Did you know?

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

National and International Partnerships

Conservation of migratory birds requires a continental approach. Many of the birds breeding in the Northern Great Plains winter in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, or South America. It is critical to consider the full annual cycle of migratory birds, including differing habitat needs and threats across seasons as well as social, cultural, and political differences between countries and sovereign nations. The NGPJV is collaborating across the United States, sovereign Native Nations, and internationally to focus resources and science in areas most important to address declining bird populations. 


JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative
Through the JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative, eight Migratory Bird Joint Ventures - representing over 63 federal, state, provincial, non-profit, and industry conservation partners from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico - are collaborating to stem grassland losses and the negative impacts to migratory birds.
Central Grasslands Roadmap
Produced through diverse collaboration, this roadmap outlines: how we can gain traction on unified initiatives for policy and funding, how more local strategies can be connected across the Flyway, and how we can leverage best practices, research, and funding to make scaling great work more straightforward. The Roadmap will enable us to save what we have left, restore and improve what we can, and support biodiversity and resiliency across the landscape.
USDA-NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife
Through Working Lands for Wildlife, USDA is using a win-win approach to systematically target conservation efforts to improve agricultural and forest productivity, which enhances wildlife habitat on working landscapes. In 2020, a multi-state, areawide NRCS planning initiative produced the first biome-scale frameworks for wildlife conservation in the Great Plains grasslands and western sagebrush country.
North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI)

NABCI helps partners across the continent achieve common bird conservation objectives. It is a forum for combining priorities from national and international planning, such as:

NABCI also produces the State of the Birds Report.