring the total number of continental JVs to 25. Find a directory of JVs on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.